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Hello to all. I'm a new owner of V70 AWD. I've been searching this and other Volvo forums for suspension upgrades and spring lowering options for 98-00 V70 AWD. It looks like this version is S.O.L. Are the Ohlins are really the only choice? I see some have AWD's that are lowered and really like the look. How do I get it? IPD and others exclude the AWD. Can anything be done? Thanks for all of you help.
 

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Re: Suspension Options for 98-00 V70 AWD (jonsmith11)

It depends on which rear shocks your have, Nivomats or standard.<br>The front suspension is the same on all GEN 1 cars, interchangable parts, the rear is the issue
 

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Re: Suspension Options for 98-00 V70 AWD (JRL)

Thanks for the response JRL. I have the Nivomats in the back. Will that set up allow for both the front and rear to be lowered? I understand that the Nivomats help support the weigh of the rear, and that they pump themselves up as you travel over bumps. Is that why you can't lower the rear just by using a different springs? Thanks again for your help.
 

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In short, yes.<p>You can order the nivomats that often came on European R wagons and the corresponding springs from Volvo. That will lower the car but not drastically the way you can with the regular shocks.<p>Öhlins are wonderful but expensive and darn hard to find now.<p>If you want to go completely stock (i.e. Volvo) to lower your wagon here are the proper part numbers:<p>Front struts : 9204141-7<br>Front springs : 3546641 individually (from kit # 9481 636-0 kit)<br>Rear Nivomats : 8626025<br>Rear springs : 9200184<p>Hope that helps.
 

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Thanks Big Will, That is just the information that I'm looking for. I have searched all over for the Ohlins with no luck. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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No problem. In all honesty, if you add some HD endlinks and IPD sway bars to the above setup I think you'll be very pleased.
 

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You can use TME springs, also[<p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0001.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0009.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0008.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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Looks so good H. We need to do a photo shoot with the wagons.
 

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The local dealer does not show the Front struts part # 9204141-7 as a number that works for anything. Is there a different #? All of the other #'s listed worked just fine. Thanks again for the great info.<br>
 

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Probably because it's a European part number that the U.S. dealers don't have access to.<p>In that case, just get any Volvo/Sachs/Boge front strut. There are 2 listed that I see: 9173850 or 9191569. My guess is that one of these came on either the XC or the C70 and all other cars got the other one.<br>For the record, my '98 AWD originally came with 9173850 as front struts so yours probably did as well.
 

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I've found some posts on "Fooler Spacers" for the Nivomats. Adding spacers between the lower mounting points to lower the ride height along with lowering springs. Any experience with this and is it effective? Pros? Cons?
 

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This is the non-Nivomat rear shock for AWD Gen1 vehicles:


This is the Nivomat shock for AWD Gen1 vehicles:


It looks as though there is a pin/plate running through the bottom of the shock. Is there an adapter that would allow FWD nivomats to be used on a AWD V70? I think I still have a nearly brand new set of Nivomats from my T5 somewhere around the garage that if I could repurpose, I'd like to try them on the XC to see if it could raise the rear just a tad.
 

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You can use TME springs, also[<p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0001.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0009.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0008.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
LookforJoe, your car looks awesome. Let me get this straight, you installed TME springs WITH nivomats and it turned out like that? I have always been under the impression that there aren't any lowering springs we can get for the R with nivomats. If this is the case, where can I find them? I have to replace the nivos on my car, I might as well change do the springs too!
 

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SWAY BARS SWAY BARS SWAY BARS!!!

They by FAR improve the handling more than any other suspension upgrade. Go IPD.

I'm running stock rear with Bilsteins in the front. It makes the front a tad lower but I like the stance with the rear up a tad bit. All that combined with some RE01R tires and this thing actually handles amazingly well.
 

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ViVA Performance sells the TME springs.
 

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LookforJoe, your car looks awesome. Let me get this straight, you installed TME springs WITH nivomats and it turned out like that? I have always been under the impression that there aren't any lowering springs we can get for the R with nivomats. If this is the case, where can I find them? I have to replace the nivos on my car, I might as well change do the springs too!
TME springs WITH Nivomats, yes. The TME kit includes spacers for the nivo's to drop the rear accordingly. I added an additional 1/4" (2 washers) to each spacer to get the car almost level F/R.

I bought the spring set direct from TME in Sweden, if Viva carries them, it will likely be around the same overall cost, since shipping will be less & no customs duties.
 

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Do the rear TME springs, or any for that matter, do much for support or lowering with the Nivomat or is the at rest height adjustment accomplished with spacers? The Nivomats self-level with additional weight and when I had the set on my FWD, the springs themselves did not provide much support.

TME springs are $450 from Viva and OEM V70R - $365 [ $202(front pair) and $163(rear pair) ] - anyone have a comparable picture to H's XC70R with the P/Ns BigWill posted ? How much lower are the TME?
 

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I have the Öhlins with Öhlins rear lowering springs and they are about the same height as Hussein's setup for the rear. From what I've seen on Swedish Rs, the proper lowered chassis nivos with lowered chassis R springs sit at about the same height as the Öhlins setup and Hussein's setup. If you only use the springs and keep the XC nivomats then they don't lower the car much at all...a lot of the drop is in the different nivomat.

I'll look on some for sale sites in Sweden and link a picture of some Rs if they have stock suspension for comparison later
 

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Thanks! How about "lowered chassis" R nivomat with XC springs?

Are these the correct P/Ns for the various options?

AWD - Rear Nivomats - lowered chassis: 8626025
AWD - Rear Nivomats - V70R: 8626026
AWD - Rear Nivomats - XC70: 8626026
AWD - Rear Shock - AWD 70 :8626027
FWD - Rear Nivomat - V70: 8626028
Ohlins Rear shock kit: 9451817-2
 
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