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Hello Swedespeed!

I have visited this forum over the last year as I guest and finally decided to create an account. I have always been a Volve person. I got my first one back in 97' when I was 17 years old. It was a 79 242 dl. Over the years I have owned 3 242's and currently drive my 09' S40 R-Design. The car has a few mods done to it including:

Elevate turbo pipe
Elevate intake manifold
Magnaflow exhaust
H&R lowering springs
IPD boost gauge
Blue LED underglow
EST strut bar
8000k HID conversion

Attached below are a few pictures I already had on my computer. Sorry there is no side profile picture but we will know what an S40 on lowering springs looks like. The next mod I am interested in getting is a new grill but all the after marker ones seem to say they only fit from 05' to 07'. Would one of those fit on a later model?

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very nice, with all those mods I would recommend a tune. Then you can really say its a true R
 

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Thanks! Yeah, a tune is def something thats on the mod list in the future along with Elevate cat back. I am also thinking of getting the intake tube from Elevate.
 

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I would like to see some shots of the under glow!

And as of now, there are no aftermarket grille options for the facelift, most people are going custom with that.

Welcome!
 

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nice ride, some more pictures of the car?
 

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No problem guys! I will take more pictures of the car with and without the underglow on. Thanks for the comments!
 

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Mine will never look that nice.
 

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Sorry it took a few days but I finally got around to taking some pictures tonight. One more thing.... when I finallyget around to putting rear camber arms on I plan on taking one more coil off the back.
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Just a few updates.... I recently added the Elevate air intake and plasti dipped the wheels white. I am considering taking the plasti dipp off and painting them white permantely... let me know what you think?

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I liked the white on my car at one point too but I sorta grew out of it. They get really dirty and It got to flashy for me. I personally like gunmetal Pegs (what i have now) or Black anything now (mine are sagittas in the shed). I think it would look better with at least leaving the center caps not painted and black lug nuts. Its just too white down there. maybe condiser a pin stripe of black along the outside edge? just some opinions.

PS>Is that a moose in your garage? Priceless
 

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Wow, that is dope ride...I would love an R-Design for my car and after seeing yours I'm drooling even more :O (j/k...sorta). Anyways, I like the white, but I think a darker color would really give it that look based on your colors but that's just me. Either way you've got a very nice ride on your hands.
 

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Very good eye! That is a moose in the background right underneath my 2 series flat hood setup, also hanging on the wall. As far as the wheels, I was thinking of changing the lugs to some sort of a color (black) or something. And the center caps I could also peel of the plasti dip just to see what it would look like with the Volvo center caps showing through. With the white plasti dip, its more of a trying it before I make any decisions of painting permanently. As of now, I am really digging it. I think I'll live with it a little longer and see how I like it in a few weeks.
 

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Very good eye! That is a moose in the background right underneath my 2 series flat hood setup, also hanging on the wall. As far as the wheels, I was thinking of changing the lugs to some sort of a color (black) or something. And the center caps I could also peel of the plasti dip just to see what it would look like with the Volvo center caps showing through. With the white plasti dip, its more of a trying it before I make any decisions of painting permanently. As of now, I am really digging it. I think I'll live with it a little longer and see how I like it in a few weeks.
yes that is what awesome about the dip, peel it off when you dont like it. looking at it again, with new lugs and the center cap It would look pretty nice. In a weird way, the fact that you have the spoiler helps them out a bit. sporty but not ricey.
 

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Update time! Actually this update is a little delayed. This showed up on my doorstep last Sat and I actually installed it the same day. I will get a picture of it installed. Also, my wheels are now permantely white. I liked it so much that I went ahead and painted them. I will make sure to get a picture up of what that looks like also.
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It's nice to see a new member who posts a ton of photos! Very clean car sir! I'm looking to do a lot of the same mods that you have done already.

Do you not have a tune yet?

Any idea what kind of power you're making?
 

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Okay, here are the pictures.... I took them this morning after the cars early Sunday morning wash. The new FMIC.
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and here is a couple quick shots of what the wheels came out looking like after being painted permanently white. Just a few small changes from the plasti dip. Center caps are not painted/lugs are black.
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