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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:03   #1
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There are section members who have cars with serious modifications, it would be of great interest if people took a few minutes/hours(depending on the list of modifications :+ ) to write a list of their car's modifications! List away :)

I'll start the list (lol, my car is probably the least modified)

V70 T5 manual fwd
MTE ECU Stage Two Upgrade
Lowered oem sports suspension
Ferrita 3" stainless steel downpipe
Ferrita race cat
Ferrita stainless steel cat back
Powerflex poly upper engine mount
Oem strut brace
Pipercross panel filter
Comet Silver Bright 17" alloys
Steel braided brake hoses(front)
R leather and alcantara interior
Aluminium R mesh dash
R bumper
900 CD player
4x25 Volvo amplifier

My T5 has R specifications, just like an R but faster :+
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:57   #2
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not sure what you count as serious?:-)

but check my sig for all off mine.

here is a random pic of me calibrating my 18t!

in the next week or so i should also be able to add a set of custom adjustable front link rods and a koni adjsutable suspension kit to the list!
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 14:36   #3
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I wouldn't says mines seriously modified but theres not many modified S40's out there so we will see

01 S40 2.0t (just hit 100k)

17in Arcadias off a 04 model
30mm pi lowering springs
oem strut brace
K&N panel filter
dump valve
modified cat (1 of the 2 cats knocked out)
Jetex sports exhaust system
oem front spoiler
mesh grill (needs painting)
headlight inserts painted black
new black indicaters to match
foglights split and painted black to match
clear sidemarkers
subaru wrx rear spoiler
totally debadged
painted engine covers (don't like them, getting redone)
pace car strobes in front foglights
alpine headunit running
2x alpine amps (soon to be 3)
2x kenwwod subs
2x power caps
speakes upgraded all round
speakers in tailgate that come on when boot is lifted via
another amp that is wired to boot light
2x extra batteries in boot (soon to be 1)
volt gauge in glovebox

ok so i've done more than i thought

04 XC90 D5 --- Big bus
00 pug 306HDi --- Run about
88 pug 309GTi --- Project track car
07 CB600 Hornet --- 2 wheel fun
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Old Jul 24th, 2005, 21:54   #4
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Posted on behalf of my better half Jacq, (v6en on here)

2000 Phase 2 S40 T4

Customised Stage 2 TME remap
BSR Cone filter
BSR Cold air intake box
Custom 3" turbo back exhaust system with 4" tailpipe
Stainless Steel Sports Catalyst
Blitz Boost Guage
Forge atmospheric piston Dump Valve
Kalmar Union dump valve fitting kit
Custom detailed engine bay
Custom modified BSR aftermarker front grill
EBC Spotted and Grooved front discs
Ferrodo Premier front pads
DOT 5.1 Brake fluid

Current power 260.2 bhp @ flywheel (235.9 bhp @ wheels) , 305.7 lb/ft @ flyhweel.

Standing 1/4 mile 14.23 @ 101mph (2.3 60ft)
Standing 1.2 mile top speed run 149.8mph (Real mph, speedo said 156 and still accelerating when it hit the speed trap)

Ross, posting on behalf of v6en.

Astra SRi, wifes S60 T4, and her old S40 T4 though its sat engineless for 7 years since I last updated this project link..better updates soon
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Old Jul 24th, 2005, 22:18   #5
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I've been upgrading my car over the last few years. I bought my V70 T5 from Kent Constabulary two and a half years ago, under-par and needing some TLC, and it's now in decidedly better shape!

We think the car is running about 320bhp, I need to get it back on a dyno to confirm.

