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I would do that tbh, would give it a bit of flair, and a richer exhaust note. Only thing i have to say is be wary of it, ive burned my knees on rear dual exhausts. As for straight piping, i would say a resonator in place of the muffler could give a nice note while not being really really loud.

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Trust me - I really want to. Just not the most budget-friendly thing since I try to stick to OEM as much as possible. Well over $1000 for an exhaust and replacement panels with the dual cutout.

you do lose the spare tyre when you go the dual exhaust route though! Mine came with dual exhaust and I did get stranded at real remote locations with sidewalls cut by some sharp rocks once... for long trips I'm seriously considering getting a roof rack and put a spare up top lol
That's a good point! Usually I'm just around town and commuting, but I do have the roof basket for a spare if I really want :) I have tried really hard to stay away from making this SUV an "all-terrain" vehicle, but with camping season coming up, it might take that role after all.
 

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Nice thread and writeup! My 60K mile 08 XC90 V8 is on its way from Texas right now and should be here later this week. Always good to connect with another SE Michigan Volvo enthusiast, there aren't many of us.

Still have the Blizzaks? I may be interested in grabbing them if you do.

Not sure where you're having the work done, but my mechanic was the Yamaha V8 specialist at one of the local Volvo shop, so he'll be taking good care of this one too. Happy to share his contact info if you're looking, he's generally way cheaper than all of the other shops in the area.
 

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Nice thread and writeup! My 60K mile 08 XC90 V8 is on its way from Texas right now and should be here later this week. Always good to connect with another SE Michigan Volvo enthusiast, there aren't many of us.

Still have the Blizzaks? I may be interested in grabbing them if you do.

Not sure where you're having the work done, but my mechanic was the Yamaha V8 specialist at one of the local Volvo shop, so he'll be taking good care of this one too. Happy to share his contact info if you're looking, he's generally way cheaper than all of the other shops in the area.
Thanks and great meeting you! I work close to Steve's Euro, which is where I have been taking both Volvos if they need something more than what I'm comfortable wrenching on. I'm going to need the timing belt service done soon on the V8 (based on age rather than mileage - only at 77K). It would be great to get the info of your mechanic too.

Regarding the Blizzaks - they are gone. However, I need a more chunky tire than the Michelins I put on. They are great and super grippy (and winter rated) but the roads I drive demand some beef. I'm going to replace them soon, so they'll be available if you're interested. I really like these Michelins, but you know as well as I do that there are no smooth roads around here :D I drive a ton of dirt and gravel so I'm leaning towards Yokohama Geolandars. I've had those on a few cars now and they're perfect - chunky but not too aggressive, capable, and winter rated.
 

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I'll send you his info in a PM.

FYI, no timing belt on the V8 - it's a chain. You should be good to go for the life of the engine.
 

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I'll send you his info in a PM.

FYI, no timing belt on the V8 - it's a chain. You should be good to go for the life of the engine.
Thanks - I was reading another thread and didn't realize they were talking about the serpentine belt :D

Finished swapping sway bar end links (front and rear). Ended up with the Meyle HD links and they are beefy. I swear I feel less body roll, and it's wonderful. The old links may have been original, but either way they were getting pretty worn out.
 

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Starting some maintenance items - just rolled over 80K miles on this car. Had a couple of small road trips that really hammered on some miles pretty quickly. Shocks and struts are on the short list since I'm pretty sure it's still on factory original suspension other than the Meyle HD links I put on.

New tires mounted - Yokohama Geolandar G015 (winter rated). I also started to undertake a "chrome delete" project because I hate it. I didn't want to paint it or order new parts, so I put on some black Plasti-Dip for now. Not as permanent as paint and there's not nearly as much chrome. Not sure what to do with the grille just yet, but the lower grilles (3 pieces) are dipped with 10 coats each. The C-pillar panels are also black. Might do some detail work on the Executive emblems. Lastly, the rear chome strip under the V O L V O badge is black. Trying not to "black out" the whole car. Photo Jul 05, 8 25 17 PM.jpg Photo Jun 09, 3 02 45 PM.jpg Photo Jun 09, 3 02 59 PM.jpg
 

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Picked up these Xenon bulbs with ballasts, going to try to get them to work. Need to figure out if / how they'll work with my headlamps.

