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Old 09-16-2020, 04:25 PM   #126
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Nice to see the car is getting some proper use! Who's E36 M3 convertible? Very nice.
How did you end up getting your tach going btw, did you use the M4.4 tach output?
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Old 09-17-2020, 04:08 AM   #127
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My brother picked it up a few days before that post, super clean and for a steal of a deal.
Yep just m4.4 tach output from b21
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Old 09-17-2020, 10:17 AM   #128
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Nicely done. I picked one up about a decade ago and they're a blast!
So you just hooked up b21 to the stock tach and it worked? That seems too simple. Did you manage to get the car to boost past WG setting?
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Old 09-17-2020, 11:25 AM   #129
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Seems too simple but it works. Haven't been past ~8psi since I've got the stock NA 240 fuel pump still, need to install the DW300 I picked up. I've messed a little with the TCV but I don't know off hand if it's working, might remove it and see what wastegate pressure is alone and it the valve is working.

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Old 09-17-2020, 05:18 PM   #130
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Does seem too simple! Good call on the DW300, thats what I went with too. Had a walbro in the old 940 and the DW is a bit quieter despite pumping more fuel. I guess we'll know more if I also don't have more than base boost when I get to it, maybe the speed signal is needed!
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Old 09-17-2020, 06:01 PM   #131
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I was emailing Aaron at vast tuning and he said there was not a speed limitation on TCV duty cycle, but I was also reading about gear limitations (so you don't have tons of wheel spin and boost in first gear) but you can remove that in tunerpro. I have from my .bin but I have no idea if it worked
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Wastegate pressure is indeed 8psi on my 15g
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Went threw my wiring and it's good according to a 96 850 motornic 4.3 diagram and 98 v70 motronic 4.4. last time I was using the digital dash function in tunerpro I was seeing TCV duty cycle numbers, I'll have to find my cable again and take another run and see what it's at.

My assumption is that if I'm getting a duty cycle output in turbopro then the ECU isn't limiting boost by speed or gear, sound like a solid assumption?

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Old 09-17-2020, 11:18 PM   #133
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I ran my 15g at 22 psi on LH2.4 with no problems (and certainly didn't use a TCV, used the old school Dawes device style boost controller), I don't understand the last sentence. Crank the wastegate rod a bit and use a simpler boost controller, unless you are concerned about the transmission.
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Old 09-18-2020, 02:47 AM   #134
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Sorry the last sentence was worded strangely. I'm saying if the ECU is outputting a duty cycle signal to the TCV then I'm not having any issues with a speed or gear boost limitation because of missing signals to the ECU.

I've got a spare MBC I may install but would like to get the TCV setup working. High boost at low RPM seems to be a killer of these motors and when upgrading to a larger turbo I don't want to have to pick between setting the boost low enough to not bend rods at lower RPM or being light on the throttle until it revs up a bit.

Once I get the fuel pump in I'll probably throw on the MBC while I try to figure out the solenoid, but it seems like most over at volvospeed tune with the TCV to avoid damage and have more control of boost in specific situations.
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Old 01-17-2021, 03:08 AM   #135
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Haven't really done much besides drive this sucker since September, only issue I've had is the clutch bracket I brazed on broke, got some argon and welded it back on, no issues sense.

Been collecting parts for a while, useful stuff pictured. Want to get the suspension dialed in
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Lips of the wheels had a lot of clear coat issues, but slapping them on the rear and a few sanding sponges later and they are much better, will polish later.

Got the rears installed, fronts and the rest of this stuff should go in tomorrow
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:14 PM   #136
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Got everything but the torque rods installed last night, feels like a different car.

Started with fixing the motor mount, I REALLY underestimated what was needed.
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Original one bent a while back, Ide been ignoring it because I thought it would be a PITA to remove but actually came out easy with a screw jack on the mounting point for the original passenger side lower motor mount. Straightened it out, added a second plate to the bottom and some angled stuff up top. Didn't get a picture of the final product after a few more welds and paint but its about like this
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Oil pan no longer touches the steering rack, really cuts down on vibration, I was blaming a lot of it on T5 trans with single piece driveshaft that's too short, but it's almost "smooth" now under any amount of load. I'll still be using a longer coleman shaft once I decide on a driveshaft yoke.

