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      Cool Air Suspension Lowering Kit (SLAMMED!)

      Just kidding...not slammed, just slightly lowered (1").

      The known lowering options are:

      1. Heico Selected Leveling Kit ($1,900 + installation) - Installation appears to be complicated and may require a VIDA reset. Off Road mode retains full height. Height adjustment is 30mm (~1").
      2. Adjustable leveling links (Ghostlinks - $225) - Easy DIY install, height adjustment is consistent across all drive modes. Off Road mode doesn't retain full height.
      3. Deflate your tires?

      I'm not going offroad anytime soon and, while technically impressive, I think Heico's solution is too expensive for what it is.

      I got the lead on Ghostlinks from MrJackNYC. He worked with Ghost Motorsports to develop properly sized links for his XC90. Fortunately, I was able to verify the sensors for the SPA XC60/XC90 are the same (including the linkage arms).

      The lowest drive modes (T8), in order, are: POWER -> PURE -> HYBRID -> OFF ROAD. In POWER mode, my measurements (ground to top of wheel arch, level slab) were:

      FL: 32"
      FR: 32"
      RL: 32"
      RR: 32.5" (I asked the dealer about this and the answer was "within factory tolerances" )

      The stock linkage arms measured 42mm (inside edge to inside edge) and Ghost recommended a 5mm adjustment (front +5mm, rear -5mm) to achieve a 1" drop. It turns out the rear geometry is different and required a -8mm adjustment (RL: -8mm, RR: -10mm).

      Height after adjustment is 31" (ground to top of wheel arch) for all four wheels in POWER mode. My initial impression (~15 miles) is handling is tighter (less body lean) and you do feel more bumps, but the ride is not anywhere near harsh. My lowered 2007 S40 with Eibach springs and Bilstein Pro shocks was harsh.

      A few pics (sun glimmer was unintentional):

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      OSD '18 XC60 T8 Momentum - 22" 10-spoke wheels, lowered air suspension, strut tower bar, Stealth hitch

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      That’s awesome!


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      Very cool! Very attempted. So the RR -10mm is corresponding to the RR: 32.5" height before adjustment?
      Any instructions? Does it affect warranty?
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      Quote Originally Posted by FusionRedXC60 View Post
      Very cool! Very attempted. So the RR -10mm is corresponding to the RR: 32.5" height before adjustment?
      Any instructions? Does it affect warranty?
      Ya, additional -2mm in RR to compensate for [unexplained] factory height difference.

      The kit comes with basic instructions, but it's very simple if you have small flat-nose pliers and ~1hr of your time. Basically, park it in Off Road mode (max height), disable auto-leveling in Sensus, and swap the links (fronts are accessible from the wheel well, rears are accessible from under the vehicle). You shouldn't use a jack or ramps. I used a digital caliper for link measurement/adjustment.

      I'm not concerned about warranty issues. In HYBRID mode (default), it's 32.5", so higher than OEM POWER mode. Heico offers a kit with the same lowering height and they thoroughly test their products. Worst case, if you're concerned, you can adjust the links back to factory length or swap the OEM links before bringing it in.
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      Love the diversity of your SS post. White XCs look awesome.

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      Wait, I thought we were buying these things so we could see over the traffic?

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      I like the idea of being able to lower the car a bit. One inch seems to be in reason. On other cars when I added Coilovers and lowered the car I had to be concerned with changes in camber. As stated 1" should not be a problem. Let us know if you experience any tire ware out of the ordinary. I did not see Volvo on their site. This is a new product for them?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Gammelgubbe View Post
      Wait, I thought we were buying these things so we could see over the traffic?
      Not me. I'm a tall guy, so I've never had height envy.**

      ** In TX, the higher the truck, the shorter the man. Not a scientific study, but easily observable.
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      Quote Originally Posted by drmanny3 View Post
      I like the idea of being able to lower the car a bit. One inch seems to be in reason. On other cars when I added Coilovers and lowered the car I had to be concerned with changes in camber. As stated 1" should not be a problem. Let us know if you experience any tire ware out of the ordinary. I did not see Volvo on their site. This is a new product for them?
      Visually, I don't see a difference in camber between 32" and 31". From the factory, my alignment (HYBRID mode - 33") was: front camber -0.5, rear camber -1.0. I'll get it checked when the PZeros wear out...so, within a year or 10k miles.

      You can test this yourself by manually lowering the rear to 31" using the controls in the hatch and inspecting the camber.
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      So, Lamarguy, you don’t need a big belt buckle either?

      I’m only 6’-1’’ so that explains why I needed to buy a Raptor. 😉

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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
      Just kidding...not slammed, just slightly lowered (1").


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      Did you get your lower bumper painted? How much did that run you?

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      Quote Originally Posted by sometallguy View Post
      Did you get your lower bumper painted? How much did that run you?
      Most shops near me wouldn't warranty a textured valance or wanted ridiculous $$$, so I smoothed it myself with multiple coats of high-build plastic primer. Came out great.

      Excluding MAACO, the best price I could find for tri-coat paint was $205 with a 5yr finish warranty.
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      Nice, what color did you use as I think I have exactly same car as you minus the 22's?

