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Attempting 850 Speaker Replacement


MVS Forums member kcodyjr started a topic years ago that now contains a trove of excellent Volvo P80* speaker information:

I’m doing the upgrade to my 1996 wagon and my 1997 sedan.

I’m unsatisfied with any amount of cutting and hacking, so I’ve tracked down some (alleged) adaptor brackets:

Autoleads SAK-3211 – dash tweeters, 36-56mm

Autoleads SAK-3204 – front door full grille replacement 93+, 130mm

Autoleads SAK-3205 – front door adapter ring 92-93, 130mm

Autoleads SAK-3213 – rear door full grille replaement, 130mm

Scosche SAVO5 – rear deck adapter plate, 5.25″/6.5″ (??!! thats what it says)

No adapter located for the D-pillars yet, and I’m not hopeful.

I’ve ordered all the brackets to check them for myself, and a set of Pioneer TS-E1302i 130mm 2-way coaxials to test-fit in every location before I buy the whole batch. I expect them in a week or two; I’ll take pictures and post them here.

I am still deciding on the dash tweeters; the Pioneer TS-S250 is a favorite at the moment, if it’ll fit. No idea yet what I’m going to do with the D pillars, but I’m thinking to start with the factory mounting assembly.

My hope is to deliver here an upgrade plan that requires no cutting or hacking whatsoever, and everything pins in place with the correct number of screws. I also hope to find out whether there’s an option in preserving or replacing the factory grilles. Naturally, all of this has to be ordered from European distributors to get the Euro sizes.

So, Wanted To Buy: a pair of D-pillar speakers, preferably blown, but with intact mounting plates. I’ll find some on eBay if I must, but I’d rather recycle a pair that’s already shot, and not dip into the ever-dwindling supply of good ones.

* 850, S70, V70 up to model year 2000, XC70 up to model year 2000, C70 up to year 2002

Attempting 850 speaker replacement.


Tags 130mm 2-way coaxials, aftermarket speakers, Autoleads, dash tweeters, door speakers, Pioneer, Scosche, speaker adaptor brackets
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Speed Restoring a 1998 XC70 in One Week

Restoring: '98 XC70 in One Week

MVS Contributor and #1 Volvo ABS module rebuilder Matty Moo plans to restore this XC70 in one week. Man vs. Car.

The bad:

  • steering
  • suspension
  • misfiring
  • no speedo
  • blown IC hoses
  • ABS module shot
  • distributor cap, wires and plugs
  • brake pads and rotors

I picked this up a few weeks back from auction. 1998 XC wagon. 170k, clapped out steering and suspension, nice body, misfiring all over, no speedo, blown IC hoses, Has heated back seats and oak interior that is 7/10. Good tires with even tread. Underbody is coated with oil from a loose oil drain plug with no crush washer.

This is for a friend that needs a car. I have one week to do it.

Immediately changed the oil and flushed the trans and ps fluid. Distributor cap, wires and plugs all need replaced, entire front end needs replaced also. All the brake pads are hosed, so they’ll be replaced as will the rotors if they can’t be turned.

Matty’s 1998 v70xc one week project car

Tags project car, rear heated seats, speed restoring
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Volvo News: 5-Star Crash Rating, Canada Sales, Driverless Volvos

Volvo XC90 receives top five star rating in Euro NCAP assessment

The Auto Channel (blog)
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN — September 3, 2015: The Volvo XC90 has been awarded five stars and achieved top ratings in its 2015 Euro NCAP tests.

Volvo Canada Announces August Sales

Year to date, Volvo Canada has sold a total of 3,241 vehicles in 2015 compared to 3,049 vehicles sold year to date in 2014 representing an increase of 56.3%.

How Car Companies Are Easing Consumers Into A Driverless Future

In the meantime, multiple manufacturers including Volvo, Tesla, and Mercedes-Benz are currently rolling out vehicles that can take over driving duties …

Tags crash rating, driverless cars, Volvo sales
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Timing Belt Intervals, Volvo PDF

timing belt diagram

Late P80 and P2 official timing belt intervals from Volvo documents

1999-2015 All models Volvo Timing belt service schedule

Tags Timing Belt, timing belt interval
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Fuel Pump Replacement (Walbro Kit) – 1999 V70


MVS Volvo Forums contributor j-dawg spent time to document the process of replacing the fuel pump with a Walbro in his 1999 Volvo V70 T-5, and here it is:

The other week, my car was running like absolute garbage. This appeared to be the worsening of a condition that had begun as a few months of rough starts and cold idles, and some quality time with a borrowed tester revealed low fuel pressure at the rail. Time to replace the fuel pump!

I looked up the parts on the ‘tubes, and the original Volvo pump is mondo dollars. Maybe this is worthwhile, but I’ve got a lot of other money to spend on the car and the fuel pump isn’t hard to replace. So I cruised around, and eeuroparts, it turns out, sells a nice kit to install the Walbro 255lph, a pretty popular pump, in the 850s. The kit cost about $60, and the Walbro 255 is a pretty common USA-made pump, so I decided to put a Walbro in my Volvo.

For the most part I followed the instructions from our favorite video tutor Robert, which can be found here. I found a few differences between the pictured car and my 99, though. Between the changes for the newer cars and the Walbro pump, I thought I’d document a few differences.

99 T5 – Some fuel pump swap notes (Walbro kit)

Tags fuel pump, Walbro, Walbro 255
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