I just started a thread about lowering (http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=118333)... I'm doing it next weekend. I'm installing adjustable rear upper control arms at the same time (SPC part number 67420). Lowering a car generally increases negative camber by .8 to 1 degree from what I hear, and I'm already at -2.1 (spec is -.5 to -2.5). The factory suspension does not allow for any adjustment. <p>You'll be fine without them, but your tires will last half as long as they should due to excessive wear. Camber is good for cornering, but horrible for tire wear. My rears wear out faster than my fronts as it is, which I don't like in a FWD car.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>V50_T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>GET THOSE ARMS</B>!!! if you want your tires to last more than a year!!!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>wait... your tires last more than a year? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I usually need new ones every season (spring+summer --> fall+winter) <br>and that has been this way for years (even before the volvo...)<p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
I have a set of SPC (that's the brand) 67420 waiting next to my H&R springs for next weekend. It's the same suspension part that a Ford Focus and Mazda 3 use, so its easy enough to find. I got them for $165 shipped from <A HREF="http://www.iapdirect.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.iapdirect.com</A>.
Thought I'd chime in. Just a couple of days ago I had a friend install the adjustable rear control arms before I had my wheels put back on the very next day. I have Eibach lowering springs and tire wear has always been an issue for me.<p>Belle Tire was unable, or unwilling, to do my alignment because of the additional work that goes in to adjusting these control arms but my dealership (Crest Volvo, Michigan) whose always been good to me WAS able to do it and I was told they were actually able to make the rear adjustments perfectly. The front alignment was only off by a pinch, which is attributed to it being lowered I guess.<p>Ride is pretty harsh, but I think my wheels need to be rebalanced as the alignment looks 10x better just judging by eye.