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Well holee crap yesterday was fun... spent the whole day at the dealer helping do all the stuff in the title plus working on my CAI design (my Dremmel ran out of juice, so I couldn't finish but it is pretty amazing, look for seperate post soon).<p>I took over 70 pics, but here is a sampling.<p>First scare, the TME springs are 4" shorter than stock spring, tech assured me it was fine because they are stiffer. And he was right, front stance is perfect (sorry, no outside pics until I get my OZs or SSWs on, 225/45x17s are smaller diameter). <br><IMG SRC="http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6124/1004843medium7hr.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Discovered my sound/vibration dampener do-hickey was cracked, no biggie, they will replace under warranty next week. <br><IMG SRC="http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/960/1004852medium6py.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/5118/1004854medium6ps.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/7217/1004856medium3km.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Power Flex Strut brace pretensioner, mechanic was impressed it came with little packets of (some German word for gold metallic KY jelly). No idea what this was, but if you were a Robot, this is the lube you would want to use. <br><IMG SRC="http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2061/1004858medium6dx.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pretty Blue Track R Stainless Steel Brakeline from Takspeed<br><IMG SRC="http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/6903/1004884small7vx.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Track R Titanium Shim from Takspeed, fit right in there with Hawk HPS Pads (thanks George @ ViVA Performance).<br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9871/1004859small0ey.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I was close to needing new front pads, backs were still fine, but I just swapped all out for Hawk HPS at the same time (ring coming up and all). I saved stock pads, so I can use the rears in Florida in the future. <br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/473/1004869small1mr.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Volvo evidently has horny robots around, because they have whole tubes of the metallic KY jelly, mechanic took the time to put on all the brake pads.<br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/2410/1004862small2ua.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>ATE Super Blue Racing Fluid<br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/5876/1004892small4mt.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4899/1004891small2ak.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Used just under 1 can, but mechanic said he messed something up (we got an error message), so we had to re-bleed them, only needed a lttle more, but had to break into second can. Still 95% full if you are interested Bryan. <p>The magic of 4C, shock with a cord...<br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/6193/1004876small2pr.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>22mm Rear Sway Bar from V70R in front of my 20mm Rear bar. <br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4566/1004871small7zk.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>TME springs and IPD Poly bushing mounts on 22mm V70R rear sway. <br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/6573/1004911medium7cp.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>That was actually a decent amount of work for mechanic, he had to cut the stock brackets off, then cut the rubber off, sanded it down, used the Green lube IPD porvided and put the new bushings back on. Only charged me for standard rear sway bar swap though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/2661/1004882small7tv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Close-ups...<br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/8161/1004893small9dk.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Is this why rear springs will settle during first day?<br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/6411/1004902medium4ol.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>BTW, ABSOLUTELY NO NOISE FROM SPRINGS, FRONT OR BACK. Feel confident buying TMEs. Again, I will provide pics once springs finish settling and summer tires are on.<p>Denso Iridium Spark Plugs from IPD, I don't know if they provide any more HP, but car was running very strong on the way home from dealer. The reason I did them is supposedly they provide better spark leading to more even fuel burn, important if I was to ever try to run BSR with a DP.<br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/2037/1004886small3sf.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>If you are thinking about a Jetex, and are thinking you would like to swap out the 2.5" center resonator section for a 3" section, <br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/5963/1004867small1xh.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>do not install 2.5" section. It won't EVER come apart again (mines been in less than 2 weeks), we wasted 2 hours of doing this...<br><IMG SRC="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4797/1004877small4zr.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>And this...<br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/8976/1004910small8dv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Finally after 4 people got in involved in the operation and we couldn't get the thing apart, even with a giant sledge hammer, we had to just cut the thing out... so my ill-fated dream of being able to swap center sections are no more..., but Burns is in there. Connection area ain't pretty, but it's in there.<p>With all the exhaust fun, we didn't have time to do a 4 wheel alignment, but head tech did a test drive and he said it was ok to drive for a little while. In fact he reccomended to wait on alignment until after I put my new wheels/tires on.<p>I'll do a more detailed description of handling once that is done, but preliminary driving tells me combination of strut brace pre-tensioners, engine mount bushing, TME springs, 22mm rear sway makes for one fine handling automobile on the autobahn. Ride reminded me of buttoned down feel of 2005 5 series I rented last year, without the 5 series sensation of trying to turn a main battle tank mass. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by "R" Kelly at 7:22 AM 3-18-2006</i>
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... ("R" Kelly)

On a side note, Phil R stopped by (he has a Sonic Blue V70R coming at the end of April) and I said, wow, Sonic Blue eh? I asked if he had ever seen a picture besides brochure and he said no... I showed him the Brilliant Blue S40 on the showroom floor, and he said WOW, that is really bright. Then I showed him the color samples, and how Sonic Blue is a few shades lighter. Then pulled up some swedespeed posts on parts guy's computer, <p><IMG SRC="http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9540/sonicblue6xb.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and he immediately called the dealer and changed his to Magic Blue. He was mislead by brochure and color samples and turns out his wife wanted Magic Blue anyways. He was very lucky, as yesterday was the last day to make changes to his order. Now the military has a don't ask, don't tell policy, so he probably would have been ok, but ... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... ("R" Kelly)

Someone here, I can't remember right now who, may have been RUFASTER, was denied warranty because of that brake fluid a couple of years ago<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by JRL at 9:27 AM 3-18-2006</i>
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... (JRL)

for all the rules and regs that Germany has... seems like no one wears safety glasses in the shops even when torching............
 

