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Old 04-08-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default What was Volvo's official TIRE SIZE spec for 240 Turbo/Virgo wheels?

What's printed on the door sticker?

I'd like to know because I'm about to put Virgo's on my N/A, normal height stock springs, 240 wagon.

What were the stock tires Volvo put on a 240 turbo with Virgo's -- 205/65/15? 205/55/15?

Looking to put on all-season tires. Obviously not a hot rod performance car, just a daily driver, street-driving, normal highway and city driving.

...I know, boring.

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Old 04-08-2008, 07:19 PM   #2
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I've always run 205/55. I'm not sure it's stock but it seems to work the best for me.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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B-dub -- is that what Volvo suggested, and printed on the door sticker of a 240 turbo?
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:27 PM   #4
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The stock turbo/Virgo wheel Volvo size tire is actually a 195/60-15. I just prefer the 205/55.
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Thanks!

I've been told the 205/55/R15 will keep my spedo and odometer close to accurate.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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Go with 205/60/15, its a great tire size. 215 looks a little bit wider. But the 195 just looks like 14" tire/rim combo.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:53 PM   #7
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Yeah I have the stock 195 size on my virgos, but I am going wider like 205/55 or something.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:07 AM   #8
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N/A wagons came with 185R15 ... which is like an 82 profile.

205/65/15 is a close match for overall diameter, but in no means will it be visually "lowered". 205/60/15 is a happy compromise between lower profile tires + still being close to the original OD.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:36 PM   #9
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I have a 1982 owner's manual that lists the following.

sedan:
DL 175R14
GL 185/70R14
GLT, Turbo 195/60R15

wagon:
DL (USA)185R14
DL (Can) P185/75R14
GL 185R14
GLT 195/60R15

If you find stats for load capacity, you'll notice that the wagons with Virgos often have a lower load capacity than the DL/GL because of the 195/60/15 tires.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:36 AM   #10
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I have a 1982 owner's manual that lists the following.

sedan:
DL 175R14
GL 185/70R14
GLT, Turbo 195/60R15

wagon:
DL (USA)185R14
DL (Can) P185/75R14
GL 185R14
GLT 195/60R15

If you find stats for load capacity, you'll notice that the wagons with Virgos often have a lower load capacity than the DL/GL because of the 195/60/15 tires.
Did the turbo wagons also have sedan speedometers installed?
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:55 AM   #11
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N/A wagons came with 185R15 ... which is like an 82 profile.

205/65/15 is a close match for overall diameter, but in no means will it be visually "lowered". 205/60/15 is a happy compromise between lower profile tires + still being close to the original OD.
Actually the 215/60-15 is a closer match. The 205/65-15 is a tad taller, - 2mph. The speedo error on my 245 with 215's is +1 mph. Going with the 205/60-15 the speedo error is +5 to +6 mph on a wagon, but very close for a sedan.
You could put the 215's on the 6" Vigro wheel, but they work best on 7" wide wheels.

"I've been told the 205/55/R15 will keep my spedo and odometer close to accurate."
No, it will be way off, like 7-8 mph too high on you wagon with the orig speedo.
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:29 PM   #12
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Did the turbo wagons also have sedan speedometers installed?
Yes, all manual turbos whether wagon or sedan used a 3.73:1 rear axle with a .980 speedometer. The stock size tires are 195/60-15. I use the 205/55-15 tires and according to the radar trailers that police setup in areas for speed checks the speedometer is accurate.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:32 PM   #13
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www.1010tires.com
there is a tire comparison tool... put in your size and other sizes that are close, and play with the numbers and see what best suits you
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:36 PM   #14
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FWIW, I had 205/60 on Virgos, and it sucked. They wallowed like balloon tires, and I had Z rated summer tires, where the sidewall is supposed to be a little stiffer than, say, all-seasons. You could see scrub marks from cornering halfway up the sidewall. If I had the decision now, I would do 205/55 on Virgos.

That was on my 90 245 with V8, so just about the most weight you can get on a 240. A 242 might be a little easier on the tires. Hmm, I just noticed that the OP has a 90 245 as well.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:39 PM   #15
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205's feel heavy in the steering to me,and consume excessive fuel imo.
I like 195-65-15 M&S tires @ 40 PSI,for all around practical purposes.

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I have a 1982 owner's manual that lists the following.

sedan: DL 175R14
What size is that...75 profile?
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What size is that...75 profile?
80 for radial tires when not specified.
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I like my 205-50-15's

but they look funny when my car is at stock height otherwise.

any season besides summer I run 185/70/14 i think? just cheap econo tires that do okay in minor snow.
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80 for radial tires when not specified.
My memory is lacking, but in seventy era, 75-R was the common radial size...I have no idea in early eighties.

80 is a pinch taller tire...my guess is they meant 175/75R/14...which is standard issue in Canada in 1984.
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80 for radial tires when not specified.
+1 that is what i am told too

ie. a 185r14 (185/80r14) is about the same size as a 205/70r14 or a 195/75r14


http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp

if you're using the same tires all year, i wouldn't recommend something too wide, 'cus you will probably get stuck in snow (if you're in a snowy area) if its just summer wider can be nice, 'cept in the rain, might be a bit of a downer, hydroplaning and all
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+1 that is what i am told too

ie. a 185r14 (185/80r14) is about the same size as a 205/70r14 or a 195/75r14


http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp

if you're using the same tires all year, i wouldn't recommend something too wide, 'cus you will probably get stuck in snow (if you're in a snowy area) if its just summer wider can be nice, 'cept in the rain, might be a bit of a downer, hydroplaning and all

Correct, it's supposed to be 80 if not specified - but it's usually closer to 78 in reality.
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anything wider then 195 and the 60 aspect ratio is way too tall unless you want all comfort and no control.

a 205 55 15 works well and and a 205 50 15 is also pretty nice

if you can find some 15x7 a 225 50 15 is a great tire size but less and less peformance tires are offered in it.
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185r14 (185/80r14) is about the same size as a 205/70r14 or a 195/75r14

http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp
Here's a much better Tire Size and RPM Calculator, including rear-end ratio calcs

When you input 175/75R14 vs 185/60R/15, you will find change in speedometer of about 60.302 mph (about 0.3 mph difference), but with 175/80R14, you get 62.01 (about 2 mph difference) from a reference speed of 60 mph.

I would say 175R14 represents 175/75R14 since speedometer deviation-results are lower with 75 profile.

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both of those are pretty normal. http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp

that one is cool as it shows tyres and allows you to compare wheels too.
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