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Hi:<p>I am new on this forum. My 2005 S60R has only 3300 miles and has no mods. What do you suggest to be my first mods?<p>I live in Mexico City at 8,000 ft over the sea level and the turbo helps a lot.<p>Regards.<p>Isma.<p>
 

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Re: I am new on the forum, What mods to start with? (IsmaS60Rgray)

My thoughts on first mods...<p>Springs and rear sway bar;<p>IMHO, there's no use in giving your car more power when it sometimes has trouble handling the power that it does have - and I think the suspension bits do wonders to help out on this front. To this, you can also add a few rather inexpensive parts like urethane engine mounts and cross bar bushings.<p>After that, I'd start looking at:<p>1) Either an Aquamist, FMIC or a combination of the two - something to get you your power back when temps break 80F;.<br>2) ECU tune (ipd, BSR, Evolve, RICA, etc.) and a BMC, K&N or similar air filter - to get you more power;<br>3) Brake shims and SS brake lines - to better slow you down now that you've got more power;<br>4) Downpipe - a little more power;<br>5) Exhaust - and an itsy bit more power;<p>I'm sure I've missed something.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: I am new on the forum, What mods to start with? (Sue Esponte)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm sure I've missed something.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Moose magnets. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: I am new on the forum, What mods to start with? (Vipergtsz3)

Point your headlights and foglights up a few turns. <br>Then remove your resonator and center exhaust bracket.
 

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Since its hard to do performance driving in Mexico as a country, let alone Mexico City, unless you get well out of the city... I would say just the good ol, ECU, downpipe, exhaust, and performance air filter. Maybe a front mount intercooler if you want to spend a little extra. <p>The first thing I would recommened would be some cosmetic mods just to make it really hot looking but having grown up in Mexico myself, the roads are not the best for a low car with thin tires. Every time I go back I am thankful I dont have my car with me.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Heimpel<B></b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Since its hard to do performance driving in Mexico as a country,</B> let alone Mexico City, unless you get well out of the city... I would say just the good ol, <B>ECU, downpipe, exhaust,</B> and performance air filter. <B>Maybe a front mount intercooler</B> if you want to spend a <B>little extra. </B><p>.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Look at what you just said totally contrary to your first sentence<p>(a LITTLE extra??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> )
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Look at what you just said totally contrary to your first sentence<p>(a LITTLE extra??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> )</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Maybe in Malibu that <I>is</I> a little extra. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I believe someone listed that before as a number one priority. Criticize him not me, if you woulda read his post then mine, what mine was implying was, if you want to spend extra get the fmic but I dont see it as a priority in mods.<p><br>Again JRL, please forgive me, I really look up to you and am still trying to be as smart as you so that maybe one day I can spend my life on the volvo message board criticizing everyones mistakes, ridiculing those who favor/drive other cars, creating amazing pattended otherwise <I>obvious</I> mods, so on and so on. It would be a dream.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Maybe in Malibu that <I>is</I> a little extra. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>hey im the one driving a 2.4 n/a not an R <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, originally posted by <b>Heimpel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>Again JRL, please forgive me, I really look up to you and am still trying to be as smart as you so that maybe one day I can spend my life on the volvo message board criticizing everyones mistakes, ridiculing those who favor/drive other cars, creating amazing pattended otherwise <I>obvious</I> mods, so on and so on. It would be a dream.</TD></TR></TABLE> BWWWHAHAHAHAHAH! Could not have said it better. Also in that dream there would be a stick in his a$$! Looks like things are catching up to you after all JRL. About the mods.....Oh I can't think of any right now while I am on the floor laughing out loud! I will have to get back to you on that one <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Hardee har har<p>As for his car, the MOST I would do is MAYBE TME <B>(short drop )</B> springs and an ipd rear bar. It WILL handle better and the drop is only 1/2+"<br>My patented center resonator cut out mod and maybe some visual cues.<br>I would leave 17s there. If he wants to do an ECU, whatever, but he's at 7000 ft so he will have a hp drop anyway
 

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Re: I am new on the forum, What mods to start with? (IsmaS60Rgray)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>IsmaS60Rgray</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hi:<p>I am new on this forum. My 2005 S60R has only 3300 miles and has no mods. What do you suggest to be my first mods?<p>I live in Mexico City at 8,000 ft over the sea level and the turbo helps a lot.<p>Regards.<p>Isma.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>a turbo upgrade <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>Heimpel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>Again JRL, please forgive me, I really look up to you and am still trying to be as smart as you so that maybe one day I can spend my life on the volvo message board criticizing everyones mistakes, ridiculing those who favor/drive other cars, creating amazing pattended otherwise <I>obvious</I> mods, so on and so on. It would be a dream.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>swedespeed fow lyf! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Heimpel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">hey im the one driving a 2.4 n/a not an R <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Then how can you comment on the value of what an FMIC will do for a car with a turbo in a hot climate?! Once the temps break 80 degrees, the R loses a <b>TON</b> of power. I've heard people estimate the loss at 20+hp. I don't know whether that's an accurate statement but I wouldn't doubt it.<p>-Eric
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> I've heard people estimate the loss at 20+hp. I don't know whether that's an accurate statement but I wouldn't doubt it.<p>-Eric</TD></TR></TABLE><br>About right, but it feels like 40
 

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Re: I am new on the forum, What mods to start with? (IsmaS60Rgray)

My thoughts on mods:<p>1. Driver training. This will make you more sensitive to what your can can and cannot do andgive you an appreciation of what type of transient and terminal response that you would like from the chassis. <p>2. Sway bar upgrade. IPD's set-up is a good place to start, although you may wish to figure out what ration of front:rear bar diameter you want (see mod #1);<p>3. Springs and shocks? Maybe, but don't get hung up on lowering. If you wish to firm-up the ride, you'll need higher rate springs and shocks. A small amount of drop (~1 inch) is OK, but a lot of drop will affect camber -- sometimes beyond the adjustability of the stock suspension points.<p>4. Bigger engine oil cooler. This will improve the longevity of the engine, turbo etc.<p>5. Much bigger transmission oil cooler. A must for spirited driving.<p>6. Custom (larger capacity, better flowing) intercooler. Aquamist is OK, but it's simply a patch-work solution to the more basic problem of an intercooler operating at its limit. <p>7. Big downpipe.<p>8. Performance ECU.<p>Things that you should generally avoid (until you gain considerable experience in determining what you want and have access to a tuner that knows what they're doing) include: <p>1. Bigger turbo. The stock turbo will compensate for your higher altitude. A larger turbo generally equals greater lag and lower initial torque. There is a lot of money being wasted out there on big turbo kits that haven't been properly flow matched to the application.<p>2. Fancy air filters. Granted, they don't cost much but these don't deliver any meaningful power increases. The (over) oiled filters can also gum up the intake.<p>3. Big wheels. Everyone loves them, but anything over 17 inches is more of a styling statement than a performance enhancer. Big wheels increase rotational mass and unsprung weight (unless you buy very expensive, very light, 3-piece alloys with forged centers). They require low profile tires that lack the sidewall compliance needed to smoothly get the power down on less-than-perfect surfaces.<p>Hope this helps. Good luck with your project car.<p>
 
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