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  1. On 3/29/2021 at 4:57 PM, flyfishing3 said:


    Thanks Mike!

    23 hours ago, Commander Riker said:

    Man, car is looking beautiful.  Nice work.


    Maybe I should rebuild mine. :ph34r:

    Do it! Can’t wait to see yours back on the road again 

    20 hours ago, Fastboy512 said:



    16 hours ago, tighe said:

    That’s awesome, great use of your FLIR. Thanks for sharing that thread! I definitely plan to explore further into the temperatures of different engine bay components. 

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  2. Although this thing annoys me sometimes, it does clean up pretty nicely.  I finally got around to editing some photos from this fall and wanted to share them since I think they do a great job of showing the how incredible this paint color is during golden hour.













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  3. On 3/26/2021 at 1:33 PM, gmsgltr said:

    Looking good!


    Who makes the blue springs?

    I am now even more confused about the springs rates etc. - Yes you are AWD and I am FWD 855 but still...

    700lb/in spring is about 12,000kg/mm

    I am not saying they are right or that their cheapo springs are actually the rates they say they are either but the BC Racing Kit which I am vetting for my car comes with 4,000kg/mm rears lol 

    Those 700lb/in springs you've got shouldn't move at all then, right? Thats 3X the rate that comes on the BC Kit that is becoming so popular... 

    Am I missing something?

    A comparison between FWD and AWD is tough because the suspension is completely different. This means there’s no point in comparing the two spring rates. You want to compare how that spring rate gets applied to the wheels. So without knowing the motion ratio of each suspension setup, you can’t evenly compare the wheel rate. 

    In this particular case, the awd IRS locates the spring further away from the wheel hub than the fwd delta link suspension. That increased distance means there’s a longer lever arm acting on the spring, so the awd spring needs to be stiffer to resist the wheel movement to the same degree as the delta link spring. 

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  4. Got a FLIR One as a birthday present from my fiancé and obviously I had to try it out on my car:


    Turbo + downpipe:

    These were taken after the car had been sitting for about 15 minutes after I got home. 

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  5. Gary, can you post some closeups of the calipers? Kinda looks they’re either Brembo “Lotus/GT3” style calipers but could be the “GT2” style as well.

    Cant say I’ve seen that type of kit for these cars before, but there weren’t that many Brembo calipers around at that time period so that makes it easier

  6. On 2/17/2021 at 2:21 PM, gmsgltr said:

    Andy what spring rates are you running on your coilovers?

    I have been reading about the BC racing sets... with swift springs... but unsure about all the rear spring rate options.


    edit: I should say... the 5k front and 4k rear is how they come... from what little i know, that seems pretty soft

    Greg - I have 5K front springs on my front CX coils.   They're kinda soft, not much firmer than stock.  Ride is comfy, and handles decently, but definitely leaves something to be desired in terms of body control relative to other coilovers I've experienced on these cars.  

    The AWD rear is completely different, so I wouldn't have any meaningful input on rates. Check out this thread from SS for some pretty good discussion on spring rates:

    If you're considering BC's, I'd really lean towards the digressively valved DS series over the linearly valved BR series.  Should offer better body control (handling)  They offer both in P80 fitment and there's not much difference in price.

  7. On 2/5/2021 at 8:06 AM, flyfishing3 said:

    Is that lip from the run Adam 1 did?   If so, that thing is awesome.  Took my kid hitting  a Boulder to break it and it’s still kind of fixable. 

    or is that from the slave labor run lol

    Neither. Craig ( @tomcat) made the lip he’s talking about. He sold the molds to Volvo Composites.

  8. 11 hours ago, Zappo said:

    I believe that was my very first mod I did on my car is the iPd mesh grill.  Still rockin' it.

    That’s awesome. They’re a really well-made piece. In high school, I wanted to put one on my 98 V70 NA but my parents talked me out of it. So instead I upgraded the stereo

  9. Some minor updates/incremental progress from the fall.  Several years ago, I scored an OG metal mesh IPD grille from Adam @adamdrives and ran it on my 99 R for a short while before getting rid of that car.  So after a few years in storage, I had a friend powder coat the grille for me.   


    For those who remember, the original IPD grilles were either all silver or all black.  I went with black mesh and a silver band as an OEM style play off the stock XC grille or the modified stock waterfall grille I had on the car.


    Since the IPD grille has a much thinner perimeter than the stock grille, parts of the hood that were previously hidden were now going to be visible inside the grille.  This was undesirable so I masked off the area around where the grille meets the hood and plasti-dipped it black.  I also sprayed the hood release rod and handle in the same black so they'll disappear into the background.



