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Just picked up this fine little XC with only 81k! I had it looked over by a Volvo specialist before I bought it and he said to replace the lower control arms due the bushings being worn, replace the rear shocks sooner or later and the drivers headlight went out on the drive home.
Now this is my wife's car but it's the car we take when we go out and I'm always the driver. I already plan on getting a tune and highflow air filter and possibly a bigger downpipe in the next few months. We plan on keeping this car forever so I wanted to ask yall's opinion, should I go with OEM replacement parts or should make some upgrades?

As far as lower control arms go, IPD sells a kit from Myle HD that they allege to be better than stock however they are noted as, " *Please note Meyle HD control arms don't include the provision for the factory steering stop limiters." I'm not sure what this is supposed to mean to me. This SOUNDS like a deal breaker however I can't imagine a company would sell an innately faulty product. They also sell replacements for about half as much. Thoughts?

As far as shocks go I had considered Bilstiens for the rear and then eventually struts for the front. Are they worth it? I love how it rides as is but if the grass truly is greener... Also will I need to get an alignment when I replace my front struts? Or even just my rear shocks? Since I am for sure going to need an alignment with my front control arms I'd like to get these all done together if I will need to get an alignment each time I replace a suspension component.

Lastly, I'm not crazy impressed with the stock headlights (non halogen) even when they both were working. I saw that PIAA offered replacements that looked pretty bad ass but at $85 for the pair they are more than 2x the cost of generic replacements...

What do ya'll think?

It should be noted that I just picked up a little SVT Focus for myself so my performance lust has been satiated a bit compared to what it was when I first got our new Volvo. But I will pay for quality if it will be better in the long run.

Thanks in advance, I'm excited to see what you all have to say.

Jordan
 

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On the XC70:
Control arm bushing should be replaced with OEM Volvo or Lemforder. No steering stops on the XC control arms. Steering stop is on the rack.
Shocks are OEM only, Sachs. An alignment is highly recommended after replacing the struts.
Stock airbox and filter element is great, it's what I use on most days. I'm able to log 235g/s (or approx. 300hp) with the stock box. AVOID K&N!
You want greener grass :D, get the IPD sway bars. Highly recommended.
Engine performance, make sure you know what you want and what is needed to achieve that goal. My ultimate recommendation is an intercooler, downpipe, and a tune, but for bang-for-buck gains a tune alone will be a very nice gain.

Everything else maintenance related, here's howard' site.
http://www.freewebs.com/howardsvolvos/
 

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LCAs OEM/Lemforder
Tierods Lemforder/OEM
Spring seats XC90
Buy VIDA.
IDK about a DP on a LPT XC. Go with a tune.
Stay away from K&N filters and non OEM TCVs.
Get an iPd skidplate. They have holes so you can change the oil with the skidplate on.
V70R interior swap if you want the best seats ever.
 

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For the unpteenth time the ONLY spring seat that you can get from Volvo is the XC90, the old spring seat was discontinued over 3 years ago.

To the OP, if you're going to use Southern slang/English at least spell it correctly! Y'all is spelled this way. (oddly I actually looked this up a day or two ago for someone else).
What you wrote is not a word

Oh and what Antherzoll said is about right for everything.
Rebuild the suspension with stock OEM parts, get the ipd sway bars and a normal LPT tune and you should be happy (at least for a while)!
 

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Welcome and you will enjoy the XC esp if you go with the IPD sway bars. I finally got the chance to put my XC to some back roads and it did fairly well pacing the R's I was on a drive with.

A tune makes a big difference but avoid the PIAA bulbs. Sylvania have worked well for me.

What part of Cali ?
 
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