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Ouch! What a pain in the rear. This is a tough job. On the other hand, it handles GOOOOOOOOODD! I just had it alligned this morning at Volvo of Cerritos (I even liked the service dept)Then I put on my new 17" OZ Superleggarra wheels with Sumitomo HTR + 225/45/17 and ripped up my neighborhood. I would highly recommend the strut and shock combo. The Jury is still out on the springs however. They lowered the front more than advertised (more like 45mm not 30mm) Let me know what you think. Is ther a poster board for photos here?
 

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Did you lower the car yourself or did you bring it to a shop? How long it took you to lower it? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">
 

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Yeah, can't wait to see the car. Shoot me an email, and I can help you post a picture. Or you can just send them to my email address and I can post them for you.<P>-Drew
 

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I did all the work myself, with the exception of the allignment. It took around three hours to do the first strut, and about thirty-five min to do the other one. The rear was much easier, it only took two or so hours. (This left enough time to swear and bleed). The modification on the struts is a bit scary. Basically you have to destroy the stock strut, to put the new one in place. So if you aren't mechanically inclined I really don't recommend trying it. Could end up leaving you stranded.... [George, I will send some photos to you this weekend, if you'd be so kind to post them for me. Thank you]
 

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I'll be happy to. I won't be online this weekend though, so I may not get it up until Monday. I'll do it though as soon as I get the pics and I am here in the office.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>I did all the work myself, with the exception of the allignment. It took around three hours to do the first strut, and about thirty-five min to do the other one. The rear was much easier, it only took two or so hours. (This left enough time to swear and bleed). The modification on the struts is a bit scary. Basically you have to destroy the stock strut, to put the new one in place. So if you aren't mechanically inclined I really don't recommend trying it. Could end up leaving you stranded.... [George, I will send some photos to you this weekend, if you'd be so kind to post them for me. Thank you]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks for your reply. I will let a shop do it once I saved enough money for parts. I just want to know how many hours the shop will charge me. I asked my Volvo dealer, the service advisor said 12 hours and I am shocked. I am sure it will take only 1 hour at each corner so I am just curious how many hours a shop will charge for lowering.
 

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Dear EI60,<BR>I would not take it to a shop that would charge you twelve hours. (Holy COW!) That is criminal. Where are you? What State that is. I could recommend some one if you're in the So. Cal area. I don't think it should cost you more than $600.00 MAX (If you know anyone you trust, they should be able to help you find a good lowering shop).<BR>Or I could write up some very detailed instructions for you, and you could try it yourself. <BR>You would have to purchase or rent some tools. IE: spring compressor (both types, one for MacPherson struts & one you'll have to have for the rear springs)<BR>I think if you have time, a place to work, and a second car to go & get stuff, that you too could do it.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>Dear EI60,<BR>I would not take it to a shop that would charge you twelve hours. (Holy COW!) That is criminal. Where are you? What State that is. I could recommend some one if you're in the So. Cal area. I don't think it should cost you more than $600.00 MAX (If you know anyone you trust, they should be able to help you find a good lowering shop).<BR>Or I could write up some very detailed instructions for you, and you could try it yourself. <BR>You would have to purchase or rent some tools. IE: spring compressor (both types, one for MacPherson struts & one you'll have to have for the rear springs)<BR>I think if you have time, a place to work, and a second car to go & get stuff, that you too could do it.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks for your concern. I don't know how to work on cars but I am sure it takes less than 12 hours to finish the job. I am from Vancouver, Canada. There aren't many Volvo with mods here so I don't know which shop should I go. Most places here deal with Honda, VW, or BMW and I don't want to have a risk on my car because they never deal with Volvo. My guess for the lowering will takes 4 hours and 6 hours max so I will try to find a shop that will do it for a reasonable price. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">
 

