Interchangeability of Volvo rims

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by blurp, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. blurp

    blurp Guest

    Hi all,

    It's winter season here now (hurray, snow driving!) and I have a full
    set of 15" steelies with new snows left over from my 240. My 1995
    850GLE has 16" rims and it *is* a bit lowered. Other than clearance
    can anyone think of why I might choose not to put these rims/tires on
    my car?

    Also, does the 850 bolt pattern also include an addtional pin between
    two of the bolts? I remember trying to fit the "Special Spare" on my
    760 and it wouldn't go because the rim didn't have a hole for this
    additional pin. I don't recall if the steelies had that pin hole but
    maybe the Virgo rims I have lying around would be a better choice?

    Making any move regarding snows at this time of year (busy garages)
    requires decisive action. I can go and tell them to transfer the snows
    to the Virgos and mount them but I'd like to know if that's even
    possible before istart rolling tires to and from the car.

    Thanks for your consideration,
    blurp, Nov 22, 2007
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  2. blurp

    James Sweet Guest

    The bolt pattern is the same, aside from the first year of the 850 which
    used 4 bolt rims, but the offset is different in the FWD cars so the rims
    are not interchangeable without hokey spacer plates.
    James Sweet, Nov 23, 2007
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  3. blurp

    blurp Guest

    So, if I understand you correctly, the offset of my Virgo rims off the
    240, for example, will not be right on the 850. Is that on the front
    AND the back? The current rims are the Volvo Turbo (like these:

    Is there any safety issue associated with the spacers? Are the spacers
    a generally available part or is this something Volvo-specific?

    Nothing is ever easy.

    blurp, Nov 23, 2007
  4. blurp

    James Sweet Guest

    You need spacer plates to put 850 rims on a 240, if you put 240 rims on an
    850, they'll stick out too far. All the wheels are identical so the offset
    does not vary from front to rear.

    Spacers are a custom made part, there are some safety concerns with them, as
    well as wheel bearing wear, but some have run them without problems, in this
    case though it sounds like you're considering the opposite swap so spacers
    won't help.
    James Sweet, Nov 23, 2007
  5. blurp

    blurp Guest

    So I guess I won't be using my 240 rims any time soon. I've since been
    told that the same bolt pattern and offset can be found on the Ford
    Taurus and Mercury Cougar so cheap steelies might still be found!

    Thanks James.

    blurp, Nov 28, 2007
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    clay Guest

    First problem you'll run into is the lug studs aren't long enough. Wanna
    pull the hubs and press in longer studs?
    clay, Nov 28, 2007
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    James Sweet Guest

    Some of the spacers have their own studs, they're offset from the holes that
    bolt to the existing studs. These are for putting 850 rims on a 240/740
    though, not the other way around. 200/700 rims will likely rub the wheel
    wells if installed on an 800 series.
    James Sweet, Nov 28, 2007
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