Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Broken Brake Light Switch (Intermittent)

Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Broken Brake Light Switch (Intermittent)

I received the dreaded red light brake errors on my instrument cluster, so I was preparing for the worst (broken SBC computer). When I scanned for errors, fortunately it only showed a faulty brake light switch.

Partnr: 0015454009 / A0015454009

Reduced braking power! Start engine!
ESP Defective! Visit workshop!
Reduced braking power! Depress brake pedal fully!
MB iCarsoft v3.0: SBC Brake Light Switch error (C261E) / State: Historic Hydraulic Fault Or Brake Light Switch Faulty
Values with a lightly squeezed brake pedal
New brake light switch A0015454009 / 0015454009
Location of the brake light switch
New and old brake light switch




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Black Wiper Filler Cap (Pre Facelift W211)

I always hate the bright blue caps for the wiper fluid and when there is an OEM option to change it something better, I am all ears πŸ™‚

I was notified that the pre-facelift W211 E-class had a nice black & yellow cap instead of the ugly blue one. I was able to source used / second hand one for cheap. Retouched the yellow with some yellow caliper paint I had laying around and presto!

Partnr: 2118600064 / PUM22268

Yuck!

Looks way better, don’t you agree?



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Photoshoot During Driveaholic.nl Review

At the end of the Driveaholic.nl review, we stopped somewhere to take some shots of my CLS55 (potentially to be used for the review).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Featured On Driveaholic.nl

I met up with Chris from Driveaholic.nl a little while ago, as he was interested in a review of the CLS55 AMG. I could not refuse and was happy to oblige, as Chris is a talented writer.

Very happy with the article (it’s in Dutch) and had a great afternoon during the test πŸ™‚

Driveaholic.nl – Rijtest: Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG (2005)




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, First Dragy 100-200km/u Measurement, 9.72s!

Met up with Chris van Driveaholic.nl. Chris brought his Dragy with him so it’s rude not to put it to use. Very nice 100-200km/u run on the autobahn in Germany, with an excellent result; 9,72 seconds for a stock car!

Considering it was measured with 2 people in the car, around 75% fuel in the tank and EURO RON95 petrol (instead of RON98 or Aral RON102).

Safe to say that my CLS55 is quite healthy πŸ˜‰ And very happy with this baseline. On to the next dragy runs!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Original Gates Serpentine Belt 1139970292 6K2449

Replaced the Contitech 6K2445 serpentine belt with an original Gates belt and was very surprised to see the actual difference. The ribs of the OE Gates belt are significantly thicker than the Contitech (Continental), something I did not expect to see.

Even though it’s way more expensive than the Contitech (about 70 euro vs 20 euro), I’m happy that I have chosen the Original OE option.

Partnr: 1139970292 6K2449




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, SL65 AMG Grille

Replaced the original CLS55 AMG 3 louvre grille with a single louvre Mercedes SL65 AMG type of grille. I didn’t expect the grille to make such a difference in looks. Very happy with the outcome!

The stock 3 louvre CLS55 grille (it also had a hole)
The 1 louvre SL65 AMG type grille, looks way more modern and ties in better with the lower grille




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Quick Charge USB Ports & Volt Gauge

Replaced the volt gauge and normal USB ports for another one with Quick Charge USB ports, which makes them a bit more usable for me.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Crankshaft Double Pulley

After a incident in the garage, I had the idea that the crank pulley had a slight wobble. As these pulleys are known to separate (after a long period), I didnt feel comfortable with the car and made the decision to get this replaced.

Off course, its not a cheap item to replace, as this is an AMG specific item (2 belts running of the crank pulley, 1 for the accessory belt (6 ribs) and 1 for the supercharger (8 ribs)).

I went to Mercedes specialist Ralph Eidams in Brunssum where they were able to replace it within the hour, keeping down costs on labour. Even though it probably wasn’t necessary, I ultimately did it for peace of mind. I also let them replace the front main axle seal (krukaskeerring).

