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Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

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Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by smacknab » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:31 pm

Hi everyone,

I recently did my inner and outter tie rods and sway bar end links. When I brought it for an alignment they told me within 3 months they'll give it another alignment for free. So I'm now more seriously considering doing the shocks and struts.

My plan is to do Sachs struts and shocks with lesjofors springs as they seem to be recommended for a factory ride. I'm wondering what else should be done while I have everything apart? FCP has a kit with the strut mounts and all the hardware and bellows, but the strut mounts are INA and seem to be the second cheapest option. Does anyone have any opinions on the FCP euro strut kits and if the strut mounts will be acceptable for regular driving? I've seen people talking about using xc strut mounts or SUV strut mounts, not sure if that applies in my case.

This is for a stage 0 non-turbo, so I'm not really pushing it hard, but I live in the Boston area so the streets aren't amazing. The price for the Sachs parts, springs and the hardware kit comes to about 650, so I might table it for a bit longer, but I haven't found a good source for used cheap versions of these parts.

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As always, thank you all for your opinions, insights and anecdotes.

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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by smacknab » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:46 pm

I should add that I have the IPD subframe bushing kit (bushings and poly inserts) already that I plan to put in around the same time.

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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by abscate » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:09 pm

Think about your car usage, S, if it’s just running to the MTA and putting on 5k a year, a set of off brand struts from FCP means you can get free replacements every 4-5 years.
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Post by smacknab » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:00 pm

Hmm that is a good point. I really only average around 8k miles per year, so the $ per mile as an investment is pretty high. The Sachs are the cheapest strut option at $80 per strut and about $120 for the pair of shocks.

I do find it drives fine for what I need, especially after replacing the tie rods and endlinks, but the struts and shocks are original with 210k miles so it also feels like something that should be done. Maybe the best thing to do is nothing?

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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by wheelsup » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:09 pm

You probably don't need springs. They don't wear out unless they break.

I used Sachs all around IIRC from FCP. I did a four corners refresh five years ago, car drove much better. Not quite new but pretty nice.

I would definitely replace the strut mounts as well.
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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by jreed » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:24 am

I also used Sachs both times I redid the struts and was happy afterwards. I used the 'heavy duty' XC mounts both times and they have held up well. Be sure to replace the polyurethane bumps stops and the flexible rubber boots while you are in there.
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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by 850 LPT » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:04 am

Since you raised concerns about the INA brand strut mounts I just wanted to mention that this is a good quality brand, made mostly in Germany. You won't be disappointed with INA parts.

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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by smacknab » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:54 am

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Since you raised concerns about the INA brand strut mounts I just wanted to mention that this is a good quality brand, made mostly in Germany. You won't be disappointed with INA parts.

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Thanks for the input! That's good to know because sometimes I feel like when I get the complete kits they come with one or two suspect parts.

I think I'll go with Sachs and the FCP hardware kit. My rear bumpstops are also pretty blown out so I'm looking into doing those. Based on the forums it doesn't seem to be the easiest thing to replace but there are some tricks for those.

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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by E Showell » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:18 am

Fine to reuse springs, but I would clean up any rust with a wire wheel and paint with a rust activator/inhibitor. The part number for the Volvo OEM strut mount was updated years ago so that the Volvo strut mounts are all now the heavier duty XC90 mounts, so no need to order those as a separate item.
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Re: Getting Ready for Suspension refresh - 99 S70 na fwd

Post by 800artfreed » Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:30 pm

I just recently rebuilt my 1999 s70 front end. This time (3rd volvo) I used the XC90 heavy duty mounts. After a few months I am still happy with them.

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