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We had a family trip from Seattle to Portland this weekend. It was a quick trip, but when I got home I found this crappy piece of foam hanging out from under the car. It was kinda between the suframe and the black plastic tray that sits under the intercooler (behind/above the saggy chin of the chin spoiler). The foam is open cell, about 2 feet long. The last foot of it was still securely jammed up in the opening but was not difficult to pull out.<p>Clearly this foam hasn't withstood the 5 years and associated weather, and today's 90 MPH max clearly dislodged it.<p>So what is the purpose of this foam piece? <p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/IMG_0860.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/IMG_0861.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>As a bonus, my 4 year old helped me look under the car...<br><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/IMG_0864.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (kr900)

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (MagoonR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=87145" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=87145</A></TD></TR></TABLE><br>So hang on ... someone at Volvo "designed" this part in ... and then we all paid for it in the price of the cars... but it's got no use whatsoever? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (MagoonR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=87145" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=87145</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow...completely off topic...but I wrote that post when I had my R for a month <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks guys- Just the answer I needed. <p>A bit off topic... my intercooler/grill looks like CRAP!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kr900</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks guys- Just the answer I needed. <p>A bit off topic... my intercooler/grill looks like CRAP!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You have two little plastic tabs underneath there. What the heck are those?
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (-Pascal)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Pascal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>So hang on ... someone at Volvo "designed" this part in ... and then we all paid for it in the price of the cars... but it's got no use whatsoever? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let's talk about the exhaust bracket.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You have two little plastic tabs underneath there. What the heck are those?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Looks like the business end of a zip tie. I smell bumper droop fix. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (flybynight)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Let's talk about the exhaust bracket.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Its function is quite obvious to me, it's to keep the exhaust from being ejected out the back if there is a failure at the front. Of course the damage from the bent bracket pushing the resonator into the driveshaft causes more harm than the occurences of failed exhausts at this point. I have two comments with regards to this:<p>1. Most R owners appear to be rather careless in their driving, complaining of ground clearance issues and scraping their front and rear bumpers everywhere, ripping off winglets. I don't think Volvo realized the customers would be that careless in their driving. I removed mine when I got the car but there was not a scratch on it from the previous (leased) 3 years and at this point I consider the R the highest vehicle I've owned (it's my 13th car, I've had an assortment).<p>2. R's are not old enough to have failing exhaust issues yet. I've had an exhaust get jettisoned out the back after my downpipe flange failed and I sure wish there had been something keeping the midsection up. I'm installing Takspeed's little cable before next winter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>/end off-topic bout
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Looks like the business end of a zip tie. I smell bumper droop fix. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Exactly- they are zip ties used as my cheap fix for fixing chin droop.
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (-Pascal)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Pascal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Its function is quite obvious to me, it's to keep the exhaust from being ejected out the back if there is a failure at the front. Of course the damage from the bent bracket pushing the resonator into the driveshaft causes more harm than the occurences of failed exhausts at this point. I have two comments with regards to this:<p>1. Most R owners appear to be rather careless in their driving, complaining of ground clearance issues and scraping their front and rear bumpers everywhere, ripping off winglets. I don't think Volvo realized the customers would be that careless in their driving. I removed mine when I got the car but there was not a scratch on it from the previous (leased) 3 years and at this point I consider the R the highest vehicle I've owned (it's my 13th car, I've had an assortment).<p>2. R's are not old enough to have failing exhaust issues yet. I've had an exhaust get jettisoned out the back after my downpipe flange failed and I sure wish there had been something keeping the midsection up. I'm installing Takspeed's little cable before next winter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>/end off-topic bout</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The point of the bracket was not to support the exhaust system in case of failure. It is there assist with installation of the exhaust system.<p>Careless driving? If you can't drive over a regular speed bump there is a design problem. I took mine off within a month of buying the car. In that month it scrapped once in the parking garage at my office in downtown Seattle. No other car I've driven has had even a slight issue with navigating through this garage.
 

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I would agree with you if you were right.<p>You just happen to have one of the "extended spring height" cars.<p>the ride height varies quite a bit from <I>R </I>to <I>R</I>.<p>I have never encounted a ramp that I didn't have to flip into "advanced" and procede dead slow at the largest oblique angle possible, and even then, most times I scrape my chin.<p>... and there is not a speed bump anywhere that doesn't catch my resonator <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://images45.fotki.com/v1310/photos/1/1389676/6916691/bracket2-vi.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://images42.fotki.com/v1371/photos/1/1389676/6916691/bracket12-vi.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://images19.fotki.com/v297/photos/1/1389676/6916691/DSC01819-vi.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://images47.fotki.com/v1464/photos/1/1389676/6916691/DSC01820-vi.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://images42.fotki.com/v1371/photos/1/1389676/6916691/bracket6-vi.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Oh, and the foam: you can remove all that stuff when you install your proper FMIC <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://images43.fotki.com/v1384/photos/1/1389676/6916691/DSC01300-vi.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: What is this crappy foam falling out from under my engine? (flybynight)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Careless driving? If you can't drive over a regular speed bump there is a design problem.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My own example is a speed bump at the entrance to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. I have my bracket AND resonator removed, yet this bump STILL scrapes my exhaust pipe, no matter how slow I drive over it. If I go at a huge angle sometimes it doesn't scrape, but there are multiple lanes and sometimes there is too much traffic to drive at an angle.<p>If my resonator was still there, I'd probably destroy the drive shaft, even without that bracket.<p>And yes, my R has 100% stock suspension.
 
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