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Old 04-16-2012, 09:31 PM   #121
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Twenty, why don't you smoke your rear turn signal and backup light, and leave the brake lights as is? I think smoking looks so good, just like the older Saabs. What say you?
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:34 PM   #122
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Our cars run weird and inconvenient wheel and tire sizes!

I'm interested to hear your feedback on those 235/45's... rubbing, comfort, road noise, etc...

Great thread, keep up the good work!
Thank you! I shall try to keep it interesting.

One note about the 235/45 R17 sizing, is that it's really close to the 215/55 R16 tires mine came with standard, meaning the speedometer won't be off by any worrying amount; 0.3%.

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Twenty, why don't you smoke your rear turn signal and backup light, and leave the brake lights as is? I think smoking looks so good, just like the older Saabs. What say you?
Funny you should say that, that's another idea I've had in mind for a while. I've seen it done and I do really like the look, especially when it's a light tint. Another choice to explore.

This is the part where I was hoping to say "tires are on and wheels are ready to go!", but I can't.

There was a minor setback today but nothing that was completely unforeseen. In trying to swap the first tire, our machine at work unfortunately took some paint off of the lip of the wheel. It turns out the machine we have won't cooperate with the V70R wheels, so I'm going to have to go elsewhere. In the meantime the damaged wheel has already been sent off to the body shop (my dealership is covering the repair for me and wasted no time in getting it sent out ) so I'll have to wait for it to come back before attempt number 2 can be made. There's a Volvo dealer not too far from my house which I think I'll try next; after all, they should be able to handle a Volvo wheel, right?

It's kind of moot though, as I still need hubcentric rings before the wheels can go on anyway.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:55 PM   #123
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According to the shop foreman I should have my wheel back Monday, and tomorrow the Focus goes in to get the wiper motor gasket recall taken care of.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #124
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Today was attempt number two at getting tires mounted and balanced. As it turns out, second time's the charm.

My mother and I paid a visit to our friends at a local body shop to check in on her Thunderbird, which is currently getting its engine torn apart. At the same time, I had the wheels and tires with me and they took them right in and swapped the tires while we waited.




After nearly a month there's also more room in my garage now, since four tires' worth of space has been freed. That makes my parents happy.




As the final piece(s), I just need some hubcentric rings, and these can go on!

Regarding the center caps, I've also settled on what to do with them. When a friend of mine gets back into town we're going to make up some vinyl overlays for them to cover the existing silver/black Volvo script.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:43 PM   #125
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Friday night, I was finally able to swap wheels on the Focus. Off went the stock 16s, and on went the new Volvo 17s. Unfortunately by Saturday morning we were covered under quite a bit of snow, so the Focus stayed hidden in the garage, finally coming out today when it was sunny and clear again.

Ta-da!



As a recap:
-OEM 17" Volvo Pegasus wheels
-235/45 Continental Extremecontact DWS tires
-Muteki Burned Blue Neon lug nuts

I went a little camera-crazy and took quite a few pictures, but below are some of the better ones.



















Overall I am VERY happy with how the wheels look on the Fofo. Different yet subtle, wider and larger than stock, a good offset, and a design that makes cleaning easy (hey, I'm a detailer after all).

Speaking of which, before the little photoshoot today I was also able to go on a mini shopping spree for detailing supplies; now that it's summer (will I jinx it by saying that?) I can keep the cars cleaner. Clean cars = happy me.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:49 PM   #126
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meh... Volvo wheels look too OEM-ish. gotta get something that stands out more!
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:05 PM   #127
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That looks awesome! Kind of remind my of the wheels from the MK1 RS. Waiting to see those Volvo logos covered up.

Keep it up!
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looking good.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #129
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Wheels look very good.

Very oem and fit the car well.

May i ask why you went with the all season version of the continentals? You have snow tires, no need for anything but a 3 season tire.

Car looks great otherwise.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #130
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Probably because they are kick ass tires in ANY situation! outstanding dry and wet grip and some mild snow capability
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