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Old May 3rd, 2021, 17:14   #3
Laird Scooby
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Like Luke said, the most common upgrade is 40mm lower Lesjofors springs (Lesjofors were OE suppliers to Volvo and many others) and Bilstein B4 dampers.

However, when you say you want to upgrade your suspension, what exactly are you looking to achieve? If you want to simply improve handling without compromising ride quality, fitting new bushes (as Luke suggests), new standard springs and converting the rear to standard springs and dampers then fitting uprated anti-roll bars front and rear will improve the handling and roadholding a lot.

However if you intend to use it for fast road use a lot, the -40mm springs and stiffer B4 dampers, preferably with the uprated ARBs would be the way to go but would compromise ride quality.

The best thing you can do to start with is to optimise the existing set up by renewing any worn bushes (the space ship aka lower control arm to radius arm bushes have a huge effect on keeping the front end going where it's meant to) and have the wheel alignment checked, make sure the tyre pressures are correct and preferably the same tyres all round.

That will give you a starting point to decide which areas you want to improve.


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