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      dalecarlians 01 V70XC build thread

      Hello,

      Thought Id start a build thread for any ensuing work to be done this summer as Ive enjoyed reading through everyone elses quite a bit.

      Here is a bit of information about me. I am a grad student in Richmond, Virginia. I drive delivery on the side, thus I make very little money but get to spend all the time I could ever want in my wagon. I am NOT an experienced auto mechanic but primarily have tinkered with electronics, two-stroke tuning, and bicycles (I ride road).

      The car was my mothers, purchased certified refurbished in 2007 and handed to me in 2014 after her 13 XC70 purchase (sadly an anemic base model 3.2). It is the only car I have ever owned, and I drove it across the States and Canada in 2015 after leaving high school. Maintenance has not been superb however everything runs quite well, and it has no damning issues. I have been a bit afraid to work on it but taking apart lots of other engineered things has given me the nuts to start taking some charge so to speak.

      Before you lament my 01, the transmission was replaced with that of an 03 at 100k miles in 2010. I am currently at 167k.

      Recently it has had:
      -PCV rebuild
      -timing belt
      -new oil pan
      -some cheapo LED headlights

      I should be set, right? Well no, it actually failed inspection due to front rotors. When you drive every day, sometimes you dont notice your brakes getting softer until you fail inspection. \_(ツ)_/ An excellent first repair goal.

      So far my plans are:
      -replace front rotors with StopTech Sport 305mm [5/10/20]
      -tie rods [5/14/20]
      -VIDA setup [5/14/20]
      -IPD front end links [5/24/20]
      -coolant thermostat [5/16/20]
      -new power steering reservoir [5/15/2020]
      -engine mounts [corona]
      -axles [corona]
      -IPD skid plate
      -Sachs front struts, XC90 spring seats [Fall 2020]
      -Xemodex ETM [Fall 2020]
      -new brake calipers/hoses [corona]
      -4500k white hid low beams (slim hid from ViVA)[corona]
      -fog light un-delete [9/8/20]

      -new wheels, tires, rear wheel spacers (15mm)
      everyone seems to change this first? my tellus wheels are 7in wide already and thats good enough for now...

      -TCV
      -silicon vacuum lines [9/25/20]

      -auto meter boost gauge [9/27/20]
      the ipd R one is just cheesy imo; my car is not an R, never will be

      -oil catch can [10/7/20]
      i want to touch my pcv as infrequently as (responsibly) possible...this one was a cheapo china one

      -dedicated transmission cooler, likely an oil cooler
      bigtimemcalpine has scared me off using the XC90 one

      -recirc bov out of curiousity
      bov=less turbo wear? or maybe im just nave

      -16T HPT, like a T5

      -ipd top torque mount bushing [9/21/20]
      this was simply cheaper than powerflex

      -ipd strut mount conversion [9/25/20]
      idc about vibration in my comfy worn-in leather seats.

      -do88 intercooler
      soon...

      -fill the engine bay with shiny silicon because my plastick is all fkd (the process has already begun)

      these will be accomplished in a relatively short timeframe due to not wanting to waste money on tuning
      -ipd V70R downpipe or eurosport because its cheaper
      -ipd catback or eurosport because its cheaper
      -blue or green injectors idk probably green because green is the color all the fast kids have
      -bigger maf and probably a different air intake mostly because the air box is big and i want room for my senseless extras
      guidance needed here

      ...to be continued

      Last edited by dalecarlian; 10-07-2020 at 07:24 PM.
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      Looks nice!

      Skip the IPD bars, you only need a rear bar upgrade anyway. The 22mm from the R wagons is 8672168 and $150 new from volvo.

      Get an 05+ PS resevoir & hose, they dont leak. Used is cheap.

      Sway bar end links eithe rmeyle hd or MOOG K7342 front MOOG K80425 rear (greasable).

      316/308mm calipers/rotors form base xc90s make a very nice brake upgrade that clears everything and doesnt break the bank.

      P2R model engine mounts are recommended.

      The better T5/R tcv is 30670449 (pierburg).

      The poly conversion/insertion of the upper engine mount bar anchorages is usually better than full solid on a p2 auto.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      Looks nice!

      Skip the IPD bars, you only need a rear bar upgrade anyway. The 22mm from the R wagons is 8672168 and $150 new from volvo.

      Get an 05+ PS resevoir & hose, they dont leak. Used is cheap.

