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Thanks for the kind words, and welcome to Volvospeed!

There are a few people who have privately messaged me about the headlights; so unfortunately you're a little late :sad: That being said, they're a huge improvement in light output (and look better) than the stock headlights. They're an awesome, easy to do, upgrade.

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Customized the loading screen on my Pioneer headunit. Maybe kinda corny but I really like it 

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41 minutes ago, andyb5 said:

Customized the loading screen on my Pioneer headunit. Maybe kinda corny but I really like it 

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I mean my lock screen is a pic of my dick

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On ‎3‎/‎4‎/‎2017 at 6:05 PM, Ol' Dirty Noodle said:

I mean my lock screen is a pic of my dick

He said "corny" not "horny", Kyle. Gosh.

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So, yesterday's storm gave me the opportunity to finally find out how much snow it takes to get this car stuck:

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Made it about 100 yards down our unplowed alley with ~12" of snow.  The snow got so deep it was over the hood about 15 yards into the alley. I was moving along just fine until I hit a pile where someone had shoveled out their car and dumped all the snow in the middle of the alley...

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I love this car.  It made it 160 miles without a hiccup in the blizzard, including plowing my way out of the untouched parking lot at the ski area to applause from all the people nearby clearing their cars off.  A newer RAV4 with AWD and snow tires parked in the space next to me got stuck after backing out of the spot and gave up until I cleared the way out.

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love the first pic haha - nice work

my gti and my wifes gli are a joke in the snow

 

still want an 07xc70 with r goodies - that would be a sweet snowmobile too!

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quick question completely unrelated, but what roofrack cross bars are those? They look different than the oem.

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They're Volvo cross rails - my parents bought the roof box and rails from the dealership after buying our 98 V70 NA new. I even have a tool to tighten them to spec that has Volvo stamped on it, I'll post a pic of that in a bit. 

3 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

love the first pic haha - nice work

my gti and my wifes gli are a joke in the snow

 

still want an 07xc70 with r goodies - that would be a sweet snowmobile too!

Thanks. I was laughing my ass off when I saw the size of the snow pile I made.

Put a badswede lift kit on that 07 XC and you'd have a perfect snow vehicle!

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You are pretty low, im honestly surprised you made it that far haha! As for me, I don't even want a lifted one... or lowered. Stock height is perfect. Sways and fresh mounts, that's it!

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Leave the suspension alone, give it an R engine and drivetrain. That's my dream with an 06 OR XC70, but I've been coming up short.

Nice work Andy! Hope all is well!

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22 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

You are pretty low, im honestly surprised you made it that far haha! As for me, I don't even want a lifted one... or lowered. Stock height is perfect. Sways and fresh mounts, that's it!

AWD helps for sure, but most of the credit is due to the General Altimax Arctics.  I swear by these things, they grip like crazy.  General should give me a commission with how many sets I've sold to friends/family.

20 hours ago, Timbo Slice said:

Leave the suspension alone, give it an R engine and drivetrain. That's my dream with an 06 OR XC70, but I've been coming up short.

Nice work Andy! Hope all is well!

Thanks Timo! Hope you're doing well too bro.  I'll have to keep an eye out for an Ocean Race XC70 for you, that'd be a super cool project.

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On 3/15/2017 at 9:19 AM, tuner4life said:

quick question completely unrelated, but what roofrack cross bars are those? They look different than the oem.

They are actually Thule bars, just branded for Volvo.  

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Time for an update.  A few weeks back I hit a jeep, and further messed up the front of my car:

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Threw a stock headlight and ABM turn signal on while I assessed my options for fixing the damage.  

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Ultimately, it needs a new headlight, turn signal, radiator core support, hood, and passenger fender to get back to the condition it was in prior the accident.  On top of that, it desperatly needs new front and rear bumpers, a rust spot on the tailgate fixed, and a bunch of paint work on the passenger side to fix where it had been poorly repainted in the past (prior to my ownership) to be in good enough cosmetic shape that I'd be happy with it.

So, with my dissatisfaction with the cosmetic shape of the car ever increasing, I did some quick math and realized just how much money it would take to get this wagon to a cosmetic state where'd I'd be proud of it again.  I'd been contemplating buying another wagon to modify and move parts over to for the last 6 months to a year, and ultimately, it will end up costing less money and give me the opportunity to start fresh and avoid some stupid mistakes I'd made in the process of building this car.  So sadly, this decision marks "the end" of this project.  Odometer photo is from earlier this week:

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Here's a photo from the first night I brought it home (December 23, 2011)

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And from last weekend (May 7, 2017):

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So after five and a half years and over 70,000 miles, there have been plenty of ups and downs, and everything in between, but in the end, it's been a great car that is responsible for nearly everything I know about cars today.  I'll miss it but I'm very excited for the future.

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