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XC70 LED Gauge Swap 2000+

Published on January 29, 2012 by C7MB

This simple guide will show you how to take your 2000, 2001, 2002, and up Volvo XC70s gauges out and upgrade them to a more modern looking LED setup. For only a few dollars and an hour of your time you can completely change the look of your late model Volvo XC70


Aluminum Preparation For Painting

Published on September 12, 2011 by Volvospeed

If you work around cars long enough, eventually you will want to paint something made from aluminum. Like any other material, aluminum can be painted but needs proper prep work. If the aluminum part you wish to paint is already anodized or painted, you can skip these steps and paint it as if it were any other material. This guide is intended to illustrate how to prepare and paint bare aluminum. In addition to the reqular painting supplies, you will also require a few specialty products. First, is an aluminium specific body filler.  3M makes a very affordable one that is available at most automotive stores. You will also need a zinc chromate primer which can be a little harder to find


S60 & V70 Projector Retrofit

Published on August 1, 2011 by Teh Volvo

1. Disassemble the front end to get out the headlightsa. There is a thread to remove headlights, but it is VERY simple.2. Remove headlights (be sure to disconnect and plugs going to the headlights.3. Remove all of the bulbs inside of the headlight.4. On your low beam spot, there is a prong that is used to hold your bulb in, on that metal piece, there is two torx bolts holding in the bulb shroud. Remove that, so your projector back can fit through the back of the headlight.5. Now on to remove the lenses: Lens removal instructions


Manual Shift Knob Removal

Published on March 15, 2011 by Matt01

There are a few reasons to remove the stock shift knob. Maybe its to go to something aftermarket, or just replace an old worn knob. Whatever the reasons are, this guide will walk you through all the ways to get this done.


Dome Light LED Retrofit

Published on February 9, 2011 by Theshadow27 From 30forty50.com

Shown below is an array of soldered LEDs. The LEDs you need are 1400mcd in a 3x3 configuration with 150ohm resistors for the front. Once you have constructed your array, you need to solder it onto the board as shown below. Clean solder joints are key here. Below is the schematic for the front dome lights. For the rear I suggest a 3x2 configuration. The key is having 3 LEDs and 1 150ohm resistor on every circuit.


Phase 2 Bumper On A Phase 1 S40 V40

Published on February 9, 2011 by Domaso

My S40 is Phase1 and my front bumper was cracked, scuffed and damaged, so it was time to change it. But instead of changing it to the new Ph1 bumper I decided to fit Ph2 bumper.  As you know, Phase2 bumper edges are a bit shorter than Phase1 bumper:


How To Install HIDs Into The Foglamps

Published on February 8, 2011 by GerBeGurGya From 30forty50.com

The first problem with this installation is that the fog lamp has its own bulb socket and the HID set has pre-wired bulb with huge waterproof connectors, which of course wont match up so this installation isnt a plug and play at all. You have to work on the OEM socket to be able to use it as without you can not secure the bulb into the lamp. Two point has to be attacked. The first is after you took out the metal connectors which supplied power to the OEM bulbs is the back side. After you have a big enough hole cutting out the inner leftovers as well you also have to file down some surface just above the o-ring.Will tackle this later.


Polishing Aluminum

Published on February 2, 2011 by Volvospeed

Do you want to clean up the appearance of your car? How about all that aluminum that has become dull over the years? Most aluminum can be polished assuming a few things. Before you decide to polish a part make sure that it is not clear coated in anyway, and is in fact aluminum. Shown below is the aluminum heat shield off the turbo. This is an easy piece to remove and a good candidate for polishing. Polishing the heat shield not only looks good, but also helps it reflect more heat.


Glass Polishing Guide

Published on January 29, 2011 by Volvospeed

We have all seen glass pitted like the headlight below, or maybe something even more common like a scratch on a windshield. This kind of wear is typical on glass of any age, but is easy to fix with the correct tools. The first step in addressing surface issues on glass is to determine the extent of the damage. If the glass is cracked this guide will not help you. If the glass is not cracked and the flaw cannot be felt with your finger, then you can skip the sanding step and go right to polishing.


Single to Dual Headlight Conversion

Published on January 29, 2011 by NA850

Here's the wiring harness. No you do not have to get the ENTIRE thing but I like to be careful.(The only plugs you will use are the grey ones. Start by removing 2 bolts that hold in the hood latch on the driver side. You need to do this so you can reach 2 bolts that hold in the headlight.

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