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Which suspension kit should I buy if I’m looking for performance close to stock for an R? I mean I’m looking to restore my R to its former glory without altering things too much. Also, do I have Self leveling nivomats in the rear of my automatic Canada spec 850R wagon?


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By "close to stock", do you mean you want to upgrade but you're not sure what you should buy?

You likely have nivomats - you can check by looking underneath and seeing if the rear shocks have bellows on them. The standard shocks don't have bellows
 

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By "close to stock", do you mean you want to upgrade but you're not sure what you should buy?

You likely have nivomats - you can check by looking underneath and seeing if the rear shocks have bellows on them. The standard shocks don't have bellows
Well I want the feeling that the car had when it rolled out of the factory. NOT basic 850 non R suspension

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Alright then you'd need a few parts for that. I've used mostly OEM parts brands for the following, but there are aftermarket alternatives that would bring the cost down a lot

Front suspension:
Strut: Sachs (PN: 9173850) $80 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-assembly-850-c70-s70-v70-553-058
Spring: Still need to find a source
Strut mount bearing: INA (PN 3546189) $50 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-mount-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-87-424-a
Strut mount cap: NPN (PN 30647969) $5 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...t-cap-front-850-s70-v70-c70-s80-s60-xc70-xc90
Strut mount spring seat: Sachs (PN 8646713) $20 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...ount-spring-seat-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-xc70
Strut bellow: Febi (PN 9140068) $3 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-strut-belllow-febi-9140068
Bump stop: Febi (PN 9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Control arm: $96/each Lemforder (Left and right) https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-control-arm-kit-front-2-piece-850-s70-v70-kit-p80cakt2p2
Sway bar link: Lemforder (PN 31212730) $17 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-sway-bar-link-front-c70-s70-v70-850-2
TOTAL: $556USD/$710CAD + cost of springs + hardware if you want

Rear suspension
Nivomat shock: Sachs (PN 9140391) $278 http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1384061&cc=1433983&jsn=418&jsn=418
I believe this is the same but much cheaper: $151 https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/volvo-strut-271809
Shock mount: MTC Parts (PN 9140847) $25 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-shock-mount-self-levling-c70-s70-v70-850-9140847
Bump stop: Febi (9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Rear spring: Also not sure on the part number for this
Trailing arm link: Volvo (PN 3516122) $207 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-control-arm-bushing-850-3516122oe
Trailing arm bushing: Volvo (PN 9181013) $67 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-trailing-arm-bushing-kit-rear-left-9181013-9181014
TOTAL: $1168USD/$1491CAD + springs, or $912USD/$1164CAD if that Tasca Parts link is the correct Nivomat
 

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Alright then you'd need a few parts for that. I've used mostly OEM parts brands for the following, but there are aftermarket alternatives that would bring the cost down a lot

Front suspension:
Strut: Sachs (PN: 9173850) $80 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-assembly-850-c70-s70-v70-553-058
Spring: Still need to find a source
Strut mount bearing: INA (PN 3546189) $50 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-mount-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-87-424-a
Strut mount cap: NPN (PN 30647969) $5 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...t-cap-front-850-s70-v70-c70-s80-s60-xc70-xc90
Strut mount spring seat: Sachs (PN 8646713) $20 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...ount-spring-seat-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-xc70
Strut bellow: Febi (PN 9140068) $3 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-strut-belllow-febi-9140068
Bump stop: Febi (PN 9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Control arm: $96/each Lemforder (Left and right) https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-control-arm-kit-front-2-piece-850-s70-v70-kit-p80cakt2p2
Sway bar link: Lemforder (PN 31212730) $17 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-sway-bar-link-front-c70-s70-v70-850-2
TOTAL: $556USD/$710CAD + cost of springs + hardware if you want

Rear suspension
Nivomat shock: Sachs (PN 9140391) $278 http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1384061&cc=1433983&jsn=418&jsn=418
I believe this is the same but much cheaper: $151 https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/volvo-strut-271809
Shock mount: MTC Parts (PN 9140847) $25 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-shock-mount-self-levling-c70-s70-v70-850-9140847
Bump stop: Febi (9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Rear spring: Also not sure on the part number for this
Trailing arm link: Volvo (PN 3516122) $207 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-control-arm-bushing-850-3516122oe
Trailing arm bushing: Volvo (PN 9181013) $67 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-trailing-arm-bushing-kit-rear-left-9181013-9181014
TOTAL: $1168USD/$1491CAD + springs, or $912USD/$1164CAD if that Tasca Parts link is the correct Nivomat
Ok thank you very much! I'll consider it!

