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      Refinished the side steps. 4 cans of spray-on bedliner. Time will tell how it will stand up.



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      Looks nice!
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      Just rolled 80k kms





      Added Lamin-X film to my fogs to preserve the glass lenses.

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      If you live in a snowy climate, the Tuxmats will leak unless modified.

      I recently purchased another set for my wife's VW wagon and find that they eliminated the screws holding the heel plate. I showed them the issue with mine and they agreed to send out a new driver's mat at no charge. Unfortunately still has holes. When I remarked it was the same, they advised there's not enough volume to warrant a redesign, but at least the screws are now stainless do shouldn't rust. However only two of the screws on my new mat were stainless, the ones securing the name plate... They sent me more stainless screws. Great customer service.

      I've sealed up my old one and will continue to use it until it fails, then switch to the one they sent.

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      New upper torque rod engine mount.

      Was getting pretty good clack every now and then.

      Still doing it after but not as bad. Confirmed lower needs replacing too.

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      Notch the plastic valve cover over the mount bolt and you won't need to remove the cover in 50k km when it needs to be replaced again
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      Good tip. Will keep in mind for next time.


      New cabin filter day. Have had this sitting around for awhile, should have done ages ago.

      Looks to be original circa 2006.




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      Quote Originally Posted by CDN XC90 View Post
      If you live in a snowy climate, the Tuxmats will leak unless modified.

      I recently purchased another set for my wife's VW wagon and find that they eliminated the screws holding the heel plate. I showed them the issue with mine and they agreed to send out a new driver's mat at no charge. Unfortunately still has holes. When I remarked it was the same, they advised there's not enough volume to warrant a redesign, but at least the screws are now stainless do shouldn't rust. However only two of the screws on my new mat were stainless, the ones securing the name plate... They sent me more stainless screws. Great customer service.

      I've sealed up my old one and will continue to use it until it fails, then switch to the one they sent.

      Thanks for posting this... Went to look and mine are doing the same thing. Lucky Folex got the rust stains out.
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      My screws were already toast so I glued the pad down.

      If your screws and the base are still alright, you can get stainless screws to replace the cheaper alloy ones from Tuxmat. They sent me a bunch for free. That should prevent corrosion in future. I contacted them on Facebook.

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      Put the snows on Monday, just in time for this week's weather in Ottawa. Decided to keep and run the 25mm Eibach spacers I had been trying to sell.

      Finally got around to swapping out the filter and fluid for the Haldex system (3rd gen). With the big jump in power with the tune, I know I'll be working the Haldex clutch a lot harder through the winter so wanted to get that serviced asap. It was the last item I had planned to do in the Stage 0 prep - just hadn't got to it yet.

      Fluid wasn't too bad. Filter pretty dark.




      HUGE PITA to get the new cover and bolts back on. Very little clearance for the 4mm allen head bolts. Ended up cutting down a 4mm bit to get the upper one done.




      Also got the alarm module out while the wheels were off. Need to remove passenger side front fender liner to access. Took mine apart tonight and happy to find board still good. Just need to order a 7.2v battery now...



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      Found what looks to be a drop in replacement battery on AliExpress. (Need to transfer connector).

      Even references the alarm module 8637399 part number in the listing.



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      what did you use for haldex fluid? Wondering if I should just get any or bite the bullet and get the $90 USD original for 1L...
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      Volvo fluid. I wouldn't mess around with this one. It's an expensive component to replace. It actually doesn't use that much and you can probably do two changes with 1L. I accidentally knocked over my open bottle and lost a bunch but still had enough.

      (If you buy from FCP, you can return the used fluid in the original bottle and they'll replace it for life.)
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      Quote Originally Posted by kiwiV8 View Post
      what did you use for haldex fluid? Wondering if I should just get any or bite the bullet and get the $90 USD original for 1L...
      US$31?
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      How are you liking the LED H11's? Held up fine over two years?
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      Quote Originally Posted by kiwiV8 View Post
      what did you use for haldex fluid? Wondering if I should just get any or bite the bullet and get the $90 USD original for 1L...
      There's been talk about an alternative Haldex fluid for years.

      If you find one that's truly OE equivalent and cheap enough to warrant the cost differential, please put it in your vehicle and let us know in a couple years how it works.

