Is there a solution outside of replacing the crash bar? If not it'll be going back on.Here's my bolster bit: When I bought my V70, it had a weird steering wheel shake at highway speeds. Tires, alignment and all new suspension stuff didn't fix it.
From my my parts car, I installed the front passenger map pocket "upgrade" and deleted the passenger knee bolster. Huh, more squeaks and rattles in the dash than before. I noticed that my parts car had a bolster on the driver side too, my car never had one, I realized the PO had removed it. On a whim, I decided to re-install the driver side bolster, and guess what?! My highway steering wheel shake was gone! I promptly re-installed the passenger side bolster and never looked back. I never put anything useful in that pocket anyway. YMMV.
Yup, I agree and that's my plan. Unfortunately I didn't save the bolster when I un-installed it. Of course. So now I'm hunting for one. I'm also going to heed your advice and reinstall the passenger side knee bolster to try and mitigate any dash rattles. This VR doesn't have many but might as well right!Put that bolster back in and see what happens! That's the only way you'll know for sure.
I'll start with only the drivers side. I don't have a map pocket so if I happen upon a passenger side bolster I'd throw it in to see if there is a difference. But I'm ready for this steering wheel shake to be over, it is the vertical shake exactly like you describe. I've also never seen anything like it. I checked above the kick panel and there's nothing loose that could remedy itI'm not super sure the passenger side bolster really did that much for the squeaks I had/ still have, but I have a really good feeling that re-installing the driver side bolster will help with your steering wheel shake. Especially since mine did the EXACT same up/ down shake. I was boggled by it for some time after replacing EVERY part that would potentially cause a steering wheel shake. I have never felt a steering wheel shake like that before.
I wish it were that easy! The main issue is when my downpipe broke after the cat from awhile back. I just want it not rigged together anymore lol. But now that the 850R is sold I have funds to continue to make this better while perfecting the t5. I don't have Thermo lab today so I'm going to dig further into why my radio isn't getting signal. Going to check antenna connectionsI was about to say "Get a Simons" and then I realized that this is for your R lol
Still absolutely mystified by this steering wheel thing.
My biggest fear is drone, that's what I want to avoid most. I'd rather just get a proven good cat back and a custom downpipe that fits up to the OEM mounts. That's proving to be challenging though lolYes, the exhaust was done by a local shop. It was installed by the previous owner so I'm not exactly sure how much he paid, nor am I positive what type of muffler was used. It's 3" all the way back instead of necking down to 2.5" like most other systems. I absolutely love the sound, though it is a bit obnoxious on long highway drives.