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Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark Plugs (NGK K20TT 4604)

Fitted some fresh new plugs and decided to try NGK copper plug instead of Volvo OEM Iridium plugs. They work great and cost next to nothing. Decided to try NGK K20TT 4606. Double checked the gap to be sure, they are correctly preset for the Volvo S80 2.4 / 2.5T.

Still have to get used to swapping out 5 spark plugs instead of the “usual” 4.

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs




Volvo S80 2.4T 19″ Black Monaco Mirabeau wheels

Found a nice set on eBay Kleinanzeigen for my Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited edition. They are black 19″ inch Monaco Mirabeau wheels, which fit the black Volvo great. Very happy with them 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T 19" Monaco Mirabeau wheels

Volvo S80 2.4T 19" Monaco Mirabeau wheels




Volvo S80 2.4T Alarm Siren Module fix

As a lot of older Volvo’s, my S80 showed the cumbersome “Alarmservice needed” message. I decided to search for a fix instead of buying a new one, which costs about €280 – €300, which is a lot of money.

The process is very simple, slicing open the siren, disconnecting the battery pack and plugging in the new battery pack. The hard part is to remove the security bolt, I used a angle grinder and then tapping it out. I used a normal bolt when I mounted the siren again.

I bought it here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/152151139597

S60, S70, V70, S80 & XC Series
Type: Varta button cells
Rating: 7.2V, 320mAh
P/N: GP320BVH6A6, N2H280
Finish: Green wrapped
Connector: Mini-Volvo connector
Compatible with 8637399, 8622268, 9452709 & 9162941 siren modules
Cable length: 60mm

Volvo S80 2.4T Siren Module repair




Volvo S80 2.4T Do88.se Blue Silicone Intercooler Hoses

Replaced some old deteriorated intercooler hoses with new fresh Do88.se blue silicone hoses, which do not collapse anymore. I solved a hiccup when flooring the car from low rpm (due to sturdiness of the new hoses).

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Intercooler hoses

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Intercooler hose

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Intercooler hose

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Silicone hose

Volvo S80 2.4T Old Deteriorated Rubber hose

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Silicone vs OEM Turbo hose

Volvo S80 2.4T Silicone Intercooler hose

Volvo S80 2.4T Silicone Intercooler hose

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Bay




Volvo S80 2.4T Polybush Gearbox Mount

My front gearbox mount was shot. Found a polybush replacement part which is a easy swap. Remove 4x 18mm bolts, swap the part and tighten the 4x 18mm bolts. Noticed a big improvement in pickup and shift handling. The engine/gearbox is able to move much less, which helps in driveability.

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount

Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount

Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount




Volvo S80 2.4T New Bosch O2 Lambda Sensor

As a car grows older, parts outreach their peak efficiency and should be replaced with new parts. Like the front O2 lambda precat sensor, which has an replacement interval of 250.000km, which my car already replaced sometime ago. Replaced it with a genuine Bosch OEM part. Noticed that my Long Term Fuel Trims (LTFT) were dropping, which is a good indicator.

Partnr: 0 258 007 137 / 0258007137

LSU42, LS7137

EAN: 3165143196243

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor




Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a new Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV)

I noticed some strange behaviour when lifting the throttle and decided to service the CBV aka Compressor Bypass Valve. I was right, car drives a lot better after replacing it with a fresh CBV / DV (Diverter Valve).

I went with an aftermarket TRITDT K5T09671.

Volvo S80 2.4T New TRITDT Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV) repair kit

Volvo S80 2.4T New TRITDT Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV) vs Old

Volvo S80 2.4T New TRITDT Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV) vs Old

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a new Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV)




Volvo S80 2.4T Trying Out An Open Cone Filter

I wanted to try an open filter, to hear the induction sound and the blowoff sound. I went with a big velocity stack type filter. Although it sounded nice, I already reverted it and went back to the original airbox.

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

And it looks like this again

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM Airbox




Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing Window Sliders

Easy mod with big results. If you have a Volvo with a choppy window, 9 out of 10, it will be the window sliders. They are quite easy to replace though. Tip: buy them on Aliexpress for cheap!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repairing Window Mechanism

Volvo S80 2.4T Repairing Window Mechanism

Volvo S80 2.4T Repairing Window Mechanism




Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Bosch O2 Lambda Sensor

Many people tend to forget that O2 aka Lambda sensors have a replacement interval (in my case 250.000km). Failing to do so will have direct impact on your power and mileage. I checked using Torque (Android app) and checking the Long Term Fuel Trims (LTFT). I noticed that they dropped after installing the new Bosch O2 sensor.

Partnr: 0 258 007 137 / 0258007137
LSU42, LS7137
EAN: 3165143196243

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch O2 Precat Lambda Sensor




Volvo S80 2.4T CAI Intake Modification

Decided to mod the intake flap to a more direct version, which should aid in forcing air into the airbox. Performance could be better, although right now I dont have the means to measure this.

Volvo S80 2.4T Default Air Intake

Volvo S80 2.4T Air Intake Mod




Volvo S80 2.4T LED License Plate Lights

Upgraded / updated the License plate lights to LED versions, which look much better than the stock items. Highly recommended mod!

Volvo S80 2.4T LED License Plate Lights

Volvo S80 2.4T LED License Plate Lights




Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Indicator Bulbs

Small mod, replacing the orange bulbs with chrome indicator bulbs. Looks better 🙂

 
Volvo S80 2.4T Amber Indicator Bulbs

Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Indicator Bulbs




Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim

When I bought the S80, it was evident that the plastic trim had seen better days. So I decided to spend some time and repaint it black. As expected, it transformed the car tremendously. I highly recommend this!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainting All The Trim!




Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing vacuum lines with Silicone Hoses

A highly recommended repair / modification for all older Volvo owners. Replacing the old rubber vacuum lines with strong durable silicone hoses. I bought 3 color hoses (red / black/ blue) as the original hoses also have color stamps on them. Old rubber hoses deteriorate from heat and moisture and will fail over time. Replacing them with silicone hoses ensures a proper running car!

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing Vacuum Lines




Volvo S80 2.4T Converting HU-801 to Single DIN / 1DIN

I was missing the option to play my own music using a iPod Classic interface, so decided to convert my HU-801 Volvo headunit to my trusty Pioneer 1DIN / Single DIN using a fascia plate and some converter cables.

I like the original look better, but the functionality of the Pioneer outweighs the look a couple of times, which makes it a no-brainer for me.

Volvo S80 2.4T 1 Din fascia with ISO cabling

Volvo S80 2.4T Work in progress...

Volvo S80 2.4T 1 DIN fascia with pioneer headunit




Volvo S80 2.4T Trunk Spoiler

Upgraded the rear with a trunk spoiler (stick-on type) and it looks quite OEM, which I am very pleased with. Doubt it will give me any extra noticeable downforce, but it looks the parts 🙂

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Volvo S80 2.4T New OEM Bosch MAF

As the car has already passed thr 300.000km mark, it’s time for renewing key components, like the Mass Airflow Meter (MAF). Decided to go OEM and opted for a Bosch one.

Restored some low down power, which is good news. Highly recommended!

Partnr: 0 280 218 088 / 0280218088

 Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch MAF

New vs Old

Volvo S80 2.4T Bosch MAF




Volvo S80 2.4T IPD Polybush Upper Engine Stabilizer

Cheap and easy mod for a little bit more stability, polybush inserts for the upper engine stabilizer.

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Stabilizer




Volvo S80 2.4T Upgrading Interior Lights with LEDs

To modernize the car and make it more future proof, I decided the replace as much halogen bulbs with LEDs. I didn’t want the 6500k Blueish tint, but instead opted for a warmer white color, which are a little bit more white than their halogen counterparts. Very happy with the end result!

Old

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Vanity Lights LED

And New

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Vanity Lights Halogen

Upgrading the rear light dome cluster

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Light Cluster

Halogen vs LED

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Light Cluster Halogen vs LED

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Light Cluster Halogen vs LED

Warm white Festoon LEDs

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Light Cluster

Unhooking the tab

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear Light Cluster

End result for the rear light cluster

Volvo S80 2.4T Rear light cluster after LED replacements

Front cluster

Volvo S80 2.4T Front Light Cluster

Volvo S80 2.4T Front Light Cluster




Volvo S80 2.4T 4D Carbon Wrap The Grille

As the stock grill is quite dull, it also looks dated. I wanted to upgrade the looks and decided to test a carbon 4D wrap, as the facelift grille does not transfer to the older model. It was quite tedious, but it worked out perfectly! Like the way it looks now 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T Carbon 4D Wrapping the Grill

Volvo S80 2.4T Carbon 4D Wrapping the Grill

Volvo S80 2.4T Front View 18-04-2018

Volvo S80 2.4T Front View 18-04-2018




Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Upper Engine Mount with SuperPro Polybush

I noticed that when lifting off (like shifting), there was a lot of movement / play in the engine / gearbox. So when I inspected the upper engine mount, I found the root cause rather quickly. The rubber deteriorated and there wasn’t much left of the original rubber bushing.

Having read the other options, like fitting a polybush, I went with the SuperPro version which looked like a good bit of kit. Mounting the new polyurethane kit was quite a breeze. Fortunately, the original bushing has a plastic ring 🙂 The SuperPro kit consists of 2 pieces, which makes the mount very easy to replace.

Result: a much better shifting car, putting the power down goes a lot better now. I will also replace the bottom gearbox mount with a polyurethane version soon.

Very easy job to do at home. This also applies to the S60 and V70, as these are quite identical.

Broken upper engine mount…

Volvo S80 2.4T worn engine mount

Tearing it down

Volvo S80 2.4T Removing the Upper Engine Mount OEM bushing

Volvo S80 2.4T Upper Engine Mount shot OEM bush

Comparing old to new

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount vs OEM top view

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount vs OEM side view

Et voila!

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount completed




Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Side Indicators

Small modification, getting rid of the fried egg look and replacing them with Chrome / Amber versions does the front of the S80 good. Cost a small amount and looks much cleaner.

Before…

Volvo S80 2.4T Fried egg stock amber bulb

After 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome indicator bulb




Volvo S80 2.4T, time for a change…

The Golf MK3 GTI showed some big signs of rust, which jeopardized my APK (MOT) status for this year. Simply put, I had 2 choices,

  • Invest quite some money in the Golf MK3 GTI for solving the rust issues and keep driving
  • Swap/sell it straightaway and drive something else

Wishlist

I have chosen for the latter as the title already suggests. But what is a proper replacement for the Golf MK3 GTI which also falls into budget? Needles to say, I needed a wishlist to get to some conclusion…I ended up with this:

  1. More than 4 cilinders
  2. More power than the GTI
  3. No VAG car
  4. More luxury than the GTI
  5. Bigger than the GTI
  6. Optional: automatic gearbox

Result

I ended up with a Volvo S80 from 2001 with a 5 cilinder (2.4 liters) turbocharged engine. It ticks all the boxes, except for my optional item (#6), as it has stick shift. It isn’t bad, but a automatic gearbox would complement the car even more. Let the pictures speak for itself!

Volvo S80 2.4T on driveway

Volvo S80 2.4T side view

Volvo S80 2.4T rear view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit side view

Volvo S80 2.4T roof window

Volvo S80 2.4T backseat view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit view

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine bay