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just last week I bought a 1998 V70 T5 manual, with an "R" badge on it. It seems pretty clear this is not an "R"- it is front wheel drive, and is missing some key cosmetic upgrades that I guess came with the R. <p>I think someone just slapped an R badge on it. Not sure if it could be a T5 R. I doubt it, because it doesn't feel like it has the horsepower but anyway...<p>I love the car and am anxious to bring it to its' full potential.<p>What kind of modifications would you invest in first? Brakes? Suspension? More horsepower? More powerful bottom hand acceleration? <p>Car has 100,000 miles, silver and in great condition in and out.<p>thanks!<p>
 

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Re: new T5 5 speed (in giro)

what are your seats like? suede on the inside or on the bolsters?<br>VIN# will tell if its an R or not.<br>i dont think T5R's in manual came to the US.
 

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helpful, thanks.<p>The seats have no suede. The Vin came up as an S70 T5. ? Somethings up with this car- it is definately a wagon! But even as a regular V70 T5 M, is there anything about the R that I should be wishing I had?<br>
 

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im not sure but the T5's have a different ECU than in the R and different injectors, but im not sure...turbo is the same i think. You can use an R ECU in your car, as long as both are 95-98 (although some throw CEL's), i beleive, and install a bigger turbo for more hp/ft-lbs.<p>someone is currently running a R ecu on LPT and an 18T with tuning and no problems yet....you need to research a bit more.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vclvc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">im not sure but the T5's have a different ECU than in the R and different injectors, but im not sure...turbo is the same i think. You can use an R ECU in your car, as long as both are 95-98 (although some throw CEL's), i beleive, and install a bigger turbo for more hp/ft-lbs.<p>someone is currently running a R ecu on LPT and an 18T with tuning and no problems yet....you need to research a bit more.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>No you cannot
 

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Re: new T5 5 speed (JRL)

so what do I need to do to this thing to make it awesome? I have a strut brace and thats all so far <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>This will be the first volvo I have ever modified, and I want to do a tasteful job. Will post pics as soon as its worthy.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Depends on what you want to do?<br>You will probably want to rebuild the suspension first as if it's original at 100K it will need everything; Struts, strut mounts, inner and outer tie rods, rear shocks, rear mounts, etc.<br>At that point you may as will pick the set up you want, (shocks, springs, wheels, tires, etc.) then go to the engine
 

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I agree. Start on your suspension and you'll have more fun driving the car. It's all about how much you can/want to spend.<br>I personally like keeping my struts/shocks "Volvo" but that's just me. I added sway bars, and a strut brace and will put better endlinks on as soon as they arrive. You could also get the Volvo Ohlins suspension kit which is supposedly incredible but very expensive. The part numbers are in the pinned section.<p>When you need new brakes you could put drilled/slotted rotors on and ceramic pads or go with a big brake kit. I'm a fan of Stainless steel brake lines (just for the feel) as well.
 

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Re: new T5 5 speed (JRL)

I'm with JRL on this one: put the suspension in order first. Replace struts/shocks, mounts, endlinks, check your lower control arms for excessive play, etc. Keep in mind that the T5 stock springs are pretty high, so plan on doing a nice set of progressive rate lowering springs, or kill two birds with one stone and get a set of coilovers (costly, though). <p>If you are planning on upgrading to the IPD swaybar, you would do well to pick up a set of endlinks from QuickBrick Motorsports (<A HREF="http://www.quickbrickmotorsports.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.quickbrickmotorsports.com</A>. Even if you don't do the sways, you should get these, as they will be the last endlinks you will ever buy.<p>Is your wagon running on the stock 16" wheels? If so, you might look into upsizing to 17s or, since you live in the land of smooth pavement, 18s. <p>Then, you can start sorting the motor: check vacuum lines and replace; pick up a Samco turbo hose kit <A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com</A>, consider switching to synthetic oil if your car isn't already on it. Then, you could look into ECU upgrades, low-restriction exhaust. <p>That's just the beginning. Keep us posted on your progress.<p>Cheers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: new T5 5 speed (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>No you cannot</TD></TR></TABLE><br>why not?<br>I am pretty sure that I have read through some threads on VS with guys running R ECU's on non-R cars and doing well, as well as HPT ECU's on LPT's. If I remember well, a lot of them are swappable (not all) and with proper tunning they run well.<br>On the 99 and 00 cars the ECU is proprietary so youcannot swap them around.<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by vclvc at 5:36 AM 5-4-2006</i>
 

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Rodrigo --<p>I think Jim was referring to the fact that the car in question is a manual, and you can't do this sort of ECU swap because all US spec Rs were automatic. <p>See you next weekend!<p>Phil
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>t5mmmm</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Rodrigo --<p>I think Jim was referring to the fact that the car in question is a manual, and you can't do this sort of ECU swap because all US spec Rs were automatic. <p>See you next weekend!<p>Phil</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, I do stand corrected. I met one person in NJ who is running a LPT with a 18T, T-5 ECU, and Civinco tuning...a bit of a frankenstein, but it seems to go well, and is pretty peppy!!<br>I also realize that the Manual/Auto issue is a problem, though.<p>stand corrected, stand corrected <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vclvc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>why not?<br>I am pretty sure that I have read through some threads on VS with guys running R ECU's on non-R cars and doing well, as well as HPT ECU's on LPT's. If I remember well, a lot of them are swappable (not all) and with proper tunning they run well.<br>On the 99 and 00 cars the ECU is proprietary so youcannot swap them around.<p>]</TD></TR></TABLE><br>What would be the point? Stock for stock the car CAN'T run right <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> or should I say optimally, even if it does run
 

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The car is on 17" C70 wheels. The land of smooth pavement is a dream for us in Oakland. potholes are rampant! <br>I really appreciate all of the suggestions and am really excited to get this project underway. Funds are few and far between but one step at a time. I also like sticking with Volvo parts, making it a tasteful, yet still kick-ass, machine.<br>I will be driving the car up to Davis next weekend (there is a volvo show up there), but I will have not done a thing (except add a strut tower bar) and clean the hell out of it!<p>Look out for me!<p>Analisa<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I'll see you up in Davis. Check Turbo bricks and Volvospeed for info about a saturday night pre-party at one of the guys' house in Davis. I'm right next door in Berkeley, and theres a couple of other guys in Oakland as well on Volvospeed.
 

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<br>That's just the beginning. Keep us posted on your progress.<p>Cheers! <p>1998 V70 T-5M<br>K & N Highflow; Falkens on Titans; TME strut brace; XC grille; H&R sport springs; Koni Yellows (rear only); Samco hoses; OEM skid plate.<p>Coming soon: QuickBrick adjustable endlinks, E-codes & real clear corners<p><A HREF="http://www.cardomain.com/id/t5mmmm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.cardomain.com/id/t5mmmm</A><p><br>nice ride! I love the black/black combo. That is my dream car. My silver/taupe is great and all...but at the end of the day I am driving in a taupe leather interior. Not my favorite.<br>But if its true that there are only 300 of these cars, it may be awhile before I find one like yours...<p>ag (in giro)
 

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Dude, where are all these East Bay T5M guys coming from?! Come on, we have little meet up all the time short notice stuff. Check out <A HREF="http://ncvolvos.boardsxp.com/index.php" TARGET="_blank">http://ncvolvos.boardsxp.com/index.php</A> for more local info about meet ups and whatnot
 
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