IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics

Get email notification of topic replies. Log in or register (free). Amazon Link Buy anything with this and it helps MVS!

Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas? Topic is solved

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
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 23294
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 417 times
Been thanked: 1280 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by abscate »

Sorry I left you hanging on that one, Jonboy

I’m not quite a stock or proven partsNazi as June but I am close.

These car parts from Sweden/Belgium shipment last 20 years/ 200k miles, the cheap parts just don’t.

They are right for some, if you are going to drive it lightly for five years buying 20 year parts is arguably questionable, but in general I buy the top shelf part and cry once.

...and it’s not too late.

FCP delivers fast.

:D
Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW
Link to Maintenance record thread
Link To Volvo Glossary
Jonboy74
Posts: 96
Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:17 pm
Year and Model: V70 2.4T, 2002
Location: USA - North Carolina
Has thanked: 59 times
Been thanked: 7 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by Jonboy74 »

abscate wrote: Tue May 19, 2020 4:58 am Sorry I left you hanging on that one, Jonboy

I’m not quite a stock or proven partsNazi as June but I am close.

These car parts from Sweden/Belgium shipment last 20 years/ 200k miles, the cheap parts just don’t.

They are right for some, if you are going to drive it lightly for five years buying 20 year parts is arguably questionable, but in general I buy the top shelf part and cry once.

...and it’s not too late.

FCP delivers fast.

:D
LOL, no worries, I may not have the car another 5 years....or maybe my boys will be driving it....who knows.

I don't drive as much as I used to, especially nowadays.

We'll see how it goes.

Thanks,

Jonboy

PS: Goodnight Elizabeth :-)
User avatar
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 23294
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 417 times
Been thanked: 1280 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by abscate »

😀😀😀😀

Great show.
Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW
Link to Maintenance record thread
Link To Volvo Glossary
User avatar
ndphotonl
Posts: 221
Joined: Sun May 27, 2018 7:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 S80 2.4T
Location: Netherlands
Has thanked: 26 times
Been thanked: 29 times
Contact:

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by ndphotonl »

xHeart wrote: Fri May 15, 2020 6:12 am
ndphotonl wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 5:34 am Everyone has different budgets & different wishes.
Choose something you are comfortable with, which also fits within budget. When I did the overhaul, I bought new Bilstein B4 shocks all around and Vogtland lowering springs. I am a little bit dissappointed in the lowering part, but the springs are good value for money regarding build quality & quality of the ride.
Any before and after lowering pix?
Almost non-existent lowering...Almost seems like I bought the wrong springs, but there is only 1 set available for S80 from Vogtland. Also note, the rear springs are still original as I don't have the proper spring compressor (I tried 2 variants) to get them out. Apparantly, its a lot easier on S60 P2 chassis.

How I bought it (classic old man car look)

ImageVolvo S80 2.4T side view by Andy Ramdin, on Flickr

How it is now (looks alot better hehe)

ImageVolvo S80 2.4T 19" Asa TEC GT4 wheels by Andy Ramdin, on Flickr

During last alignment (after swapping out the front control arms)

ImageVolvo S80 2.4T Alignment @ Daemen Banden Service Venray by Andy Ramdin, on Flickr
Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited Edition
Blog / FlickR / YouTube channel
xHeart
Posts: 2827
Joined: Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:05 am
Year and Model: 13XC90/01V70X/97N854
Location: Great Lakes - USA
Has thanked: 27 times
Been thanked: 48 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by xHeart »

ndphotonl wrote: Wed May 20, 2020 6:29 am
How I bought it (classic old man car look)

How it is now (looks alot better hehe)
Volvo must be attracting Oldsmobile customers. Your facelift is way better -- excellent upgrade, sharp look!
--
Golden Retriever | 2014D VIDA DiCE | 2020 V60CC | 2013A XC90 +150mi/241km | 2001 V70XC +200mi/322km | 1997 Volvo 850 +180mi/289km
Past: German Shepherd | 1989 Volvo 740 GL | 1979 Volvo 240
User avatar
ndphotonl
Posts: 221
Joined: Sun May 27, 2018 7:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 S80 2.4T
Location: Netherlands
Has thanked: 26 times
Been thanked: 29 times
Contact:

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by ndphotonl »

Thanks man, still enjoy every drive. Especially when the 3" turboback exhaust is warmed up, the 5 cilinder sounds are amazing (Japanifold for the win!)
Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited Edition
Blog / FlickR / YouTube channel
User avatar
matthew1
Site Admin
Posts: 10811
Joined: Sat Sep 14, 2002 11:03 am
Year and Model: 850 T5, 1997
Location: Denver, Colorado, US
Has thanked: 694 times
Been thanked: 297 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by matthew1 »

Those new wheels are FIRE. Excellent.

I just photographed my spare Japanifold yesterday for the featured image here https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/repla ... asics.html
Help keep MVS on the web -> click sponsors' links here on MVS when you buy from them.
Also -> Amazon link
. Click that when you go to buy something on Amazon and MVS gets a kickback.

1997 850 T5, MSD ignition coil, Hallman manual boost controller, injectors, R bumper, OMP strut brace [gone]
2004 V70 R [gone]

Image
Georgeandkira
Posts: 829
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:24 am
Year and Model: 2007 V70 base
Location: Hudson & Champlain Valleys, USA
Has thanked: 27 times
Been thanked: 56 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by Georgeandkira »

Excuse the delay in responding as I was away.

To MoVolvos: P.P.S.#61435971 for the forward, horizontal bushing mailed by a friend in England. P.P.S. (Professional Parts Sweden) doesn't have a good reputation, however I believe these to have been made by a good factory as the fit was perfect and the finish was smooth and uniform.
The LCA rear, vertical bushings were Deeza #VL-R101.

In use 5.5 years so far. No noises.
User avatar
ndphotonl
Posts: 221
Joined: Sun May 27, 2018 7:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 S80 2.4T
Location: Netherlands
Has thanked: 26 times
Been thanked: 29 times
Contact:

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by ndphotonl »

matthew1 wrote: Fri May 22, 2020 4:34 pm Those new wheels are FIRE. Excellent.
Thanks! I also like them very much, although the Monaco Mirabeau wheels on a black S80 also made for a good look :) I will just post a link, else too much topic hijack ;)

Monaco wheels > https://flic.kr/p/25c6f4j
Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited Edition
Blog / FlickR / YouTube channel
Jonboy74
Posts: 96
Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:17 pm
Year and Model: V70 2.4T, 2002
Location: USA - North Carolina
Has thanked: 59 times
Been thanked: 7 times

Re: Front Strut replacement recommendations and gotchas?

Post by Jonboy74 »

Well, I got the new strut assemblies in from 1AAuto. Not too bad, but boy if you're not careful you'll need new brake lines. I'm really glad I had my boys there to assist with another set of hands. I decided not to replace the sway bar end links, as the ones in there aren't that old and they felt pretty good to me.

The ride isn't dreamy smooth, but, all things considered, at 260k+ miles, I'm not complaining. its a FAAAAAR sight better than it was, and *bonus* I no longer scrape the underside of the car when I pull into the driveway.

Thanks everyone!

Jonboy
Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post