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I'm in the US Air Force stationed in the UK and ordered my Volvo<br> from a Volvo military sales dealer, it should be built and shipped <br>from Sweden to the UK around Aug or Sept. I've been on this forum<br>for the last week and have been admiring the beautiful pics of everyone's S40's and<br> now I have questions.<p><br>•<i>I have seen the all black grill without the Volvo logo, and I'm assuming the whole grill is changed and not just the Volvo logo being removed from the stock grill, unless I'm wrong. Where's a good site to buy a grill for my S40? And how easy is it to install?<p>•How do you blacken tail lights? I'm going to 5% tint <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> (limo) all windows expect the windshield of course but I've been told tint wont stick on tail lights.... So how is it done?<p>•Does anyone have the 12 speaker Dynaudio system? How does it sound? Better than BOSE?<p>•Can the fog lights be changed out to HID's? </i><p>Thank you, some please reply to any question. <p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Bose is a rip. Dynaudio is an industry (recording studio) standard. I have it. I love it<p>Fog's can be changed to HID's with a ~$100 kit. <p>You can probably go to any tint shop and get the tails tinted. If not, there are companies that specialize in that.<p>Thank you for your service! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

Welcome to SS. Is your car a GT or 6M? <br>For the grille, IIRC Heico is the only company that had the grills for the face lifted S40/V50's.<p>Dynaudio. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>HID's, Sharphid.com is a highly recommended company. <p>Some people are using a spray tint, but you should be able to find something specific for tail light tint by doing a google search for tail light tint.
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (mad matt)

GT.<p><br>Does the spray for the tail lights look cheap?
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

Does the spray look cheap?? You be the judge...<p><IMG SRC="http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr170/S40Racer/DSC01837-3.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>USAF 2010 T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">GT.<p><br>Does the spray for the tail lights look cheap?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think as long as it is done right it looks great, and it really isn't that hard to do. Not the most reversible mod, but if you really messed up or got into to much trouble with the law you can buy a stock set on ebay for relatively cheap. I used VHT niteshades, like $15 a can. mine have a matte finish look to them because I never clear coated it because I have been in the works of deciding on a new paint job, and satin black is looking to be the winner. I want my tails to match.<br>Here is a pic, not the best but it gives you a general idea of what my tinted tails look like. It is only 3 light/medium coats on the red parts, and one or two really light coats on the clear section to give it a slightly smoked look. If you want to go the professional route and pay through the nose, there is a website that does tint jobs (basically mixing your actual paint color with a clear coat to thin it out and then sprays it on). Most paint shops can do the exact same thing, probably for much less...google jon's tinted tails or something like that. It's like $200 for the set. $15 compared to $200...<br> <IMG SRC="http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs009.snc1/2875_69620534441_775614441_1602818_5087842_n.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (S40Racer)

WOW.... That looks hella clean! What brand of spray should I buy? If the boys pull me over and give me a ticket for them how easy is it to remove?<p>Man the 09-2010 R-Design kit looks just like the Evolve.
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

Well, make it fast enough so when they try to pull you over, you can outrun them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The spray is pretty much impossible to remove without damaging the lights. I've been lurking on Ebay to find a reasonable set that I can pick up for just that occasion. I'd just swap them out, get the ticket written off, then pop my tinted ones right back on! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (S40Racer)

I just researched how to remove it and Goo Gone works the best from what I've read on 2 other volvo forums. Cuz if I do get pulled over I don't want to buy new tail lights.<p><br><b><u>Okay....I can't find any grille's that are solid black. I DON'T want a grille with the name of the company on it, wtf? LOL <br>I'm assuming the 09 grille would be the same as the 2010, but I can't find nothing! HELP!!!</b></u><p>
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

Did you see the Heico grille? There badge is removable. I personally would keep the Heico badge.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.heicosportiv.de/nextshopcms/cmsimage.asp?fkt=3&id=5709" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>USAF 2010 T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><b><u>Okay....I can't find any grille's that are solid black. I DON'T want a grille with the name of the company on it, wtf? LOL <br>I'm assuming the 09 grille would be the same as the 2010, but I can't find nothing! HELP!!!</b></u><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think you can buy the Heico grill and remove / not install the Heico emblem. It's a bit expensive tho, but Heico FTW! They ship it unpainted - I don't know if it's black then.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.heicosportiv.de/nextshopcms/cmsimage.asp?fkt=3&id=5704" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (mad matt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mad matt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did you see the Heico grille? There badge is removable. I personally would keep the Heico badge.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hehe.. I like the way you think.
 

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They say great minds think alike. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (mdms)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mdms</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Hehe.. I like the way you think.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Bwahahah. I didn't see this. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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If you are wanting to remove the tail tint DON'T do the fine sanding that a lot of people recommend before painting. Sanding it opens up the pores and makes it much more permanent. I didn't sand mine and it seems to have lasted pretty well...
 

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Fogs can definitely be HIDs, mine are, but I'm not sure what is the hassle of needed to go through to install them. I've installed HID fogs on my friend's Celica and we had to removed the whole front bumper.
 

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My lights dont look amazing, but works for me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii261/argoman10/DSC00494.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Never seen tinted tails on a 2010!
 

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Damn I want to be the 1st one with tinted tail lights on the 2010 but my wifey aint having it since this afternoon. She said it's a safty issue when she's driving with the little one in the back seat. She said the 5% is enough. LOL<p>I just might have to be whipped on this one guys cause shes......<p>The Best I Ever Had - DRIZZY!<p><BR><BR>
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The tinted tails only reduce the lights 7-10% as long as you aren't going crazy dark on them. You can tell when I am applying my brakes no matter what time of day it is...
 

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Re: Just ordered my 1st Volvo, 2010 S40 T5 R-Design. Need advise please! (USAF 2010 T5)

Dubstop, the grille supplier a few (myself included) have bought the black grilles from seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. It seems your only good options are more $.<p>Check out these two recent threads for grille info if you haven't yet. I know nothing about fitment for newer model year S40s, though. <br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=119278" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=119278</A><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=119925" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=119925</A><p>Here's a before and after for my car. Grille was one of the first upgrades I did (my sig's pretty much in chronological order) and it matches the black intercooler well. I want to paint my fog surrounds to match, and go xenon like you asked. <br>before <A HREF="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/mattdocs40/before.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i212.photobucket.com/al...e.jpg</A><br>after <A HREF="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/mattdocs40/t5.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i212.photobucket.com/al...5.jpg</A><p>Finally, a bit of info about HID fogs that S40Racer pm'd me last year: <br>The 5000k from McCulloch will be the closest to factory from them, and the 4300k from VisionPro will be their closest match. <p>The bulb size is an H11. Single beam HID kit.<p>About the install... the bumper SHOULD be removed for the best installation, but i love cutting corners, so i just pulled the fog grilles and did it that way. there's plenty of room on the sides of the bumpers for the ballasts (there should be velcro with the kit, just clean the inside of the bumper with alcohol or something to make sure it sticks) and just wire it up...<p>
 
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