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      Post Lekki's V50 Progression Thread

      Hi all,

      I'm pretty new to this forum and wanted to show my Volvo V50 2.0 diesel from 2005.
      So here is my progression thread.

      My love for Volvo started when I first drove with a friends S60 from 2006.
      I really liked the look of it, it has a timeless design to it. And the ride was so damn comfortable!

      The first car I drove was a Seat Ibiza 1.9SDI van 98' that I got for free.



      Few months later I crashed it against a new Audi A4.



      After that I wanted a more reliable and better looking car.
      Some researching later I found a V50 with not a high mileage and a decent price.







      The first change I made was Plasti Dipping the stock grill.





      The stock halogen headlights are pretty crappy. So I changed the bulbs to xenon.
      I've read the thread about that aftermarket xenon could wreck your wiper motor.
      So I went to the dealer to change the software so I could turn of the lights.
      And added these capacitors to have no canbus errors.



      This was the result.
      Sorry for the crappy pic. Higher res pictures will follow.
      Left: Xenon
      Right: Stock halogen



      A quick and easy mod was changing the number plate lighting.
      Left: Stock
      Right: Leds



      The bulbs in the side marking lights weren't very strong, so also changed them to led.



      A few weeks later I gave the car new oil and front brake disks and pads.



      Bought some new stuff to maintain the paint.



      First claying the paint.



      And then applying the wax.
      Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the beading effect.



      My V50 has the High Performance audio system but I still wanted to upgrade the speakers that are in the doors.
      I had already 2 Helix RS806 Competition speakers laying around in my garage.
      And bought some sound dampening.



      Fitted the damping.



      Take a look in this thread for more info about that -> http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...er-replacement

      The car has around 145k kilometers on it now. And since the beginning the EGR and inlet were never cleaned.
      So I took apart the inlet piping and cleaned them out.
      The inlets between the injectors were incredibly dirty.
      I tried to clean them as much as I could







      And finally here are some pictures of my car.















      I will try to keep updating this thread as I make more changes to my Volvo.

      Thanks for watching.
      Last edited by Lekki; 03-10-2014 at 07:47 AM.
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      Looks great love the tunnel picture
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      Does the car have a name?
      It sure found someone to love it!

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      Awesome car and awesome pics!

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      Well done sir !!

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      Thank you all!
      I am pretty proud owning a Volvo and being a part of this community.

      Quote Originally Posted by mf70 View Post
      Does the car have a name?
      It sure found someone to love it!

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      I don't have a name for my car yet
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      Nicely done!!

      Awesome pic in the grass.
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      First time cleaning the leather in 9 years I guess.

      Before:


      After:


      Its looking better but it still needs some more elbow grease.

      Note: That is not a shadow.


      All done with Meguiars Gold Class Leather & Vinyl Cleaner #G18516.
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      I'm going to have to get some of that Meguiars stuff!

      Does it dry out the leather any?

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      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      I'm going to have to get some of that Meguiars stuff!

      Does it dry out the leather any?
      Not really. but just to be sure, put some conditioner after the cleaning on it.
      It adds some protection to it.
      I use Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner & Conditioner #G17914.
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      Saw this the other day on a swedish forum, a girl who bought a S60 2.5T. She said she would clean the seats as they were quite filthy, didn't look THAT filthy to me.. Until:

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      Wow. How did you disassembly the inlet ?? Need to do the same for my 2.0D...
      Ice White V50 2.4 D5 Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-4-D5-R-Design

      Titanium Grey V50 2.0D Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...ression-Thread

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      Quote Originally Posted by rentalcar View Post
      Saw this the other day on a swedish forum, a girl who bought a S60 2.5T. She said she would clean the seats as they were quite filthy, didn't look THAT filthy to me.. Until:
      Oh god! That is a bit worse than mine.