    And installed the grille

    50340891318_b9d634f60b_b.jpg (ignore the bug splatter all over the front of my car)

    Ever since seeing one on the IPD Stage 3 V70 and then on some of the various forum cars (looking at you, Gary @Yellow95) over the years, I've wanted to run a custom silver/black version this grille on my wagon.  Thanks to Adam and my friend Donovan for the powder coating, that vision has come to life and I couldn't be happier. 

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  10. 23 hours ago, B_Dub said:

    Fixed it. Take a different road next time. 😂

    :laugh: :laugh: I'd be lying if I said that stretch of road doesn't live rent-free between my ears now.  I finally got the monkey off my back and made the same drive around Christmas without issue.

    12 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

    yikes - so all good now though? New injectors cured it and car is fine?

    i wish i was closer to those guys Tom/Nick and Ben... I'd have them finish all the stuff I haven't done in years.

    Yup, all good to go.  It's been 6 months and not a hiccup (watch that be a jinx, fml).  

    Rumor has it that both Re-Volv and Rolling Motors are expanding to bigger shops in the near future.  Highly recommend you take a ride up and drop your wagon off. Plenty of other guys have done the same thing.  Heck, Anthony ( @apeacock) drove his wagon over 6 hours to Ben's a few different times now.

  11. On 9/16/2020 at 4:54 PM, andyb5 said:

    Since I didn't need to drive anywhere, I pulled my injectors and sent them off to be cleaned/flow tested.  They're originally from my 99 R and had about 250,000 miles.  It seemed like a good point to perform a little bit of preventative maintenance so I didn't have to worry about them failing down the road.  Boy, did that come back to bite me in the ass.  I'll explain a little later...


    Anyways, got the injectors back in about a week and half after mailing them out.  The flow test results after cleaning showed a couple percent improvement at most, but they were basically in great shape to start and didn't have any issues.  As a part of the service, they were ultrasonically cleaned, and the filter baskets, o-rings, and pintle caps all got replaced.  

    Okay, story time.  Fast forward 2 months after having my injectors cleaned and serviced (see post above) and I'm about 1 hour into the 200 mile, 3+ hour drive from my parents house in RI back to my place in NY.  If you remember, the last time I made this drive, I popped a tire on a pothole and it took 5 hours to drive the rest of the way on the donut spare. I drove past the area where I got the flat tire and think that was the worst drive home I've ever had.  Well, I sure jinxed myself....

    I'm cruising along at 65-70 mph and my car starts feeling down on power.  I'm mildly confused, but not too alarmed at this point.  I assume an intercooler hose is loose or something relatively benign like that.  So I make it to the next exit and when I start driving down the ramp, a huge plume of smoke starts billowing out from the back of the car :excl:

    My first thought is that my car was now on fire :ohmy::ohmy: So I pull over and turn the ignition off, then get out as fast as I can.  The smoke died down when I turned the car off, which was both relieving and worrying.  I spend some time troubleshooting on the side of the road, but couldn't get my car to start back up again.  

    Now, it's a Sunday afternoon in July, during a global pandemic.  It was 90 plus degrees out and I was sweating my ass off on the side of the road with a dead car and 2 hours of highway between me and home.  I wasn't having a particularly fun time.  With the realization that I wasn't making it back to NY, I started figuring out where I could get my car towed to.  I realized I was actually pretty close to Re-Volv, so I called @Tom. to see if he or Nick @NGBwere around and able to give me a hand.  As it turns out, Nick was at the shop.  Tom called Nick and Nick was kind enough to get the flatbed, drive out, and tow my car back to Re-Volv.  I spent another night at my parents place in RI, and waited for an update from Re-Volv.

    On Monday afternoon, Tom figured out that one of the injectors got stuck open and was dumping fuel into the cylinder. It flooded the motor badly enough to cause it to stall out.  Thankfully, it didn't hydrolock the motor or bend a rod.  


    The smoke was from gas burning off in the exhaust system :monkey:  The good news was that when Tom put a used set of green injectors in, it fired up and ran normally again.  

    As proof that no good deed goes unpunished by the car gods, getting my injectors preventatively serviced (to avoid issues) was, of course, the cause of a spectacular failure that left my car dead on the side of the road.  But hey, daily driving a 20 year old Volvo is fun, right?

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  12. 14 hours ago, RobT5M said:

    Someone on FB asked for a good P80 performance group or forum and I commented with
    2 days later, I got a spam warning from Facebook because they've identified the link as Suspicious Spam. 

    Whelp I guess all the BS we've talked over the years has gotten VS labeled as spam 😅

    😂😂😂 it could be all the spam bots that post here

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  13. On 11/9/2020 at 9:22 AM, RobT5M said:

    Anyone recall a part number for the p80 x70 headlight wire harness? In headlamp.

    Or if the ABM and X70 stock share the same harness? 

    My pass side is crumbling while my driver side looks brand new, go figure.

    Stock harness is #9438738. IPD has it for $26.75 right now. Probably worth shopping around a bit. 

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