Partnr crankshaft pulley: A1130300103

Partnr crankshaft pulley bolt: 0009900200

Partnr front main seal: A0239978447

Ralph Eidams: https://www.ralpheidamsmercedes.nl/

CLS55 on the 2 post ramp

Old crankshaft pulley out
New crankshaft pulley in place!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Porsche Edition Lifehammer Evolution

Was able to buy some Lifehammer Evolutions from the Porsche Webshop, for about half the price of current retail prices (€9 euro instead of +- €20 euro). Also they come in sleek grey instead of bright orange, which fits the CLS interior better.

I bought 3 of them (2 for the CLS, 1 for our VW Lupo).

Link to Porsche webshop: Lifehammer Evolution – Porsche Webshop

3x Lifehammer Evolution + Pro Adapter
Lifehammer Evolution mounted in the CLS55
Lifehammer (normal edition)



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Scored An Upgrade Intercooler / Heat Exchanger

Was able to order an upgrade intercooler / heat exchanger for a very reasonable price. You will have to resort to US import, meaning higher costs.

They are very hard to get in the Netherlands for a good price, so happy days! It’s only a matter of finding time as it should be a pretty straightforward installation.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrading To The Gates HD Fleetrunner Micro-V K080510HD 8PK1294 Supercharger Belt

It was apparent that the best in Supercharger belt would be the very popular green “Gates HD” belt, but it seems there is an even better one (more on that later).

When I ordered this belt, at the moment I thought this was the best that Gates had to offer. Its very popular as an upgrade belt and you will see it being used on many M113k engines (stock & tuned).

This belt should prevent slippage (meaning lost power) and will last a long time.

Partnr: Gates HD Fleetrunner Micro-V K080510HD 8PK1294

I have a stock supercharger pulley, so 1294mm is the correct belt length.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Radiator Isolators

When working on the CLS55, I bought 2 new rubber isolators for the radiator. The isolators make sure that the radiator is securely mounted and isolates the vibration from the radiator cooling fan whenever it kicks in.

New vs old & broken



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Alignment At Daemen Bandenservice Venray

After working on the front suspension, it was time for an alignment at Daemen Bandenservice in Venray. I can highly recommend them, a true alignment (and wheel) specialist.

Site: https://www.daemenbandenservice.nl/




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Cup Holder

My CLS55 AMG was missing the fancy cup holder, so I ordered one from the far east. This is truly a next level design, and imagine this is a car from 2005.

Partnr: B66920118 / 2116800014 / A2116800014 / U8Q9
Partnr: B66920118 / 2116800014 / A2116800014 / U8Q9



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Picking Up The Groceries

Picking up the groceries with 467 BHP & 700Nm, got back in record timing πŸ˜‰




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Old SAI Hoses

Decided to replace the 2 old Secondary Air Injection (SAI) hoses on the front of the big V8 M113k engine. As I pulled them of, they started to deteriorate, so I was just in time. The SAI system helps the catalysts heat up faster in a cold start situation.

Partnr 1132381082
Partnr 1132381082
Old vs New SAI hose
Rubber bung under the SAI hose
New SAI hose in place
Old SAI hose (drivers side)
Old & new SAI hose (drivers side)
Result! Progress!
Just in time



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Jack Pad and Airbox Isolators

Bought a new jack pad (which slots into the front subframe) as I broke it when working on the car. I also noticed that 2 rubber isolators from the airbox were missing, so I also bought 2 new ones to prevent the airbox from making contact with the surge tanks.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, The Freedom Key

Found a nice keychain which I needed in my life. This is exactly how i feel whenever I step into the CLS55. Complete freedom and enjoying that monster supercharged V8 powerplant (the power & sound).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Bosch Aerotwin Flatblade Wipers

Replaced the Valeo wipers with fresh new Bosch Aerotwin flatblade wipers. There is a clear quality difference when you compare them.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Yellow Tint Film On Fog Lights

Washed the CLS55 after a little while and applied some yellow tint film on the fog lights. For now I quite like it. Lets see if I will keep it in the long run…




