I've started this thread a while ago to log all the mods and nice time I have with my caR.
It did not work quite as I expected cause I had no time for forum, but I'll try to work on that field now.
The stage 1
The primary condition which I wanted to achieve prior any engine modifications was setting up the suspension and AWD properly. It included changing worn bushings with powerflex and XC series bushings, and adding sway bars. Rear one was easy, and front one is laying in a garage, one day the engine will get out anyway and. It will be the perfect time for the new sway bar instalation. AWD needed a new collar, angle gear reseal, new oil and oil filter.
The stage 2
Ok, what it takes for stage 2 mod is FMIC, exhaust and a tune.
Thanks to ViVA I have got a great deal on iSoftloader and tunes. The FMIC is also from ViVA.
So, let's see the exhaust now
The entire turbo back exhaust is made out of 316 SS, and is 3" wide all the way.
The OEM DP flange was used for turbo side. First O2 on the same place as OEM, and the second one has been placed before the CAT and on its spacer. No CEL activated with stage 1 or 2 tune (Rica)
The OEM turbo flange will be cut away when new turbo setup comes in.
More exhaust pictures will follow...
And the result was excellent. Huh, no need to explain, it is so much better than stock or OEM.
The only problem was, it did not last long enough
After about two weeks of fun, one 2hour track day course, and a 1000km road trip my Rosie had a stroke and wrote LOW COOLANT, STOP SAFELY.
You all know what it is, unfortunately.
So, I got her towed to Croatian's T5 guru and in les than 2 hours we got the head off.
@ 125000 km
The engine was probably producing around 380 hp.
I believe that the main reason for souch a failure is lack of horsepower.
Next step is Dartons.
Bigger brakes plan
After getting the car up to 220kmh on our local track, and braking before entry to a corner I quickly understood that I was loosing a lot of time and brakes there. It crossed my mind before to go bigger, but The price tag was something I feared off.
And just couple weeks ago, I ran over one nice guy who was selling a pair of used Porche cayenne turbo 6 piston brembo monoblock calipers. Cool, I instantly saw them in silver Volvo color with one shiny R .
So, here is them two hawing a bath before sending them for media blasting and coating;
The plan is to get the two peace 355 rotors under neath 18" pegs, and some 19" aftermarket wheels for summer time. I might keep. The OEM brakes for winter time and possibly getting a 17" set of wheels for that occasion.