Mods now fitted include:

Engine / Tuning
MTE ECU upgrade (1.1 - 1.2 bar peak boost)
19T Turbo
"Green" Volvo injectors
Walbro race fuel pump
Aquamist 1S water injection system
Ported exhaust manifold
Ferrita 3" downpipe and race cat
Ferrita 2 1/2" cat-back exhaust
Apexi cone filter (might not add to the power, but the NOISE!!!)
S60R clutch

Suspension / Handling
IPD drop links
Volvo strut brace
Koni "yellow" adjustable shocks and matched springs (front)
850 "R" shocks and springs (rear)
17" Comets (anthracite) with 215/40/17 Falkens
302mm police spec front brakes, standard rear brakes
Goodyear braided hoses and DOT 5.1 fluid

And coming soon...
Limited-slip diff
Custom intercooler (possibly with additional CO2 cooling)
New front brakes, not sure what yet but the existing discs are sh*gged
Custom MTE ECU map

I had the work done at Power Engineering (rolling road tuning and diagnostics), SW Autos (hardware fitting, diagnostics and on-road testing), Owen Developments (exhaust manifold porting and turbo matching), MRG Chippenham (Volvo main dealers for the ETM replacement) and On My Front Drive (most of the rest of the work - including fitting the turbo with the car on axle stands!). Kalmar Union supplied many of the parts, others came from VPTuning (drop links), SW Autos (19T, fuel pump), Larkspeed (Konis), A Number Of My Mates (injectors, Apexi cone), eBay (more injectors) and a Northerner I Only Met Once (Comets).

I haven't done any custom ECU mapping yet with the car, it's running an off-the-shelf map at the moment. Now the fuelling problem is fixed (tired fuel pump), the car is running on the rich side; I'm hoping for some substantial gains from leaning the car out a bit.

Oh, and the car's now done 165k. :-)

Hope that's of interest.

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Old Jul 25th, 2005, 22:09   #6
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Hi Everyone,

Well, here's my car in its entirety......for now anyway! :-)
Sincere thanks are due to Don Norchi of Kalmar Union who was a great help in sourcing the relevant parts and to Stuart Williams & the staff of S.W.Autos who did an impeccable job of fitting all the stuff within the tightest of time-scales.....THANKS GUYS!

V40 T4 SE Sport Manual
Peacock Green / Blue with Black Leather and Dark Wood
Winter Pack (Headlamp Wash/Wipe & Floor Carpets)
Family Pack (Double Integrated Rear Child Seats and Remote Child-Lock Button)
Estate Pack (Roof Rails, Luggage Net and Self-Levelling Rear Suspension)
Factory Lowered Sports Chassis (incl 19mm Rear Anti-Roll Bar)
Electric Front Seats (Driver & Passenger)
Factory Reversing Sensor
Factory Xenon Headlamps (dipped) and Volvo Gold Bulb Upgrade (high-beam)
17” VIP (OZ Racing) Alloy Wheels (8Jx17; 225/35ZR17 Bridgestone SO2 Pole Position Tyres)
Electric Glass Sunroof
HU-1205 RTI Navigation System with latest 2005 Software Upgrade
Volvo Special Vehicles Program Side Marker Lights
Volvo 10-Disc Boot Mounted CD Changer
Volvo Nokia Handsfree Preparation (with integrated microphone and speaker in driver’s headrest)
Volvo Anti Theft Alarm Upgrade to include Level Sensor and Auto-Arming

Engine Upgrades
• MTE ECU Remap
• 3” Ferrita Downpipe with Kemira Race CAT; 2.5” CAT-back through HKS ‘Hiper’ free-flow Muffler
• Aquamist Water Injection (System 1s with 0.6mm water jet)
• Volvo OEM Front Strut Bar
• Custom MTE Larger Intercooler
• Volvo TD04-19T Turbocharger
• Custom S60R Exhaust Manifold
• Walbro High-Pressure 280 L / h In-tank Fuel Pump
• High Impedence / Saturated 550cc/min Fuel Injectors

Brake & Suspension Upgrades
• Koni Yellow (Sport) Adjustable Front Shock Absorbers
• Tarox G88 Front Brake Discs; EBC Redstuff Ceramic Front and Rear Pads; Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Hoses

