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Volvo XC90, Tires, Wheels, SUV
#138 of 166 Re: last volvo purchase [jim314]
Oct 06, 2009 (5:32 pm)
I have a 2006 XC90 V8, and I've been searching and researching pretty heavily for the past two weeks on tires and wheels. Some of this might help...
Being a proud owner of a Volvo can be a very lonely thing, particularly when it comes to tires (and wheels). I live in Denver, and expecting typical mile-high snow this year, as well as the obligatory trips to the mountains. I wanted to buy a second set of rims to mount winter tires on so I could simply switch them out in the garage as needed, without the hassle of scheduling and waiting at the tire place.
I was originally sold on the Blizzaks, and may still end up with them, but the unique size of the 18" wheels puts us Swedish car lovers in a special group, including pricing. The Blizzaks have been the #1 rated tire for snow for the past several years, because their structure, which, for simplification, has a very soft compound which improves the ride, marginally improves the traction, but mostly makes them wear quickly (most high end performance tires, Pirelli and the like, are also plagued with soft compounds). Add that distinction to an AWD, very heavy vehicle, and you can expect two seasons with conservative driving. You can pick up a set of Blizzaks in the OE size of 235/60R18 for about $115 from TireRack. The new model is rated similarly, and, of course, more expensive,
In shopping around, I have found that the Hankook I Pike is a little more aggressive, but STUDDABLE, the Blizzack is not. The Hankook is heavily siped, and actually looks as though it will handle pooled water better. Although no tire makes iced roads managable, a studded tire will help some.
A word about Michelin (X-ice). If you can afford them, buy them. Hands down, the best tire on the market. The LTX M/S is a fabulous all-season (not quite as good as a true Winter snow tire in heavy snow). My '94 Toyota 4X4 is a tire eater, I put an honest 90,000 miles a set of LTX M/S on a vehicle that typically went through a set almost any other tire in 25,000. I didn't buy another set of the LTX because I don't expect the truck to go the distance (200k+ now) for the amount of $ another 4 would cost. Off-road, highway, snow, heavy Southeastern US rain, they never gave me any trouble. I can't wait for my existing Goodyear RS-A's to wear out, which shouldn't take long.
So, now the wheels. In an earlier post, there was mention about not being able to mount just any 5-bolt wheel to the Volvo. They are completely right. Even the hub size is EXTREMELY important, as is the wheel offset, which is the measurement of the edges of the wheel with respect to where it attaches to the hub. You can calculate the adjustment for the wheel offset differences HERE. For the AWD owners, the wheel slips 1/16 of an inch before the computer starts shifting power, having the wheel fit perfectly is important to keep that system working properly. I looked for steel wheels, no such luck. I have found several alloy wheels in the 18" size, but the hub size is 65.1 (for the XC90, it's 67.1) Here is a very good article about getting wheels and tires for Volvos, including some important specs. I'm still searching, I may end up trying to find some more OEM wheels, but because they're so special, everyone is really proud of them, and not letting them go without a fiscal fight.
Going smaller is an option, but not a good one. Smaller wheels/tires allow for more torque to be applied at the contact point, increasing the chance for slipping on slick surfaces, which is more important when a heavy vehicle is moving, than trying to get it started. It will affect the way the drive system is set up too, and the clearance problems will be significant (even with a replacement wheel of the same size, the offset can cause the wheel/tire to rub or make contact.
Hope this helps. The Blizzaks are good, very good, but the Hankooks will probably last longer. The Michelins will probably be even better.
#139 of 166 Re: XC90 Tires - What to replace with? [tuck]
Nov 11, 2009 (7:16 am)
I realize your original e-mail was a year ago, but just wanted you to know how right you are about lehmans. I bought an XC90 new in 2004 and have added a S80 AWD this past year. They have done nothing but treat me right.
#140 of 166 2007 Volvo XC90 Problem
Nov 11, 2009 (5:55 pm)
I am also having an alinment Problem with my Tires.
But I am also hearing a Noise when I go over a depression in the Asphalt.
