1: Thanks : )
2. They are indeed alloys (I think there's a better picture of one somewhere in our Flickr photostream linked below). Bigger for sure, but as long as everything works as needed, we're not bothered by having to cut away a bit of the shell. I admit to knowing about as much about tires
& wheels as I do about electricity (ha!), but fortunately (or un
fortunately?), Sam has a pretty sizable obsession with all things wheel-ish.
3. I can't find the debit for the axle purchase -- my spreadsheet says $425. Trying to ship via FedEx was a pain, so we eventually called UPS and the axle was on our doorstep in less than a week. They charged $190 to lug it from Canada to Kansas.
4. We just bought our Volvo last fall
-- a '99 V70R with a whole heck of a lot of miles, but a nice maintenance record (to which we're adding more than we'd like!). It does a lot of nice things, though towing will not be one of them ; )
Jess is right, $425 for the axle with brakes
. I don't recall the price with out brakes
, I want to say $325. I ordered if from Paul Neumeister. He was a real pleasure to work with and would recommend him to anyone here.
The wheels are Ansen style wheels (kind of a retro five oval slotted wheel). They are 14x6, and I believe they use the same bolt pattern as some older fords. The fit will be tight, but should be okay with the fresh axle.