Ok so I have shaved the door handles and cut springs to lower more 245s than I can remember. Last week I got a bit more modern and picked up a 01 s60 2.4 turbo at auction for dirt cheap. The only thing I don't love about this car is the ride height (it's like four miles off the ground). I want to go low, at least two inches. Can I get away with cutting these springs?
Ok, so I have decided to attempt a full suspension overhaul and upgrade on my Volvo S70 T5M. (Koni oranges, H&R springs, IPD Roll Bars, IPD subframe inserts, New tie rods, control arms, roll bar end-links, strut mounts/spring seats, trailing arm links, trailing arm bushings, CV axles) and I have found a corresponding superior performance type part for each application. The two things I found strange were that almost no performance parts were found for parts 1 and 3 in the diagram except for $600 solid delta links from MPRE (i think) in Sweden with VAT to calculate in after that. I am looking for some guidance, do any polyurethane or similar in performance bushings exist for 1 in the diagram, and does anyone else make a solid delta link (or similar)?
I have a question, I have a 2001 V70 XC and a 2005 V70 awd, and would like to swap the suspension between the two cars before I scrap the XC, I know that the XC is Viscous Coupling and the V70 is haldex, but can I still swap all the other components of the suspension to give the V70 the additional ride height? I know the front end should be fairly easy... struts, control arms, axles (interchangeable?) and maybe tie rod ends / sway bar links? But I am wondering what differences if any there are in the rear that would prevent me from swapping to the XC style in the back, but with the V70 rear subframe and diff....
I'm usually over on Swedespeed, but Volvospeed seems to know more into the performance upgrades and I'm looking for some guidance between buying IPD's standard or track spec sway bars. I know there's already threads on this but everyone's situation seems to be a bit different and I'm wondering if I could get some first-hand advice.
SHORT VERSION: Have a 1998 S70 T5 that I want to autoX and be able to drive in inclement weather/snow/whatever. Leaning towards track spec, but thinking standard will be safer for all conditions, and they will be easier and cheaper to acquire. Also wondering if stiffer sway bars have an affect on front wheel traction on acceleration
UPDATED QUESTION since the safety aspect seems to not be an issue: How much of a difference does the 25mm rear bar make compared to the 22mm? If I buy the standard bars, at autoX will I be cursing and wishing I had bought the track spec?? They will cost about $100 more than standard, is it worth it?
LONG VERSION: So, I have a 1998 S70 T5 that is effectively at Stage 0 with a lot of recent maintenance, and more to come in the next few weeks. I'd like to start having some fun with the car and take it to the last 2 or 3 local autocross events of 2016, and more in 2017 of course:) I have IPD lowering springs that have yet to be installed, and it seems like unless I want a ton of tire squeal and understeer, sway bars should be upgraded as well.
I'm leaning towards the track spec bars since their slight oversteer tendency seems like it would help rotate the car well at autoX, however, it rains quite a bit where I'm from since we don't quite get below freezing, and I'd also like to be able to drive the car to go skiing and I'm worried it could be too tail-happy in those circumstances. Is the standard kit worth the trade-off of a bit more understeer for an increased safety factor? Or is the track spec not a big deal when it comes to handling in the rain and snow?
I've also read about stiffer sway bars reducing front wheel traction while accelerating, can anyone attest to that?
There's also a difference in logistics between purchasing the two since I'm from Vancouver, BC: there's a set of standard sways locally for $500CAD, which would be very easy to pick up, and the track spec I'd have to order in, which will be $515CAD plus the potential for taxes and duties at the border (since I will ship to Washington and bring into Canadia). This is a factor since I'm currently away for school, and will only be back in the Vancouver area for about 4-5 days in which time I will have to install springs, tires, hydraulic engine mounts, and sways.
Any comments are appreciated, cheers.
Update Edit: I ended up buying just the 25mm rear track spec bar, and couldn't be happier! Paired with IPD springs the car's handling has completely transformed
I have been renovating the underneath of my tank this year and still seem to be suffering a clunk. Here is what as been replaced this year :-
Subframe bushings, A frame supports, Heavy duty links, standard springs and shocks. The engine mounts were done about 8 years ago surely they don't need doing again?
I have had the top mounts checked and they were in order. What I have notice though when the garage did my shock/spring replacements that the small bump stop that sit on top of the support mount there is some spacing between the stop and the body work. Therefore is there a possibility I am having some movement here of the whole suspension system.
If its not that, could it be my original anti-roll bar is maybe dying after over 22 years old? I was planning on replacing it this year with the HD IPD one on this year.