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Old 04-29-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I know wheel sizes etc have been done to death but I've searched and can't find a definitive answer.

Has anyone manged to fit 9" wide wheels on the front? I've found a set of wheels I like but only 9" wide available.

If so what offset and what needed to be rolled, grinded, hacked or cut?

I have the kapelhenke struts and strut tops.

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Old 04-29-2016, 09:06 PM   #2
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I have 8" wide wheels on my 242, 5mm offset.

About 3/8" to strut and flush with fender opening,

Any wider and they'd hit the strut or stick out past the fender which is a look I don't like.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:17 PM   #3
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7mm offset works with a 17x9. It will clear the strut tube with a normal size tire for the wheel width (245 or narrower). What size tire are you trying to fit?

FYI, you cannot fit a 2.5" ID spring & spring seat next to the tire at that offset. As long as the lower spring seat will be above the tire sidewall, you'll be fine.
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7mm offset works with a 17x9. It will clear the strut tube with a normal size tire for the wheel width (245 or narrower). What size tire are you trying to fit?

FYI, you cannot fit a 2.5" ID spring & spring seat next to the tire at that offset. As long as the lower spring seat will be above the tire sidewall, you'll be fine.
225 will hit the 2.5" spring seat without a spacer.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:55 PM   #5
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7mm offset works with a 17x9. It will clear the strut tube with a normal size tire for the wheel width (245 or narrower). What size tire are you trying to fit?

FYI, you cannot fit a 2.5" ID spring & spring seat next to the tire at that offset. As long as the lower spring seat will be above the tire sidewall, you'll be fine.
I'm looking at some 17x9" with 20ET offset, hoping to run 245's or 235's

Have the shortened struts from kaplhenke, not sure if they retain the spring perch in the same location, think so coz they cut the threaded section of the strut.

So if I run the correct spacer and roll the guards it may just fit?
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:12 AM   #6
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I'm looking at some 17x9" with 20ET offset, hoping to run 245's or 235's

Have the shortened struts from kaplhenke, not sure if they retain the spring perch in the same location, think so coz they cut the threaded section of the strut.

So if I run the correct spacer and roll the guards it may just fit?
17x9 with a 20ET will not work. You would need 0-5mm positive offset. I would start with a 20mm spacer since you can always step it down a bit.
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17x9 with a 20ET will not work. You would need 0-5mm positive offset. I would start with a 20mm spacer since you can always step it down a bit.
225 will need a 5-10mm spacer depending on tire wall design for coilovers. Regular IPD springs, I didn't need them. Most need 5mm, but I need 10mm. You need to make sure you measure.
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17x9 et 0 with 245/40-17 Federal 595's.

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I run Kaplhenke shortened coil overs and have to run a 0 offset. I ended up having to have custom 45mm adapters made. I run an 8" with 225/35/17 and can still only fit a pinky behind the tire and coil over.

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17x9 et 0 with 245/40-17 Federal 595's.

Patrick, that is PERFECT for what I want for my '83 242! Are those ESM or ESR wheels? 5x108 with spacers or 5x??? with adapters?

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Old 04-30-2016, 01:33 PM   #11
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ESM's
17x9 25mm o/s 5x108
25mm spacer in front, 10mm spacer in rear
245/40-17 Federals all around
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I run Kaplhenke shortened coil overs and have to run a 0 offset. I ended up having to have custom 45mm adapters made. I run an 8" with 225/35/17 and can still only fit a pinky behind the tire and coil over.

Otherwise those 9" wheels fit perfectly on tuff 240's Volvo.

Ah right so the coil overs actually restrict how wide you can run a wheel up the front due to the lower Spring perch. Dam that's a bit of a bummer. I take it your guards have been rolled, looks like a very tight fit between the wheel and guard also.

Otherwise those 9" wheels fit perfectly on tuff 240's Volvo.

Gotta love that screamer pipe out the front too haha
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:24 PM   #13
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I run 7" springs on coil-overs to get more room for wider tires. Camber helps a lot too.
It's a lot of little things to get wide tires to fit.

18x8&9's with 245/40's all around. 3" shortened strut housing with Koni 8610 race inserts and 450lb 7" springs:

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Lets talk about the rear too. Will a 17x10 rim fit in the rear of a volvo 245 without big rolling fender work?
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245 on 17x8. 1 1/16" spacer for these rear pics. It was rubbing the fender. Plenty of room inside.





Fronts: No fender work. It would rub on bumps.



I added a bar to the front to pull the front fender a little.


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17x9 25mm o/s 5x108
25mm spacer in front, 10mm spacer in rear
245/40-17 Federals all around
Thanks! I hate to be "that guy" but I will probably end up with that set-up for me car. I LOVE LM's, and BBS aren't in my budget, so those fit the bill!

The orange car is GORGEOUS, btw!!!!

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