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Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo

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Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo

Post by Richard99 »

Hi,

Wondering if people would like to share modifications they have made to their P80 Volvo that they feel improved the performance, reliability, or looks of the vehicle?

Thanks for sharing!

Eric
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1998 Volvo V70 - rear-ended and totaled
2000 Volvo V70XC
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Post by misha »

I had door and front bumper trims professionally painted in matching color.

Upgraded to rear bumper and tailgate with upper LED 3rd brake light from '99-'00 v70.
Tailgate spoiler/wing (OE Volvo).

Upgraded to s,v70 instrument cluster because of broken odometer gear(s)and solved the problem permanently.

Also had tinted windows all around,but that needed to be removed because of our freshly awkward law.

Wooden trim gearshift knob from s,v70 series,thanks to Neil(scot850)to match the factory wood trim interior. ;)
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Post by Sveedy »

Put a sticker on it ?
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Post by redc70 »

Strut tower brace. Reduced cowl shake significantly but still unacceptable.
IPD short ram intake. Love the sound of the air intake under acceleration, might have more throttle response, probably not.
Pierburg TCV in anticipation of Hilton tune.
Silicone turbo hoses.

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Post by matthew1 »

For HP, by far the best cost/benefit ratio was a manual boost controller. It was peanuts for the huge jump in HP. Even more cost/benefitty if you DIY one from stuff at a hardware store, maybe $20.

Strut tower brace was a decent upgrade.

Tires however are probably the most prudent item you can upgrade. It doesn't matter what's in or on a car. 800 HP LS1 swap? Five strut braces, a nuclear reactor engine, and three beautiful blonde passengers? Doesn't matter. The tires are still and always the only thing that transmits power, turning forces, and braking forces.
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Post by ecbsykes »

Depends on how much you wanna spend! See my signature for my list of 2000 XC mods... it is a completely different car. I would know, I did all these these mods when it had 280K!

If I could only pick a few.... a tune is probably easiest way to change the feeling of the car. IPD short intake sounds and looks great. IPD sway bars change the handling drastically in a good way.
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Post by erikv11 »

ecbsykes wrote: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:18 pm Depends on how much you wanna spend! See my signature for my list of 2000 XC mods... it is a completely different car. I would know, I did all these these mods when it had 280K!

If I could only pick a few.... a tune is probably easiest way to change the feeling of the car. IPD short intake sounds and looks great. IPD sway bars change the handling drastically in a good way.
Love what you've done with this car Ed!
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Post by Peevarino »

Still stage 0ing my 97 855R, so not much modified, RIP and Snaab intake pipe, poly upper torque mounts (don’t really mind the extra vibrations at idle). Favorite mod? $8 cassette adapter from Amazon, blasting black flag and minor threat on my commute is just plain fun.
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Post by Rattnalle »

I agree with Matthew that tyres, if you don't already have good ones, are by far the best upgrade you can do.

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Post by SlowLane »

Prancing Moose fender badges.
Current Volvos:
2002 2.9 S80 - Wife's car, the "Silver Flash"
1996 855 Turbo - Formerly daughter's ride. My toy now.

Former Volvos:
1997 855 GLT - Totalled by daughter. Now she appreciates Volvos. :wink:
1984 244 DL B23F - warped head after radiator blew
1982 245 GL B21A - My first Volvo. Sold with 400,000 km on it.

Other:
1981 VW Westfalia

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