Strut braces are an important component of the Volvo. This piece of equipment has been shown to enhance the suspension by making the front suspension turrets more durable. In addition, strut braces also maintain the suspension geometry unaltered. More important, they provide stability to the motor vehicle by decreasing drag of the inner wings, decrease tire wear and improve road holding. Strut braces are relatively to fit and remove with basic appliances and some mechanical knowledge. Volvo has its own brand of 850 flex strut braces designed for its different models. Overall these devices provide consistent trouble free performance. Removing the strut brace may alter car performance. Even though volvo makes different strut braces for each model, they can be interchanged if the fit is fine. However, it is important to speak to a professional mechanic before making such a change.
I took off the OMP strut brace on my 850 after 10 years, and the most notable observation was that the driver’s door opens/closes differently when I park on uneven surfaces, especially where one wheel is more or less elevated than the others. The door contacts the frame (of course with the seal in-between) in different places… it feels different and sounds different.
This reinforces, no pun intended, that the P80 is a flexy platform, and finding ways to brace it make it a more predictable handling car, if not quieter and smoother-riding.
Thus the use of the rare C70 convertible subframe brace on other P80 models. All this is not news to the P80 community as much as it is me posting just to post.