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New guy with some questions, I've learned a lot!

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Hey all, I just got a 98 V70 AWD/GLT a few weeks ago and I’ve been loving it since. I’ve done a few upgrades thanks to Robert DIY and this site, but I’ve got some questions still.

First, what I’ve done:
Swapped the headlight relay for a 99
Installed a factory strut brace from junkyard
Pulled the headlight extensions for marginally better output
Radio lights bulbs replaced
Picked up info switch, awaiting install
Replaced the tailgate struts
Added the taillight speakers

I’m planning on fixing the dash squeaks, going full LED aside from headlights, PCV, timing belt hoping to lower it and a few other things.

On to questions:

1, aside from stage 0 and FCP’s 3 suggestions, is there anything I can do to wake the car up a little? I don’t want to make it a drag car but to just be a little more.

2, any other easy upgrades, parts off other models to swap over?

3, my car has the gray interior, but I have tan gab handles and dome lights, is that normal? I’ve seen the steering wheels be 2 tone

4, is there an “easy” way to lower the awd’s?

I know there was more but of course I forget as soon as I start typing.

Thanks so much for help and everything I’ve already learned and read!

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Post by Ozark Lee »

As far as the interior goes it is common for them to have come from the factory with what would be considered "mix and match" parts. It is also a common thing for them to get mixed and matched later on when stuff wears out and the pick-n-pull has the right part but a different color. The colors all tend to be fairly complimentary.

'94 850 N/A 5 speed
'96 Platinum Edition Turbo
1999 V70XC - Nautic Blue - Totaled while parked.
1999 V70XC - RIP - Wrecked Parts Car.
1998 S70 T5
1996 850 N/A
1989 740 GLT
1986 740 GLT
1972 142 Grand Luxe

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