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Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
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1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

Ludermilch
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Re: Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Post by Ludermilch » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:59 am

Thanks, I wrapped my Neptune's in Cooper Zeon RS3-A.


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1998 V70R
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Re: Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Post by Ben850 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:56 pm

Ludermilch wrote:Finally settled on what I needed to do to my wagon to achieve the look I wanted. First I went from 225/35/17 tires to a set of 225/50/17. That filled in the wheel wells better. There is only the slightest rubbing at full lock. Next I tried out a few combinations of struts/springs. Chose some struts meant for a V70 GLT and kept the XC springs so the front kept a good ride height. This my result.
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I'm happy. But I wonder of springs from an AWD V70 would make much difference.
Are those Titans? I have Two sets of Titans, but I am considering transferring the 15" snows to my '98 XC.

I believe the Titan 17" will go on the '96 wagon in a monh or so, when the roads are repaired a bit here in Michigan.

The other set will remain on the '95 T-5R. That was the only vehicle, and year for which the Titan 17" were produced.


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1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Post by Ben850 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:12 pm

Ludermilch wrote:Finally settled on what I needed to do to my wagon to achieve the look I wanted. First I went from 225/35/17 tires to a set of 225/50/17. That filled in the wheel wells better. There is only the slightest rubbing at full lock. Next I tried out a few combinations of struts/springs. Chose some struts meant for a V70 GLT and kept the XC springs so the front kept a good ride height. This my result.
IMAG0321.jpg
I'm happy. But I wonder of springs from an AWD V70 would make much difference.
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1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Post by scot850 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:26 pm

Thought I'd add a bit of info to this post. I was at good old PnP yesterday, trying to see if I could find some back-order parts for my 2000 V70R. I came back with parts from a 2000 V70 XC and from what I can tell there are a few differences in the rear suspension, which may be mean there may also be differences in the front also, not all obvious.

The lower control arms at the rear are the same on the R and XC (part # also). The stay bars from the jacking point to the lower control arm are also the same.

I wish I had thought to take a measuring tape with me, as I didn't bring the nivomats from the XC as they had no compression what so ever and the gaiters were wrecked. I wanted to actually see if the nivomats are all the same length or are longer on the XC. I think the damping ratings are obviously different, but not convinced on the overall length. Also didn't check the spring lengths, again didn't buy them as I don't need them.

As I didn't have any way of un-doing the rear drive axle nuts, I brought the hub assembly home (I was not charged for them). Looking up on Vida at the part numbers for the hubs on both cars, they are different. I did some rough measurements, and the only obvious difference is the upper control arm mounting on the hub is about 3-4mm higher. Otherwise couldn't find any major differences. I'm guessing this is to allow for a longer spring length. Need to look up the front hubs now also to see if this is the same, or if they use the same hub at the front.

The 2 adjustable stays from the middle of the rear sub-frame running out to the rear of the rear hubs are also listed as different part numbers, but are of identical diameter and length.

Rear drive axles are the same and same part #'s.

Not sure if this is of much help, but worth considering if dropping the XC height or raising an AWD.

Neil.
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2000 V70 R - still being an endless PITA
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Re: Help lowering my '98 V70XC

Post by JoeRV70 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:51 am

Ludermilch, this is an old thread but wanted to see if you could give a little more description to what you did? Did you keep your rear Nivomats like you initially said you wanted to or ditch them or do the lowering option you'd mentioned via drop bolts or somehow fooling them? And for the front, did you just swap out the actual strut keeping your older spring? Thanks man!



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