IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics
Did you know? 🤔
Logged in users can get email notification of topic replies Log in or register (free).
Amazon Link Buy anything with this and it helps MVS!

Rear Shock Recommendations

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's stylish, distinctive "P2" platform cars.

2001 - 2007 V70
2004 - 2007 V70 R
2001 - 2007 XC-70
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R

User avatar
Biggertuna
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:27 pm
Year and Model: 2003 V70 2.4
Location: TX
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
Biggertuna

Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by Biggertuna » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:47 pm

Looking to replace the rear shocks on my 03 V70 Base. Been reading reviews/posts about shocks and it's difficult to tell which brand is recommended. Seems like Sachs would do the job but doesn't perform as well as stock. Would Bilstein be a better choice?

I narrowed down my choices to these (based on price point):
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... 80-300-074
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... -24-193276

User avatar
ndphotonl
Posts: 201
Joined: Sun May 27, 2018 7:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 S80 2.4T
Location: Netherlands
Has thanked: 26 times
Been thanked: 25 times
Contact:
Netherlands
ndphotonl

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by ndphotonl » Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:38 pm

I have Bilstein B4's on my S80 all around. I highly recommend them!

ImageVolvo S80 2.4T Replacing Rear Shocks Bilstein B4 by Andy Ramdin, on Flickr

ImageVolvo S80 2.4T Lowering Preparations by Andy Ramdin, on Flickr
These users thanked the author ndphotonl for the post:
Biggertuna
Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited Edition
Blog / FlickR / YouTube channel

User avatar
oragex
Posts: 4805
Joined: Fri May 24, 2013 6:20 am
Year and Model: S60 2003
Location: Canada
Has thanked: 95 times
Been thanked: 264 times
Contact:
Canada
oragex

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by oragex » Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:40 pm

..
These users thanked the author oragex for the post:
Biggertuna

User avatar
Biggertuna
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:27 pm
Year and Model: 2003 V70 2.4
Location: TX
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
Biggertuna

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by Biggertuna » Sat May 09, 2020 8:23 pm

Removed and installed 2x Bilstein B4 on the rear. I’m having difficulty tightening the top 19mm nut to torque spec while trying to help the hex screw into place. Any ideas? How did you tighten it?

User avatar
- Pete -
Posts: 613
Joined: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:13 pm
Year and Model: 01, 04, 04, 04 V70's
Location: Minnesota/Wisconsin
Has thanked: 54 times
Been thanked: 75 times
United States of America
- Pete -

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by - Pete - » Sat May 09, 2020 10:24 pm

I don’t bother with torque on them. Impact the nut on, or you can use an offset box wrench & a torx bit through the offset wrench to counterhold the shaft.

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece-m ... -set-.html
2001 V70XC 146k
2004 V70 AWD 141k
2004 V70R M66 144k
2004 XC70 287k
2006 XC70 155k Sold

User avatar
Biggertuna
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:27 pm
Year and Model: 2003 V70 2.4
Location: TX
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
Biggertuna

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by Biggertuna » Sun May 10, 2020 7:36 pm

Picked up a set of offset box wrenches. Did my best to tighten while counter holding the top. Anything to be concerned about if it’s not tight enough? Took it for a ride and I don’t hear any clanking; rides nice and smooth.

User avatar
- Pete -
Posts: 613
Joined: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:13 pm
Year and Model: 01, 04, 04, 04 V70's
Location: Minnesota/Wisconsin
Has thanked: 54 times
Been thanked: 75 times
United States of America
- Pete -

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by - Pete - » Sun May 10, 2020 10:49 pm

You’ll know if it loosens, which in all probability is very unlikely. You’ll be fine. Next time hit it with the impact if you have one.
2001 V70XC 146k
2004 V70 AWD 141k
2004 V70R M66 144k
2004 XC70 287k
2006 XC70 155k Sold

cn90
Posts: 6688
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:54 am
Year and Model: 2004 V70 2.5T
Location: Omaha NE
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 131 times
United States of America
cn90

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations

Post by cn90 » Tue May 12, 2020 6:40 am

I used air gun to tighten the rear shock top nut. Thought it is was OK but turned out the shaft just spun and spun. So the nut was not tightened. Theoretically, spinning shaft can damage the new shock absorber too.

The solution was T40 and open wrench.

ALL the tricks are in the DIY I wrote for the rear susp back in Dec 2019:

viewtopic.php?t=92099
These users thanked the author cn90 for the post:
Biggertuna
2004 V70 2.5T 100K+
2005 XC90 2.5T 110K+

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post