Clearance now:
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Didn't get many pictures of the rest of the work, just one of the proper way to remove bushings (not burning them out like I've seen people try)

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In went STS derlin front control arm bushings, BNE quick steer roll center correction spacers (soon to be lower making this more helpful) BNE adjustable endlinks, ClassicSwede 27mm hollow drop bar and a tie rod kit.

I may have jumped the gun on the roll center correction spacers, with IPD lowering springs I can't get the tie rod ends low enough to seat, but lowering it onto the tires and kicking them inwards was enough.

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New R888R tires are MUCH better then way too large Michelin X-Ice tires for performance, much better gearing with the smaller size, infantry less sidewall flex and about 200x the grip. I now track pebbles in the from the parking lot when driving into the bay

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This car finally handles well and is much closer to the way I want it to be, next up is likely going to be BNE coilover DIY kit with Koni 8610-1436/1437 race inserts up front and whatever shortened rear options there are now days once I figure out measurements. Car sits rather high in the rear but id like to lower both some more with the 205/50r16 tires.
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:41 PM   #137
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Been a little less then pleased with the ride height after the wheels, especially the rear
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In went a set of BNE adjustable spring perches along with 250lb springs (I wanna say 11") and it leveled it out much better, but that was maxed out as high as possible. Even at this height the tires hit the inner fenders, a LOT in reverse. After some trimming and panhard rod adjustment they decided to get along.
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Later this last week I got around to building the fronts, the rest of the BNE DIY kit, sleeves, adjusters, weld rings, spring perches, 10" 400lb springs and the aforementioned shortened koni struts. I opted to cut the full difference (about 3") off the housings, but left the small original Volvo spacer in the bottom of the tubes.
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The goal here was to be able to set preload and still be at a ride height I liked, after installing them they are a lot lower then I expected, unloaded they sit higher (lower car higher wheels when lifted) then IPD lowering springs under full compression, but after adjusting the rear (and cutting out the upper portion of the inner fender) I've accepted this ride height.
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It's obviously much firmer, very little give and sticks to the ground like no Volvo I've had before. Driving with people in the rear and passenger the driveshaft rubs so I'll have to finish up the smaller Coleman shaft I have. Up after that may be a new drivers seat, seeing as I now have more body roll then the car. Hoping to reupholster either Recaro LX/LS or a set of E30 sport seats in the same two tone brown and brown/tan houndstooth pattern as the current seats as I love the interior color scheme.
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:50 PM   #138
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:15 PM   #139
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It's obviously much firmer, very little give and sticks to the ground like no Volvo I've had before. Driving with people in the rear and passenger the driveshaft rubs so I'll have to finish up the smaller Coleman shaft I have. Up after that may be a new drivers seat, seeing as I now have more body roll then the car. Hoping to reupholster either Recaro LX/LS or a set of E30 sport seats in the same two tone brown and brown/tan houndstooth pattern as the current seats as I love the interior color scheme.
That thing is sitting perfectly.

I'm pretty much convinced at this point to stick with 2-piece driveshafts on any lowered 240 no matter which trans. The 1-piece shafts always seem to rub at the rear of the tunnel where the rear seatbelts bolt in.

Putting Recaro LS seats in my car was the single biggest change in driving feel, even more than suspension I'd say - since most of the time driving around on the street you're not at the limit of handling, but you're always sitting in the seat...
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Since most of the time driving around on the street you're not at the limit of handling, but you're always sitting in the seat...
Haha never thought of it that way, but probably the best explanation I've heard for driving feel mods.

Got a little sidetracked from seats, decided the car was too loud, in a bad way. 32 cars into my life and maybe half have had working radios, none very good. Since this should be a daily driver I added some speakers and an amp

I snagged a bluetooth amp because ide like to be able to use my phone, no headphone jack because that's the way ****s going now days, but also want to get a "stock" head unit later.
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Someone in this cars past already had 6x9 speakers on the rear shelf, holes already chopped. I had to enlarge them but not much, metal trimming only burned one hole in the trunk carpet.

