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46 minutes ago, JoshV70 said:

So when do you gut it and cage it? lol

Grapjas :biggrin:

Not for the time being. It is a great car but I have been having serious issues with the brakes. The car received it's third set of discs today. Maybe the only modification I want to do is to make better air ducts for the front brakes. All other the car is fun. Just started exploring the suspension adjustment capabilities. Currently the car was a bit to understeering for my liking. Or a bit to heavy turn in better said. 

A bigger blast to drive compared to the 6 cylinder. 

Decided to trade the V60 btw. 


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On 6/14/2017 at 3:22 PM, Commander Riker said:

Those wheels. :wub:


Looking forward to your driving impressions and comparisons.  What are the specs?


On 6/15/2017 at 3:47 AM, ErikS said:

Looks like the competition package.


Yes, Competition Package. 550Nm/450HP. CP comes with different suspension settings, differential settings, Rims 20"x9/10 with 265/285 tires, blacked out chrome parts, slightly different interior bits like fi the seats. 

Added Alcantara steering wheel,


And M-Performance front splitter,


Car is a beast to drive. Although the Polestar is a great car, specially for the money here in my country, it can't beat the feel of the M3. The Polestar is basically to much a good Volvo. To clean and to friendly. 

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On 6/21/2017 at 10:19 PM, ErikS said:

Did you get the carbon ceramic brake upgrade?

No. The car was sitting in a showroom and I bought it as is. Also some people advice against ceramics when a car sees a lot of gravel. The driveway of the new house is gravel and I have a lot of issues with the Polestar brakes where stones get behind the dust covers. Besides the horrendous squealing these stones can wreck ceramic rotor surfaces. 

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On 11/20/2014 at 10:38 AM, Johann said:


On 11/20/2014 at 10:38 AM, Johann said:


Should be possible to get it functioning again. I believe there is a wiring difference between AT and MT and a clutch switch is needed.




Had an issue with the speedometer. The former M56 had a speed sensor, the M66 not. Applied the VSS mod by rerouting the the speed sensor wires to the driver side ABS sensor. Thought I had done a neat job only to discover that it didn't work. Once the car started rolling the engine died.

With the new engine an M4.4 ECU was used with modified software for this setup to get going. Swapped the ECU for an M4.3 containing OEM T-5R software and everything worked like it should. Tried several other ECU's including M4.4's and all worked well except the one which initially was in the car. Received another M4.4 ECU today with the same modified software and all it working OK now.


Have driven some 30-40 miles with the car so far with and without the speedometer working and want to put some more miles on it first before making more modifications. Most of the goals have been met for the time being. Some minor fixes and improvement still need to be done but basically the setup is OK for now.


A small sum of parts,


Car: 1994 Volvo 855 2.0 T5 MT.

Base engine: 2005+ B5244T5 including long neck K24 turbo OEM mounted.

Base gearbox: M66 P2 version.


Engine mods,


MY2000 B5244S fixed exhaust cam

MY2003 B5234T3 fixed intake cam.

Intake and exhaust VVT blocking plates.

MY1995 B5234FT intake plenum RN port matched.

MY2000 crank ventilation canister. MY1995 vent hose to head. Slightly modified B5244T5 PTC hose/pipe to MY1995 PTC

MY1994 B5254S throttle body (Including plastic lump)

DO88.se silicone coupler to fit TB to late style turbo plumbing.

Modified late style turbo to intercooler pipe to align with K24 neck. - cut, repositioned and welded turbo side hose flange.

OEM B5204FT fuel rail including FPR. OEM B5244T5 Blue injectors installed.

MY1999-2000 front engine mount.

Home made rear engine/M66 mount.

TTV-racing lightened single mass flywheel.

S60R friction to fit M66 spline - 850R pressure plate. (The verdict still out.. Don't think this is the way to go. Wait and see.)

MY1995 accessory bracket holding MY1995 steering pump and alternator. AC pump removed. Short route multi belt. B5244T5 crank pulley. (1 bolt hole of the bracket doesn't align to engine btw)


Intake pipe, K24 turbo side, MY1995 850 LMM side. 2.5" alloy pipe in between. (Temporary)


Gearbox mods,


Shifter pins on gearbox changed to MY1995 850 style 8 mm pins.

Modified cable bracket to fit MY1995 850 shifter cables.

Quaife LSD.


OEM MY1999 C70 2.5T downpipe/converter.


OEM intercooler, AC condensor removed.


M4.4 ECU (reflashed)

Hello johann i no its a long shot but do you have any pictures of your custom rear mount as I'm looking 2 do the 6 speed swap thank you

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Dear readers. 

I recently discovered that Johann past away on 21 January 2024. 

Thank you Johann for your great contribution and sharing your knowledge to the community. 



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It’s a huge loss. I enjoyed reading his topics on the different forums over the last weeks, his legacy to the Volvo community.

His sickbed was short and heavy, he didnt even have the energy and time for a currywurst, sending his GT3RS nor a stroll through his beloved Area 34.

Happy to have met him years ago, he became one of my closest friends.

Still a surreal idea him not being there…he was always there.

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