andyb5

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  1. I mounted them on 8” wide wheels. They have been fantastic, a noticeable improvement in every way over the Ventus V12s I ran last summer. The Super Sport has been discontinued and the replacement is the Pilot Sport 4S (PS4S) but the Pilot Sport 4 is a totally different tire. The PS4S is a more performance oriented tire than the Pilot Sport 4. However, we don’t get the Pilot Sport 4 in North America so I can’t offer any comparative feedback.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    Thanks Brandon! Sounds like an interesting project. You should start a thread to keep track of all the progress on your engine build! Matt’s motor was being dropped at the machine shop in Connecticut a couple months ago, my guess is it’ll be a bit longer before he has any updates. Yeah I should’ve done the pan o-rings already but I didn’t have any indications of trouble until this noise started. I have a feeling it’s too late now. I didn’t check the VVT hub yet, that hadn’t occurred to me. @JoshV70 let me know what you think of the video I just posted.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    Here’s a short clip of the sound - it starts a few seconds into the video, then fades out at the end. Based on the frequency of when it occurs, it sounds to me like it’s coming from the bottom end. It gets worse as the engine warms up, and increases proportionally with the RPMs as the gas is applied. The video is only at idle but I can get a video of it being revved if that helps.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    Well, recent events may lead to an unexpected change of direction for this project. The engine has developed a ticking sound from the engine. I first noticed the sound occasionally appearing late last week, and it has begun to become more constant. I'll do some more investigation/documentation to confirm, but right now I'm 99% sure one of the rod bearings is toast I'm now on the hunt for a replacement engine. As much as I'd like to build a fresh bottom end, budget and time constraints mean that won't happen at this time. My ideal replacement for this 99 B5234T8 would be a B5234T9 from an 03/04 C70, which is nearly the same engine, with a number of small incremental improvements that should help make it a bit more reliable and develop a bit more power when compared to the older engine. I did consider a number of other options, but ultimately would like to stick with an 81mm bore block for the increased integrity of the block that offers when compared to an 83mm bore. The 147mm rods used on the later motors theoretically offer a small improvement in higher-RPM breathing than the 139.5mm rods in the 99 B5234T8 that I have now. As of now, with limited diagnostics performed, I DO NOT believe it to be related to Steve's tune, and would like to remind anyone who thinks otherwise that I ran a tune from Steve for over 25,000 miles on this engine in my old car without any issues. When you consider that this motor now has close to 240,000 miles, still has the original oil pan o-rings, and has had several brushes with low oil level/pressure throughout the nearly 90,000 miles of hard driving in 2 different chassis since I purchased the 99 R it came in almost exactly 7 years ago, it is my hypothesis that the level of wear that the engine was able to tolerate before exhibiting a major symptom of imminent failure has finally been reached.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    Took a ride down to Stevo’s today and had him work his magic on my ECU. He remapped everything to play nicely with the B5234T8/M66 swap. It’s amazing how much better it is to drive. He has a modified ecu that lets him live-tune the car, so I could feel the effect of the revisions while I was driving which was super cool! Among other things, Steve reworked the throttle map so it is much smoother than the old auto tune, especially when decelerating in gear. Boost is set for about 15 psi which is great since I still have the stock downpipe and intercooler. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out We also went for a ride in Steve’s S70 T5M. It’s RN-swapped with an EFR 7064 and fast doesn’t cover it....his car is a monster!
  6. Last night I swapped to snow tires and tonight I checked my spark plug gap before heading to Stevo’s tomorrow for a tune.
  7. Thanks for going back to fix all the pictures Hussein, that’s a valuable wealth of knowledge for the rest of us to reference!! Glad to see you’re still finding new and innovative ways to use Volvo parts for custom purposes. That seems like the thermostat housings worked out pretty nicely. What was involved with the intake manifold modifications? Looks a fair bit different than the stock Honda manifold..! If i had to guess, you’ll end up adding some boost to the K24 at some point down the road Since the K24 flows so nicely in NA form, my understanding is they respond really well to boost too.
  8. The good news is photobucket is back up, albeit with a watermark on the photos now. If your account is still there, the photos will display like they used to in your posts. Nice work on the X1/9 body kit!! Love how it transformed the car I have a feeling that once you start playing with the K24 you’ll forget all about modifying Volvo’s...
  9. If you’re gonna spend the ~$350 on a new CV joint, just get a remanufactured driveshaft from Colorado DS.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    Thanks guys!! Do it!! The painter said to wait at least 4 weeks after the paint got laid down, but with how schedules worked out it was about 6 weeks before it got buffed and ceramic coated.
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    Andy's 2000 V70 R

    It has been buffed and ceramic coated 😊 I’m thrilled with how the fresh paint and ceramic coating all turned out! I’ll take some better (non-iPhone) pictures but heres a quick preview. The ceramic coating sheds water like it’s glass, and the way it has improved the depth and gloss is hard to capture in a photo, but it’s very noticeable in person.
  12. Ouch. $3900 isn’t a bad offer though, that’s more than I got for my 00 R. Is it gonna get bought back and parted out or sent to the JY? I’d be interested in a few parts off it if you part it out.
  13. I didn’t know the C70 had different glass, good to know! Sucks the C70 glass is so much more expensive than the regular P80 one.
  14. Tasca lists the windshield as available. Under $300 too
  15. Shit, what happened Mike?
  16. Thanks Greg! BBK will go on next spring. That would keep it in the STI family. I’m 99% sure I’m gonna leave them bright red like when they were on my old R
  17. Replaced my control arms. Not as bad as I remembered it to be, and it was definitely good to get rid of the old arms.
  18. Man that hurts to see, hope you can get it all patched up again. Good luck with the big move Mike!
  19. thanks Brad! Gdog, while I don’t have my own garage, I am careful about where I park and it’s typically getting parked in the city garage across the street from my apartment so it’s better than nothing.
  20. Can you swap to a different set of injectors? I realize that will be complicated by the fact that you can’t just slap a spare set of stock injectors in. Or send your injectors to get flow tested/cleaned? Might be worth checking where the injectors seat into the rail and the condition of the o rings in the manifold.
  21. Yeah, I was not pleased when I found out the stripes were under the clear. I’m so happy they’re finally gone. Once the fresh paint is fully hardened I’m gonna have the whole car polished and ceramic coated 😁 It’s currently parked outside of my apartment:
  22. I also got rid of the pinstripes on my R. However, they were underneath the clearcoat. Between the repairs I had done in June and the last week, the whole wagon has been given a fresh coat of Venetian Red. I’ll post more details in my build thread soon.
  23. George, I can’t remember, what injectors are you running?