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      2016 S60 Sport Chassis - Bilstein H6 or H8

      Over thinking this, any Volvo savvy techs listening chime in - is the S60 AWD Sedan r-design platinum with sport chassis (2016 MY) best equipped with a Bilstein B6 or B8 strut?

      Sport chassis is factory “lowered” I’ve read, shocks specially tuned to the spring rate.

      Nothing lasts forever, at 70,000 miles the strut damping isn’t what it once was.

      Which option works for this application?

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      TL;dr - B6 will make it even slightly more stiff over standard R-D shocks; B8 and B12 I wouldn't recommend unless you are tracking or have well-paved roads as they are extremely firm. I had B6 and they were a good balance (I didn't track my last car often); I've driven on a B8s and it was definitely too harsh on normal roads, fine on highway. Fronts are tough to do; rears are extremely easy. Bilstein also makes shocks tuned for lowered springs as well if you go that route, or if you want to lower the car a few MM more over the standard lowered R-D set up. As with all things, YMMV

      I feel like these options have been fairly explored in several threads:

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ht=bilstein+b6

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ht=bilstein+b6

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ht=bilstein+b6

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ht=bilstein+b6

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...light=bilstein

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...light=bilstein
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      Thanks for the links, had previously read through them all and realized none had discussed a r-design sport chassis strut swap.

      In 2016 Volvo had different(?) chassis tunings - touring(?), sport, polestar(ohlins) and ?.

      According to legend, the r-design - if optioned - could be equipped with “sport chassis” including lowered body height/19” wheels, stiffer spring rate/shorter spring height/higher rate strut damping, strut brace, larger brake rotors, caliper style differences, sway bar differences - all matched giving the “sport” chassis tuning.

      So again, are there any r-design/Volvo techs or otherwise enlightened gurus aware of an imperative to buy the Bilstein B8 struts for the Volvo “sport chassis” r/design models equipped with factory installed lowering springs?

      RockAuto has them for $163.00 each for the fronts.

      Around a track the sport chassis doesn’t stand a chance against an Ohlins setup, not to worry as we are not expecting to ever drive the r-design on a track.

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