Another point to take in is that if the car has had bigger alloys put it on from new, for example going from the standard 17" up to say 18" or 19", it would of had the steering altered at manufacture.
I'm not exactly sure what is done, but when opting for a larger rim from new there is a mechanical alteration done at point of manufacture, so pushing the rims out by 20mm will have an impact on this.
It wasn't until after I took ownership of my V40 that I noticed how opting for 18" alloys affected the turning circle on my R-Design.
I think Buzby touched on this in another thread ?
Bunch of info in an earlier thread that I posted: http://www.volvov40club.com/forums/16-volvo-v40-modifications/4618-eibach-springs-spacers.html - installed Eibach spacers 15/20mm f&r respectively for just over 3 years now.
FWIW, my spacers did not void my warranty at my dealer; that said, I dint claim for anything related to wheels/suspension during these first 3 years.
My stock Michelin PS lasted 58k, with tyre rotation done every 10k km.
No issues *thus far*. Was 18" Ixion previously and now Advan Racing RSII.So you used the eibach spacers and there were no issues? I see that you have 18" wheels but my car has 17" so i am not sure that everything would fit as it has on yours..
Thanks for the information
Yeah I agree it is ridiculously expensive when doing it with Volvo.@ Dino,
This is how my dealer explained it, and Buzby mentioned very similar in a previous thread.
If your car came with the standard 17" rims from new and you opted to upgrade for a larger rim, ie 18" or 19" there is a mechanical alteration done at point of manufacture, to avoid wheel V wing impact.
This is probably why upgrading with your dealer is a bit expensive as the cost covers the mechanical alteration and the actual bigger alloy.
If I remember correctly I paid £800 to upgrade from the stock 17" Ixion that came with my R-Design to the 18" Ixion.
I would imagine that if you already had 18" rims from new and you later decided to go up to 19" then that should be ok because the mechanics would have already been altered at point of manufacture.
As for software being impacted, I'm no expert but I would guess that the bigger you go from standard it must have a bearing on how your speed is calculated, so opting for bigger wheels from new probably also takes this into account when the car is manufactured ?
I do agree that the standard R-Design lacks something in the "looks" department, it doesn't have that sporty look unless you pay to have bigger wheels and perhaps opt for the Sports suspension upgrade.
I think the Sports suspension option was a ridiculous price when I bought my car last year, I'm sure it was around £2000, hence not getting it, but opting for the Xenium pack instead, which in my opinion gives a nice look to the V40.
Also I'm sure the Sports suspension was standard on the D2 R-Design, but extra all other models, go figure !!
Volvo also offer an upgrade R-Design rear spoiler kit, I think it cost something like £650 at the time I had it.
Personally I think the R-design should have these cosmetic upgrades as standard, but obviously Volvo can see £££££ signs by offering them as optional upgrades.