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      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      I've been driving this car daily. Ordered a pair of new LCAs since the used V50 ones were near the end of their life and I can feel the caster change under braking.

      There has been a CEL for a fuel-tank-minor-leak, so I swapped the V50 EVAP pump for the C30 one (likely culprit associated with the code), took out the fuel pump assembly and replaced the O ring gasket, and examined the fuel filler cap (which still looks good). The CEL only comes on after a few days of driving, and could be associated with any of those things, so hopefully that fixed it.

      But then I went to start the car and it wouldn't turn over. No pressure in the fuel rail; the fuel pump isn't priming when the key is inserted. I'm guessing I just jiggled some wires loose when I pulled the pump out... So now I get to take things apart again.

      Just a word of advice for anyone doing an AWD swap. CUT A HOLE IN YOUR FLOOR FOR EASY PUMP ACCESS. It has made my life so much easier.
      Glad I'm not the only one with EVAP codes after AWD conversion

      Mine are definitely pump/module related, besides one that was due to original gas cap seal. At this point, there is only the wire harness left to replace - I don't want to drop the entire rear anytime soon, so I'll live with it or make a new harness for just the LDM that can be installed separately & routed more easily. Just need to figure out the tiny pins required for the module end.

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      I've completed 6 drive cycles since swapping everything and no CEL yet. Fingers crossed it stays off!

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      The CEL hasn't come back yet, so I think it's safe to say that swapping the pump fixed my issue.

      I got the new LCAs on and aligned it in my garage. Slight toe-in on the rear, square up front, and about -2° camber on all four corners. It's accurate to within 1mm by my ruler, so that's close enough for me.
      The car hasn't felt this great since I first bought it. There is only a very slight vibration at 65mph, which is likely from the cupped tires thanks to the old LCAs, or the questionably-balanced front right axle.

      You can take your hands off the wheel and it continues on a smooth straight path without any steering wheel shimmy. I'm actually starting to enjoy driving it again.

      Happy New Year everyone! 2020 will see more changes to this car. Nothing extreme, but the goal is to strip out more of the interior so I can cut out all the unnecessary wires and harnesses, cleanly route the necessary wires, and maybe freshen up the cosmetics a little while keeping the same general appearance.

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      Do I recall correctly you saying that if you run wheel spacers that you need to have some weirdo bracket to hold the front axels in place?


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      Quote Originally Posted by One T Scot View Post
      Do I recall correctly you saying that if you run wheel spacers that you need to have some weirdo bracket to hold the front axels in place?
      The bracket helps hold the hub assembly to the knuckle since these car developed a known issue of the hub bearing slowly walking out. The bracket was Volvo's solution to the problem, so even stock cars should add this.

      But it is especially important if you add spacers, more aggressively offset wheels, wider tires, large brakes, or anything that puts more force on the wheel bearings.

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      you wouldn't happen to know the partnumber, would you?

      I'd be interested to see if I have one. Around 100k, both bearings wore out within a month of each other.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Body Massage View Post
      you wouldn't happen to know the partnumber, would you?

      I'd be interested to see if I have one. Around 100k, both bearings wore out within a month of each other.
      https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vol...brace-31387127


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      Quote Originally Posted by Body Massage View Post
      you wouldn't happen to know the partnumber, would you?

      I'd be interested to see if I have one. Around 100k, both bearings wore out within a month of each other.
      https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vol...brace-31387127

      Should I also be running these on an 06 S40 AWD? Previous owner has already replaced the passenger side wheel bearing and I'd prefer to preserve the driver side if I can.
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      Quote Originally Posted by silent-circuit View Post
      Should I also be running these on an 06 S40 AWD? Previous owner has already replaced the passenger side wheel bearing and I'd prefer to preserve the driver side if I can.
      They're worthwhile on any P1 Volvo. It's Volvo's preventative solution to a known problem, but wasn't considered a recall or extended warranty item.

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      To follow up on not being able to use the race mode switch on AWD converted cars: I'm actually not missing the Race Mode switch anymore, as having power to the back wheels balances everything pretty well. I still stand by the Race Mode switch being a must have upgrade to FWD cars and a worthwhile upgrade to factory AWD cars with DSTC, but it's not missed on a converted AWD car.

      The Race Mode switch was beneficial for FWD so that power was always going to the front wheels and made it more predictable when it was on the verge of losing traction. There is a fine line between DSTC's limits and a complete loss of traction, with the sweet spot for maximum grip being between the two.
      But with the grip of AWD and the improvement from the upgraded DEM (compared to factory AWD cars), I have found that my converted AWD car can still reach that sweet spot for performance; this is still only obtainable by disabling spin traction control on the turn signal stalk.

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      MyNameIdeasWereTaken C30 Progression Thread

      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      The bracket helps hold the hub assembly to the knuckle since these car developed a known issue of the hub bearing slowly walking out. The bracket was Volvo's solution to the problem, so even stock cars should add this.

      But it is especially important if you add spacers, more aggressively offset wheels, wider tires, large brakes, or anything that puts more force on the wheel bearings.
      Cool, you wouldn’t happen to have a part number or link to the part? I’m having a time trying to locate it

      Never mind. Just scrolled up and saw.