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      I had airride on my xc90 V8 from accuair
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      Quote Originally Posted by coone View Post
      I had airride on my xc90 V8 from accuair
      Nice, you win! That rear camber looks....slightly off.
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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
      Nice, you win! That rear camber looks....slightly off.
      Normal for lowered Volvo’s that rear camber
      Placed itself straight when I placed the car on riding height
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      Unrelated to the lowering, but what did you use to black out the chrome? Thinking about doing it on my black T8 (Inscription comes with waaaay too much chrome).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Almonds View Post
      Unrelated to the lowering, but what did you use to black out the chrome? Thinking about doing it on my black T8 (Inscription comes with waaaay too much chrome).
      Gloss Custom Wrap - https://duplicolor.com/product/custo...emovable-paint

      It's basically plasti-dip with a semi-gloss additive, making it more durable than a matte latex finish.
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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
      Gloss Custom Wrap - https://duplicolor.com/product/custo...emovable-paint

      It's basically plasti-dip with a semi-gloss additive, making it more durable than a matte latex finish.
      Awesome, thanks! Any concerns/advice? I've never done anything plasti-dip-like but have friends who are willing to help out.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Almonds View Post
      Awesome, thanks! Any concerns/advice? I've never done anything plasti-dip-like but have friends who are willing to help out.
      Watch this video and you'll be fine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWS9-lTfd30

      Worst case, peel it off and try again.
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      Quick update - On our Sweden road trip, I noticed the T8 would tend to track left (not a steering wheel pull, just an inclination to steer left on certain roads). I mentioned this as delivery and the dealer performed an alignment. They adjusted the toe (+1.0), but it still tended to steer left.

      After leveling all four air bags (RR was +0.5"), the left-steer behavior has disappeared. Makes sense because the T8 was slightly tilted towards the front-left wheel.
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      So with the arm install and it being on lowest setting, how is the ride? Like lowering spring on stock struts bad or does it ride well? With those wheels Im assuming a little more crack feel but still.

      Also, I come from the P2R world, where we use VIDA for everything. Are yall using Vida on your own still or other software solutions for code checking, resets and adjustments? I have VIDA but it's 2014
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      Quote Originally Posted by MvI_S60R View Post
      So with the arm install and it being on lowest setting, how is the ride? Like lowering spring on stock struts bad or does it ride well? With those wheels Im assuming a little more crack feel but still.
      Rides great on the air bags, even with the hard (35 profile) pzeros. Noticeably better cornering in all drives modes with the lower center of gravity.

      I normally drive in PURE (second lowest ride height) with the 4C shocks in "soft" mode. It's a good compromise for everyday driving, except when I want to go fast.

      Also, it tows best in POWER mode (lowest ride height, "hard" shocks) because it better resists load-force transfer (jerking) from the surge brakes, bumps, etc on my trailer.

      Quote Originally Posted by MvI_S60R View Post
      Also, I come from the P2R world, where we use VIDA for everything. Are yall using Vida on your own still or other software solutions for code checking, resets and adjustments? I have VIDA but it's 2014
      You have to purchase a VIDA subscription (e.g., 3 day) and use an OBDII dongle on SPA vehicles. For code checking and CEL resets (limited), most are using an inexpensive OBDII reader and a phone app (e.g., Torque Pro). I'm still in warranty, so this is sufficient.
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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
      Rides great on the air bags, even with the hard (35 profile) pzeros.

      You have to purchase a VIDA subscription (e.g., 3 day) and use an OBDII dongle on SPA vehicles. For code checking and CEL resets (limited), most are using an inexpensive OBDII reader and a phone app (e.g., Torque Pro). I'm still in warranty, so this is sufficient.
      Im really glad to hear it rides well!
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      @lamarguy can you please post more pictures of her slammed please?

      I am in a heavy internal heed about ordering a V90 or an XC60, a lot has to do with looks and I really want to know exactly how it looks slammed, it would probably make that decision for me
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      Quote Originally Posted by MvI_S60R View Post
      @lamarguy can you please post more pictures of her slammed please?

      I am in a heavy internal heed about ordering a V90 or an XC60, a lot has to do with looks and I really want to know exactly how it looks slammed, it would probably make that decision for me
      It's the same ride/parked height as the Heico Selective Level kit (1" drop, easy entry/exit enabled) - https://www.heicosportiv.de/en/model...uktdetail/4273



      You can definitely go lower, if desired, but you'll likely compromise ride quality and tire wear (rear camber is fixed, front is variable).
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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post

      You can definitely go lower, if desired, but you'll likely compromise ride quality and tire wear (rear camber is fixed, front is variable).
      Thanks for the link.

      So by that do you mean the ghostlinks are adjustable to make it go lower?

      I got in contact with them Ill get a set
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      Quote Originally Posted by MvI_S60R View Post
      So by that do you mean the ghostlinks are adjustable to make it go lower?
      Ya, or, you could make it ride higher. Definitely a personal preference how low/high you want to go.
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      I'm not concerned about warranty issues. In HYBRID mode (default), it's 32.5", so higher than OEM POWER mode. Heico offers a kit with the same lowering height and they thoroughly test their products. Worst case, if you're concerned, you can adjust the links back to factory length or swap the OEM links before bringing it in.[/QUOTE]

      Hallo, you said that in hybrid mode the car is even higher than OEM. I put the links on mine, and it's the same, in comfort mode it's same height....What to do? Because in dinamic and parking, all seems to be ok.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cimbro75 View Post
      Hallo, you said that in hybrid mode the car is even higher than OEM. I put the links on mine, and it's the same, in comfort mode it's same height....What to do? Because in dinamic and parking, all seems to be ok.
      I think you misunderstood - it's lower in all drive modes.

      The links come with instructions for how to lower the drive height uniformly (front and rear are opposite - lengthen or shorten). I'd suggest playing with the link length and measure the wheel arch height with a tape measure.
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