      For fluid longevity, keep that bottle on the shelf for a few years and wait for your next replacement. Check before you start the second change though, see if the fluid has settled. You may be able to shake it all back so it's fully homogenized, I was not.
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      Quote Originally Posted by TurbineWagon View Post
      How are you liking the LED H11's? Held up fine over two years?
      Yup, very pleased with them. Especially considering they are on 100% of the time with the Canadian DRL setup. I can't turn them off. (I will look into the VIDA setting to disable sometime this winter however).
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      Great that you found a replacement battery for the siren module, it's something that does come up from time to time. And I'm very happy you were able to fix yours with just the battery, the circuit board in my '05 was already severely damaged at the time I did the replacement in 2013.

      My post in this thread has some good reference links for anyone who is experiencing any irregularities with the alarm going off on it's own-
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...006-xc90-alarm

      If someone is able to open one of these and close it back up with really good waterproofing, battery replacement can be a far better option than replacing the entire module but you won't know if the board is bad and/or to what extent until you open the module up.

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      More engine mounts. Front torque mount and passenger side mount.

      Much improved but still get a crack now and then.

      I'm going to do the front one next. I should have bought the full set of 5 but didn't think it was needed.

      Front torque mount seemed about same old vs new. New passenger side was noticeably stiffer so I thought it was the culprit but was disappointed to hear the noise return...

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      I should add that I'm very impressed with my Stage 2 tune by @contrast .

      I'm on the third revision after the initial base map he provided and the logs I sent after doing the requested pulls.

      It is night and day difference in power and so much fun to drive

      I did have the Eco enhancement included but I'm on the throttle so much I haven't been able to appreciate any difference there yet
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      And more NOICO dampener. Took advantage of the warmer weather to get more of it stuck down including under sub and amp.


      There was an improvement but I'm going to try one more thing: wrapping a section of the exhaust between the two resonators. Experimental but minimal investment. Hopefully it will cut out the remaining drone...



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      I'm a big fan of the Nocio product off Amazon. Worked great on my doors.
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      I ordered a new top mount too given the evidence of movement seen in the one I just put in.

      Do these always allow that much movement?
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      Quote Originally Posted by CDN XC90 View Post

      There was an improvement but I'm going to try one more thing: wrapping a section of the exhaust between the two resonators. Experimental but minimal investment. Hopefully it will cut out the remaining drone...
      Are you using the NOICO to wrap the section of exhaust, or something specific for high heat applications? I have an exhaust cut-out in place of the OEM resonator (after the cats and a Borla XR-1 muffler), and have always though about adding some heat-resistant insulation/barrier right above where the cut-out is to reduce some of the drone.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SpitzeStrom_Terp View Post
      Are you using the NOICO to wrap the section of exhaust, or something specific for high heat applications? I have an exhaust cut-out in place of the OEM resonator (after the cats and a Borla XR-1 muffler), and have always though about adding some heat-resistant insulation/barrier right above where the cut-out is to reduce some of the drone.
      I hope he isn't.
      Noico isn't high heat rated. For that purpose, you'll want to use a thermal acoustic that can handle temps over 900 F.
      I would probably recommend looking at Eastwood's website. They cater to the old school Hot Rod crowd. Nothing makes more excess heat and drones at highway speed,than some loping, over-cammed, 6 liter iron block V8, so they'll probably have a product that can help.
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      Yeah, sorry if was unclear. Header wrap on the exhaust pipe.
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      Installed the front and rear mounts. Front was straightforward but rear a PITA. The fatter IPD swaybar reduced clearance for access to bottom bolt. Had wife help with jack to get motor up far enough to re&re. Seemed like bolt was cross threading and couldn't get it tight so had to loosen everything off, raise the motor again and rethread. Worked better second time around when threading bolt in without mount fully loaded already - more chance for it to better align/seat on the frame crossmember.

      The mounts themselves looked to be decent stiil, albeit a bit shorter. I think the real culprit was likely one of my strut bar mounts in the end. When I was putting the strut bar back on, I found one of the ends was loose and spun. Driver's side I took mount off body to remove the bar, leaving it attached to the bar. It spun freely... so it might have been allowing the bar to slip and shift under load.

      Haven't driven it yet, will know tomorrow after commute.


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      I think you'll find that when one motor mount goes, they all go. Sort of a vicious cycle.

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      Agreed, I think the resultant load on the remaining mounts contributes to premature failure of the rest as well.

      I know I could move the old passenger side mount by hand. The front torque mount is pretty flexy in general I think, so new was only marginally better than old. The big conical F&R ones seem to be ok but prob hard to deflect those by hand.

      I do think the strut bar mounting bolt not being super tight was definitely related as well though. Headed out shortly for first drive since I buttoned it all back together...
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      And fixed. No more clunks and cracks.
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