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May 12th 2019


This weekend, I spent my time on adding the 12v socket and 2 led lamps (+ wiring) in my V60
I have based all my work on
A/ Lamp in the trunk tutorial from Stef1 :bow:
B/ 2nd lamp in the trunk tutorial from VolvoV40
C/ 12v in the trunk PDF Manual From Volvo

Part:
Volvo 12v Socket 31435602
Digi-Key 670-2217-ND green Conn Socket
Digi-Key 670-1785-1-ND pin
Digi-Key CN538B-25-ND black wire
Digi-Key CN541R-25-ND Red wire
Lamp OEM 1286317 1286317 (** I put OEM lamp because I order 2 different brands on Ebay and IPD and it does not plug correctly **)

I will not spent time on how I unstrip all the plastic since Volvo did it well in the pdf (link above) and Stef1 in his tutorial
1st lamp
<img src="https://imgur.com/m9G0aYI.jpg" width=30%>the plug is hidden in the grey foam bag here (right wing)</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/Gc3TT9x.jpg" width=30%>connected the lamp to check..it works</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/Pg764kL.jpg" width=30%> mark the spot to cut</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/KINIkkc.jpg" width=30%>put the lamp</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/D3xXNqN.jpg" width=30%> done</img>
Overall, this part took me 20min to unstrip the plastic, 5min to cut properly, and 1min to plug and put back for the pic
!!!Disclaimer, I just put quickly for the lamp since I am adding a second lamp so I will use the wiring again!!!

***Wiring part for the 2nd lamp****

To make it short, I did not take any picture. I will do it if anyone needs it. What I did is:
-remove the plastic from each wire (3) to the trunk lamp
-double the wiring on the right side with the red and black wires I ordered from Digi-Key
-use 3 pins and a green socket conn on the other side (left wing)
-protected all the wiring from Right wing to the left wing (using the same path than the original wiring/looming in the car


2nd lamp and 12v socket
<img src="https://imgur.com/xxCnjaq.jpg" width=30%>remove the plastic protection from left side in the trunk</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/ePnrDkJ.jpg" width=30%>12v socket space already delimited by Vovlo</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/eAkP5hc.jpg" width=30%>where is the plug???</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/ZLyCfr2.jpg" width=30%>got it! it was hidden behind the green plug</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/cASjVef.jpg" width=30%>the 15amp fuse was already in </img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/xRtY4sC.jpg" width=30%>3minute later...</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/hObIe4x.jpg" width=30%>12v socket in place</img>

<img src="https://imgur.com/fMPxq3B.jpg" width=30%>2nd lamp installed after cutting the space for it</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/ZAepJxM.jpg" width=30%>all wired and ready for being put back</img>
<img src="https://imgur.com/aoeBw29.jpg" width=30%>once all placed back and reassemble</img>

These mods are just a must have. When it is dark, I can see all my trunk and find easily what I want. The 12v socket is awesome since I went for a road trip and kept the food and drinks cool :p:p
 

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This is impressive. Thank you for taking the time to share this.
I have a quick question: how does one remove the c pillar trim above the rear seat belt? I've been trying to remove the trunk side trim but can't for the life of me remove that trim to begin the process
 

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This is impressive. Thank you for taking the time to share this.
I have a quick question: how does one remove the c pillar trim above the rear seat belt? I've been trying to remove the trunk side trim but can't for the life of me remove that trim to begin the process
HI Venth,
The A B and C pillar are really easy to remove. Use a fine blade to remove the "Airbag" cap on each. Then, you will use a 30mm torx to remove the screw. Finally, you grab hte C pillar and it pops out

FYI: the plastic in the trunk close the rear light...this is a very different story --'
 

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HI Venth,
The A B and C pillar are really easy to remove. Use a fine blade to remove the "Airbag" cap on each. Then, you will use a 30mm torx to remove the screw. Finally, you grab hte C pillar and it pops out

FYI: the plastic in the trunk close the rear light...this is a very different story --'
Which side of the airbag cap do you pry on?
 

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Which side of the airbag cap do you pry on?
When you face the pillar from the rear seat (either side), insert your blade from the side of the front seat.... Example: you are facing the rear right one (passenger rear) and look the C pillar. Insert your blade on the left side of the cap (side of the front passenger seat)

Hope it helps
 

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Brake conversion coming up soon from 306mm to 336mm on my T5

Parts:
-336mm caliper + rotors + pads thanks to @Slachman :bow::bow:
-Elevate Brakes braided hoses thanks to Don

<img src="https://imgur.com/l3Ke6mS.jpg" width=40%></img>
 

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Hello,
went to Volvo for check up ...spent lots of time at looking at their V90 on display. I can say that the improvment is here.

