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Old 08-23-2005, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
ipellew@pipemedia.co.uk
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Volvo 960 rear looks wheel like heavey load

Hi all;

I notice the rear wheels are quiet close to the wheel arch as though
there is a
big load in the car, the car is fitted with wide wheels that I think
these would catch the inside plastic mud gaurd fitted under the wheel
arch.

Is this anything to worry about?

My writen off 960 has what I would call common skinny wheels compared
to the wheels on my replacement 960.

I have often wondered why volvo have a Placement peg on the hub as
these wide wheels are quiet heavey and absolute shit to locate on this
peg.

Regards
Ian (Leic UK)

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Old 08-23-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo 960 rear looks wheel like heavey load

My 92 960 with 17" Volvo rims looks the same and looks worse in cold as car
settles. after a short trip they ar up end do notlook so bad. Can just get
my finger between tire and fender well. Never has touched the fender in 13
years!
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Old 08-23-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo 960 rear looks wheel like heavey load

The 960's have self-leveling shocks (or at least, many of them do).
These shocks, particularly when old, will settle overnight. They will
self-level to the same point regardless of teh load, and this can
sometimes take a few minutes of driving as they pump the oil and
whatever to the correct level.

If someone has replaced the original self-leveling shocks with more
affordable standard shocks, the car will sit low becasue it now has
the wrong springs in it. Standard shocks need a stiffer spring to help
maintain the correct ride characteristics and ride height.

The peg on teh hub insures that the wheels always go backl on in teh
same orientation when removed. This helps maintain correct tire
balance when the wheels are removed then refitted... I have always
assumed, anyway.


ipellew@pipemedia.co.uk wrote:

>Hi all;
>
>I notice the rear wheels are quiet close to the wheel arch as though
>there is a
>big load in the car, the car is fitted with wide wheels that I think
>these would catch the inside plastic mud gaurd fitted under the wheel
>arch.
>
>Is this anything to worry about?
>
>My writen off 960 has what I would call common skinny wheels compared
>to the wheels on my replacement 960.
>
>I have often wondered why volvo have a Placement peg on the hub as
>these wide wheels are quiet heavey and absolute shit to locate on this
>peg.
>
>Regards
>Ian (Leic UK)


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Old 08-24-2005, 13:01   #4 (permalink)
ipellew@pipemedia.co.uk
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Re: Volvo 960 rear looks wheel like heavey load

Hi Imic;

I have worked it out, after swopping my SS exhuast between 92 & 96 960
Saloon.

Each side of the rear suspension is like a trapizian, so as the wheel
linkage is compressed with load the wheel moves inwards as well as up.
Not only that, the wheel leans into the road as the top tie rod is
shorter than the lower one.
Look at a BMW and you see the wheel angle terrably under load or they
come off the road. Not so our Volvos.

Thats must be why you are not concerned and still have your tyres
intact.
Silly me.

Regards
Ian

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