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Luke's XC70 "R" - let's M66 all the things

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I’ve had my ‘04 XC70 for about a month now, thought I would document my project along with future trips!

To start, the car has 195k. Paid less than $500 dollars for it because the owner did not want to do the 200k maintenance.

Here’s what she looks like after some cosmetic love, did a little back to black which improved it some. I will do a proper forever black job soon:

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Interior is a little rough, likely going to do an Atacama or Gobi swap if I can source all the pieces. The whole passenger seat is very very dry and brittle.
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So far this is what I’ve done! Will include a few general pictures, I have not done any full documentary.

Trans fluid flush @ 194k
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PCV 1k miles ago with Volvo parts:
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Hit a little snag and stripped the banjo bolt hole in the side of the head, quick heli coil job fixed that right up.
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Next up is timing belt:
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Should’ve waited and just bought OEM on IPD or FCP. Dealer kinda stiffed me at $248 dollars, didn’t even give me a damn water pump. Sometimes my dealer has good prices... other times not so much. Big time buyer’s remorse.

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Some things I’ve got planned:


  • 17 inch pegs
  • S60 AWD springs... which I can’t find anywhere so if someone could help with that I would greatly appreciate it 😉
  • IPD sways and HD end links
  • Snabb FMIC
  • R steering wheel and instrument cluster
  • Sony CarPlay head unit



So as you can tell, a pretty typical list of “performance” upgrades... nothing super unique here! I’m very open to suggestions 😀

Taking her on a trip to Durham in two weeks, will definitely do a trip report. 😁
 

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Timing belt done, took my whole Saturday because the damned VVT hubs have a mind of their own. Invest in a locking tool! Cam seals done, PO's mechanic didn't bother cleaning up.

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Not trying to be critical, but if you line up the cams with the timing marks, rotate the crank 90 degrees forward and then back again to line up the marks, does this lock the hubs and avoid the hassle with the VVTs? I changed my timing belt twice on my 2002 with no issues. My 2007, with the dual VVTs, has a TB change in its future.
 

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Timing belt done, took my whole Saturday because the damned VVT hubs have a mind of their own. Invest in a locking tool!
Mark the old t-belt and the pulleys, remove the belt, transfer the marks to the new belt, install. Use paper clips to fix the belt on cam pulleys.

Takes me about an hour with two beers in between.

Good choice for the belt! Buy Volvo original as much as you can afford.
 

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2004 is the best XC70's year: the youngest car you can get with old style CEM that can be fixed in your home lab :)

Though, in US you can replace the CEM with the used one and reload the software using official VIDA subscription, thanks to US laws.
 

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2004 is the best XC70's year: the youngest car you can get with old style CEM that can be fixed in your home lab :)

Though, in US you can replace the CEM with the used one and reload the software using official VIDA subscription, thanks to US laws.
Have to agree. Was told by the used Volvo place in southeast MA where we bought it that 2004 was the last year where Volvo still used relays for a lot of things, 2005+ everything is multiplexed and harder to troubleshoot

Plus no maintenance glass headlights. In test driving several XC70s the later 2004's felt stronger/peppier than 2003-early 2004.
 

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Mark the old t-belt and the pulleys, remove the belt, transfer the marks to the new belt, install. Use paper clips to fix the belt on cam pulleys.

Takes me about an hour with two beers in between.

Good choice for the belt! Buy Volvo original as much as you can afford.
Noted on the beers! Honestly, the serpentine belt gave me more trouble than anything, that thing didn't wanna let up slack for ANYTHING... even with the tension fully off.

I do have piece of mind with genuine volvo, but I still could've gotten it even cheaper from another dealer or online... oh well, it needed it badly.

Have to agree. Was told by the used Volvo place in southeast MA where we bought it that 2004 was the last year where Volvo still used relays for a lot of things, 2005+ everything is multiplexed and harder to troubleshoot

Plus no maintenance glass headlights. In test driving several XC70s the later 2004's felt stronger/peppier than 2003-early 2004.

Tell me about it, my previous daily which I still own is an '09 S40... god I HATE how everything is somehow connected to everything else.
 

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Update!

New plugs at ~196700mi. Cylinder 3 was subject to a LOT of carbon buildup due to overdue PCV hose dumping oil on valve cover (replaced at 195K), all other cylinders fine. Vibration significantly reduced at idle and load even with very worn out engine mounts, they also got rid of my annoying ticking that everyone presumed was "lifter tick."

