What does the kit fit?
2000 to mid-2007 Volvo AWD V70/XC70 P2 platforms. Note: Volvo released the P2 to most non-US markets in early 2000 and to North America in 2001. Model year 2001 saw the end of the first-gen V70 and the beginning of the new P2 V70/XC70 in North America. The new P3 platform was introduced in mid-2007, so be sure to determine your model before ordering. If you have any questions, please email us.
What about P3 platforms & XC90s?
P3 XC70: 1/31/17: The second set of prototype springs are installed! We’ve go two inches of lift, plus a firmer ride. We’ve added a set of Geolandar A/T G015s in 235/60/18 as Yokohama is one of the only tire manufacturers to make an aggressive all terrain tire to fit both an 18″ wheel and P3 wheel well. The front struts are now bottoming out, so we’ll need to determine a solution for that, probably in the form of a custom unit.
XC90: 4/23/16: We ran into a slight issue during development: the rear coil springs are oval at the base, rather than round. We can’t make similar base without custom tooling, which is prohibitively expensive. We’ve considered trying to manufacture an ‘interface plate’ to allow an oval-to-round mount. The other option is to explore custom rear lower control arms, which may be prohibitively expensive.
What’s in the kit?
Two front springs, two rear springs and noise isolators. The springs are similar to ‘R’ springs in stiffness and taller than stock height XC70 springs. They’ll provide about 2″ of lift.
Will I get exactly 2″ of lift?
It depends on the current condition of your springs, shocks and struts. A vehicle with 150,000 miles will probably see more lift than one with 50,000 miles, especially if you replace shocks/struts and springs at the same time.
I have a Nivomat self-leveling suspension. Will this kit work?
No. Some XC70s were equipped with Nivomat self-leveling rear shocks. They’re quickly identified by the long accordion-like rubber boot. You can read about and see them here. At this time, there is not a kit to replace Nivomat shocks with standard shocks.
What about 4C suspensions?
The coil springs will physically fit the car, but the accelerometers may have to be relocated. Additionally, the replacement springs are stiffer and taller than stock springs and 4C may work slightly differently.
Will it fit my 2000 V70 AWD?
The first generation V70 ran from 1997 to 2000 and was based on the 850. The 2000 model year (2001 in North America) saw the end of the previous V70 and the introduction of the new V70, which resembles the P2 model above. If your 2000 or 2001 (North America) V70 was the new P2 model, this kit will fit. If your V70 was the old first-gen model, it probably won’t.
Will it fit my FWD V70?
The spring sets are designed for the AWD/XC models of the V70. Having never owned a non-AWD V70, we don’t know. Assuming the FWD V70s have a lower ride height, they probably use different springs, struts and shocks. If the part numbers for those items on a FWD V70 match an AWD/XC V70, then our springs should fit. If they don’t, the kit may still fit, assuming the non-AWD V70 doesn’t used markedly different shocks, struts and springs. You’ll have to pay attention to driveline angles and may need different axles, depending on angles after lifting.
Who can install these?
Most any alignment/tire store or mechanic should be able to do the job.
Will I need to add anything else?
No. Kits come with springs and noise isolators. You should have it installed and aligned professionally. There may be a need for a camber adjustment bolt after installation and any alignment shop should stock these. Depending on the age of your car and/or the mileage, you should consider replacing the shocks and struts at the same time. If you do replace shocks and struts, OEM units are strongly suggested.
Of course I want bigger tires! What will fit?
The XC70′s relatively small displacement engine makes good power with the turbo in boost, but will lack a bit of off-the-line oomph with taller tires. If your tires are too tall, acceleration will suffer. Ideally, the outside diameter needs to stay within about an inch (total tire height from ground to top of the tire) of the stock size to keep the car close to the same performance. However, depending on your driving style, you results may vary. There’s not a huge performance difference running tires that are 2.4″ larger than stock. And if you gotta have more power, there’s always IPD’s Engine ECU Flash Upgrade.
Most XC70s came with 215/65/16s, so a replacement tire in that size will fit without modification. 225/70/16s are typically the smallest size truck tires come in. 245/70/16s are too big to fit without a body lift, modification of the strut mounts and possibly the addition of a steering stop and wheel well clearance. You can also add a set of 5-15mm wheel spacers for a nice ‘rally car’ look. If you have another size in mind, use this tire size comparison tool. If it is larger than 225/70/16, you’ll need additional modifications.
The Hankook Dynapro ATM, Cooper Discoverer AT3 and Yokohama Geolandars are excellent all weather tires with aggressive tread patterns that strike a balance between paved performance and unpaved grip. BF Goodrich KOs are built primarily for off-roading, so they won’t have the same all around performance and may drive more like a truck tire.
We run the Cooper Discoverer AT3s in 225/70/16. A lot of high-torque heavy-duty diesels run them in the area and they’re pretty much bullet proof. These have handled interstates, snow, rain, mountain roads and trailer towing equally well.
I’ve noticed a ‘judder’ under moderate to heavy acceleration. Is it my springs?
The judder is most likely caused by the following: worn struts, worn bushings (especially the lower control arm bushings) or misalignment. We suggest replacing your shocks and struts when you have your springs installed. If you didn’t, now is the time to do it! While you have the suspension apart, you might also consider bushing replacement. Once everything is back together, you’ll need an alignment. With your front end refreshed and aligned, the judder should disappear.
Update: You might also consider upgrading to 2005 2.5 Turbo XC90 front axles. In some cases, the judder stems from the P2’s tripod-style inner CV joint and the angles at which it’s working. On the XC90 axles, the inner CV joint is a ball type and the telescoping action is handled by a slip shaft instead. Make sure to measure replacement axles and compare spline counts to the original axles before installation.
What’s your return policy?
We’ll take returns on unused/uninstalled spring sets, shipped to us in the original box with original packing. Buyer pays return shipment by original shipping method (FedEx or US Postal Service) and will provide tracking number and insurance. Refund will be made once package is received and spring sets are found to be in their original condition.
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