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> 240 Sedan Tire Sizes?, standard steel wheels
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post Apr 30 2007, 02:48 PM
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The proper tire size thread got me thinking about my 87 240 sedan.
The tire sites all list the proper size tires as p185/70/r14 which while no means limiting, does seem like a kind of hard tire size to find. I was looking for a tire that does well in the wet and found the michelin hydroedge in the right size, but was wondering if there is another size that I could use with my current rims that wouldnt affect my speedometer that much, but give me a noticeable nicer ride.

any opinions on the hydro edges for my 240 or any other suggestions?
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post May 1 2007, 09:22 AM
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Some people have used 195/65/14 tyres and report they handle better than the 185/70/14 tyres.
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post Nov 15 2007, 04:24 AM
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hi,
I went through this today, I told my tire shop that the original tires for a 1985 dl Wagon were 185 r14
which translate into todays tires as (as per my tire shop) 195/75/14.. I hope that's correct , because I bought them. I recently have behaved as a mad person , checking out ( in supermarket car parks) what people are driving on . For my model, most are using 185/70/14 , which apparently is wrong, however to be honest , I don't really know if my tire shop is right , but the guy was so adamant about this. So, as I said, I bought them.
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post Nov 15 2007, 10:09 AM
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He's right. 185/70/14 is correct for 240 sedans not wagons. Enjoy your new tyres!
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post Nov 17 2007, 03:24 PM
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So the 195/75 is correct tire for the wagon? I'm in the tire market too, with an '82 wagon. My car's sticker calls for "185R/14" but it is running 195/75's right now (they came on it).

On the subject of tires, anyone have any favorites they're running on the wagons? I've always been partial to BFG's and Pirellis... am looking at the BFG Traction T/A T and or the Pirelli P4 - but open to suggestions!!!

I'm finding that these two tires come in 185/70 or /65; or 195/70 - but not 195/75. Would either of those other sizes be acceptable?

Thanks so much! Head spinning w/numbers!
Regina & Clink

ps I should add that I do run in some snow in the winter time, so looking for a good all-season
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post Nov 17 2007, 05:49 PM
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205/70/14, 195/75/14 and 185R14 have all got roughly the same diameter. 195/70/14s are a little smaller but will still give you an accuracy speedo reading on a wagon.
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post Nov 18 2007, 06:07 PM
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Great info, thanks. I'll keep shopping. If the 205/70 works (not too wide?) then that's great news as it gives me a lot more options (even if they're a little more $).

Anybody have any favorite tires they're running or have run on these wagons?

Regina (getting our first snow today, so w/need to make a decision pretty quick!)
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post Nov 20 2007, 04:20 PM
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QUOTE(240on280 @ May 1 2007, 09:22 AM)
Some people have used 195/65/14 tyres and report they handle better than the 185/70/14 tyres.
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That's what I run mine on. They do make a big difference more noticable when you have to brake heavily in the wet.
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post Feb 16 2009, 07:48 AM
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can anyone help me... i've a volvo 1993 240 sedan.. i want to change my tires to 195/60/15 or 205/60/15 ..the basic tire is 185/70/14.. i know that the speedo change is minimal and the diameter change is <3%.. do i have to make any modifications changing rim size from 14" to 15"? i don't have to buy another set of wheel do i? thanks.


visit tirerack.com or 1010.com to learn how to plus size a tire ..
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post Feb 16 2009, 09:13 AM
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I don't mean to sound funny, but if you have 14" wheels then you'll be buying 14" tires and if you have 15" wheels then buy 15" tires. Stock steel wheels were/are 14"s, I bought a set of Virgo's (aluminum upgrade, found on the turbos) and they are 15", which bolt on with no modifications. I run Pirelli 195 60 15's on those.

So to answer your question, yes you'll need to buy another set of wheels.

Clear as mud?

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post Feb 16 2009, 11:09 AM
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"i don't have to buy another set of wheel do i?"

How do you change from 14" wheels to 15" wheels without buying another set of wheels?
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post Feb 16 2009, 11:18 AM
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Yes you need another set of rims. I kept my 14's for snows.

I am using 15" Volvo Turbo Rims as well. They are alloy rims, so they're lighter..better unsprung weight, better ride.

Moving up a wheel size ( 14" to 15" and using a tire that has the same overall diameter as the original) is called plus sizing. It will give you a lower sidewal height that will improve the handling characteristics with a bit of sacrifice to a soft ride. Here is a link to a plus sizing calculator.

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I'm using 205/60/15 which is a near match to the 185/70/14 that is recommended for my '91 240
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post Sep 12 2010, 10:07 AM
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Pardon the thread necromancy.

So from what I gather in this thread, 185/70R14 is the correct size for sedans? Or is it 185/75R14? And while we're on the subject, sticking a 195/70R14 would have what effect aside from adding more rubber to stick to the road with? My grip in the rain is terrible right now, but then again, the car has three different kinds of tire on it (the rear two match, the front two are different), so that could simply be a function of the previous owner's negligence.

Thanks for any help!
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post Sep 25 2010, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE (drewdle @ Sep 12 2010, 11:07 AM)
My grip in the rain is terrible right now, but then again, the car has three different kinds of tire on it


There is your traction problem. I imagine your car must be extremely squirrely in the rain.

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You can see that a 195/70/14 is roughly the same circumference as a 185/75/14.
With the 195/70 you will gain a bit more rubber on the road...more traction, Your sidewall will be a bit bit shorter ...more control, firmer ride.
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post Sep 27 2010, 01:18 PM
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Thanks Ice. Yeah, can't expect to much with that kind of setup on the car.

I ended up getting 185R14s, there was a sale at good old Canadian Tire. MotoMaster SE, a full set cost just under $400 installed and taxes in. I've had MM's before, apparently they're made by Goodyear. Huge improvement, and on an aside, the car no longer feels like it's riding on bags of rocks.

Another thought crossed my mind as I was reading this. Would 195 or 205 tires, because they're wider, have more rolling resistance and thus worse economy? A bigger contact patch is nice I'd imagine, but now that I have proper tires, I'm not finding grip on the stock tire size lacking at all.
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QUOTE (drewdle @ Sep 27 2010, 02:18 PM)
.............Another thought crossed my mind as I was reading this. Would 195 or 205 tires, because they're wider, have more rolling resistance and thus worse economy? A bigger contact patch is nice I'd imagine, but now that I have proper tires, I'm not finding grip on the stock tire size lacking at all.


Hey Drewdle,

My 240 is a '91 in pretty good condition. I've done a lot of 'performance' mods to it, but overall I don't think it's any better for it's intended purpose than before I did a thing. Volvo did a great job engineering these cars over the years, and for the most part the original equipment works fine.
There are only two reasons to upgrade your tires...you may push your Volvo past it's intended limits, or it's the cool factor. My tires are cool, (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
OK, I do push it at times, and I do like that added safety margin.

Rolling resistance has a lot of variables, but I tend to think that a larger contact patch would definitely be offset by a shorter stiffer sidewall.
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post Oct 1 2010, 12:08 AM
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Honestly, my family runs the same size tires on all their Volvo's the wagon and the sedans; P185/65 R14. I am the only odd one running P195/70 R14. I noticed that in the rain my wagon handles far better than their cars. As for a type of tire to use, I find that if you are an economical shopper (or cheap-@ss like me) Kelly's run amazing. Whatever you do, dont put Viva 2's on your 240. It will tear them to shreds. I got less than 7k miles out of them. Thank you Walmart for Validating there 30K warranty.
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