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      Struts on lowered springs

      I have some bad wear on inner front tires due to lower control arms getting sloppy. I plan on putting in new struts as I'm in there.

      I see that Bilstein HD has a strut specific for lowered Volvos. But I do not really see other manufacturers doing that. So that got me thinking that probably most people just put standard struts in on lowered V70's. Anyone have long term success with any other brands and standard dimension struts on lowered cars? $250 each side is a bit pricey for a commuter car IMHO. Looking for a stiffer ride.
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      Koni FSDs are another choice for lowered people, but are also pricey.

      I've been riding lowering springs on stock struts / shocks for 20,000km with no issue. I think I've heard it will wear them prematurely but YMMV.
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      I went for sport shocks when I lowered mine, I wanted a stiffer ride too, but plenty of people run lower springs on stock shocks without issue, depends on how much you lower it. In retrospect I think I'd stick with stock shocks, and I really recommend Eibachs Pro Kit, they're 30mm lower and considerably stiffer when you push it, but being progressive springs they're also really comfortable when you just want to calm things down. Friend of mine has it on stock shocks, great ride.

      That said, a stiffer ride will most likely mean more wear and tear, and you'll have more negative camber that needs to be dealt with.
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      great advice. I'm really battling the "while it's open might as well replace everything" principal. I see that they sell a lot of kits for essentially all brand new strut components (seats, mounts, etc.). How can you tell if those other parts are going bad or is it just not worth it to guess, just replace all?
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      Generally there's tells, and some things are so cheap you do it anyway. Spring seats and endlinks are the latter. Strut mounts should rotate freely without grinding or play. If you push down on one corner of the car, it should rebound and oscillate once more (up, down, up) and no more, or your shocks might be going. LCAs should be tight and without bushing play, and spring upward when pushed down and released, a little difficult without removing the strut.

      After one 850, one P80 V70 and my current V70 I am so sick and tired of working on McPherson setups I generally do more than one thing when I'm under there. Feels very good to have a nice and fresh front end too, and it''s so much more satisfying bolting clean and rust free parts together, than the alternative.
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      Coilovers or nothing if you're replacing everything...extra $200 give or take and full adjust-ability....might get some done before my weekend so I can do some auto cross....
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