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Old 10-19-2018, 05:04 PM   #1
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So I got a used set of 25mm H&R spacers from a TB'r this week. (H&R 5035652)
Just mounted today and was going to ask if anyone knew a source for "bulge" 1/2X20 lug nuts because I had to use stock acorns on my 84 242 which leaves little of the flats to grab with a socket when they're snugged down.

But after driving the car and spending some time looking at it I think Im going back to the "tucked-in" stock attitude. I know I'm old school and prefer original cars butI thought this would be a win. Running Virgos with 195 60 tires. Maybe too many Volvos over the years (including some 140s early on) leaves me with an inability to see the "benefits" of this mod.

It looks cool but it doesn't look "right". Putting it away for the night and will decide tomorrow.
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:28 PM   #2
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Do you have pictures with the 25s on Virgos?
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:43 PM   #3
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Do you have pictures with the 25s on Virgos?
Can maybe post later or tomorrow. (Imgur?) Kind of gave up after P-bucket.

Don't get me wrong. Now looks like most cars do but I'm so used to the original look.

I do think the rear feels a little flatter but different.
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:34 PM   #4
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Yeah imgur works great. I'm not really a fan of the sunken in look, especially for the rears.
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:47 PM   #5
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Chrysler used to use lug nuts that were 1/2"x20 and took a 3/4" socket. But note these came in left hand and right hand threads, 1 side of the car used left hand thread lug nuts.
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:40 PM   #6
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Get a thin wall socket, its cheaper and easier than a set of lug nuts, unless you can find cheap used ones
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:40 PM   #7
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:54 PM   #8
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I really like the spacers on the rear of my car, but then mine are only 20mm per side. Give it some time to get used to? I was happy with the look on mine, but I really enjoy the way the car turns at low speed.
If you leave them on you will need to cut the inside of the fender lip per Volvo’s instructions. They’ve been posted several times in the past. As I recall about 10mm has to be removed for 20mm spacers with 195/60-15 Virgo, so a little more for you.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:21 PM   #9
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I will give it some time.
I drove it to pick up some take-out dinner tonight and I have to say the car feels more neutral and with a maybe a touch of mild oversteer which feels pretty good.

Looking at it in the garage from the rear quarter view it looks very good.

With stock ride height (have a set of 79 GT fronts that will go on) I don't see any clearance issues with the 195 60s and Virgos. The tire is still inside the opening. The only downside is that this beautiful car is still wearing original paint on the inner rear arches which will now get more exposure. Doesn't see wet weather so it will be minimal.

Seriously this is probably just a perception on my part as I've owned many 240s and have never done any mods other than Virgos, bars and shocks. I might have to convince my wife I need to acquire a vintage carbureted Volvo to satisfy my narrow track perversion.
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It looks good, you're thinking about it too much lol. Get the thin wall socket and enjoy it.
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I really like the spacers on the rear of my car, but then mine are only 20mm per side. Give it some time to get used to? I was happy with the look on mine, but I really enjoy the way the car turns at low speed.
If you leave them on you will need to cut the inside of the fender lip per Volvo’s instructions. They’ve been posted several times in the past. As I recall about 10mm has to be removed for 20mm spacers with 195/60-15 Virgo, so a little more for you.
I believe 20mm was the original factory option. Even with 25mm though the rear track is still less than the front. (but very close)
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:30 PM   #12
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It looks good, you're thinking about it too much lol. Get the thin wall socket and enjoy it.
I know. The more I look at it the more agreeable it is.
I was talking about the acorns holding the spacer to the the hub. It's fine but would be better with a little deeper flats. Something I'll keep an eye out for.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:35 PM   #13
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Last time I had to buy lug nuts, Amazon had the best deals
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:02 PM   #14
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Would I need to cut the lip with 25mm on cut springs? 2 front 1.5 rear coils cut. With Virgos as well, probably getting 195/60r15 or 205/55r15 tires.
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Would I need to cut the lip with 25mm on cut springs? 2 front 1.5 rear coils cut. With Virgos as well, probably getting 195/60r15 or 205/55r15 tires.
No but it will make it turn sideways when you push it instead of going around the corner.
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That's what I'm kind of afraid of, I even got a 23mm front sway to replace the stock 19mm (love the planted feeling by the way) to fight oversteer. Widening the rears just defeats the purpose of the bigger front sway bar.
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You could always add a 25mm rear bar so it spins right around and goes into the gaurd rail hard ass end first, then you could worry about what it looks like in the junkyard on the wheel stands.



Hey as long as it LOOKS fly ....
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:58 PM   #18
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https://www.willtheyfit.com/ there are a few sites that help figure out what will fit without cutting anything. Right now I'm running 225/45-17 on the front with no cutting or even close to rubbing, but its a 38mm offset on 25mm spacers and springs aren't cut
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https://www.willtheyfit.com/ there are a few sites that help figure out what will fit without cutting anything. Right now I'm running 225/45-17 on the front with no cutting or even close to rubbing, but its a 38mm offset on 25mm spacers and springs aren't cut
Or figure they gave you ~1 & 1/8" snow chain clearance all the way around the tire, and start counting millimeters of poke in any and all directions.

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Wut? Snow chains? Buy a winter car if ya gotta worry about that crap. Maybe I missed the point? I hate driving hotrod turbo RWD Volvos in snow so I bought a V50 AWD T5. I'll try to find the other sites tomorrow, you have to measure a lot of ****. The only thing I had to cut was the rear fender wells on 245/40-17s, 38mm offest on 32mm spacers
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Would I need to cut the lip with 25mm on cut springs? 2 front 1.5 rear coils cut. With Virgos as well, probably getting 195/60r15 or 205/55r15 tires.
Volvo recommended trimming the rear fender lip with the 20mm spacer kit they used to sell.

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Wut? Snow chains? Buy a winter car if ya gotta worry about that crap. Maybe I missed the point? I hate driving hotrod turbo RWD Volvos in snow so I bought a V50 AWD T5. I'll try to find the other sites tomorrow, you have to measure a lot of ****. The only thing I had to cut was the rear fender wells on 245/40-17s, 38mm offest on 32mm spacers
You totally missed what I said, go back and read it again, then go soak your head in a big pitcher of kool-aid for good measure.
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You totally missed what I said, go back and read it again, then go soak your head in a big pitcher of kool-aid for good measure.
What flavor just to make sure?
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Do what ya gotta do, no big deal
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What flavor just to make sure?
The flavoraid grape drank of course.
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