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I recently acquired a black '97 855R from a friend who'd been driving it daily for 10 years. I drove it from New Mexico to Florida, then put it in the shop for timing belt, PCV service, a half shaft, a steering rack, rear cam seal, and tires. Enjoying driving it daily now and beginning to plan for the next steps, which include going through the suspension. Currently it's on IPD lowered springs with Bilsteins in the rear. Harsh ride on local rides, but it floats on the highway.

I'm researching the stock suspension and am not sure if the correct Nivomats are available anywhere, and at what price. I've also been told that gas shocks in the rear may help soften the ride a bit, but I'm wondering what tradeoffs might be involved regarding handling if I set them at "sort of comfortable."

Also, I'm wondering if it's important to try to go with the stock setup--it doesn't seem many people are "restoring" the 850Rs so much as tweaking them for high performance. I'm after an enjoyable driver with good performance, and I'd like to be able to take the car out on the track--not to win anything, just to enjoy a rapid car with good road manners and a predictable suspension.

Any thoughts will be welcome. My annual budget is about $2,500 (2018 $$$ already spent), and I expect to own this car for many years (currently at 193K). I'll be looking at all the usual items, including motor and transmission mounts and oil pan O-rings, plus whatever else comes up as I read more threads about the 850Rs.

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A very good setup thats not a million dollars has been arrived at by experiment/necessity. Several of us run this or slight variations on our V70s but it would be exactly the same for an 850 since its the same chassis.

Front:

T5 "yellow" springs. Sachs struts, INA bearings, Volvo xc90 spring seats, meyle HD end links.

Rear:

Lesjofors (Volvo oem supplier) wagon HD springs (10% stiffer than normal) which ride very nice when paired with bilstein touring shocks. Some of the V70s that carry a lot of load opt for IPD overload rears only with all else remaining the same.
 

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Alright then you'd need a few parts for that. I've used mostly OEM parts brands for the following, but there are aftermarket alternatives that would bring the cost down a lot

Front suspension:
Strut: Sachs (PN: 9173850) $80 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-assembly-850-c70-s70-v70-553-058
Spring: Still need to find a source
Strut mount bearing: INA (PN 3546189) $50 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-mount-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-87-424-a
Strut mount cap: NPN (PN 30647969) $5 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...t-cap-front-850-s70-v70-c70-s80-s60-xc70-xc90
Strut mount spring seat: Sachs (PN 8646713) $20 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vo...ount-spring-seat-850-c70-s70-v70-s60-s80-xc70
Strut bellow: Febi (PN 9140068) $3 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-strut-belllow-febi-9140068
Bump stop: Febi (PN 9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Control arm: $96/each Lemforder (Left and right) https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-control-arm-kit-front-2-piece-850-s70-v70-kit-p80cakt2p2
Sway bar link: Lemforder (PN 31212730) $17 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-sway-bar-link-front-c70-s70-v70-850-2
TOTAL: $556USD/$710CAD + cost of springs + hardware if you want

Rear suspension
Nivomat shock: Sachs (PN 9140391) $278 http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1384061&cc=1433983&jsn=418&jsn=418
I believe this is the same but much cheaper: $151 https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/volvo-strut-271809
Shock mount: MTC Parts (PN 9140847) $25 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-shock-mount-self-levling-c70-s70-v70-850-9140847
Bump stop: Febi (9140067) $7 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-strut-bumper-9140067
Rear spring: Also not sure on the part number for this
Trailing arm link: Volvo (PN 3516122) $207 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-suspension-control-arm-bushing-850-3516122oe
Trailing arm bushing: Volvo (PN 9181013) $67 https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-trailing-arm-bushing-kit-rear-left-9181013-9181014
TOTAL: $1168USD/$1491CAD + springs, or $912USD/$1164CAD if that Tasca Parts link is the correct Nivomat
Well now... that is quite comprehensive. Thank you for that.

I have also been thinking about a suspension refresh.

I recently got the car back after over a year at a local mechanic who knew a friend with a new/old/stock manual transmission to replace my tired factory manual. my old friend no longer pops out of first gear.
So....next up...the suspension. Not that there is anything terribly wrong with the existing. It has 330,000 kms, sags a bit in the rear.

Arthur
 
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