I think that it can not be the Struts because they look alright.
I dont want to Change my Tires Every year because they are Pirelli Scorpion ATR They Cost about 400$ ea .
Can anyone Help me?
#141 of 166 Brake dust solution?
Nov 15, 2009 (3:21 pm)
Has anyone tried "Kleen Wheels Brake Dust covers"? They're sold at Auto Barn and are supposed to keep the brake dust away from your wheels.
Here's part of what they say:
"Made of high strength aluminum alloy. This amazing product fits securely between the hub and wheel just like an inside hubcap. The patented turbo-venting design enhances brake cooling.
They are very easy to install, (Fits in the wheel just like an inside hubcap), turbo vented, and most of all, they keep your wheels shiny clean. Once you purchase Kleen Wheels Dust Shields for your vehicle you will never have to scrub your wheels again!"
If they work they are worth it, as I hate cleaning my wheels every week (should be more but don't want to spend more time than that). I'd love to hear if anyone has had any experience (good or bad) with these.
#143 of 166 Re: Brake dust solution? [jonds]
Nov 21, 2009 (5:08 pm)
Hey I have actually tried those and they are very good
I dont hate cleaning my rims but it seems that it is very good
#144 of 166 alignment problem?
Dec 09, 2009 (3:44 pm)
Bought my 2nd Volvo this spring - a used 2005 XC90 T2.5 7-door AWD - in excellent condition but with 80,000 miles. I absolutely love my car!
When I bought the car it was pulling slightly to the right so I had it aligned. There were fairly new but cheap tires on the car and those are the ones I am still using. I am not an extremely ruff driver, don't commute much but after about 7 month, I noticed that my right rear tire has extremely abnormal wear and is almost flat on the outer sides. The left rear tire is worn about the same as the front ones.
I had Big O Tires look at it and they said that most likely I hit a curb or speed bump too hard and that could cause one tire to wear like this. Could be, but I am concerned that if I buy new tires now and then get it aligned, that it turns out to be something else and then I have to buy new tires again.
My questions are, should I see a mechanic first to have him find out why only one tire is wearing this much before buying new ones? And second, what is the best recommended tire for my XC90 that will provide me with all the safety and comfort while still being cost effective? Micheline is expensive, but they are also well rated - the other tires I don't know about but if I can prevent spending $1000 for a set of new tires I like to do it - as long as I still get a long lasting good tire for it. Thanks for any advice!
#145 of 166 Re: alignment problem? [sabinaa]
Dec 15, 2009 (2:07 pm)
Took my Volvo to dealer for regular maintenance and asked about the tire / alignment thing. They recomended I get Bridgestone tires and then have it aligned by them. They also found an angle gear leak and quoted me $1100 to reseal it. Grrr. My friend checked under the car and confirmed a minor leak but suggested I check with other shops to find a better repair price.
Any comments / suggestions on that? New tires, alignment, leak repair ... here goes my Christmas present
#146 of 166 Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90?
Dec 30, 2009 (9:19 pm)
I need to replace the OEM Michelin Pilot MXM4 18" tires with an all year round tire that is better in the snow than the Pilots, but hopefully without sacrificing any or much of the smooth ride. Does anyone have any thoughts on Michelin Latitudes? This is for a 2005 XC90 V8. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
#147 of 166 Re: Replacement 18 inch tires for XC90?
Dec 31, 2009 (12:50 am)
I highly recommend the Nokian WR G2 Sport Utility. I also use a slightly larger than stock size of 255/55 R18. Excellend, cold, wet, and snow traction. I've had both the older Nokian WR and now the Nokian WR G2. The G2 is a significant improvement over what was a very good tire. I've only had the Nokian WR G2 for about four months now so can't tell much on wear but I do swear by them for winter months. They are definitely a bit more biased toward winter driving than most other all season tires. I've played with the idea of having a summer tire but on my 2003 XC90 V6, but thus far I've been running Nokian's for four years now. I also recommend Hunter Road Force balancing. It's worth it to seek out a shop that has this equipment.