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      BK's XC90 Thread - DadWagon Express

      Starting a thread because I'm starting to lose track of all the little things I've done on this beautiful beast.

      This is my second Volvo; I had a 2005 V50 wagon for a very short time before it blew its guts out. Here is the thread:

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      I've loved the XC90 since I first saw it as a kid. Been a dream car for me. Started reading about them, knew I had to have the V8 after having two underpowered cars in the past: an off-road Nissan Xterra and a base model Subaru Impreza (5 speed). Had been tossing around the idea of trading in my beloved Subaru for something a little bigger and a little sleeker. Found this XC90 V8 in Chicago with 65K on it and made the drive from Michigan to make the trade. Haven't regretted it for a second. Since then, here is a quick list of what I've done:

      • OEM hitch added (scrap yard find), OEM trailer harness added (30756529)
      • Rhino Rack aero bars
      • WeatherTech mats (all 4 + cargo mat)
      • Replaced fuse for navigation system that rendered it useless
      • Rear middle bench seat delete
      • Liftgate supports replaced
      • Tail lamps replaced (new LED style - 31335506 / 31335507)
      • Battery replaced
      • Splash guards added (OEM)
      • Subframe bushings
      • Exhaust repair - flex pipe
      • OEM wheels (scrap yard find - refinished, repainted)
      • K&N air filter, fuel filter, OEM spark plugs at 71K miles (332328 / 30636704 / 30731383)
      • Map / GPS system update to 2015
      • Trailer module installed, stabilizer bar braces replaced (30664974)
      • O2 sensor replaced (Bosch 15179)
      • Tires - Yokohama Geolandar AT G015 235/60R18 (winter rated)
      • Thule Canyon roof basket



      Just got in my spark plugs and OEM trailer harness, and got my first oil change. I don't have any crazy plans; juggling the idea of debadging or dipping them a dark gray. Just keeping up on maintenance for now, and enjoying the DadWagon.
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      looks practically new! After this winter I'm seriously considering getting splash guards from all the muddy splashes we have around here but we're just getting ready for summer down here now, welcome!
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      Quote Originally Posted by kiwiV8 View Post
      looks practically new! After this winter I'm seriously considering getting splash guards from all the muddy splashes we have around here but we're just getting ready for summer down here now, welcome!
      Thanks! I do like the OEM splash guards but they could stand to protect a bit more. I used to have Rally Armor on my Subaru so I am considering a set of those for more coverage.

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      Just adding some pictures - scrap yard wheels refinished, the Prancing Moose, the rear bench seat removal, and flex pipe repair.




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      I need to do that flex pipe repair on mine, do you know what size flex sections were used?

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      Quote Originally Posted by jcdillin View Post
      I need to do that flex pipe repair on mine, do you know what size flex sections were used?
      Sorry, I do not. That repair was done by our local Euro shop. I can ask and see if they know.


      Friday was a productive day - OE spark plugs, Wix fuel filter, K&N air filter, and the OE trailer tow harness. I need to read more about the harness in regards to the trailer module itself. The instructions dirdcted me to take off the rear panel above the wheel well to access the trailer module, but I didn't have enough time to find out if my car came with it or not. Guessing no, but I do not want to purchase it if it's either already there or if it's not needed. I doubt I will ever pull a trailer with brakes using the XC. I plugged in the harness to the fuse panel and the fuses were already correctly populated, but I am still getting just an aux signal from the 7 pin. Need to grab the schematic and keep digging. I was happy to find that the spark plugs were just as challenging as I expected - not too easy and enough to keep it interesting.
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      Finally got my winter setup installed. These are OEM wheels from a 1st gen found at a scrap yard ($100), DIY refinished and painted ($40), with iPD center caps ($50) and 235/60R18 Blizzaks ($800). Really excited for winter.

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      Looking into tightening up the suspension and steering; tie rods, stabilizer bars, etc. Other than that, we had winter for a brief, cold week.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BKXC90 View Post
      Looking into tightening up the suspension and steering; tie rods, stabilizer bars, etc. Other than that, we had winter for a brief, cold week. [IMG]
      If you want an excellent suspension and steering set-up, check out Chitown-V's upgrade guide.
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ermarket-parts
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      Quote Originally Posted by ShadowDancer View Post
      If you want an excellent suspension and steering set-up, check out Chitown-V's upgrade guide.
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ermarket-parts
      That looks intense! Thank you for that. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those never-ending projects that I'll never be happy with until everything is new. Wish me luck.

