I know, why start modding when I don't own the car yet?! I'm a car nut and have to modify ANYTHING I drive.
SO what I know so far:
XC70's come with the low pressure turbo and a decent torque curve.
These engines respond well to exhaust mods.
What I am unsure of in my searching:
I can get a ball park power level to R spec with bolt ons and a tune
"stage 2" uses stock engine/injectors/turbo but works best with intercooler/downpipe-back and intake/intercooling piping; a power level just shy of R models
"stage 3" adds above and the modified turbo/injectors/maf etc. and a power level over R spec models
ALL above mods will be on an automatic trans so I expect a "power limiting" effect on 1st/2nd gears
Now for suspension. I know nothing, but this is what I gather:
To "lift" XC70 I can use XC90 struts/springs/perches in front spacer in rear
I can use xc70 struts as donor shell and add Koni inserts/ then stock springs/perches etc.
I can get "lift kit spacers"
My goal is to stay close to stock ride height but to have a "Bilstein HD" ride quality
I know to stage "0" first. The post purchase list for the vehicle, depending on documented repairs (estimated 120-150k miles)
-all fluids/trans/synthetic engine oil(0w40/5w40)
-timing belt with tensioner/idler pulleys
-water pump-if no coolant service performed
-maybe thermostat/housing assy?
-engine mounts as needed
-brakes/tires other maint. as needed
Anything else I'm missing?
(this is my first forray into Volvo, but Subaru's share a LOT of the same concepts)