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  1. Yeah, that’s a good call out on the mesh/fabric. I’ll figure out a strengthening approach when I pull the fender later this week.
  2. So my 17 year old had a nice little fender bender (literally - and not her fault - you should see the poor 2017 3 series the other teenager was driving) this weekend in the 98 S70 T5 and I’m assessing what parts I need to pull from a junkyard 98 V70 in the same color. As you can see the drivers side fender and turn signal will need replacing. And I’m going pull the bumper cover (because the grandpa who previously owned this car drove by feel and then rollered on - I’m not kidding - the matching 601 Signal Red paint). So the bumper was a mess before and worth replacing. But what about this radiator support? Cracked on the bottom drivers side but looks like it could easily be JB Welded back on. Is it worth the pain of pulling the entire front end off - several hours in the junkyard and at home - in order to replace this? Or is the consensus that the support point which just bolts to the fender is largely for supporting the fender? Last image below just to show the component involved in all its glory - not mine. I get it takes some of the impact in the result of a collision and did it’s job but am trying to weight the costs/benefit of the effort.
  3. New Meyle HD control arms and tie rods for the S70. Hate when these 30 min jobs turn into 2 hour struggles because rust. Such a night and day difference between my last S70 which spent the first 60k miles in the garage and rarely driven in the winter and this one with 70k miles which was driven regularly the last 20k over the last 4 years and parked outside. Both Chicago cars. Nothing a torch and impact driver couldn’t eventually resolve but still…
  4. Finally got the key fob remote from the previous owner and used my remaining new case to have a fully functional key fob for the new S70. Question, I have 2 spare remotes left over from previous S70s (all 98s) and would love to reprogram one of them to mate to this new S70 so I can give one to my daughter who is the other primary driver of the car. If I recall correctly I need someone with the ability to unlock the VGLA module and then pair it with the remote. Do I just need someone with VADIS / VIDA or is this a dealer only effort for a 98? Found this post, sounds like I need the PIN from the dealer:
  5. Today I learned that there are apparently two different brass brackets that attach the electric antenna module to the rear trunk panel of the car. Every S70 I worked until now the antenna exited perpendicular to the rear quarter panel of the car. The bracket for it looks like this: And the antenna looks like this: But apparently there’s another setup where the bracket lacks the hole in the middle that water evacuation tube goes through and instead is triangular and forces you to flip the antenna module around. It also means the antenna sits at something like an 80° angle toward the rear as it exits the hole in the quarter panel. Had me totally flummoxed as I kept flipping around the bracket trying to figure out how to attach it so the antenna would be perpendicular. When I finally found a picture of the bracket with the hole in the middle - which I had forgotten about I realized they were different. The nut secures the antenna to the top of the quarter panel also has an angle to it. And to prove it’s not a fluke here’s another S70 with same setup: I never realized this and genuinely curious on the rationale because I can’t find a product break / model year and all 3 of the S70s I’ve owned were/are 98s and two were T5s.
  6. Yeah that’s where I sourced my set originally. There are a bunch of aftermarket vendors over seas just need to figure out if any actually have heated mirrors.
  7. Another box with FCP blue tape on it. I started putting together another order yesterday but decided to go dig around in the boxes of parts in my basement and realized I had most of the parts I needed.. Maybe some of you maintain an Excel spreadsheet of your parts but I completely forgot about some of the components I purchased and then shelved because I solved the issue before installing all of them. Need help: Anyone have a hard plastic license plate cover they’ve successfully installed? The OEM plate holder doesn’t play nice with Weathertech and similar plate protectors that I’ve looked at. Also need to track down a matched set of wide angle / aspherical mirrors since they wouldn’t let me swap out the pair from the old T5 before I signed over the title.
  8. Seriously, the wagon I had hoped to pull a couple parts from someone had stuffed the rear with all kinds of parts from who knows what. I was tempted to dig through to see if a particular component I was looking for was in there but it was piled almost to the ceiling. It was the last car on the row though so it had been there for a few months.
  9. Gabe great work as always. What was the objective in eliminating the ABS? Is the OEM system just problematic or were you looking to reduce weight, improve reliability, make drifting more enjoyable? Ah scrolled back to your response earlier. Makes sense.
  10. I’m pulling the door cards in the near future and will check it out when I do. The sound is dramatically better than the old T5 which had just the standard setup but not nearly as warm and clean as the Dynaudio setup in my C70. If it is the full Dynaudio system then that truly is a rare install for an S70.
  11. My math appears to be off by 1 year but he’s definitely in the Old Man Crew now. The owner told me Grandma ordered the car fully spec’d which included the SC-900 and factory Dolby unit with center speaker but for whatever reason she elected not to install wood grain trim. But, I still have mint in the box NOS black walnut trim that Will sold me years ago when I was contemplating swapping out the black trim from my last T5. So we’ll see if that gets installed in this car.
  12. Is this a scenario where to get him to appear I need to build a pyre of burning Saab parts and declare the words Fudge Brownie 3 times while spinning around like a dervish? His 50th birthday is coming up on Jan 15th maybe he needs a visit from the ghosts of Volvospeed past? I believe their names are: R Bumper, Pegs, and HIDz
  13. So I got bit hard by the road bike bug early in the pandemic and it’s been a swirling mass of N+1 since. The Madone was beautifully light but I wanted something light that could accommodate wider tires and disc brakes for gravel and trails when called for - this led to the 2020 Domane SL6 that I fortunately snapped up before the bike supply chain completely dried up. This was an important addition because when I added a Kickr trainer for winter riding I quickly learned that the Madone was not built for the stresses of trainer riding. So I cleaned up the Domane, transitioned to waxing the chain and it became my full time training bike. Then in early March 2021 I took a spill, cracked a couple ribs and learned that carbon and aluminum aren’t the strongest join points for the rear dropout. Rather than being without a bike for 6 weeks minimum waiting on a repair / pulling the Domane off the trainer when I was still spending most days indoors riding, I picked up a mint 2018 Emonda SLR 9 which quickly became the primary road bike as I found there weren’t as many opportunities for trail / gravel riding as I anticipated. So that’s the fleet and where all of my energy (and spare cash) has been focused the last couple of years until my daughter’s accident pulled me back into working on Volvos. Mike knows all this because we swap updates regularly for indoor Zwift and outdoor rides. Some day we’ll do RAGBRAI together, right Mike? 😄
  14. Who has the juice to de-archive a thread if not you Mike? I mean other than Chuck obviously.
  15. Installed new headlight and windshield wipers on the S70. Previous owner, who is an old school Volvo Amazon guy, told me “Headlight wipers are ridiculous so we never swapped them out.” 😭 Need new headlight arms because this attitude broke the water jets on each. Installed a new OEM gas cap and boom 💥 no more CEL for EFI-611, 614 and 315. Probably will still need to swap out the canister purge valve at some point. installed a new auto trans shifter bulb and in the process cracked the coin tray clasps that hold it in place. Fortunately my LKQ run surfaced a new one, a spare blower motor and a pair of clean side markers among other odds and ends. But I will say I HATE how some people just trash cars and leave doors open when picking parts so the weather trashes the interior if you’re not there day 1. Real work starts once I can get the car in the garage and out of the cold.