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Lifting the V50?

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Lifting the V50?

Post by HelloBucklebell » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:26 pm

I bought a V50 some time ago and it's too low for the country I live in (lots of pot holes--sometimes as deep as 3-4", uneven roads, banked asphalt, snow, ice, lots of unpaved roads, etc.). I was thinking a good solution would be to lift the vehicle and put on some off-road tires.

Does anyone have any experience lifting the V50 or a similar model? How high can I reasonably lift it for it to still be safe (I was thinking around 10 - 20cm)? Any recommendations for how I should life it (i.e. which shocks I could buy)? I'm not very car saavy (yet), so it's possible that it's not even the shocks that would need to be adjusted--or replaced.

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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by matthew1 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:14 am

I checked https://www.xc70liftkit.com/ , but no, they make nothing for the Volvo P1 platform (or anything besides XC70 P2).

I'd go with tall/narrow tires to solve this... 205/65/16 or so. And reprogram the speedometer with VIDA.
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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:08 am

Taller tyres is the only resonable thing you'll get away with without killing the suspension geometry. If that doesn't do it the sensible thing is to get an XC model.

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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by jtopiso » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:29 am

10 or 20cm? Thats probably more than the total wheel travel available!

If you mean 10-20mm (10mm=1cm), then I would look for a custom spacer for the spring seats. A better (and more expensive) solution would be to find some threaded body "coilovers", so you can tune the rideheight, but this are usually made for track/racing, so perhaps they won't allow much rise, and only allow to lower the rideheight.

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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:47 am

Just putting new shocks and springs on a car this age will lift it 10-20mm.
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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by HelloBucklebell » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:18 am

Any suggestions for reading material on figuring out which shocks and springs I ought to look for (and perhaps even how to install)?

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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by HelloBucklebell » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:21 am

Rattnalle wrote:
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Taller tyres is the only resonable thing you'll get away with without killing the suspension geometry. If that doesn't do it the sensible thing is to get an XC model.

Yeah that's what I'm afraid of. I'm in a tight spot with selling the vehicle though, as I can't sell it unless I take it to Lithuania to put it up for sale (Ukraine has high import fees that usually outweigh the price of the car, so people keep it on Lithuanian plates--but a new law is now requiring that residents either import the car officially or give it up).

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Re: Lifting the V50?

Post by skloon » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:23 pm

The awd models have spacers to lift them about 20 mm you could use those

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