      Sway bar end links eithe rmeyle hd or MOOG K7342 front MOOG K80425 rear (greasable).

      316/308mm calipers/rotors form base xc90s make a very nice brake upgrade that clears everything and doesnt break the bank.

      P2R model engine mounts are recommended.

      The better T5/R tcv is 30670449 (pierburg).

      The poly conversion/insertion of the upper engine mount bar anchorages is usually better than full solid on a p2 auto.

      https://www.ipdusa.com/products/5034...110933-8666204
      All very helpful information. I already have my new ps reservoir which is from an 06, front end links, my engine mounts, and some new stock size rotors, so I reckon I’ll use what I have and next round go for your suggestions there.

      I will certainly be getting the R anti-sway bar in that case as IPD is a bit overpriced for those and I’ve replaced the front recently. How does the T5/R tcv compare to a porsche or ipd kit? I should probably do the lines when I do that job.

      Thanks for the information in this thread and the other. For the time being, I’ve opted to keep the car at stock height.
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      Same tcv as the "porsche" and the ipd one is a MAC valve which is incompatible with me7 engine managment aka dont use it.
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      The S60R rear bar is a little more common, and the ~ 2 mm lowering. diameter makes it easier to slip past a rear spring when installing,

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      Purchased a vida and also some of them front strut assemblies today but they are on backorder for like a month. RIP...can't wait to get out of the maintenance catchup mode and start having fun/confidence in my car. Tomorrow I'll be doing tie rods, front end links, and brake rotors.

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      Still trying to do the brake rotors. Cannot remove the caliper bracket bolts because they are rusted in. I have no business working on this car.
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      Just need a long breaker bar with a jack handle slipped over it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      Just need a long breaker bar with a jack handle slipped over it.
      That's what did it for three of them. I stripped the fourth and will be using a bolt extractor tomorrow.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post
      That's what did it for three of them. I stripped the fourth and will be using a bolt extractor tomorrow.
      Been there... done that. I dont want to even get into the mess Ive created with my S70s brake line nut going to the rear caliper. Point being is, stick with it and take advantage of loaner tools from Advance Auto, Autozone, etc. Also, heat and PB Blaster are your friends. I question what the hell Im doing every time a pop the hood or jack up the car. These forums are priceless.
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      Anyone have a part number or link for the 305mm caliper brackets front L and R?

      Ended up getting the rotors on but need some new brackets.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post
      Anyone have a part number or link for the 305mm caliper brackets front L and R?

      Ended up getting the rotors on but need some new brackets.


      P2 T5s came with 305s from the factory, usually not too hard to find in a JY.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post
      That's what did it for three of them. I stripped the fourth and will be using a bolt extractor tomorrow.
      Or you could save yourself two hours and just go remove a whole hub and spindle assy at the wreckyard. You will be drilling that thing forever. Heck you could prob find the 305 brackets while you are there!


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      At this point, I've been working on a little bit every day while I borrow a family member's car for my lunchtime shifts.

      Right now, I am in the middle of tie rods on either side. I've removed the outer tie rods and have been fiddling with the clamp-style tool trying to get the inners out. Might end up using a tie rod fork, as my girlfriend's brother suggested that approach and offered the tool.

      Rotors are on, I've ordered some Centric T5 caliper assemblies w brackets and new brake lines as mine are worse for wear and saw the opportunity to replace as I am about to bleed them anyway. Don't have any open junkyards near me right now.

      Also started working on the engine mounts as I waited for PB Blaster to break a few bolts loose for me today.

      So far everything has been pretty smooth -- other than my old rotors, they were quite pitted. Looking forward to getting a big chunk done this weekend. I realize this thread is somewhat boring right now, but as I undertake more interesting projects, I'll post pictures for redundancy of information on the forum. These sorts of projects are quite similar on all cars. Thanks to all of you for filling me in on some odds and ends as I move forward.

      @madmattd Thanks for the bracket PNs, ended up not going that route.

      @bigtimemcalpine I found your video on differential fluid changes very helpful and informative and will refer to it when I get there myself. The bolt actually just came out after waiting for PB Blaster to work overnight. Anticlimactic, I know.

