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so my car has hit 73k and the suspension seems like it's going. hitting bumps is very loud and disgusting. I would like to start getting parts together for a suspension fix but problem is I never did this before and don't know much about this kind of stuff, stuff like prices, what I need, what's good, what's bad...So if I was to do it right, which parts would I need and about how much? should i go oem or are there some aftermarket derivatives that might be cheaper and perform a bit better? any places that give good deals?<p>Also, since I'm doing it, do you guys recommend lowering it? I love the look of a lowered s60, even though mine is just an NA, I'd like it to handle well.<p>thanks<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: never did suspension before, need some help (volvo0toS60)

I would change everything in front and shocks in rear, by default at those miles (and check all the bushings in rear.)<p>For shocks and struts there are many to choose from, most better than stock except Monroe...<br>For strut bearings I would go for OEM, the cheap ones are crap.<br>For strut mounts, I would use XC90 parts.<br>For lower control arm bushings, I would either use stock bushings or throw in whole new control arms if DYI.<br>For sway bar end links, I'd use IPD heavy duty.<p>Lowering the car or adding thicker sways makes it handle much better, but the ride will not be as good. The suspension geometry and the chassis stiffness is just not this century unfortunately.<p>Look e.g. for ipdusa.com, fcpgroton.com, myswedishparts.com for on-line pricing.
 

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Re: never did suspension before, need some help (Mika)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mika</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Lowering the car or adding thicker sways makes it handle much better, but the ride will not be as good. The suspension geometry and the chassis stiffness is just not this century unfortunately.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Swaybars won't compromise ride quality but lowering springs will. Just clearing that up since sway bars are a very worthwhile upgrade.
 

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Re: never did suspension before, need some help (shagginwagon)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>shagginwagon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Swaybars won't compromise ride quality but lowering springs will. Just clearing that up since sway bars are a very worthwhile upgrade.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks for clarifying that, my sentence was poorly formulated.
 
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