Interior Upgrades & Misc.
• Pentagon ‘Supaglass’ Security Film with Front Sun Strip
• Volvo Individual Program (VIP) Alloy Foot Pedals
• Defi-Link BF Series Electronic Boost Gauge
• Innovate XD-1 Pre-CAT Wide Band Air-Fuel Gauge with full Data Logging
• OMEX Sequential Shift Light
• Broquet in-tank Fuel Catalyst

Planned Mods
Lots more power of would be silly of me to stop here, especially given the car is already prepped for it! ;-)
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Old Jul 25th, 2005, 23:25   #7

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Not as interesting as some but here goes:

Volvo C70 coupe (2.0T - but now quicker than a standard t5)

1) BSR ECU upgrade (Nordic) - Brilliant!!!
2) Ferrita cat back exhaust (SW Autos/ Kalmar Union)- Hmm - sounds a bit nicer but...
3) Eibach lowered springs (SW Autos/Kalmar Union) - Brilliant
4) Bilstein shocks (SW Autos)- hmm I know they r good but....expensive
5) Volvo front strut brace.(Volvo Tollbar Twickenham)...marginal difference
6) IPDUSA Anti roll bar upgrade (SW Autos).....v good with less roll but got used to it and feels like standard now (I need to compare with a standard unmod car)

PS - comments r my personal views only


1) Discreet rear park assist - SW Autos (after reversing into 2 skips!!)
2) Ebony Black interior trim to replace wood effect (Bailey Coachworks Surrey)

Big thanks to SW Autos, Nordic and Kalmar Union for help advice and fantastic service

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Old Jul 26th, 2005, 00:15   #8
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1988 Volvo 360 GLE (I guess mine is an R too...)

Volvo R-Sport engine tuning kit (later items no longer available!)
-- Twin Solex ADDHE 40 Carbs (Like Weber DCOE / Dellorto DHLA)
-- 'K' grind camshaft
-- (Soon - electric fan conversion)
-- (Soon - performance exhaust)
Rolling road tuned at Power Engineering. 138bhp & 145lb/ft.
To give you an idea, that's a greater proportional increase than the *claimed* figure for a RICA chipped 850 T5 - the biggest increase offered AFAIK. :D
With the e-fan and exhaust, I'm shooting for the mid 140s - not bad for an almost stock 2.0 8v!

Genuine Accessories (pimp!)
-- Full additional gauge set
-- Ultra-rare Driving Computer (MPG, etc...looks like a taxi meter!)
-- 15x5.5" 400-series 5-spoke 'Canis' alloys
-- (Soon - Bodykit)

Aftermarket audio toys
-- Pioneer CD player
-- JL Audio e4300 4x45w power amp (measured at 12v!!)
-- Alpine SPR 5" components
-- £20 10" sub :)
-- (Soon - 2x 8" stealth-sub build)

That'll do for now :) There are various little bits here and there, and I've probably forgotten something...but that'll do for now


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'13 V70 D4 SE Lux
'89 740 Turbo Intercooler
'88 360 Turbo Intercooler
'84 360 GLT
'81 343 GLS R-Sport
'79 343 DL
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Old Jul 26th, 2005, 10:09   #9
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Volvo 945 LPT, 1996

Boost gauge
MBC set to 12psi (4psi stock)
Cold air intake (lol)
custom made upper strut brace
volvo lower strut brace
EBC pads (lol)
Bilsten sport shocks (worlds greatest ever shocks!)
40mm lowering springs
IPD 25/25 mm big anti roll bars
solid endlinks
Refurbished volvo 16" hydra alloys

coming soon.... rica killing engine ;-)

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Old Jul 26th, 2005, 10:20   #10
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Well here we go

Rica ECU
Volvo Strut Brace
Eibach lowered springs
Black Dimond Grooved Discs (Front and Rear)
Hybrid Turbo from Turbo Technics
Ferrita stainless steel cat back
ITG panel filter
And some audio upgrades.
Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… That’s what gets you.

A turbo: Exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster
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