Anyway, I have a recall for the breather box and should be changed quickly too
 

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7/22/2019:
Dropped my V60 T5 2.0 to the dealership for my breather box recall and told them to check too
-light ring in the cup holder (not working well)
-light in the bottom of door panel not working
-the Aluminium trim on the steering wheel that peeled and cut my finger on it twice

Meanwhile, Volvo rent me for free a Volvo XC90 white T6 SPA 2019 Inscription for the week
 

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7/25/2019: quick review of the XC90

+high seated and easier to move in traffic
+harmann & cardon sounds is great
+sun/moonroof is excellent
+like the sweden flags patch on each seats
+like the "since 1959" on the belt
+trunk open and close automatically
+the "auo drive" function during any traffic jam
+the map in between the rpm and speed
+speed displayed on the windshield

-park this beast is easy thanks to the camera but still hard in some places
-T6 is really the bare minimum to have on this car due to its weight
-bluetooth paired well but refused to let the music from my phone played in the speaker
- the "auto drive" works sometimes well and other times is scary. Always keep my foot close to the brake

Overall, if you want to drive through the US, this is a go getter. If you live like me in city, this will become clear that it is too much
**I keep in mind that with a big family, this SUV (the space in the trunk) will be an ace to put everything/everyone
 

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7/26/2019
My V60 will not be ready before Monday or Tuesday next week. Thus, I keep the XC90 and will attend the Polestar 2 event at the Space Needle (Seattle) with it

V60 updates here
As today, the service person (who is awesome) told me those quick things
-oil was fully drained
-oil will be analyzed
-oil filter is replaced
-Vovlo used their tool to completely drain the oil from all hose/part of the motor (@Tech: if you are able to tell more, I am not sure I got it right)
-Volvo updated the software version
-Volvo did a performance check up
-Volvo did replace the breatherbox
 

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Hey man, hope the car is 1) fine or 2) that they easily determine if the rings are leaking and have them replaced.

Nice to be in a new car though! The dealers out here don't give me a loaner (probably because I'm out of warranty).

You mentioned you had many images from when you replaced your suspension to the sport set you purchased. I am looking to swap out my front struts to those with H&R springs installed, and am trying to determine what I want to do (tackle it myself or pay the indy guy for 2 hours of labor). I keep looking at the VIDA instructions and it all just seems a hassle to do it their way (pulling the ball joint and the hub apart from the axle). I also noted that you pulled the whole control arm off instead, but am not sure of all the bolts that are needed to remove the control arm and everything else you've mentioned.

I think I've talked myself into leaving it to the indy, but just in case, I wanted to see how you did it. I was looking if you could put up the picture guide for the front strut install.
 

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Hey man, hope the car is 1) fine or 2) that they easily determine if the rings are leaking and have them replaced.

Nice to be in a new car though! The dealers out here don't give me a loaner (probably because I'm out of warranty).

You mentioned you had many images from when you replaced your suspension to the sport set you purchased. I am looking to swap out my front struts to those with H&R springs installed, and am trying to determine what I want to do (tackle it myself or pay the indy guy for 2 hours of labor). I keep looking at the VIDA instructions and it all just seems a hassle to do it their way (pulling the ball joint and the hub apart from the axle). I also noted that you pulled the whole control arm off instead, but am not sure of all the bolts that are needed to remove the control arm and everything else you've mentioned.

I think I've talked myself into leaving it to the indy, but just in case, I wanted to see how you did it. I was looking if you could put up the picture guide for the front strut install.
Connor (CMOD) from ViVa installed my KW V3s in his home garage without a lift, and even though he had done these jobs several times, he struggled to make it happen until he said f-it and removed the front control arms. It went pretty quickly after that. Rears were much easier.

If you aren’t working under a legit lift, you should probably either plan on removing the front control arms or have a professional do the job to avoid headaches and possible complications that could necessitate getting the car getting to a shop anyway. Plus hopefully those guys can do an alignment for you at the same time, saving you some extra legwork. Definitely plan on getting an alignment promptly after any suspension work that changes ride height and therefore impacts upon camber and toe angles. My car tracked straight after it went together and I procrastinated on getting it properly aligned, and it promptly corded a new set of DWS06s likely due to the toe change.
 

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I installed my Eibach kit in my driveway with jack stands. I went the complete knuckle removal route, like VIDA instructions.
Not an easy job and took quite some time but managed it with no special tools. IF you go that way, note that you might struggle with a seized ball joint and that the axle bolts need replacement since they are torque to yield (stretch bolts).
 

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I luckily have access to a lift and tools, thanks to the local MWR Auto Crafts Center (one nice perk of working for the government). I know I can do the rears, but the fronts... I make to much money to worry about it, honestly. I got quoted 3-4 hours of time, so $300-400. I think that's well worth the freedom of mind, and covers me from mucking it up.
 

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Hey man, hope the car is 1) fine or 2) that they easily determine if the rings are leaking and have them replaced.

