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      The XC70 R project




      Thought I would make a build thread.

      After having a daily driver full race built EK Civic Type R, 2 Lexus/Toyota Soarer SC400, 1 Toyota Lexus/SC400 with Adaptronic tuned Supercharged Intercooled 400HP, the missus has succeeded to put her foot down and get a family car. Conditions applied.


      Car:

      2002 Volvo XC70
      2.4L AWD Turbo
      (Special Volvo factory order from Sweden)


      Upgrades:

      XC with M58 Manual gearbox
      Dolby Pro Logic II HU-803 Head unit + center dash speaker
      Full powered passenger seat
      Sport mirrors
      Sunroof
      XC90 Spring seats


      Engine:

      AUTOTECH / EVOLVE custom tune + OBD software tuning tool
      TD04 HL16T turbo
      V70R downpipe
      V70R Green 450cc injectors
      V70R fuel rail
      V70R blue engine covers
      IPD-USA Compressor Bypass Valve
      IPD-USA Turbo Control Valve
      IPD-USA Turbo coupler pipes
      IPD-USA HD Coil packs
      IPD-USA Poly engine mounts
      IPD-USA Throw out bearing
      EVOLVE Air Management System
      OBX-R Stainless steel exhaust.


      Brakes:

      V70R Brembo 4 pot calipers
      330mm Powerslot slotted rotors
      Stainless steel braided brake lines


      Interior:

      V70R Blue R instrument cluster with custom LED back lighting
      V70R R door sills
      IPD-USA blue R boost guage
      EST chrome head unit dial surrounds
      1kw 12v power inverter
      Wood interior trim treatment


      Exterior:

      Carbon Rear spoiler with LED lights
      S60R 18" silver pearl Pegasus wheels
      6000K HID
      Euro silver rails
      S60 AWD springs
      Limo tint
      Carbon side mirrors



      Tuning:
      Working on this has been a pure test of my patience, trial and error with parts and frequent communication with Peter @ Autotech Sweden. Without Peter's help and his general amusement to tune a car on the other side of the world, I would have been no where with the current set up.

      Over the past year I have tested about 6 different Autotech tunes, 1 with the Elevate group buy for the stock 13T and the last being all for the bigger 16T. Not to mention reinstalling other tunes for testing purposes countless times. Some may remember heated discussions in the IPD thread regarding my tune and what was wrong with it, why it was running poor, 20+psi boost spikes and what parts I need. After much trial and error, we realised it was purely software related. Symptoms such as boost flutter and too much boost were a problematic occurrence with later tunes and it wasn't until I installed a set of fresh green giants / injectors, everything started to work beautifully. No boost flutter, no over-boost and no cold start issues. Only problem now is my current boost is set at 12psi. Peter has been too busy to send a new file for more boost.

      The next big job will be to install an Autotech FMIC. Not because it can get real hot where I live, but for the added boost and the fragile nature of the stock plastic XC Intercooler.



      Some engine pics:









      Some interior pics:













      Some exterior pics:













      Brakes:

      Out with the old fronts:



      In with the new:
      R 4 pot Brembos, stainless steel braided brake lines, bolts, alloy Brembo brackets, 330mm Power slot rotors.








      Out with the old rears:






      In with the new:
      R 4 pot Brembos, stainless steel braided brake lines, 330mm Power slot rotors.





      Some shopping:





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      Whats next:

      M66 AWD 6sp manual transmission.
      Last edited by Ocean Racer; 10-01-2012 at 09:50 PM.
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      Sexy MF.
      2004 V70 T5M: Platinum Green Bob Villa mod | boost gauge | poly mounts | Snabb intake | IPD sways | Koni yellow struts | KYB monotube shocks http://imgur.com/a/0MRgX
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      Cool car!

      How did you solve the software problem, from going from auto to manual?
      Funny you have a Belgian numberplate holder in the front

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      It was a manual stock... RHD overseas people get all of the fun stuff
      2005 XC70
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      Wicked cool! I think you may be the only other person I've met recently using Adaptronic! I've been running the e420c and the Select on my turboed miatas. Killer build and it looks great Just curious if you've ever thought about doing an adaptronic ECU on a Volvo?... it's something that I have been toiling with; but haven't had time to really dig in.

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      Ahhh...My favorite XC!

      Looks like the "conditions" of having a family car were well laid out!

      I'm kinda undecided about the white pegs though. They do look great...but so did the silver.