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I've heard some problems with the irridiums..<p><A HREF="http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=362970" TARGET="_blank">http://www.s2ki.com/forums/ind...62970</A><p><A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/Reviews/iridium.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com/Reviews/iridium.htm</A><p>also, one of my Volvo buddies lost a ceramic tip from the spark plug which caused a bent rod just recently....<p>the failures seems to be mounting up.<p>You may want to reconsider.
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">and he immediately called the dealer and changed his to Magic Blue. He was mislead by brochure and color samples and turns out his wife wanted Magic Blue anyways. He was very lucky, as yesterday was the last day to make changes to his order. Now the military has a don't ask, don't tell policy, so he probably would have been ok, but ... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Hey, I resent that! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Sonic Blue is imo the best thing the aging 60 has going for it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/2037/1004886small3sf.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Kelly,<p>It looks like your R has hydraulic valve lifters, what's the build year of your car?<p>Thanks,<br>Ben
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BenES</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Kelly,<br>It looks like your R has hydraulic valve lifters, what's the build year of your car?<br>Thanks,<br>Ben</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Mine is one the very last '04s made, built June 04.<p>Did they change to hydraulic for MY05 or something?
 

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Thanks Kelly,<p>I was just curious to know if all R's had hydraulic valve lifters, because they had it before 2000 also and from 2000 till ? they had fixed valve lifters.<p>If you want you can send me the VIN code of your R by PM, I can maybe see in VADIS by someone...<p>
 

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Every (road) car that I know of except Porsche and Ferrari (and they may now too, I've lost track) uses hydraulic lifters.<br>They haven't used mechanical (adjust every Friday night <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> ) lifters since the early 70s<br>JRL
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>blot</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've heard some problems with the irridiums..<p><A HREF="http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=362970" TARGET="_blank">http://www.s2ki.com/forums/ind...62970</A><p><A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/Reviews/iridium.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com/Reviews/iridium.htm</A><p>also, one of my Volvo buddies lost a ceramic tip from the spark plug which caused a bent rod just recently....<p>the failures seems to be mounting up.<p>You may want to reconsider.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The failure pictures in the threads I read are almost certainly from rather severe detonation. Take a look at some of those the plugs; they are fried. They guy is running a blower on an S2000 and admits it was running lean. That's a recipe for total disaster. I wouldn't blame the plugs on that one. The volvospeed one, might have been the plugs.<p>That said, I've got the Denso's in my R, and I don't think they offer any performance improvement. I couldn't tell a thing. Regardless of Denso's claim for more hp, the main advantage from platinum or irridium plugs is increased service interval, not necessiarly increased performance. The Denso's run great; but so did the stock plugs.<p>If you've already installed them, I'd leave them; they are not going to hurt anything -- assuming the heat range is right. If you've not yet installed them, don't bother; save some $$ and return them.
 

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Re: TME Springs, Rear Sway, Ti Shims, SS Brakelines, Hawk Pads, Iridium Plugs, Strut ... (BenES)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BenES</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks Kelly,<p>I was just curious to know if all R's had hydraulic valve lifters, because they had it before 2000 also and from 2000 till ? they had fixed valve lifters.<p>If you want you can send me the VIN code of your R by PM, I can maybe see in VADIS by someone...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>R's have hydro lifters Ben. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Mine is one the very last '04s made, built June 04.<p>Did they change to hydraulic for MY05 or something? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Somewhere 2000 Volvo changed to solid lifters on certain engine's. Fir whatever reason they changed back to hydro lifters with the R. I assume the B5254T LPT engine uses the same setup.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>R's have hydro lifters Ben. <p>Somewhere 2000 Volvo changed to solid lifters on certain engine's. Fir whatever reason they changed back to hydro lifters with the R. I assume the B5254T LPT engine uses the same setup.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Solid lifters mean they need adjusting. I don't know of any Volvo that needs the lifters adjusted at any interval. Wrong term here
 

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<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>Solid lifters mean they need adjusting. I don't know of any Volvo that needs the lifters adjusted at any interval. Wrong term here</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The mentioned solid lifter versions are adjusted using different thickness lifters. The I5's with the solid lifters have screws in the cam cover. If you take these out you can measure play. After that you can order the correct thickness lifter caps and install them. I think there are ~16 different sizes available.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.swededemon.com/images/ext/engine/lid.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.swededemon.com/images/ext/engine/lifter.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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ALL lifters can be adjusted. It's just the mechanical ones need to be adjusted all the time.<br>Hydraulic lifters, when once set properly with SHIMS, should stay put for life.<br>At least they're supposed to....
 

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<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">ALL lifters can be adjusted. It's just the mechanical ones need to be adjusted all the time.<br>Hydraulic lifters, when once set properly with SHIMS, should stay put for life.<br>At least they're supposed to....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>True but volvo doesn't use shims or plates or coins on their lifters.<br>The lifters come with a preset spacing from factory. So basically where you use shims with other brands you change complete lifters in this setup. <br>Solid lifters are available in thickness starting at 15.86 mm up to 16.34 mm in 0.02 mm increments so 24 different sizes.<p>Hydro only one size fits all.<p>Frankly the whole prodecure for measuring play and adjusting to proper play is rather time consuming. <br>First you need to take off the plastic plug cover and take out the screws above each lifter. Then measure each lifter's play through the screw hole and write down the numbers. After that you need to make a decision about which lifter to order for replacement if necessary and orderthe lifters. Normally this is a high priority overnight delivery so next morning the new lifters will be at the dealers doorstep.<br>After that you can take apart the head by removing the pulley's and stuff from the cams, place special cam clamp tool to keep the cams in place in the cover. Lift the whole cover, take out the lifters and replce with the correct size ones and reverse the process.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Johann at 1:42 PM 4-12-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>R's have hydro lifters Ben. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks Johann <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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