Nice to be in a new car though! The dealers out here don't give me a loaner (probably because I'm out of warranty).

You mentioned you had many images from when you replaced your suspension to the sport set you purchased. I am looking to swap out my front struts to those with H&R springs installed, and am trying to determine what I want to do (tackle it myself or pay the indy guy for 2 hours of labor). I keep looking at the VIDA instructions and it all just seems a hassle to do it their way (pulling the ball joint and the hub apart from the axle). I also noted that you pulled the whole control arm off instead, but am not sure of all the bolts that are needed to remove the control arm and everything else you've mentioned.

I think I've talked myself into leaving it to the indy, but just in case, I wanted to see how you did it. I was looking if you could put up the picture guide for the front strut install.
Hey man,

Yes, I was really surprised and I am lucky they take care so well of me. I wish they will do that everywhere

I did it in my driveway with 2 jacks and time. It depends how much your Indy guy charges you will say.
Re: the arm, the VIDA process is a full nightmare. I tried with the correct tool and ended-up killing the bushes of the triangle
Thus, you have 3 18mm bolt to remove (1 in front by below) and 2 by below close to the exhaust side. I did it because it took me literraly 2min to get it out with a ply bar and no need of removing the front axle from the hub
 

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Went this weekend the show off of the Polestar 2 in Seattle (Space Needle)
Article here

What I got out (again this is my personal opinion)
- looks awesome (yellow/orange belt, the rims, Brembo caliper..)
- I have some picture showing that it was assemble really quickly and they coul d do a better job
- there will be a charge station space for phone
- do NOT be taller than 6" or you will touch the roof...which surprised me since in Sweden, people are easily taller than 6 feet
- the second cup holder is....in the armrest. Unconvenient to me


Facts from the representant
*it will be out full option next year 2020 for $67k
*In 2021, it will be sell at $40k as base
*Seattle *might* be the first Polestar shop in the US (TBD)
*Might have a test road next year if Polestar wants to after a full year of touring

FYI: If you want to see it, the P*2 will be in SF (CA), LA (CA) and SD (CA) soon
 

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Discussion Starter #57 (Edited)
7/30/2019Got my loved V60 back (finally)
1/ I contacted Tech who confirmed that my car already got the latest version of the breatherbox
2/ ***From Volvo Invoice $0***
a/CARS and EPR Remedy First 45338 IP 0.20
b/ K6579 Engine Service Kit
c/ 31372212 Oil Filter Ins
d/ 977751 Gasket
e/ ComplimentaryMulti-point inspection MPI Default 45338

Regarding the TLC that I asked
1/Aluminium Trim around the steering wheel replace. It is named "Edges n bezel" part 31390459 for free
2/ Cup holder ring replaced due to default. Light guide part 31377894
3/ courtesy light in the panels...they found that the wire has been damaged and it is not their responsability. I can either pay $179 (estimated) to fix it OR do it myself. According to the report "wire til the fuse and fuse are intact" so it means it is between from the fuse to the lamp (good luck to find this one)
 

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9/16/2019
Put the V60 for 1000miles check-up since the last car maintenance

Meanwhile, got a V90cc T5. For having drove it only 50miles, it comfortable....that all. The rest is only negative: too heavy, too long, and the T5 is not enough for this heavy car
 

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10/11/2019
After the last maintenance by volvo, they found out that my rear pads needed to be replaced.

Thanks to many people here, I ordered on FCPEuro and got the Zimmerman rotors with Akebono pads
I spoke p.rico about the procedure and watched this video on youtube

After struggling with one side, I dsicovered that my flat wrench were too wide to fit to maintain a part for not moving. I have to come with a different (not better approach) this time
The 15mm bolt for maintening the caliper on the hub was a nightmare to get out. Not enough space for an impact wrench. I have to use a flat 15mm wrench and go hard on them to be unscrewed and replace my rotors
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<img src="https://imgur.com/qxJtOq6.jpg" width=30% ></img>

Found a connector and thanks to @Stef1 I know their use. This is for automatically adjusting the headlamp based on the car level. more here
<img src="https://imgur.com/KCxCCfs.jpg" width=30% ></img>

Put back them both and change the rims for my winter sets

Last things was trying to fit the 336mm kit from a V60 T6 on my car. It fits nice and well.(Post #46 above). Quick picture of the clearance.
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<img src="https://imgur.com/Abk9I4Y.jpg" width=30% ></img>


I am aiming to install them soon since they fit in my 17", the parts are home with Elevate hose brakes. I am missing the protective plates for 336mm brakes and I am good to go.
 

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Just read your thread again from start to finish and while I may not comment on it very often, I wanted you to know how much I enjoy following your work and how much I appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into documenting the process in order to share valuable how-to info with the community. Thank you, and keep up the great work!
 
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