      Quote Originally Posted by LeemansJ View Post
      Wow. How did you disassembly the inlet ?? Need to do the same for my 2.0D...
      Just unscrew all the bolts of the plastic inlet on the top. Disconnect the connectors of the injectors and oil pan ventilation tubing. Then wiggle the inlet back and forth to get it out of place. There will be a metal bracket in the rear left corner of the engine bay that will be in the way, just bend it a little bit so you can remove the inlet.
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      That's what I did but it didn't come loose
      I'm scared to break something.

      Btw do you have fb ? There is a Volvo meeting this May
      (Ik ben ook van België )
      Ice White V50 2.4 D5 Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-4-D5-R-Design

      Titanium Grey V50 2.0D Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...ression-Thread

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      Quote Originally Posted by LeemansJ View Post
      That's what I did but it didn't come loose
      I'm scared to break something.

      Btw do you have fb ? There is a Volvo meeting this May
      (Ik ben ook van België )
      The plastic inlet is pretty strong, don't worry of breaking it.
      First I sprayed a lot of brake cleaner in it and then let it soak for 10 minutes.
      I cleaned it with a Karcher high pressure washer afterwards.

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      Just received the rear camber kit that I ordered from Ebay.



      Looks like someone removed something from the arm.
      Could it be from SPC?



      And for the first time, my car wen into an elevator.
      That was a pretty weird experience.



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      Bought some new rims
      And went to a meeting in Belgium, Circuit-Zolder.

















      Next mod is painting my brake calipers silver or black(?)
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      Looks great!!!
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      Nice! I went silver on my calipers. Small engine = small brakediscs = not much to show. so I thought silver would make a fresh look to it instead of the show off thingie.

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      Done: R-design bodykit, sport spoiler, Eibach Pro 25mm, Dotz Roadster 19" on 225/35, fully LED converted inside and out. More to come at:
      Project thread!

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      Quote Originally Posted by joelkennethsmith View Post
      Looks great!!!
      Thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by rentalcar View Post
      Nice! I went silver on my calipers. Small engine = small brakediscs = not much to show. so I thought silver would make a fresh look to it instead of the show off thingie.

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      Got them painted silver
      They look like brand new.

      Got some new pics of my car with a new lens that I just bought.

      Also got a R-Design steering wheel and installed it.













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      Got my waterfall and door handles wrapped in carbon vinyl.





      And made a shopped pic of my v50 if lowered.

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      Do it. Here is mine. I went with the Raceland coilovers. Have known many VW people who have run them without issue. I will warn that I for one experienced multiple other mechanical issues after lowering.

      Your v50 looks great though.

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      Looks so sick!

      What did you use for the yellow tint on the lamp covers?
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      I've bought generic Yellow tint foil from a local carshop. If you want an A brand get Lamin-x
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      that looks damn good with that carbon wrap

      wow i love the details in that picture the carbon fiber wrap looks fantastic on the waterfall and the door handels dit you wrapped the center console also or ow yah i don't know that it is porthole but maybe you can wrap the aluminium part on your steering wheel also than its all the same toking forward to see more of your work and pictures

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      Quote Originally Posted by cecemelk201 View Post
      wow i love the details in that picture the carbon fiber wrap looks fantastic on the waterfall and the door handels dit you wrapped the center console also or ow yah i don't know that it is porthole but maybe you can wrap the aluminium part on your steering wheel also than its all the same toking forward to see more of your work and pictures
      Lekki sold his V50 and owns an S60R now so I don't think he'll wrap that part on his steering wheel hehe
      Ice White V50 2.4 D5 Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-4-D5-R-Design

      Titanium Grey V50 2.0D Progression Thread:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...ression-Thread

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      Quote Originally Posted by whiterob View Post
      Do it. Here is mine. I went with the Raceland coilovers. Have known many VW people who have run them without issue. I will warn that I for one experienced multiple other mechanical issues after lowering.

      Your v50 looks great though.
      I almost bought similar rims. Looks good with red.
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