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I want to lower my '99 XC 2-4 inches (could not find a V70 AWD so settled for a XC). All info suggests that IPD (or any other) lowering kits yield a 1-1.5 inch drop.<br>That would drop an XC down to the level/look of a stock (non- XC) V70. I want to lower it a further 1-2 inches ... I do NOT travel off road with this car. I sure like the looks of the R cars but the $$$ are just not available for THAT upgrade.<br>Any ideas? ... I know the self levelling rear susp. can complicate things ....<p>Hummm. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (66hagar)

The XC is only about 3/4 inch heigher than a stock V70 (really) so a 1.5" drop wouldn't look bad.<br>There is ONE company that sells springs that are suposedly a 2" drop but I don't remember who they are. I'm sure Gregg will let you know when he reads this<br>You may have to remove the Nivomat setup and install normal shocks and struts all around.<br>Why don't you give ipd a call, they have lowered XC's?
 

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I'm hoping to retain the Nivomat hardware ... Just wondering what Volvo did to the XC suspension to add the extra lift ...spacers? longer springs? .. or?<br>I would like to have a smaller gap between tires and wheel wells. I also suspect that the front tire wear and understeer should be less with a lower center of gravity??<br>Work in progress......
 

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Basically springs.<br>Again, I would ask ipd for their opinion as they have lowered some XC's
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (gdogg16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">just buy a stock V70R suspension. Works great on the XC!<br>XC on V70R shocks/springs.<br> <IMG SRC="http://i.pbase.com/g3/19/574219/2/58714322.P4160002.jpg" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>???? Still looks tall, could be the picture
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (66hagar)

How about 1.6?<br>Try these guys. I used these springs on a SE-R i used to have and they performed great. Dont see XC on the list but it dont hurt to call.<br><A HREF="http://www.autocarparts.com/cars/Volvo/ALL/BG-Suspension" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarparts.com/ca...nsion</A>/
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (66hagar)

and these..............<br><A HREF="http://www.intraxsuspension.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.intraxsuspension.com</A>/
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (854T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>854T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">and these..............<br><A HREF="http://www.intraxsuspension.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.intraxsuspension.com</A>/</TD></TR></TABLE><br>nothing for a AWD. Different rear suspension.
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The XC is only about 3/4 inch heigher than a stock V70...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Incorrect, I think. I have seen n/a V70's with hubcaps that were a LOT lower than my XC before the R kit was installed. It is about a +/-2" difference from the XC to the regular V70...3" at the front!<br>Before V70R AWD suspension:<br> <IMG SRC="http://i.pbase.com/g4/19/574219/2/51851717.PB060004.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>After V70R AWD suspension:<br> <IMG SRC="http://i.pbase.com/g3/19/574219/2/56229854.P2180011.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It may not seem like a big drop, but it is when you look at it in person. Handling is really much better, too. Since I put on 225/45/17's in place of the factory 205/55/16's its even better-er! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br>Yhe main difference that Greg and I found when swapping the suspension was that the springs were longer (taller) and the OEM shock/strut was also longer than the R set-up. Also, in the fromt, the spring perches were taller , IIRC, to get that extra nose-in-the-air lift.<p>You can get the Spring set from IPD (which I am not sure is in stock at the moment), or KW Variant 3 Coilovers, which are big $$$ (someone correct me if I am wrong) for AWD. I understand the IPD stuff takes away another 1" or so, and the XC springs they advertise have been proven to lower a V70R AWD, so the R and XC IPD kit may well be the same.<p>...and there is always Ohlins.<p><br> thisis how my XC is sitting at the moment:<br> <IMG SRC="http://i.pbase.com/g3/19/574219/2/58390171.P4090008.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (vclvc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vclvc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Incorrect. It is about a 2-3" difference from the XC to the regular V70.<p><br> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>No, I'm correct. All it is, is about 3/4 to 1", really.
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No, I'm correct. All it is, is about 3/4 to 1", really.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>umm...no. <br>I edited the post above...have another read. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thank YOU! That is exactly what I wanted to know re: the stock XC vs V70/R suspension. I was planning to start with IPD coils and then play around a bit, but I might look at changing the other bits as well. Thanks for the pics ... NICE CAR!<br>On another note: has anyone noticed a change in ride height after installing Bilsteins?? I remember my 142 rally car gaining almost an inch after the upgrade to gas B's ..... Same for V70's?<p>Cheers, Don
 

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I got my R springs and shocks with low mileage, so I kept them. I understand Konis give Volvos a nice ride, but I dont know for sure. <p>There are some shocks out there that are 'reverse valved' (dont remember the proper terminology?) and generally take away a little bit of height.
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (vclvc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vclvc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>umm...no. <br>I edited the post above...have another read. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Err, no to you.<br>You are INcorrect<br>If you go and actually measure a V70 and an XC (stock, of course) you'll see that it's really not that much. It just seems to look that way
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vclvc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I got my R springs and shocks with low mileage, so I kept them. I understand Konis give Volvos a nice ride, but I dont know for sure. <p>There are some shocks out there that are 'reverse valved' (dont remember the proper terminology?) and generally take away a little bit of height.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>A shock cannot lower a car but Bilsteins can and do raise it from 1/4" to 3/4"<br>The springs will prevent it from going lower
 

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Re: '99 V70XC ride height ... what springs? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Err, no to you.<br>You are INcorrect<br>If you go and actually measure a V70 and an XC (stock, of course) you'll see that it's really not that much. It just seems to look that way</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sorry, Buddy...I don't beleive it. When I measure I'll let you know.
 
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