I ordered a bunch of parts from IPD which I will be installing next week:
  • Power steering reservoir along with hoses
  • Coolant expansion tank and hoses because the old one looks gross
  • New upper/lower rad hoses
  • Silicone intercooler/turbo coupler piping - original is cracking and sucking in on itself under load.
  • Meyle HD endlinks, unfortunately IPD is ALWAYS on backorder of their version
  • Lots of blue vacuum hose for a full refresh.
  • Subframe bushings - mine look okay, but I wanted to see if these actually work as well as they claim
  • MTC Trans torque mount, IPD upper engine mount, MTC lower engine mount. I wanted IPD's poly mount, but their "economical" version was... you guessed it! Backordered. I'll get the fancy one eventually.

I'm going to skip changing the hydraulic mounts for now, from what I've seen they don't go bad as often as their rubber friends. I'll do them when I drop the subframe to upgrade the front swaybar. I don't feel like fighting the damn angle gear.

Looking for a nice charge air pipe, might go with Snabb. I'm not paying $300 for IPD's version, as nice as it may look.
 

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You know what this means :partywave:

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Wheel swapped in super quick, it's SO MUCH more comfortable than the 4 spoke standard V/XC70 wheel. I'll need to fix that lil volvo emblem.

I'll tackle the gauges tomorrow, should be fairly easy 04-04! Hopefully no dremel required, I'm not sure if I'll wire the LEDs directly into the DIM harness or just use an add-a-circuit.

I picked up the wheel, airbag, cluster, and a set of S60R springs all for $200 from FB marketplace.

Unfortunately the S60R springs will require more work than S60 AWD springs. V70R CVs, control arms, and rear toe rods should fix any camber as the XC70 versions are all bigger. It kinda sucks because it's a lot more work... but they all need to be replaced anyway.

I'm pretty much trying to go full R mode on this thing... I wanted an R like everyone else, but they're almost non existent here and I was not in the position to bring one in from out of state.
 

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You know what this means :partywave:

<img width="35%" src="https://i.imgur.com/E1e6e4W.jpg"></img>
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Wheel swapped in super quick, it's SO MUCH more comfortable than the 4 spoke standard V/XC70 wheel. I'll need to fix that lil volvo emblem.

I'll tackle the gauges tomorrow, should be fairly easy 04-04! Hopefully no dremel required, I'm not sure if I'll wire the LEDs directly into the DIM harness or just use an add-a-circuit.

I picked up the wheel, airbag, cluster, and a set of S60R springs all for $200 from FB marketplace.

Unfortunately the S60R springs will require more work than S60 AWD springs. V70R CVs, control arms, and rear toe rods should fix any camber as the XC70 versions are all bigger. It kinda sucks because it's a lot more work... but they all need to be replaced anyway.

I'm pretty much trying to go full R mode on this thing... I wanted an R like everyone else, but they're almost non existent here and I was not in the position to bring one in from out of state.
That's cool, almost never see an xc getting those parts in em, most people just want to lift them :p

I have an R badge from a 98 v70r if you want it, shoot me a pm
 

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That's cool, almost never see an xc getting those parts in em, most people just want to lift them :p

I have an R badge from a 98 v70r if you want it, shoot me a pm
Will do!

Yeah, they can look good lifted, especially evenly. They sit way too high in the back from the factory.
 

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Now that’s a better look 👀


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Rear has been lowered on R springs, front coming in tomorrow. New V70R control arms, tie rods, and CVs, along with bilsteins.

In the meantime, I’m beginning my Nordkap swap! Interior is from an S60, I found a way to modify the rear panels to work in wagons. It’s a little unpleasant to the eye when you open the door, but not visible when closed.
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Dash soon, although I’m kind of digging the contrast.


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Sitting on R springs, surprisingly camber is still within spec in the rear.

I’ve got some rough pegs I’m in the process of restoring, looking for two more
 

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Well, it's that time. My shift flares have finally started to come back, this time worse. I've done what I can to mitigate them, but anything more will just be wasted time and money.
I considered doing a VB rebuild, but the trans already has 200k on it, and it's almost the same amount of work as just swapping in a new tranny since the subframe has gotta come down.

Will be putting in an AW55 with ~150k from an '04 R until I can find an m66 donor. I was trying to hold out, but eh, it's gonna be a while anyway.
 

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Pegasus!!

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