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jjason981 01-12-2004 01:55 PM

308 Wheel Upgrade Question
I am new to the forum and I have to say this is a great site with large amounts of information. I'm glad to have found it. MY question is: I have a 1985 308 QV and I would like to upgrade my wheels to 18 in or maybe bigger(if possible). What is the bolt pattern for a 308? and what is the biggest rims one can fit on a 308.....I'm not looking to go bigger than 19 in though. Thanks much to anyone who can help.
Jason Fitzpatrick

4kids3fish 01-12-2004 05:24 PM

Welcome Jason. Had your car long? There are many here who will be pleased to help out, but you have to post pix of your car first (only joking!) :green:

Are you looking for after-market wheels or Ferrari ones? Wheels are spec'd by bolt PCD (pitch circle diameter, measuring across the width of an imaginary circle passing through tne centre of all 5 bolts), and offset (distance from the inner flat mounting face to the wheel centreline). Get this by laying rim upside down on ground and measure overall rim width edge to edge through spoke opening. Divide this by 2 (= A, distance to centreline). Then measure distance from edge of inside rim down to the mounting face (= B) . Subtract B from centreline distance A and you have the rim offset, which will be negative if the mounting flange is closer to the outside of the wheel, or positive otherwise.

With this rim PCD and offset you can go shopping for alternative wheels of same or different overall diameter, bearing in mind:

1. As diam gets larger (15 - 16 - 17 etc), you need to reduce the tyre sidewall height the same amount (ie use lower-profile tyres) otherwsie the overall gearing ratio of the car will change. This will reduce acceleration, drop cruise revs, possibly increase top speed a little but make speedo read too slow.

2. If increase overall tyre diameter (ie not follow step 1) then the tyre will eventually start fouling either the bodywork when turned or maybe some suspension bits, unless ...

3. Reduce rim offset, maybe while increasing width a little. This means making the rim extend INTO the car more than it sticks OUT, and can keep the tyre off the outside bodywork provided that it can clear suspension parts. Careful measuring underneath will show if you have some excess clearance inside the wheel/tyre that can be used. Note: Reducing offset significantly (by say 1" or more) will make the hub bearings work harder and change the steering feel (lighten it), so be a bit careful here. Increasing offset will also wear the bearings faster plus make steering heavier & jump around more.

Sorry for the ramble - you probably know all this already. :nuts:

jjason981 01-12-2004 05:36 PM

Thanks for the reply. I've had the car six months. I am gonna go with aftermarket wheels, the ferrari wheels are nice, in the shed, but I want to give the car a more modern look anf low profile tires and larger rims will defintely give me that look. The car is black on black, i saw theses rims that are hyperblack in the center with a chrome lip ...they are unbelieveable and alot cheaper online ...the shop was not familiar with ferrari, they did need to know the bolt pattern to see if it was evena possibilty of the rims fitting. I will be getting a scanner to post pictures of the car. thanks again. jason

'75 308 GT4 (Peter) 01-13-2004 01:12 PM

Wheel PCD is the same as Volvo (5 bolt, 108mm dia.).

As for offset, I'm not sure and there are a few (slight differences). Measure the wheels on your car.

Wheels from other Ferraris, including current models (360) will fit on a 308.

Be careful of how the aftermarket wheels attach to your car, in respect of the wheel bolts.

jjason981 01-14-2004 08:15 PM

Thanks for your reply......5*108 is the bolt I know precisely what will fit.......I was told that 19in might fit and there is a slight possibilty of 20in but I think that may be too big....thanks again ...I cant wait to see what its gonna look like.

4kids3fish 01-14-2004 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by jjason981
... there is a slight possibilty of 20in but I think that may be too big....

You might want to keep an eye on the overall wheel+tyre weight compared to the std setup when getting this big, as the unsprung weight can blow-out badly leaving you with crappy ride and bump-characteristics unworthy of a thoroughbred sports car. Make it a consideration when comparing different wheel designs. Good luck - we are waiting to see how it all comes together! 8)

rivee 03-09-2004 07:43 AM

jjson, why do you want to go with such tall rims ax 19 or 20 in? I
've seen 308's with the 19 in rims and in my personal opinion it looks cheezy. I think 17 in rims look the best with deep inset rears. Go to and check out their rims. They have the specs for your car and the max. height and width for it.

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