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      For cv axles — are Cardone aftermarket replacements just remanufactured blue box axles? I heard this repeated elsewhere and was wondering if this is the case. The Cardone axles are significantly cheaper at rockauto than FCP’s GKN axles, and while I know many of you work at FCP, it seems like $400 for an axle is a little outrageous. At least tell me why it’s worth the expense.
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      dalecarlians 01 V70XC build thread

      Hi Dale - best advice I can give you is to find the nearest wreckyard that ideally is a you-pick type. Dont buy aftermarket is my advice. Just head to the wreckyard and youll find that 95% of Volvos there have perfectly good axles that will last the lifetime of your vehicle. Finding a yard nearby is guaranteed to save you hundreds if not a few thousand over time and will make owning this vehicle super affordable.


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      Quote Originally Posted by bigtimemcalpine View Post
      Hi Dale - best advice I can give you is to find the nearest wreckyard that ideally is a you-pick type. Don’t buy aftermarket is my advice. Just head to the wreckyard and you’ll find that 95% of Volvo’s there have perfectly good axles that will last the lifetime of your vehicle. Finding a yard nearby is guaranteed to save you hundred’s if not a few thousand over time and will make owning this vehicle super affordable.



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      I agree, and I used to be able to do this with things like tailight housings but corona had them closed. I just remembered that things are opening up here again for better or worse and I should be able to go soon.
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      During corona, I did a bunch of minor things to the car. I listed more of the repairs in the original post. I'll get some pictures after I do a couple more projects this fall. Can anyone recommend tips for ETM replacement?

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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post
      Can anyone recommend tips for ETM replacement?
      Remove the fan.
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      Some photos after a recent waxing/bumper treatment.






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      Anyone know of a poster or have a picture of an XC70 with Odysseus wheels?

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      A lovely rebuilt 16T courtesy of ScottishBrick. Unrelated to my current project of the xemodex ETM swap.


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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post


      A lovely rebuilt 16T courtesy of ScottishBrick. Unrelated to my current project of the xemodex ETM swap.


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      Leave it wrapped up till install to be sure that stuff doesnt get into it!
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      Yes, it went right back in the wrap.


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      Swapping ETMs today. Old one has a classic TPS sensor error in VIDA. Looking forward to no more rough idling and shotty performance. This has been a time consuming but fun projectlikely only fun because all the hose clamps were easily accessible after all the plastic removal. This is the most naked Ive had my engine bay in a while so Im taking the opportunity to check various lines for dry rot and leaks and generally clean up the looming and random sh*t sitting on top of my transmission. New ETM is a xemodex from ebay with about a year of light wear. Its preprogrammed for my car (came off an 01 turbo model), but Ill check it out in VIDA to be sure. If anyone knows of a place that will take my ETM core, please let me know. The new-to-me ETM was only $200!


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      dalecarlians 01 V70XC build thread

      ETM installed and Snabb throttle inlet installed. Had to go with Snabb because of the separate MAP and IAT sensors for MY 01-02.


      Quite boring but posting for documentation I suppose.

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      Another question to toss into the abyss: will running a Do88 intercooler without a tune result in the engine running lean? can I upgrade the intercooler as part of my "stage 0"? can't seem to find an answer to this just browsing threads.

      ...Focus ST/RS forums say it's okay and our engines aren't that far off...
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      Quote Originally Posted by dalecarlian View Post
      Another question to toss into the abyss: will running a Do88 intercooler without a tune result in the engine running lean? can I upgrade the intercooler as part of my "stage 0"? can't seem to find an answer to this just browsing threads.

      ...Focus ST/RS forums say it's okay and our engines aren't that far off...
      Ever notice that your wagon scoots better in the winter/when its cold? Efficiency. Drop in intercooler before tuning is perfectly ok.
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      Appreciate your patience. Its evident I havent modified a car before, so thank you for guiding me. Doing all of these small projects is super fun though.


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      A quick update. These are mostly for me at this point anyway.


      Waiting for my air intake pipe since Ive cracked the oem one. Cleaned up the engine bay and added a budget chinese catch can using a metal bracket on the wire guide bolt for the injector harness. Hopefully this will take some of the burden off my pcv.

      All my vacuum lines are now replaced with silicone. Boost gauge is installed, although it wont be gauging very much; simply want to keep an eye on things.

      Also found out that my heater core is damaged so Ill go ahead and fix that in the meantime while I wait for this intake pipe. Luckily this issue appeared recently and did not cause an overheat or something of that nature when going bad. OTE pipe has also been ordered.

      Next thing after heater core and pipes will be a do88 radiator and intercooler pair going in after I move the car to a flat surface and replace my struts.
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