      Other than that, working on a loose rear seatback issue. Might have some time to dig into that this weekend as well.

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      Nothing too exciting, just debadged the lower liftgate panel (tail gate?) and enjoying the hell out of this car.
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      Inherited a little brother! Got the OEM trailer stuff set up on the XC90 and pulled this wagon over 500 miles home. Just have to figure out this P0131 code for an oxygen sensor that popped on the way home.

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      Got the P0131 code resolved! Bank 1, sensor 1. Part ordered and replaced the O2 sensor near the radiator. Engine light is gone, idle is back to normal.

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      Finally got around to the 5K oil change, and had the TPMS sensors programmed. Replaced the Blizzaks with a high-performance winter rated SUV tire - Michelin CrossClimate SUV in the same size (235/60R18). Finally, added an extended length Thule basket up top. Had the standard version (Canyon XT) but it just didn't fill out the roof enough. The extended fits a little better and definitely hauls more toilet paper & Volvo parts.

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      I never did take to the XC90 like my wife did and I maintain it only to what wears out. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how well it is holding up but perhaps understandable since this car rarely sees 100 km/H (60MPH).

      That's quite a rack you put on your car but gosh those Blizzaks still look good to me. I am leaving the Gislaved winter tires on for the summer and will replace with same in the fall. They are almost to the wear bars but have been on for 12 seasons now.
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      Quote Originally Posted by vince1 View Post
      I never did take to the XC90 like my wife did and I maintain it only to what wears out. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how well it is holding up but perhaps understandable since this car rarely sees 100 km/H (60MPH).

      That's quite a rack you put on your car but gosh those Blizzaks still look good to me. I am leaving the Gislaved winter tires on for the summer and will replace with same in the fall. They are almost to the wear bars but have been on for 12 seasons now.
      Snow tires wear out real quick at summer temperatures. We had a pretty mild winter, and the new Michelins are winter-rated. Combined with the AWD, I should be in good shape for next winter.

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      Beautiful vehicle. I love those V8's. After hearing clips of them straight-piped I think that would be the first thing I would do!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Need4Svede View Post
      Beautiful vehicle. I love those V8's. After hearing clips of them straight-piped I think that would be the first thing I would do!
      It's so hard to stay away from the exhaust sections on FCP and iPD. Then I see the prices and it's super easy!
      However, over the winter I was on the receiving end of a hit-and-run. The rear part of my lower fascia (silver part near the hitch) is cracked and needs to be replaced. Which means I could order the one for a dual exhaust instead...then it would make a nice, throaty, dual exhaust much easier to justify, right?!

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      Quote Originally Posted by BKXC90 View Post
      It's so hard to stay away from the exhaust sections on FCP and iPD. Then I see the prices and it's super easy!
      However, over the winter I was on the receiving end of a hit-and-run. The rear part of my lower fascia (silver part near the hitch) is cracked and needs to be replaced. Which means I could order the one for a dual exhaust instead...then it would make a nice, throaty, dual exhaust much easier to justify, right?!
      I would do that tbh, would give it a bit of flair, and a richer exhaust note. Only thing i have to say is be wary of it, ive burned my knees on rear dual exhausts. As for straight piping, i would say a resonator in place of the muffler could give a nice note while not being really really loud.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BKXC90 View Post
      It's so hard to stay away from the exhaust sections on FCP and iPD. Then I see the prices and it's super easy!
      However, over the winter I was on the receiving end of a hit-and-run. The rear part of my lower fascia (silver part near the hitch) is cracked and needs to be replaced. Which means I could order the one for a dual exhaust instead...then it would make a nice, throaty, dual exhaust much easier to justify, right?!
      you do lose the spare tyre when you go the dual exhaust route though! Mine came with dual exhaust and I did get stranded at real remote locations with sidewalls cut by some sharp rocks once... for long trips I'm seriously considering getting a roof rack and put a spare up top lol
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      Quote Originally Posted by CWH11 View Post
      I would do that tbh, would give it a bit of flair, and a richer exhaust note. Only thing i have to say is be wary of it, ive burned my knees on rear dual exhausts. As for straight piping, i would say a resonator in place of the muffler could give a nice note while not being really really loud.

