Thanks! Hoping I have everything figured out but will always take any and all suggestions.Good luck man! That sounds like quite a job, but it'll be very productive once completed. You have it will mapped out, so I have good confidence you'll get through it will. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks.
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I wouldn't be concerned really at all unless you have 4C shocks. There are 2 points of failure before the catastrophic failure I had, being the shock just blowing out, then the upper shock mount rubber ripping. I will isolate it to 4C being the culprit. Also, 25k miles ago, when I swapped out the original top shock mounts due to a failure (where the top shock mount correctly failed before breaking anything else), I trusted the Volvo dealership with Part Numbers and they gave me the standard top shock mounts, Volvo P/N 30666271. I just chalked this up to Volvo updating the part like they regularly do. In reality, my 4C specific rear suspension setup needed Volvo P/N 30736512. The 2 parts are definitely different (I still have one of the originals off my car) but I have no idea what those differences actually mean IRL.Her less fancy sister (another 1 of 72) says good luck!
Reading this makes me want to check these issue spots twice over.
I am grateful of your documentation here in case I need to reference it in the future. Fingers crossed.
Would love to see those KW2s on mine , but I'm also super excited to see the end result and hear your opinion of their feel.
Good luck man!
Hey Tristan,Nice job! Glad to hear you like the KWs! That’s gotta feel great to be driving it again after all the work.
How’d the rear ride height turn out?
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Nice, I’m sure it may settle a little too.Hey Tristan,
Definitely feels great and relief to be driving it again without any weird noises. Took a long time to torque everything properly but that's all part of the game.
Rear ride height for the KW's is actually right about stock. I adjusted the fronts 2/3 to the top and it actually sits slightly higher than the OE 4C shocks/springs and levels out the ride almost perfectly.
Did you dial in any negative camber on the front using the strut camber top bolts? What ride height do you have yours set to? I wonder if it would make sense to dial in some negative camber and lower the front to, say, half the threaded length. Will of course need an alignment after changing so many things and will see where I land. Will put many miles on it in the short-term to get things settled and adjustments finished before the alignment and getting the sideskirts mounted back on.
I struggled with those Powerflex bushings too, but the end result was worth it. Had me cursing a few late night! If you do the front camber bolts post it up, I've been looking at adding those next.And the T5 is driving again! Took the car into work today and everything seems tight and installed correctly. The KW's ride SIGNIFICANTLY better than the OE 4C shocks. I set them at 5 clicks off full soft and the ride is sporty and firm, but not jarring even on my trip on the NJ Turnpike and into Manhattan, which is saying a lot.
Welding went well overall, but space is so cramped in there it was tough to find a comfortable position. Other than that, everything pretty much bolted up nicely with the exception of the Powerflex rear trailing arm inboard bushings. Those were a pain.
I'll add more pictures later as I didn't take too many.
Now time to put some more miles on the car to make up for the past 2 months!