Exactly one year from this thread post, I joined Swedespeed. Learned just about everything I know about R's on here. I will document anything I do to my caR in this thread along with useful tips and tricks.
A few of you may know me from posting everywhere and a few of you that I sold items to in the classifieds. I'm on Swedespeed everyday via my Tapatalk app.
I am very anal in my oil changes (3.5K w/Amsoil 0W-40) and even more anal in my cleanliness of the car. I run a small auto detailing company at home so I have a lot of chemicals and machines at my disposal. I would honestly eat off any surface of the car, inside and out... But the previous owner of the caR took very good care of it and I keep it at show-quality all the time.
Anyway, on to my R background. I was handed over the keys to my R on July 31, 2013. It took me about 2 months to find an R, nothing was near Ohio. I was about to order an R from NY, it was sonic, body kitted, modded already and was a M66. BUT, a day before I pulled the trigger on that R, I got a notification that an R was up for sale an hour away from me. My R was automatic, Magic Blue, and had no body kit but did have Anthracite Pegs. So why would I go with the R near me? Well the details were on the paper. Here are some pics that the dealer took of it while it was in their lot. These are the only pics I saw of her.
My R presale 1 by Martini_277, on Flickr
My R presale 2 by Martini_277, on Flickr
So what made my R stand out was its service record. Apparently the previous owner had cracked the block in the engine, with 76500 some miles. So he had the entire engine and turbo replaced with a brand new setup. That was back in 2012, when there was still a few new R engines. I didn't really believe it, rebuilt at best, but I went to Volvo/Acura Motorcars of Cleveland where they did it and got the official records of the service. The engine is a hell of a lot cleaner than the transmission so it must have been changed. Also drinks no oil/coolant either.
So after I bought her, I didn't do much to it other than a stage 0 until after I joined SS. The first two below are dead stock pics. The latter few are when I did the plugs and the Snabb Intake. It was to my surprise that the plugs were Ford. But when I had the cylinders open, I was able to take a look in into them. Clean as a whistle, bare metal with just a little a little spot of carbon on a few of them. This is when I realized that this engine must have been new.
Stock R 1.1 by Martini_277, on Flickr
Stock R 2 by Martini_277, on Flickr
S60R spark plug change 2013 by Martini_277, on Flickr
S60R spark plug change 2013 2 by Martini_277, on Flickr
Soon after, I decided to change the stock 4300K D2R bulbs, with 10000K Maxlux D2C bulbs. Some people do not like the blueness of them, but I think they are an aid in the winter and they look OK. I also did a whole IPD turboback exhaust. The last owner put the IPD catback already, I just changed the clamps to bigger stainless ones. I took it to a friend of mine in Cleveland for the downpipe just because he had a big lift that would be easier to do it on. But before I did the downpipe, it started to snow and I got to have my first snow R experience. Now I see how bad the R is in the snow, especially with my Goodyear F1 All Seasons, they sucked a** in the snow. The R AWD is definitely geared towards track only. But here is a video from when my friend and I visited a church parking lot.
After the day we did the video, I got the downpipe installed and I absolutely love the sound of the turbo inside the cabin now. Nothing much happened until winter ended except I put in my IPD R gauge, still pulling 15 PSI strong!
So for a couple months until winter blew away, I did really nothing except change the oil every 3K. But in April, I got tired of all the turbo flutter and I pulled the trigger on a Forge CBV. Before hand, I read a crap ton of threads saying that flutter isn't bad, it is bad, whatever. In my opinion, I think it isn't devastating, but twisting that shaft with the intake side fluttering like that isn't such a good thing, (kind of like at the end of the video above). The old CBV was clean, it barely had miles on it, but the Forge CBV definitely makes the difference. I hold pressure a lot better now and the fluttering is not as bad. When I'm pulling towards 15 PSI, I just slowly let the pressure on the pedal go so the turbo slows down a little, letting the engine inhale more boost instead of it being dumped to the CBV causing fluttering.
Forge S60R CBV by Martini_277, on Flickr
IPD R Boost Gauge by Martini_277, on Flickr
Here is a engine bay shot as of April 2014
Bay shot as of April 2013. Volvo S60R by Martini_277, on Flickr
I also fell into the madness at the time and I plastidipped my grille. I decided to leave the actual "cheese grate" or whatever you call it unplastidipped for aesthetics. I recently plastidipped the whole grille though.
Plastidipped R grill by Martini_277, on Flickr
About a week after, I did a full exterior detail of the R. I'm a mediocre detailer, I know how to work a DA polisher well, but I kinda blow at using a rotary polisher. I also took the time to polish the sh*t out of my Pegs. But before I decided to polish it, I went ahead and changed the Volvo letters on the trunk to V O L V O lettering. I think it makes for a great look, I don't know why Volvo only put them on the '04-'05 Rs.
S60R volvo emblem by Martini_277, on Flickr
S60R V O L V O by Martini_277, on Flickr
Here are some pics when I polished the paint/Pegs. I used Mr. Pink and the MTM Foam gun for the washing. Then I used my drill DA polisher with Meguiars final polish. Lastly, I applied a layer of 50/50 Chem Guys Paste Wax.
Foamy S60R by Martini_277, on Flickr
Foamy S60R 2 by Martini_277, on Flickr
Volvo S60R Magic Blue Paint by Martini_277, on Flickr
Magic Blue Volvo S60R 3 by Martini_277, on Flickr