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heya<p>Posted a little intro in the main forum and was pointed in this direction.<p>Just drove home my 1st ever Volvo last night. Electric Silver S60 R. Love it.<p>Put tons of time and money into my last car, (which I traded for a temporary means to a better solution). Decided performance, luxury, and safety met the needs of me, the wife, and our 1 1/2 year old son.<p>Needless to say, put a couple hundred miles on it today taking the long way everywhere. Just keeps getting better. Even ordered the black leather Eddie Bauer car seat for my boy since the current one isn't worthy! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Anyway, feeling the itch to lower the stance a little right away. I see there's a few options out there. Seems like Eibach, H&R, or Evolve are all being used. I'll be doing some searching for what people like and dislike.<p>Promised wifey I'll stick with rims, springs, intake, and muffler on this car. Any advice, opinions, criticizm, etc. will be much obliged.<p>Hope to get lots out of this and volvoforums.com<p>Chris
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (SoCal_S60R)

Don't forget ECU upgrade! The most invisible mod to your significant other (unless she checks your bank account and sees where the money is going!) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (SoCal_S60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SoCal_S60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Promised wifey I'll stick with rims, springs, intake, and muffler on this car. Any advice, opinions, criticizm, etc. will be much obliged.<p>Hope to get lots out of this and volvoforums.com<p>Chris</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Welcome! You will get a lot of good info here. There is a lot of stored information in the archives, but it can be tricky to access via search. Keep searching using the most generic terms you can think of and you'll find it.<p>Springs: TME from IPD is your other alternative. 3/4" drop so a little kinder to your airdam.<p>ECU is the best bang for your buck. BSR makes a plug-n-play unit, IPD and Evolve make re-flashes. BSR is not compatible with an up-sized down pipe (ha!) although some people are still running it with mixed results.<p>DP (downpipe) will not net you much peak power but will definitely help the engine breathe better and improve transient power. <p>Exhaust is mostly about looks and sound. Try the JRL mod first (hack off your center resonator and replace with straight pipe). It gives a really nice sound for $75. Otherwise there's a ton of info on exhausts.<p>Wheels - your selection is somewhat limited. The R needs a big offset wheel to clear the huge Brembo calipers. Having said that, there are some very nice alternatives out there, but the stock Peg's are very nice. <p>Intake is pretty pointless. An upgraded air filter (BMC, JR) will net you about 0 HP, but will let you clean and oil it. A big open element filter will increase your IAT (intake air temperature) so if you do something like that you'd better seal it off and add a cold air intake (CAI). Really a good homemade CAI for about $100 (see "R" Kelly's threads) and an aftermarket filter is all that you need to maximize your breathing potential on that end. <p>Search is your key, but not always your friend. It can be cumbersome. Do searches in multiple ways with multiple keywords and you can usually find some stuff. <p>The engine will loosen up considerably over the first 5,000 miles.<p>Don't exceed 4,000 RPM too often in the first 1,000 miles. Keep the factory fill break in oil, then change it to full synthetic at 1,000 to 1,500. <p>The PZero Rossos are crap. They will wear out pretty quickly. Replace with something else. You're in SoCal so snow shouldn't be a worry for you, but those tires are outright dangerous in snow. If you're planning a road trip, don't take the R with those tires into snow. <p>The brakes are stout and wear well. <p>Having an '06, there is a problem with the ECU and temperature sensor that Volvo for some reason does not fix unless you have the problem. You may encounter a situation where your car goes into limp home mode and loses all boost, with the temp gauge pegged at zero. Bring it into the dealer and they will fix it. <p>There are also some other niggles....don't hesitate to ask about them.<p>Good luck and enjoy!
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (SoCal_S60R)

Welcome,<p>Springs DEFINATELY! I just had mine installed and the car is night and day different. I also did the rear sway along with engine bushings overall it really tightened the car up. There are hundreds of threads discussing all of the pro's and con's on the spings but here goes a brief summary:<p>Ebiach's: 30% stiffer and a progressive spring rate; drop 1.3" all around<br>Evolve's: 35-40% stiffer, progressive spring rate; drop 1.3" front and 1.5" rear<br>TME's: About 35-40% stiffer, <I>linear</I> spring rate; drop about 7/8" front and 1.1" rear<p>Good luck and happy modding!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Ditto what needsdecaf said. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Rangeball at 8:48 AM 6-28-2006</i>
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (needsdecaf)

