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I have a 2001 S60 T5 with the Volvo handling package, I don't know exact name as it was purchased used. It's got a slightly lower stance and a front end sway bar.<p>I'm currently riding on my winter steelies and I've noticed the car ride is significantly harsher and feel bumps left right and centre. It's not stiff, but more hoppy/jarring... almost like riding in a 92' Civic. <p>I noticed the front bar was slightly loose, and am tightening it tomorrow, but other than that I don't knwo what has changed. The vehicle's got 84,500 KMs, and I've had this issue for the last month or so, before then, riding on the steelies was a softer ride (louder however) in comparison to my old Tethys wheels. The 1 hour drive to my summer co-op job can get rough at times to the point that I feel as if safety is compromised.<p>I was test driving a few 2002 Golf GTIs last weekend, and a few of them were modified. The stock one was so smooth on the roads I barely felt a thing, but at the same time its steering response was surprisingly fast. I also drove a lowered GTI with shocks/springs and driving it was equivalent to a rollercoaster when it came to rider comfort.<p>I've also noticed some understeer. I'm probably looking at some rear sway bars. How much room does it take up on the top of a trunk? I've got amplifiers currently mounted at the top of my trunk.<p>So... what sort of items am I looking at to be lowered a bit more, have a comfortable vehicle that absorbs potholes/bumps well with better steering response and minimize understeer... or is it not possible with the S60? <p>FYI- I have 18" Heico Volution Vs on the way with Goodyear F1 rubber.<p>SS60, I know you have a Bilstien setup, and would like to know how you find it so far since you experience some of the woes that come with Toronto driving. How did it compare to your setup before. Is it worth the cost?<p>BTW: Any 2004/05 Titanium S60R w/ BiXenons, Atacama and a Harley for sale on the side window on the 401 West today. Thanks for the rear foglight wave and nice car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Improving the Suspension/Comfort Setup on S60 T5 (GuelphVolvo)

Koni FSDs have been a revelation on my T5.<br>Have a look at thread:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=59278" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=59278</A>
 

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I didn't even consider those. Thanks for the information, makes my decision harder.
 

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I was looking into these... could be another option? Anyone have experience with them?<p><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Koni&model=Sport+Suspension+Kit" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com/suspen...n+Kit</A><br><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Koni&model=Sport+Shock" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com/suspen...Shock</A>
 

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With the KONI FSDs, how real is the possibiity of bottoming out with springs? I dont' plan on going lower at the moment, but wouldn't want to eliminate the possibility.<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by GuelphVolvo at 5:01 PM 6-8-2006</i>
 

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Re: Improving the Suspension/Comfort Setup on S60 T5 (GuelphVolvo)

G.V., In response to your question... The Bilsteins improved my setup quite a bit in the folowing ways:<br>1. They can keep up with the high spring rate of the Evolve springs on my car. <br>2. They allow less lateral movement, so there is less side to side play in the suspension. <br>3. The ride is more plush - takes up SMALL bumps better. The damping rate is not the greatest for large bumps however.<br>4. The ride is much better than with the shocks I had before.<p>Overall the feel is very good, but my springs are just too stiff for the roads around here. I actually broke the right front spring seat going over bump on the QEW.<p>Only way to really communicate the feel adequetly is to drive the car. Send me a email and we can set something up.<p>I'd bet the jarring you are experiencing lately is from the front sway bar / link ends loosening up. I have that same upgraded Volvo brand sway bar on the front and the jarring is pretty minimal.<p>
 
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