      Cheers!
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      Love it.
      To many stickers/badges on the back tho.
      Those pictures in the desert are awesome

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      Quote Originally Posted by rusheR View Post
      Love it.
      To many stickers/badges on the back tho.
      Agreed, the EVOLVE one is coming off today.

      New pics of engine bay and door sills today too
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      Quote Originally Posted by RRRon View Post
      I'm kinda undecided about the white pegs though. They do look great...but so did the silver.

      Cheers!
      Ron
      Yes I put in the order for a silver to match the Hyper Silver / shadow chrome.
      The powdercoat shop were colourblind
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      We are all in awe with your car. Wish I can go down your route but something come up and may have to say goodbye to my XC70.
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      Keep up the good work my friend! Glad to see all those parts going to good use

      Just curious, did you use the steering stops when you installed the fronts? I just re-used the old bolts from my original calipers and have no rubbing issues with the Brembos on my XC

      Also, I originally had my rotors installed in the direction the box stated, with had my slots running the same direction as yours, but in the rain, they would hold water and make braking nonexistent at first press of the pedal! I swapped them in the front and it has been better, but it just dawned on me to check the direction of the vanes of the internal venting... hmm

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      GDay Ads,
      Yes I installed the little alloy dog bones for the Brembo steering stops but they dramatically reduced my turning abilities and were eating into my Lower Control Arms so I removed them.
      I just installed the rotors in the direction I believe to be correct. The rotors had been out of their boxes several times anyways
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      Hoep the brakes works well as intended.
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      Brakes work awesome !
      Much better brake feel and better braking stability - especially at high speed.
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      You are making us feel envy. Good on ya! Hope one day can able to sit in it if I ever drop by in Perth.
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      Some more pics..





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      Man Australia is beautiful! Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.
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      Quote Originally Posted by n00bkiller944 View Post
      Man Australia is beautiful! Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.
      hehe, well I have been to Arlington VA & DC, time for you to come here
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ocean Racer View Post
      hehe, well I have been to Arlington VA & DC, time for you to come here
      Time to visit Perth again
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ocean Racer View Post
      hehe, well I have been to Arlington VA & DC, time for you to come here
      Haha, sounds like I have to now! As long as you pick me up at the airport in the XC R
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      I am sure Ocean would not mind doing so.
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      Replacing the silly springs and installing the S60AWD springs next week.
      While we're at it, I'll have the hand brake adjusted so it works :P
      All followed by another dealer diagnostic
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      It never ends does it? The things we do to achieve motoring nirvana.
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      Next big job is a slave cylinder and clutch replacement. It never ends :/
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      New S60 AWD springs in.
      Massive improvement in feel and stiffness.
      It has raised the front up an inch - from the evolve V70r springs and lowered the rear by about 2" from stock xc springs. Now it's level and no rake



      Front:


      Rear:
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ocean Racer View Post
      New S60 AWD springs in.
      Massive improvement in feel and stiffness.
      It has raised the front up an inch - from the evolve V70r springs and lowered the rear by about 2" from stock xc springs. Now it's level and no rake



      Front:


      Rear:
      Very nice.
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      Great looking XC!!

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      I just swapped out the "stock" V70R springs from my XC for S60AWD springs as well on the rear of the car. Most likely will do it on the front, too, as I've got quite a bit of rake now. I'm also running non-XC struts on the front, so those combined with R springs is a bit much.

      Yours looks good.
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      Biggest problem I had with the low Evolve front springs was they were too stiff for my strut and were not giving over speed bumps etc. height was fine.
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      So that is stock S60 AWD springs front and rear and stock S60 AWD struts front and rear?
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      Stock XC70 struts + stock S60 AWD springs. F+R
      I do have XC90 seats though. F

      All round 1.5-2" drop but same smoothness and no 'float' or drag around corners.
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      I love the drop! Looks like it has a good solid flat stance. Any issues with alignment? Also could you please load that thing up with people and stuff sometime and tell me how bad it drops/bottoms out? Thanks man!
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      The XC will lower itself by 1" / 100kg on AWD springs.
      Alignment is perfect, no toe/camber issues
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ocean Racer View Post
      Stock XC70 struts + stock S60 AWD springs. F+R
      I do have XC90 seats though. F

      All round 1.5-2" drop but same smoothness and no 'float' or drag around corners.
      Firmer suspension and can handle corners.
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      Adam, are you getting better gas mileage with the dropped suspension?? Just trying to figure things out

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