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EI60,<P>There's a Volvo garage down on Pender just east of Clark. I don't know if its any good but I noticed it was a Volvo specialized garage.<P>Pat<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>Dear EI60,<BR>I would not take it to a shop that would charge you twelve hours. (Holy COW!) That is criminal. Where are you? What State that is. I could recommend some one if you're in the So. Cal area. I don't think it should cost you more than $600.00 MAX (If you know anyone you trust, they should be able to help you find a good lowering shop).<BR>Or I could write up some very detailed instructions for you, and you could try it yourself. <BR>You would have to purchase or rent some tools. IE: spring compressor (both types, one for MacPherson struts & one you'll have to have for the rear springs)<BR>I think if you have time, a place to work, and a second car to go & get stuff, that you too could do it.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I know for a fact that it doesn't even cost $600 to install springs and shocks. I went to my tire shop (who also happen to do a lot of suspension work for the local r-i-c-e rockets) and changed my suspension on my old car and they only charged me $150.00 for 3-4 hours. I was there the whole time watching them and I didn't have a problem with it. Of course, I knew what needed to be done so they couldn't BS me around but I didn't have the room or equipment for it. Try your local volvo indy shop and see if they can do it. <BR>
 

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Well I would not have said $600.00 except:<BR>You must remove the struts, then the springs, then drill a perfectly centered small diameter hole to releive the gas charge, then using either a large pipe cutter or the good old hacksaw, cut around the housing above the spring seat and remove the standard strut. THEN.... drain the oil, remove the burs, drill a 12mm hole in the base of the strut, pound in the Koni (hope that you in fact centered your hole) and install the bolt for the Koni tourqing it to 63ft lbs. Now re-install the spring and your'e ready to put the one sidde back together.......I think it's an okay maximum price. FYI
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>Well I would not have said $600.00 except:<BR>You must remove the struts, then the springs, then drill a perfectly centered small diameter hole to releive the gas charge, then using either a large pipe cutter or the good old hacksaw, cut around the housing above the spring seat and remove the standard strut. THEN.... drain the oil, remove the burs, drill a 12mm hole in the base of the strut, pound in the Koni (hope that you in fact centered your hole) and install the bolt for the Koni tourqing it to 63ft lbs. Now re-install the spring and your'e ready to put the one sidde back together.......I think it's an okay maximum price. FYI</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>I made some pictures and posted them on the <A HREF="http://www.vvspy.com" TARGET=_blank>vvspy </A> website in the photoalbum.<BR>Search for "Koni" or "assembly".<BR>It show a little what has to be done.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Iceman:<BR><B>EI60,<P>There's a Volvo garage down on Pender just east of Clark. I don't know if its any good but I noticed it was a Volvo specialized garage.<P>Pat<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>really? they work on the newer Volvo too?<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>Well I would not have said $600.00 except:<BR>You must remove the struts, then the springs, then drill a perfectly centered small diameter hole to releive the gas charge, then using either a large pipe cutter or the good old hacksaw, cut around the housing above the spring seat and remove the standard strut. THEN.... drain the oil, remove the burs, drill a 12mm hole in the base of the strut, pound in the Koni (hope that you in fact centered your hole) and install the bolt for the Koni tourqing it to 63ft lbs. Now re-install the spring and your'e ready to put the one sidde back together.......I think it's an okay maximum price. FYI</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>That's a lot of work to do on the struts. I know why they charge so many hours now.<P>
 

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monkey11,<P>Would you mind writing detailed instructions about installing new shocks on S60? I am thinking about swapping stock shocks for performance shocks (like Konis) on my T5. I've never done anything major on suspension, but I do a lot work myself under the hood. I have not decided yet if I should try this myself. I might need some help from my dad when he is in the area. (He is good at everything!) Your car looks great, by the way! Thanks,<P>Raphael<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR>Or I could write up some very detailed instructions for you, and you could try it yourself. You would have to purchase or rent some tools. IE: spring compressor (both types, one for MacPherson struts & one you'll have to have for the rear springs)<BR>I think if you have time, a place to work, and a second car to go & get stuff, that you too could do it.[/B]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by monkey11:<BR><B>So Johann,<BR>Did you also do all the work yourself? (nice lathe).</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yes I did and it didn't take very long but I had the tools within reach <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>I did the suspension changes myself a few times and with a very laid back planning it took three quarters of a working day at the most.<BR>IAfter coming week I change the springs to Eibach and install the front Koni's.<BR>I'm thinking about making a Photo report of it.<P>
 
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