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Discussion Starter · #41 · (Edited)
I've just finished a 5 week, 10.5k KM, cross county road trip with the XC and it had performed very well.

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With the trailer, luggage, and occupants, the XC was hauling around 2000lbs, fuel economy was averaging around 19-20mpg as calculate via the gas station method.

With the engine modification and Hilton Tune the XC had more than enough power to get up to speed from a stop, keep up with the 80mph speed limit in some states, and pull along the extended hill climbs though the mountains, plenty of time on boost and I'm not shy on the throttle. Hilton has done an awesome job tuning this vehicle, my engine is still running great, my transmission didn't quit, and my AG didn't explode.

There was a slight tune adjustment needed due to the additional load being placed onto the engine that didn't show with regular driving, low RPM high load hill climbs would cause overboost. I notified Hilton and he responded with revision almost instantly, [thumbup] for service. (of course, I didn't leave home without my VIDA/DiCE laptop so I was able to flash it on the fly :D).

No hardware related issues other than I had a downpipe nut back off and caused a slight exhaust leak, and one of my new IPD HD swaybar endlinks developed a knocking with less than 5k miles on them, I'll be getting a refund on the endlinks.

Stupid me, when tightening down the downpipe nut I snapped the stud, but I was able to tighten the other two nuts and they are holding the flange on tight so no leaks. Now I need to extract it from the turbine housing and will be replacing with bolts instead.
 

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Discussion Starter · #42 · (Edited)
If anyone is interested, here is the accumulated brake dust on my front drivers side wheel after this trip.



Using Hawk HPS Semi-metallic pads on 12" Slotted Stop Tech rotors. Didn't wash my vehicle once on the whole trip and rain was quite minimal. I did use engine braking in the big hills, which may have reduced the amount of dust. The brakes performed well on downhills and a few hard stops with the additional load. A bit noisy when wet, but dissipated once hot, otherwise they are very quiet.
 

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Nice sounding and looks quick.
It also seems that your collar gear is not going to last very long if you keep driving it this way! :rolleyes: :eek:
 

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nice ! looks and sounds great man and i love how great and simple and clean the aftermarket exhaust single tip look is vs. dealing with dual R tip.
 

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what exhaust again is that?

I spoke to EST and they will sell me a V70r (rear section) with a v70 front section as a kit. thinking of doing that to get rid of the OBX rear section. Or suck it up and fix the fitment and add a good DP
 

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what exhaust again is that?

I spoke to EST and they will sell me a V70r (rear section) with a v70 front section as a kit. thinking of doing that to get rid of the OBX rear section. Or suck it up and fix the fitment and add a good DP
EST Touring for the XC70 w/ RaceS60R catted DP
 

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Love your XC! What did you think about the IPD subframe inserts?
Depends on the application.

If you're using them to improve handling then I'd say money is better spent on other upgrades before purchasing the inserts like swaybars or lower profile tires. The inserts would compliment any other suspension mods.

If you're using them to restore weak/collapsed mounts, then I'd just replace the mounts.

There are also these if you want to make them solid :):http://www.kaplhenke.com/products/awd-fwd-delrin-subframe-bushings
 

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Thanks for the feedback! I've got IPD sway bars and end links already. My V70 feels a bit disconnected and the subframe inserts seemed like an easy upgrade
Well give them a shot, post up if they make a difference. I had mine installed before the swaybars and I didn't feel any difference.
 

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I'm generally a cautious driver when my kids are in the car. As we are approaching the highway in traffic.

My son: "Volvo's can't go fast Da Da"
Me: "Ha ha ha sure they can, I just drive slow"
Son: "No, Volvo's no drive fast"

We are at the stop light before the highway on ramp.

Me: "Do you want the Volvo to go fast?"
Son: "yeah"

Green light, give'r about 75-80% throttle (10-12psi), moderate to hard acceleration up to the speed limit.

Son: "No no no Da Da, Volvo's too fast"
Me: :D
 

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THAT's an awesome story! Same here... Super careful and docile around town and in urban conditions, but get me on the highway and I'm much faster. Mine has no mods of any kind, so I can't imagine what true mods would feel like, but mine is quick enough and with AWD is nice to launch in times of need. Last year my kids were caught off guard when we were at the beach and I took off, jumping ahead of a long line of traffic out of a stop sign. When they were little, I used to do the 'rocket ship' (which was essentially an 80% push to 60), and they loved it. Keep 'em small. They grow up and then want to drive Daddy's car (mine). I'm looking for a reliable townie for the kids over the next few months, but it can't be a beater in case I have to end up driving it. :)
 

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I'm generally a cautious driver when my kids are in the car. As we are approaching the highway in traffic.

My son: "Volvo's can't go fast Da Da"
Me: "Ha ha ha sure they can, I just drive slow"
Son: "No, Volvo's no drive fast"

We are at the stop light before the highway on ramp.

Me: "Do you want the Volvo to go fast?"
Son: "yeah"

Green light, give'r about 75-80% throttle (10-12psi), moderate to hard acceleration up to the speed limit.

Son: "No no no Da Da, Volvo's too fast"
Me: :D
That'll teach him! :D
 
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