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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010 Thread Starter
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Bigger tires for 122

I'd like to find a slightly bigger tire for my 122. Taller, not necessarily wider, to better fill out the wheel wells. I believe the current size is 165R15. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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I used old Ford wheels in a '66. Perfect swap.
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Bolt patterns were the same? What year Ford?
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It's been awhile. '70-80s Ford. Tire men know the wheels; ask an old guy. Bolt patterns were right. Volvo used American-issue parts often in the 50-60s; 444, 544, 122S, P1300
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The next size up would be a 185x15. That would also fit on your stock rim. It is the replacement size for the 122s wagon (which came stock with a 6.40-15). I have also read about using a 205/70x15. That would be much less expensive, but would require a 5 inch rim.
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Jerry, after checking with the 3 big tire stores around her - Sears, Goodyear, Town Fair Tire - none were able to come up with anything other than the stock size, which I finally went with. I'll keep your post in case there is a next time for tires.
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Opt for the best tires which correctly fits and they should not be over sized...
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Last week I bought a set of 205/70x15s for my 122 wagon. This was the closest I could find to the original diameter. Actually, they are slightly shorter than the original 6.40x15 tires, but they fit nicely on the stock rims and there are no problems with the body. They actually look like they could have come on the car. Since wagons have the lower rear axle ratio and did not come with an overdrive, the taller tire is needed. I have added an M41 transmission, so the car will go as fast as I have the nerve to drive it (drum brakes all around and no booster).
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early Volvo rims are the same bolt pattern and offset as 200 and 700 cars; Wheel Bolt Pattern Cross Reference Database and Conversion Guide: VOLVO*200 SERIES

You can go a bit larger for the look but you don't want to affect the gearing too much. It will make it sluggish, but you'll look good.




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I have Plymouth ralley wheels on my 66 with 195 70 14's. Thinking of trying 205 or 215's

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I have the stock hubcaps on my '64, the ones with the red "V" in the center. Ford wheels will fit the car, but are set up for smaller hubcaps. I have heard that there were Mercury wheels that will work and are set up for the correct diameter hubcaps.Does anyone have any information about that?
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