Very articulate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>For once <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> (not you, in<U> general </U>),
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Welcome! You will get a lot of good info here. There is a lot of stored information in the archives, but it can be tricky to access via search. Keep searching using the most generic terms you can think of and you'll find it.<p>Springs: TME from IPD is your other alternative. 3/4" drop so a little kinder to your airdam.<p>ECU is the best bang for your buck. BSR makes a plug-n-play unit, IPD and Evolve make re-flashes. BSR is not compatible with an up-sized down pipe (ha!) although some people are still running it with mixed results.<p>DP (downpipe) will not net you much peak power but will definitely help the engine breathe better and improve transient power. <p>Exhaust is mostly about looks and sound. Try the JRL mod first (hack off your center resonator and replace with straight pipe). It gives a really nice sound for $75. Otherwise there's a ton of info on exhausts.<p>Wheels - your selection is somewhat limited. The R needs a big offset wheel to clear the huge Brembo calipers. Having said that, there are some very nice alternatives out there, but the stock Peg's are very nice. <p>Intake is pretty pointless. An upgraded air filter (BMC, JR) will net you about 0 HP, but will let you clean and oil it. A big open element filter will increase your IAT (intake air temperature) so if you do something like that you'd better seal it off and add a cold air intake (CAI). Really a good homemade CAI for about $100 (see "R" Kelly's threads) and an aftermarket filter is all that you need to maximize your breathing potential on that end. <p>Search is your key, but not always your friend. It can be cumbersome. Do searches in multiple ways with multiple keywords and you can usually find some stuff. <p>The engine will loosen up considerably over the first 5,000 miles.<p>Don't exceed 4,000 RPM too often in the first 1,000 miles. Keep the factory fill break in oil, then change it to full synthetic at 1,000 to 1,500. <p>The PZero Rossos are crap. They will wear out pretty quickly. Replace with something else. You're in SoCal so snow shouldn't be a worry for you, but those tires are outright dangerous in snow. If you're planning a road trip, don't take the R with those tires into snow. <p>The brakes are stout and wear well. <p>Having an '06, there is a problem with the ECU and temperature sensor that Volvo for some reason does not fix unless you have the problem. You may encounter a situation where your car goes into limp home mode and loses all boost, with the temp gauge pegged at zero. Bring it into the dealer and they will fix it. <p>There are also some other niggles....don't hesitate to ask about them.<p>Good luck and enjoy!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Joe - WOW!!!<br>That is the perfect Noob R Primer. <br>Kudos for capturing this all in one place.<br>No doubt this post will be revered like the "R"Kelly Adventures in Lighting & Exhaust Clips threads. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bschurr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Joe - WOW!!!<br>That is the perfect Noob R Primer. <br>Kudos for capturing this all in one place.<br>No doubt this post will be revered like the "R"Kelly Adventures in Lighting & Exhaust Clips threads. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Aww shucks. Thanks!<p>I remember what it was like to be a FNG and there is a LOT of info to sort through. <p>Actually forgot to mention a couple of key things.<p>1) There is a bracket under the exhaust in the middle of the car that hangs down low. Remove this immediately or you run the risk of pushing it up into the exhaust, then into the driveshaft and bending it. Not covered into warranty, $2k repair.<p>2) The lights can be adjusted by a 6mm socket on an extension and turning the white screw that's just underneath the front radiator support. This greatly improves the performance of the lights on main beam (I went 3 turns up). For more info, see the above mentioned "R" Kelly adventures in lighting.
 