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      you got to be real careful with the wheel hub brace
      those little black bolts that hold in the brake dust shield are probably rusted in place and will snap off super easily
      use hand tools ratchet and go slowly
      you can drill them out if they break but it's a slight pain

      if you have a 3 car garage just park them inside everyday lol
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      There is nothing left in this car that is not essential. Doing up some prototypes for a new "dash."
      Saved about another 80lbs from miscellaneous parts that were still in the interior.

      It'll be relatively clean once I'm done. Not professional, as I don't care to spend money on this car to make it look pretty. But it'll be clean, minimalistic, and make swapping clutch master cylinder, heater core, and blow motor all 5 minute jobs.


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      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      There is nothing left in this car that is not essential. Doing up some prototypes for a new "dash."
      Saved about another 80lbs from miscellaneous parts that were still in the interior.

      It'll be relatively clean once I'm done. Not professional, as I don't care to spend money on this car to make it look pretty. But it'll be clean, minimalistic, and make swapping clutch master cylinder, heater core, and blow motor all 5 minute jobs.

      It’s a good thing you’re in north GA with the dash Jethro-ed up like that! It’ll fit right in! I love watching the build of this thing and the reasons you’re doing what you’re doing.


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      Quote Originally Posted by One T Scot View Post
      It’s a good thing you’re in north GA with the dash Jethro-ed up like that! It’ll fit right in! I love watching the build of this thing and the reasons you’re doing what you’re doing.


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      We've heard of inspections, but it's kind of an urban legend thing... Most of my friends run one headlight.

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      Quote Originally Posted by silent-circuit View Post
      We've heard of inspections, but it's kind of an urban legend thing... Most of my friends run one headlight.

      /S (but sadly not really)
      Virginee’s guv’ner is proposing to eliminate state inspections here, but bumping up the gas tax - which sucks. “Data show there is no connection between highway safety and these inspections,” Northam said. “That’s why 35 other states don’t have them.”

      Part of me wouldn’t mind getting rid of it - I have a project S70 that has a weepy steering rack so it’s not on the road yet - but having someone else annually point out a few things on the cars my kids drive before I have time to look them over certainly helps prioritize my weekends when they’re home!
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      While there's a few parts that are considered "illegal" for standard cars (catless, louder than stock exhaust, excessive negative camber, tires too wide, etc.) or a violation for insurance, there is no reason why this wouldn't pass an inspection to be considered safe for the road.

      Keep in mind that all rally cars are road legal with annual registered license plates. They have to be road legal cars because they are required to drive on the road with standard traffic between stages.
      This C30 is being built for dirt and track, but it is nowhere near as modified as some rally cars are.

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      Everything is mounted, wired up, and working. Now I just need to finish cleaning up all the wires.




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      After all this stripping what is the total weight you think compared to stock / "stock" with AWD conversion?

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      Quote Originally Posted by unodos96 View Post
      After all this stripping what is the total weight you think compared to stock / "stock" with AWD conversion?
      I have weighed a lot of the major parts to come out, so I'm at an estimated 400lbs in weight savings.
      A stock C30 weighs just over 3200lbs. So the car would be around 2800lbs if it were FWD.

      But to add in the AWD bits... I could pick up the FWD rear subframe no problem, but the AWD subframe required use of a roller, so I'm guess it's about 100lbs more with the differential and axles. Plus the center drive shaft, transfer case, and more exhaust piping. Maybe an additional 150-200lbs for the AWD.

      I'm hoping for the AWD car to have just under a 3000lb curb weight.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      First snow of the season, time to go play!

      we are going to need a 3 way drag or autocross race sometime between them all!

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      Quote Originally Posted by unodos96 View Post
      we are going to need a 3 way drag or autocross race sometime between them all!
      The WRX is hands down the fastest in a straight line, the Porsche is the slowest.
      But the Porsche is by far the best handling and the lightest, so it's the quickest through the twisties.

      On track, it really just comes down to the driver's comfort level with each car. They're all evenly matched due to various advantages and disadvantages. I would say is not quite as effortless as the WRX or 987S, but the power/grip/lightness are all there.

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      AWD in snow/ice review: It's great! Converted cars are running the upgraded haldex controller, so just like my V50 with the upgrade in snow, if you put your foot down too fast, the back end will kick out. But if you ease into it, it grips and doesn't let go. Since it's not a factory AWD system, it's definitely not as composed as it could be. But from a driveability standpoint, on Southeast icy roads which are unlike anything up north or out west, it is greatly improved over the FWD predecessor.

      I was plowing most of the roads I drove on. Splitter is gone, haha! Now I have an excuse to build a new one that integrates better with the front arches.


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      In the process of swapping the Sparcos back into the Porsche and moving the Brides over to the C30. The Brides' leg angle makes them extremely uncomfortable for cars where your legs are mostly straight to the pedals (mid engine Porsches), so they're a better fit in the more elevated seating position in the C30.

      I still prefer the Sparcos in terms of comfort. But in the spirit of not spending mod-money on this car anymore, I'll use what I have.

      I have also finished cleaning up the wires. Everything is packed into pipe insulator and run around the edges of the car. Not only does the pipe insulator provide protection, but it's also easier to fit in place than split wire loom, makes access to wires and connector convenient, and at $0.20 per foot, it's the cheapest option as well. It may not be show car clean, but it's racecar clean.


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