Also need to look into replacing this lower valance. Got rear-ended last winter (hit and run). Easy to replace, but thinking about future exhaust options.... if I need a new muffler / exhaust, I'd try to look into the dual exhaust setup, even though it's insanely expensive. Should I go for the dual cutout valance now? Will it look silly with a single exhaust? Absolutely.
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Hey BK, regarding those xenons - from what I understand they need to be installed into projectors so as to not blind oncoming traffic. I’ve been considering installing a pair of retrofit projectors into the stock XC90 headlight housing from here:
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HIDs light up the road so much better and they look good too. I like the direction here. I installed retrofit HIDs on three sets of halogen housings. The issues for me for going original were, the original housings cost too much and used ones will already be hazy or the reflector started to wear & yellow, without the right wiring the car will show a lamp-out message, and I wanted the newer better looking projector HIDs but those are with active bending. The price of purchasing one used Volvo HID housing almost cost the same as me buying new halogen housings and the HID projector retrofit kit. In the future if I need a new housing, the aftermarket halogen housings are much more affordable and individual HID parts are cheaper too. The bulb is a standard D2S bulb size that is OEM on many different vehicles so the selection of bulbs is nice. I've been running mine for almost 3 years now.

I purchased my Morimoto kit on Retrofitsource and they have a sale ending today.

Here are some images for your reference so you can see how retrofits look on my '08 (top) and an '06 (below, wanted to show on a black color XC90 like yours):





 

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1. Front end refresh - pale yellow tint over the fog lights, Swedish plate.
2. Tires rotated before winter.
3. Engine mounts - all 3 ordered but only two were needed. Replaced the upper and the lower PS. The torque mount / rod was in great condition, almost as good as the new one that was ordered. Could have been replaced before I owned the car. Had the strut bar off and found some surface rust, so it got cleaned up and painted with the same wheel paint I used. Subtle detail and I like it. Cleaned up the spare tire and painted it the same. Wondering if there's a way to clean up that crap on the engine. What a difference the lighting makes! Strut bar mounts, upper engine mount, lower PS mount all replaced now.
4. Working on brakes - rotors weren't the right size (need 336mm) but cleaned up the hubs, painted the calipers black, and ordered the right size rotors.
5. Exhaust is next on the to-do list. The center muffler is rusting, peeling, and getting worse. Not going to replace it - just going to have a shop remove it and straight pipe that section. Should sound a little better too.
6. Still working on suspension. Quick shop inspection said there's nothing obvious that is leading to my ride quality suffering so I haven't ordered any struts or anything yet. Need to take it to an indy shop for a real inspection before I start throwing parts at it.
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Continuing some pre-winter maintenance. Mahle cabin filter - T25 Torx, ten minutes, $25. Wasn’t as dirty as I thought it would be, but still too easy and cheap to skip over it (left is new, right is old). New lower PS engine mount made all the difference. Engine vibration on acceleration is all but gone. Old one was in good shape but rubber was cracked.

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83,700 miles: Finally finishing brakes with the correct 336mm Zimmerman coated rotors. Swapped the cabin air filter, and added a dual rear fog light with harness #8693010.

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Continuing some pre-winter maintenance. Mahle cabin filter - T25 Torx, ten minutes, $25. Wasn’t as dirty as I thought it would be, but still too easy and cheap to skip over it (left is new, right is old). New lower PS engine mount made all the difference. Engine vibration on acceleration is all but gone. Old one was in good shape but rubber was cracked.
Been enjoying reading through this thread! For the lower engine mount, did you do that yourself? I've done the upper one myself and still have (reduced) vibration on acceleration. If a shop did it, do you know how many hours labour it took? Thanks!
 

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Been enjoying reading through this thread! For the lower engine mount, did you do that yourself? I've done the upper one myself and still have (reduced) vibration on acceleration. If a shop did it, do you know how many hours labour it took? Thanks!
Thank you! Did the lower engine mount myself, and it was easy (coming from someone who is hesitant in unfamiliar territory). Never done one before. This video helped me visualize what needed to be done, at the 3:00 mark:

 

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Parts are on order for the roof rail delete and the rear door taxi mod! On back order, but still excited. Should help over the winter - the XC just barely clears my garage door. Working on it in the garage will be so much better with that extra height clearance.


  • Roof rail delete (8667805 x2, 8667806 x2, 8667807 x2, 31250206 x2, 30655393 x2, 31250205 x2)
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Roof rail delete and rear door taxi mod are complete. The roof rail delete came about due to boredom. I was rolling with a Thule basket, crossbars, and rails since I had it. This was something that ended up sending me down a rabbit hole. Big thanks to Mark (xyphur) for his help on getting this done. I’m a huge fan of how it turned out.

The rear taxi doors didn’t change the way I wanted, but still cool. They do indeed open the door wider. I was hoping it would increase the distance between the door panel and the seat, enabling more space for the kids to get in and out. Nevertheless, a cool little modification.

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any change to wind noise at any speed? I have no use of roof rails all the time and I have literally 2cm of room between garage door rails and the roof rails..... would love to do this!
 

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any change to wind noise at any speed? I have no use of roof rails all the time and I have literally 2cm of room between garage door rails and the roof rails..... would love to do this!
Will report back after some real driving (and car wash). You can see from the height of my garage door that I was having the same issue! Here is the thread I made with the part numbers:

 
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