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I have a 98 V70R with 118,000. The shocks and struts have never leaked or given me an issue. I'm wondering if it's time to just replace them anyway? It looks like in the rear I'm stuck with the OEM Nivomat that Tasca says are discontinued but seem to be available from FCP and IPD. Front struts, Sachs or maybe Bilstein touring? I'm mostly looking to keep a nice ride on really bad roads where I live.

Any other bushings, etc, you would replace at the same time? Everything appears to be 100%, just trying to stay ahead of things. Thanks.
 

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You could do a conversation on the rear and get rid of the nivomats for a lot less money than putting new ones in. I did it on my Platinum about a year ago. Springs, shocks, mounts. Spent about $250 for parts. Installed myself.

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Due by age pretty much.

Go with v70 base awd rear springs and shocks to get away from nivomats. Easy.
 

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I have a 98 V70R with 118,000. The shocks and struts have never leaked or given me an issue. I'm wondering if it's time to just replace them anyway? It looks like in the rear I'm stuck with the OEM Nivomat that Tasca says are discontinued but seem to be available from FCP and IPD. Front struts, Sachs or maybe Bilstein touring? I'm mostly looking to keep a nice ride on really bad roads where I live.

Any other bushings, etc, you would replace at the same time? Everything appears to be 100%, just trying to stay ahead of things. Thanks.
I would suggest those nice IPD strut mounts and spring seats. It is just a little more money and well worth it, tightens up that whole connection.
 

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I would suggest those nice IPD strut mounts and spring seats. It is just a little more money and well worth it, tightens up that whole connection.
No those are garbage. Seem three sets last under a year including on my own cars.

XC90 spring seats only.
 

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Due by age pretty much.

Go with v70 base awd rear springs and shocks to get away from nivomats. Easy.
Is that a simple swap? I thought that was a really involved conversion. I would love to not bother with the Nivomats. Any chance of a "how to" on that anywhere?
 

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Is that a simple swap? I thought that was a really involved conversion. I would love to not bother with the Nivomats. Any chance of a "how to" on that anywhere?
Disconnect and remove nivomats. Dissassemble rear suspension. Remove spring, install new non nivomats spring. Reassemble. Use new shock. That’s it.
 

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Disconnect and remove nivomats. Dissassemble rear suspension. Remove spring, install new non nivomats spring. Reassemble. Use new shock. That’s it.
What spring would you recommend for an R to keep the ride balanced and keep the proper ride height?
 

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What spring would you recommend for an R to keep the ride balanced and keep the proper ride height?
There’s only one awd wagon regular height load spring.
 

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Looks like they are currently unavailable, but you can use the part number to search them out.

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Looks like they are currently unavailable, but you can use the part number to search them out.

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I found FCP has them. Do you know if my car will still have the stock stance with those springs on? I thought the R was lower than the standard V70 AWD.
 

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This is how my Platinum sits right now.


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Nice! Is the angle of the picture, or is it slightly low in the rear?
 

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The road has a bit of an incline.

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The road has a bit of an incline.
The rear suspension of your platinum has almost nothing in common with the rear suspension of a 98-00 V70R.
Regular FWD springs will not work.
 
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