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AWD, FWD Struts- What Makes Them Different?

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AWD, FWD Struts- What Makes Them Different?

Post by CabbageFumes » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:46 pm

So, in the twilight of my car's years, I see no reason to keep my Cross Country from ever leaving the pavement or ever being in harsh road conditions since I live in Orange County, CA. The stock front struts are quite a bit more expensive for my model, over a FWD model, and brand choices are severely limited. In pictures, they seem pretty much the same. I have the Nivomat rear setup with no driveshaft. Does it really matter if I use FWD front struts, or are they somehow physically different so they aren't interchangeable?

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Re: AWD, FWD Struts- What Makes Them Different?

Post by scot850 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:47 pm

They are different. The V70XC uses taller tires that would catch on the standard strut lower spring mount.

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Re: AWD, FWD Struts- What Makes Them Different?

Post by AKJeeper » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:39 pm

The location of the spring seats on the front struts is different between AWD and FWD models. That's how Volvo accomplished the added ride height in the front - the spring seat on the AWD struts is higher up on the strut. Also - as scot850 noted, V70XC tires are taller and would have clearance issues with FWD struts.

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