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19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

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19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by jvl » Mon May 28, 2018 11:33 am

Hi guys,

So, in preparation for our camping trip this summer, I think I would like to change out the rear shocks.
I now have Nivomats installed. The boots are torn, but I don't see any leakage (mechanic didn't either, I asked them to check it when they put it on a ramp while balancing all 4 wheels.)

I've come across a few alternatives:
1) Replacing with OEM Nivomats. About $680 is the cheapest option I found.
2) Using a 'conversion kit' that allows you to put in regular shocks and springs. I'm not against it, but just didn't find a kit that suits my car (yet).
3) putting in aftermarket 'Nivomat' shocks. I read in another topic on here that some one recommended aftermarket Nivomats from Monroe, but I can't seem to find them locally. Any suggestions on where to buy?

Thanks,

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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by misha » Mon May 28, 2018 11:56 am

Since you are from NL,you can contact Monroe directly or find their authorised dealer.
Sachs have them too,since they are oem.
If they don't leak,leave them alone.
Nivomats will allow the car to lay down about 3cm when fully loaded and will keep it in that height.
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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by jvl » Mon May 28, 2018 12:13 pm

Thank you Misha.

I've read that Nivomats sometimes leak, and then start leaking after a while - but do lose leveling ability. Is that true?

Also, the car is currently a bit heavier than normal because of my drawer system that is installed in the back. When loading holiday stuff, I would not want it to sag further.

I also found these monroe air levelers: anyone has experience with those?

Thanks again.

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1999 V70XC. Stock, except.... I like tinkering:
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2nd battery (with isolator)
2200w pure sine wave inverter
LED Work lights in tailgate
LED traffic advisor
RC parking lights

audio
stock tweeters front and back
8" underseat powered sub

camping extras
'drawer system' in trunk
solar panel on roofrack



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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by misha » Mon May 28, 2018 3:17 pm

You have 2 options...direct replacement for factory nivomats or like those one from video.
When they go bad they start to leak.When they leak for a while they start to loose the abillity for self leveling due to oil starvation.
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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by LOB » Mon May 28, 2018 11:57 pm

Have you checked price and availability at estateservices.nl ?
I bought a nivomat set there for a really good price.
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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by jvl » Tue May 29, 2018 12:25 am

@Misha: OK. I Like the idea of getting to fine-tune air levelers myself (nice extra: ability to lift the rear when on dirt roads etc).
I see 2 downsides compared to nivomats:
1) having to carry a compressor around
2) fitting them. How do I know they fit without major conversion?? I found this set:http://www.skandix.de/de/fahrzeug-teile ... 850c796f8b

Not sure it will fit though??

@ LOB: Thanks for the suggestion. At estateservices.nl they come in at around €440 per nivomat so €880 total. The cheapest I found so far is at Volvopartswebstore.com: about $680=€580 including shipping...

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1999 V70XC. Stock, except.... I like tinkering:
electronics
2nd battery (with isolator)
2200w pure sine wave inverter
LED Work lights in tailgate
LED traffic advisor
RC parking lights

audio
stock tweeters front and back
8" underseat powered sub

camping extras
'drawer system' in trunk
solar panel on roofrack



Feel free to PM for pics

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Re: 19 year old V70xc... rear end sagging. Aftermarket Nivomats?

Post by jvl » Tue May 29, 2018 12:32 am

By the way, I also found these Monroe 'nivomats' (which i'd be willing to settle for, seeing the difference in price):
https://www.auto-onderdelen24.nl/monroe/7436941
But will they fit? It says in the description they will fit my vehicle. But I don't want to take my rear end apart, have the car up on jack stands and then find out I need to return the items. The price (~€300 for the pair) is tempting though, seeing my V70XC is an older car...
1999 V70XC. Stock, except.... I like tinkering:
electronics
2nd battery (with isolator)
2200w pure sine wave inverter
LED Work lights in tailgate
LED traffic advisor
RC parking lights

audio
stock tweeters front and back
8" underseat powered sub

camping extras
'drawer system' in trunk
solar panel on roofrack



Feel free to PM for pics

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