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Hey Guys,

Not much of an introduction, but I'm Anthony and this is my XC70 build thread. Purchased in December 2012 with only 61k mi, now at October 2019 it's just over 145k mi and still going strong. Just pretty much doing my own thing and having fun with it as I go along. I've recently updated this thread with links to modification, trips, and repairs, but feel free to message me with any questions.

Enjoy!

Engine/Transmission Performance Upgrades:

Suspension/Drivetrain:
XC90 control arms
XC90 spindle/w hub & ball joints
XC90 2.5t front left/right axles

Utility:

Trips/Adventures:


Major Repairs:

01-28-2015 - Steering Rack/Bushings/Spring Seats/IPD Swaybar Install

12-13-2015 - Haldex pump replaced/fluid service
01-20-2016 - Valvebody replaced
04-24-2016 - Angle gear seals/collar sleeve
03-26-2017 - Exhaust manifold gasket/Turbo turbine housing replacement

08-15-2018 - Throttle body failure

01-26-2019 - Bent rear toe arm and wheel

04-02-2020 - Upper Engine Wiring Harness

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Such a sweet post/ thanks for the pics. I'm getting excited to do this on my car!
 

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The control arm ones take that dead spot on the steering wheel away. Such crisp steering response.

Interesting article but a bit too theoretical. Real world experience with my bushings have been 95% positive (sway bar bushing gave out last year).
 

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The control arm ones take that dead spot on the steering wheel away. Such crisp steering response.

Interesting article but a bit too theoretical. Real world experience with my bushings have been 95% positive (sway bar bushing gave out last year).
Thanks, looks like a spring time project.
 

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...when i had booked the appointment the average temps were ~15*C, didn't know a heat wave was coming.
Nice car.

But, on what planet is 15C a heat wave? I don't even like to get out of bed when it's only 15C, and I'm not even really happy if it's under 30C :D
 

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Nice car.

But, on what planet is 15C a heat wave? I don't even like to get out of bed when it's only 15C, and I'm not even really happy if it's under 30C :D
I booked the appointment a few days in advance, the temps were averaging 15*C, but on the day of the run it was 34*C :eek:
 

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So I've recently flashed the ECU with a Stage 3 Hilton Tune and all I can say for now is the engine starts :p, haven't had any time to take it out for a run yet and might be some time until I can...
What does the Hilton Stg3 tune involve?
 

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Requirements:
Down Pipe, Cat-Back Exhaust, Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC), Larger Than Stock (Typically Hybrid) Turbo, Upgraded Injectors, Upgraded MAF
Additional Requirements:
Stock TCV or upgraded Pierburg valve. (Note: A MAC control valve or equivalent is not compatible with this product. If you are using one of these valves, ensure it is replaced with a Pierburg unit prior to tuning.)

Recommended:
Methanol Injection
http://hiltontuning.com/product/stage-3-tune/

My current setup consists of:
TD04HL-16t w/7cm^2 ex. housing‎, 11 blade compressor & turbine wheels
3" Downpipe w/high flow race cat.
EST Catback
Upgraded stock mount intercooler
Blue Injectors
IPD full line of intake and charge air piping
Manifold & Throttle body spacers
6"x8" Dry flow cone filter.

I haven't started data logging yet, so I may need more parts, but my current set up has most of the requirements except for the FMIC, mine is a upgraded stock mount intercooler. If I have problems with IATs (which I haven't so far), then I may sell this unit and go for the FMIC.

Also my "larger then stock" turbo isn't that much larger, it is a TD04HL-16T, there are other who have larger turbos on similar builds. If I want more some day I'll go for the 19T, or even 20T conversion. Gotta leave some room for upgrades :)
 
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