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I'll save the reply to each individual post and thank all who replied here. Great information!<p>The exhaust mod is good to know. I've never been one who's convinced that a full cat-back system is necessary unless you're pushing serious HP numbers over stock. On my last car, I actually left the resonators and cats on and just removed the stock muffler for the best sounding exhaust out of anyone. Considering the same for the R. Maybe too much though...<p>Thanks for the spring info too. I think I will go with Eibach. I don't want to stiffen things up too much. Trying to placate the wife through all of this.<p>I really like the idea of the ECU upgrade, since it's a hidden option (especially for CA law enforcement). I'd like to find someone nearby who has a good rep for their work. Eastern LA county or San Diego area.<p>Thanks again for all the info.
 

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Welcome!! You will definitely enjoy your R as she ages. Here is a post from R Kelly that adds a little humor to some issues that you should be aware of (some of them were discussed above):<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=60617" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=60617</A><p>I replaced my tires with Michelin PS2s and they grip like crazy and don't tramline and side step at all.<p>--I would recommend PS2s (you can sell your P Rossos and get back some of your money as they are pricey)<br>--Springs<br>--Sway bars<br>--Takspeed exhaust cable to replace your exhaust bracket<br>--BMC air filter (for me it made my car faster...I can definitely feel the difference)<br>--find some cracktane (100 octane or atleast 93, big difference)<br>--cover your car with a clear bra...it will last so much longer and keep your front end looking sharp and easy to clean. 3M or Venture Shield will work fine.<br>--tint your windows<p>and enjoy it even more!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SoCal_S60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The exhaust mod is good to know. I've never been one who's convinced that a full cat-back system is necessary unless you're pushing serious HP numbers over stock. On my last car, I actually left the resonators and cats on and just removed the stock muffler for the best sounding exhaust out of anyone. Considering the same for the R. Maybe too much though...<br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Someone on here did the resonator stay, muffler go idea, think it was RideR IIRC. I think it's pretty loud, based on the sound clip that he posted.
 

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Not so sure there are ECU upgrades for '06 R's yet. Besides, with the torque limiter gone (or mostly gone) on '06's the need to re gain lost torque to the stick shift is pretty much gone.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">with the torque limiter gone (or mostly gone) on '06's the need to re gain lost torque to the stick shift is pretty much gone.</TD></TR></TABLE> <br>Yes there is a need, the need for more Boost 21psi. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Someone on here did the resonator stay, muffler go idea, think it was RideR IIRC. I think it's pretty loud, based on the sound clip that he posted. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Don't suppose you remember the link to that clip?<p>Tried some searches and came up short <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> (search hates me)<BR><BR>
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I think you live real close to me. Winchester is near Temecula....which I just relocated to. So if you are in Winchester/Temecula/Murrieta....we can meet up.<p>I recommend the following mods, in the following order:<p>ECU<br>springs/sways<br>exhaust <br>downpipe<p>the ECU gives yout eh biggest bang for the buck on power. the springs/sways give you the next biggest bang for the buck and totally transforms teh car's stance/appearance, and makes it handle like it SHOULD have from the factory. slightly stiffer ride, but nothign that bad.<p>the exhaust will give you a few extra ponies, and a nice sound, but it is a bit louder. <p>if it's still not fast enough, then add a dp.<p>OH, and when you can get it - run high octane fuel!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Someone on here did the resonator stay, muffler go idea, think it was RideR IIRC. I think it's pretty loud, based on the sound clip that he posted. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It sounded really nice when I was following him on last Sunday's cruise. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SoCal_S60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Don't suppose you remember the link to that clip?<p>Tried some searches and came up short <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> (search hates me)<p><br><i>Modified by SoCal_S60R at 11:35 AM 6-28-2006</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You just have to remember where to look. <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://media.putfile.com/BLK-Wagon-Dude" TARGET="_blank">http://media.putfile.com/BLK-Wagon-Dude</A>
 

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Im in the same boat as you <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I've had my 2006 Electric Silver GT for about 2 months now and Im still loving every minute of it. No mods as of yet but they are coming!
 

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just ordered filter replacement, will be visiting the muffler shop this week, and already priced out my Eibach springs. <p>
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (SoCal_S60R)

I would talk to the fellows at IPD if products and customer service are important!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: FNG on the forums - '06 S60 R (cloaked)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cloaked</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I would talk to the fellows at IPD if products and customer service are important!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>that's exactly who i called. great service. i'll be calling them back i'm sure!
 
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