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I'm thinking an S40 T5 6M will be my next car. I live in snow country but still want to lower it. I usually spec my dedicated snows/wheels just a little taller than stock. Will I have a rub issue? Can you guys recommend a number to drop it that still works in winter? Thanks, C.
 

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It sounds like the Volvo lowering springs would be your best bet. There's not much of a drop with them, but they seem to be the most practical.<p>My summers are the same height as my winters, so I went with coilovers. We'll see if I regret it or not...
 

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Are you getting the AWD 6MT? I wouldn't want to drive a FWD 6MT where it snows often. Mine is not so good in the snow, but I drive with summer tires.
 

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Eibach pro's cheaper and not a huge drop but a nice one u will notice and at around 240ish shipped a great price !!!
 

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The official volvo lowering springs might cover your needs. They're a 20mm drop (compared to most companies' 30-35mm) but will make your car look like less of an SUV and more like it's "supposed to," or at least that's how I think of my car now that I lowered it about 3-4 weeks ago. <p>I have 225/40/18s on it right now and it made the rears rub on the outside. If I went with the Volvo recommended 215/45/18s or used my winter wheels (205/50/17) I probably wouldn't rub at all. The fronts dont rub at all; just the rears, unlike Volvo's recommendations to get steer limiters. They're a waste of your money, along with speedometer calibration. It's off by 0.2% for me, which would be ridiculous to recalibrate over... "Oh no, when I'm going 60, my speedometer says 60.2!" (Got a little off topic about my wheel/tire combo)<p><br> <IMG SRC="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/mattdocs40/lower2.jpg" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by mattdoc at 10:46 AM 6-6-2009</i>
 

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just the info I was looking for...

Thanks to all. Just what I was looking for. Mattdoc, it seems like you have identified exactly the hairy edge. That's good info.<br>About the FWD or AWD question.... I have an awesome 42 mile commute. Mountain twisties, back roads, a little interstate and a couple small towns. At 84 miles/day, mileage is important. My wife is hooked on Audis and I don't blame her. I have been getting away with FWD cars fitted with the most narrow and tall snows practical; a Jetta, a Saab 9000, an Alfa 164, Saab 9-3. Can you guys speak to the handling and make me say I would be crazy not to go AWD. I'm 1.5 hours north of Albany and it snows here. I know AWD would be better but what if you factor in speed, mileage, maintenance, extra drag and weight. Is the AWD biased to the rear? Does the fun factor of driving sideways in the snow outweigh the cons? I do all my own work on the cars.<br>Thanks again for the help; this is a great forum, C.
 

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I never drove an AWD S40 but occasionally wish I had one. Any snow situation, and launching on wet pavement or powering out of a wet turn are the times I think about that. You probably won't regret getting AWD.<p>The final drive is higher (4.00 vs 3.77) on an AWD so your gas mileage will take a hit on the highway from higher rpms and drivetrain losses, but likely only a few mpg. I remember seeing 1/4 mile times posted from either Volvo or some car review magazine that showed the AWD beat FWD in 60ft but lost the 1/4. <p>The AWDs are higher up from the factory than FWDs, and take different part number lowering springs. I don't think Volvo recommends putting their OEM 20mm drop on an AWD. If you lower any S40, your rear camber will likely be too negative. Spec is -.5 to -2.5 deg in the rear, mine was -2.1 at stock height and chewing tires. You can expect a degree or so more after lowering, so adjustable rear upper control arms are a must, or you'll end up paying more in tires than the arms cost ($160-200). I installed them with my springs so I don't know what my camber was once I lowered. <p>The rubbing in the rear took out a little plastic from the fender liner, but it is fine now that the plastic is out of the way. I initially thought it was tar from road construction, but peeled it off and like I said, I'm set now. <p>If you're looking to upgrade this car, AWD will help you put the power down but will make a downpipe more expensive. A few people are working on a cheaper alternative, though - a guy named phuz on this forum comes to mind.
 
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