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      Trust me - I really want to. Just not the most budget-friendly thing since I try to stick to OEM as much as possible. Well over $1000 for an exhaust and replacement panels with the dual cutout.

      Quote Originally Posted by kiwiV8 View Post
      you do lose the spare tyre when you go the dual exhaust route though! Mine came with dual exhaust and I did get stranded at real remote locations with sidewalls cut by some sharp rocks once... for long trips I'm seriously considering getting a roof rack and put a spare up top lol
      That's a good point! Usually I'm just around town and commuting, but I do have the roof basket for a spare if I really want I have tried really hard to stay away from making this SUV an "all-terrain" vehicle, but with camping season coming up, it might take that role after all.

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      Nice thread and writeup! My 60K mile 08 XC90 V8 is on its way from Texas right now and should be here later this week. Always good to connect with another SE Michigan Volvo enthusiast, there aren't many of us.

      Still have the Blizzaks? I may be interested in grabbing them if you do.

      Not sure where you're having the work done, but my mechanic was the Yamaha V8 specialist at one of the local Volvo shop, so he'll be taking good care of this one too. Happy to share his contact info if you're looking, he's generally way cheaper than all of the other shops in the area.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DWBF1 View Post
      Nice thread and writeup! My 60K mile 08 XC90 V8 is on its way from Texas right now and should be here later this week. Always good to connect with another SE Michigan Volvo enthusiast, there aren't many of us.

      Still have the Blizzaks? I may be interested in grabbing them if you do.

      Not sure where you're having the work done, but my mechanic was the Yamaha V8 specialist at one of the local Volvo shop, so he'll be taking good care of this one too. Happy to share his contact info if you're looking, he's generally way cheaper than all of the other shops in the area.
      Thanks and great meeting you! I work close to Steve's Euro, which is where I have been taking both Volvos if they need something more than what I'm comfortable wrenching on. I'm going to need the timing belt service done soon on the V8 (based on age rather than mileage - only at 77K). It would be great to get the info of your mechanic too.

      Regarding the Blizzaks - they are gone. However, I need a more chunky tire than the Michelins I put on. They are great and super grippy (and winter rated) but the roads I drive demand some beef. I'm going to replace them soon, so they'll be available if you're interested. I really like these Michelins, but you know as well as I do that there are no smooth roads around here I drive a ton of dirt and gravel so I'm leaning towards Yokohama Geolandars. I've had those on a few cars now and they're perfect - chunky but not too aggressive, capable, and winter rated.

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      I'll send you his info in a PM.

      FYI, no timing belt on the V8 - it's a chain. You should be good to go for the life of the engine.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DWBF1 View Post
      I'll send you his info in a PM.

      FYI, no timing belt on the V8 - it's a chain. You should be good to go for the life of the engine.
      Thanks - I was reading another thread and didn't realize they were talking about the serpentine belt

      Finished swapping sway bar end links (front and rear). Ended up with the Meyle HD links and they are beefy. I swear I feel less body roll, and it's wonderful. The old links may have been original, but either way they were getting pretty worn out.
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      Starting some maintenance items - just rolled over 80K miles on this car. Had a couple of small road trips that really hammered on some miles pretty quickly. Shocks and struts are on the short list since I'm pretty sure it's still on factory original suspension other than the Meyle HD links I put on.

      New tires mounted - Yokohama Geolandar G015 (winter rated). I also started to undertake a "chrome delete" project because I hate it. I didn't want to paint it or order new parts, so I put on some black Plasti-Dip for now. Not as permanent as paint and there's not nearly as much chrome. Not sure what to do with the grille just yet, but the lower grilles (3 pieces) are dipped with 10 coats each. The C-pillar panels are also black. Might do some detail work on the Executive emblems. Lastly, the rear chome strip under the V O L V O badge is black. Trying not to "black out" the whole car. Photo Jul 05, 8 25 17 PM.jpgPhoto Jun 09, 3 02 45 PM.jpgPhoto Jun 09, 3 02 59 PM.jpg

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