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Well, the 850R deal fell through, and the owner of the lot never called me back. But, I am ordering new bilstein shocks and struts, which i hope will make a difference in he ride of the car, which is horrible as of right now. I talked to a vovlo mechanic about the ECU upgrade, and disappointingly, he told me that the 850 was never meant to be a "performance car." Although this may be true, I have been looking into some of the aftermarket turbo kits out there. Any suggestions as to a good turbo company, or if it's worth my time?? Thanks
 

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Your Volvo Mechanic is an idiot. What year was it that the 850 won some major races on the European circuit? I forget, but what we drive on the street is a torqued down version of what Volvo used with it's professional racing team. With the right mods and saftey precautions, the 850 can be a very challenging rival to many race cars out there. A good turbo company you ask? Hmmm, actually more people are into the things you're thinking of over on the <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com</A> message board than here. I suggest you go brouse over there and see what's availabe. If you want a bigger turbo, go look in the for sale section. You will need to re-map your ECU and do some good basic ground-work maitenance before attempting these things so you don't BLOW YOUR CAR UP, but modding your car is well worth it, if that's what you want.
 

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Also, the proper modifications to your 850 can make it a really fun car to drive. You've gotten off on the right track w/ suspension upgrades. Don't forget brakes to slow you down!
 

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are you looking for a turbo kit to bolt up directly or any custom job?
 

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Re: Aftermarket turbos for 850? (Swede115)

Carefull with the Bilstein HD's (if that is indeed what you have purchased!)<p>They are noted for a VERY firm ride, some say "harsh" With any new struts & shocks, replace the spring seats (use Volvo parts, or Sachs), and I highly recommend replacing the shock mounts as well.<p>ECU upgrades are great in 850's. Significant performance upgrade <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks so much for the advice, but, where is the for sale section you were talking about?
 

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Re: Aftermarket turbos for 850? (RussBert)

really? well, thats definitely something i will consider. do you have any suggestions for a substitute for the bilsteins that would still be of good quality but maybe of a bit less firmness?
 

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For sale section of VS: <A HREF="http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/For-Sale-f9.html" TARGET="_blank">http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/For-Sale-f9.html</A>
 

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Re: Aftermarket turbos for 850? (Swede115)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede115</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well, the 850R deal fell through, and the owner of the lot never called me back. But, I am ordering new bilstein shocks and struts, which i hope will make a difference in he ride of the car, which is horrible as of right now. I talked to a vovlo mechanic about the ECU upgrade, and disappointingly, he told me that the 850 was never meant to be a "performance car." Although this may be true, I have been looking into some of the aftermarket turbo kits out there. Any suggestions as to a good turbo company, or if it's worth my time?? Thanks</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>What car are you currently driving?
 

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Re: Aftermarket turbos for 850? (Swede115)

I am selling a stock S60 V70 R Turbo that would bolt right up with the right flange. Let me know.
 

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Re: Aftermarket turbos for 850? (Swede115)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede115</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hmmm, do you have any pictures? Im very interested.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It's big, round, looks like a snail <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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TD04 15G - 850 Turbos<br>TD04 16T - S70 T5<br>TD04 18T - S60R<p>Those are all bolt-on for the HPT models. The 16T will work on the 850 Turbo without any modifications. The 18T will also bolt-on, but will require a new program (re-flash), also larger injectors are recommended. <p>BTW, is your car N/A? If so, I would not recommend a turbo install. It's a waste of money. You'd end up spending more money than just selling your car and buying an 850 Turbo. Since everything is bolt-on, start with the 850 Turbo as a base. It doesn't make sense to upgrade an N/A 850 when there are turbo models out there.<p>If you do have an 850 Turbo already, then I would suggest the 18T. It's good for 350hp at the crank max. The 16T is only good for an extra 10-15 HP more than the 15G at most. The 16T isn't worth it, unless you've blown your stock turbo and are looking for a cheaper replacement. It probably spools a bit better too. If you're looking for something more serious, there are quite a few people out there running the GT28RS. That is not bolt-on and will require modifications or replacement of the downpipe and manifolds. There are some premapped software out there for this turbo.<p>Bry<br>
 

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I not going to lie, im pretty new to this whole thing, and im not exactly sure what you mean by N/A. Do you mean that the v70R turbo would not bolt on to my 850 glt?
 

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Yo Swede115, maybe it's about time you mention what particular car you're wanting to install this turbo on?!
 

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N/A is normally aspirated, meaning NO TURBOCHARGER!<p>Unless you 850 GLT is a '97 with the low-pressure turbo, you aren't going to install a turbo on your car, unless you have,<p>lot's of money,<br>much automotive experience<br>...and lot's more money!
 

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His GLT is a '96.... (from his signature)<br>Then this 850 is indeed an N/A (non-turbo), and his mechanic was correct to begin with when he made the right statement that his car was never meant to be a "performance car." Now, I will also agree with the other poster: If you want a faster car, sell your N/A and buy one with a turbo.
 

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I understand what you're saying, and it would make perfect sense to buy a turbo, but just out of curiosity, how much money would it cost me to install a turbo properly? I probobly wouldnt after all the advice, but im just wondering. How about an ecu upgrade? Would anyone recommend this?<br> By the way, the car is a 1996 Volvo 850 GLT, and it is as slow as hell, and i do realize that it wasnt built to be fast, like the R, but the car runs perfectly, in fact, a lot better than any new cars ive driven, and i would hate to let it go for a turbo that could be a lemon. At the same time, I would like to make it a bit faster.
 
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