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More parts laying around just adding these then most of the suspension work, but the roof rack makes s nice shelf.

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Needless to say I'm very happy to be able to listen to music, haven't really in years since I've never spent a dime on audio equipment. Just two rear speakers for now, hoping to find stock volvo covers that fit over them. Then a set of 4" fronts that I can get the color matched brown grilles to fit over.
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Old 03-25-2021, 02:15 AM   #141
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With the ability to play music I started using my hearing in the car again and quickly realized it's way too loud, axle dump with PnP flowmaster drones terribly and there is a ton of wind/road noise. I decided to solve the exhaust situation first since it's something I've hated since I did it.

Collected the right bits last week, all three inch. Mandrel bent piping kit, high flow CA approved cat (CA meaning Canada, but they still shipped it here), slip fit Vbands, and the largest magnaflow straight threw muffler I could find
I yet again didn't get around to installing the BNE torque rods, they have moved into the truck until I do
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A few hours and every screw jack we have later it was all together, under axle since it's low enough, around the passenger side of the gas tank. The section under the crossmember sits a little low so I will likely redo it when I get a flex joint for the down pipe
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Much MUCH quieter, you can't tell it's idling with the windows up and music at a normal level, but still makes nice 5 cylinder noises under load. No more drone at 2500 rpm and about 7-10 decibel drop in cabin noise according to the two ****ty sound meter apps I got.

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The other upside is how much of a flow difference it made, even with way more pipe, a bigger muffler and a cat it elevated a bunch of backpressure. The car until now has only been able to make ~8 psi of boost, regardless of MBC settings, I had previously adjusted the MBC for about an hour, little bit by bit without change. By the end of it I tossed it in the passenger seat and went WOT with the waste gate disconnected, 8psi. On the drive home spools to ~15psi with the MBC set to whatever I had it at last.
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Enjoying the happenin's in this here thread.
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Thanks, as am I. This had quickly become my favorite volvo, and also sucked all my time and money away from the rest of them


Took the exhaust off twice so far, the Vbands are a game changer, much easier then any exhaust flange I've delt with before. Unfortunately both times it's had to come off because of the way I built it. Going onto 4 post lifts the section under the cross member hits on the ramps, and going onto 2 post lifts the axle would drop straight through the back section.

After getting an alignment I took it to berryessa again, this time with a solid suspension setup, man does it drive nice.

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This is the first of my cars that I can't feel the tires coming loose on corners, no body roll, just stays planted to the ground. I couldn't stop smiling, until I ran over a brick sized rock

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It was one piece before it went straight under the tire, went back to toss it out of the road, would send the average KIA to the scrapyard.

Wheel survived unbent, rebalanced it anyways.
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The *only* damage was the drivers motor mount stand, top half broke away from the frame rail, so I took the opportunity to make a new one
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95% of the vibration in the car is gone now, only at highway speeds does it have a little bit, I'm blaming the driveshaft angles still, if only I could get around to installing the torque rods
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What’s in the roof box Jimmy?
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What roof box?
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It's now been a year with the whiteblock, daily driven except for a few stints. I've really been loving this car as it's taking shape into my goals for it.

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Over the next year there I hope to make it even better, my goals are to continue to increase the comfort (new seat, better driveshaft, sound deadening, ext) and also increase performance (h-beam rods, e36 manifold?, Bigger turbo/injectors/intercooler/tune and more boost.

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I also "installed" the ambient temperature gauge I've had laying around, not hooked up, nor is it volvo branded but it fills in the final gauge spot. One will have to come off for the wideband, but for now it's all looking good.
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I also "installed" the ambient temperature gauge I've had laying around, not hooked up, nor is it volvo branded but it fills in the final gauge spot. One will have to come off for the wideband, but for now it's all looking good.
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your roof box is stupid
I took it off for a day and the car looked naked.
If only the ******* who sold me the louvers had the hardware too.

It also distracts from the mismatched hood, missing trim and how bad it needs a wash/wax
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