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Battery For The Nokia Carphone

Bought a new original Nokia battery (BL-5C) for the Nokia carphone in the CLS55. I love this older technology as it just works (and keeps on working πŸ™‚ )




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Temporary Fix For The Oil Filler Neck

Had to apply a temporary fix for the oil filler neck, as it’s still leaking a bit (more like sweating). Used silicone sealant as a temporary measure. I will probably replace the filler neck somewhere next year.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Coolant Expansion Reservoir

Also took the liberty to replace the old coolant expansion reservoir/tank with a fresh new one. The new reservoir was including a new coolant cap and coolant level sensor.

I have no idea when it was last replaced. Also it was leaking from the cap, even though I tried a new cap (see my previous post: https://www.ducked.nl/mercedes-cls55-amg-w219/mercedes-cls55-amg-w219-new-coolant-expansion-reservoir-cap-oil-filler-cap/ )




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Fresh Oil Leak From Valve Cover

Even though I already replaced both valve cover gaskets, the left side started to leak again. I used Febi Bilstein gaskets, that is the last time I will use them for gaskets.

I replaced them with Viktor Reinz gaskets, which are specialists in gaskets.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Damaged Radiator Fan Housing

I accidentally dropped the CLS from my floor jack when I was working on the transmission. I scraped the radiator fan housing and possibly also the crank pulley. Fortunately, the radiator cooling fan is still 100% functional, so no need for replacement now.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, 722.6 Transmission Valve Body Closeup

Created some closeup shots of the valve body after the CLS refused to go into the correct gear. I suspected something wrong with the valve body, but in the end I needed to do a transmission adaptation reset…(which is mandatory after you replace the conductor plate).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Wheel Bolts

Bought new wheel bolts for the front and rear axle. I thought I ordered black wheel bolts for the front axle, but it seems not πŸ™‚

So I painted the tops gloss black, so at least they look black when you look at them. I bought wheel bolts with a movable cap, which should center the wheel better than normal bolts.

Ready for paint
Work in progress
New vs old



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing the 722.6 Gearbox Conductor Plate & Transmission Fluid Refresh

As part of the big preventative maintenance, I swapped out the conductor plate for the 5-speed 722.6 automatic torque converter gearbox (which is pretty much bulletproof) and also did a fluid refresh. Its almost impossible to get all the fluid out, that is done better with a flush (done with specialist equipment).

10 liters of LiquiMoly Top Tec 1800 ATF fluid
Febi Bilstein Transmission service kit (gasket, filter, bolts, drain plug, copper washer, connector)
New conductor plate
New conductor plate
Valve body & old conductor plate. See the black residue, time for some cleaning
More of that black residue…
New conductor plate fitted, cleaned the valve body as much as possible
Valvebody back in place, new filter mounted

I replaced almost 6 liters, the rest remains in the system off course in the coolers and the rest of the transmission plumbing. Maybe somewhere next year do this again, but also replace all/some solenoids and go to a transmission specialist.

Pro tip: Transmission adaptation reset is mandatory! I used method 2 of the video below




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Front Suspension Refresh

When doing previous work below the car, I noticed some original suspension components, which attributes to bad driving behaviour. As I intend to drive this car for a while, I made the decision to refresh the front suspension for now.

The work is not that complex and can be done by the DIY mechanic, but take your time.

All the front suspension components which will be replaced (thrust arms, wishbones, inner+outer tie rods, lower ball joints)

Also added the upper ball joints, as this was an easy swap!

Old vs new upper ball joint
Work in progress
Special tool in action!
Unfortunately, I received the wrong ball joints. Ordered new ones, which brought some delay
Also, the special tie rod tool I own, did not have the correct size (41mm required). So I decided to replace these in a later stage
Applied some fresh ballbearing grease on the inner tie rods.
Botched repair job on the outer tie rod
Also, way too much copper grease on these bolts, which is weird. These bolts are not known to seize…
Old vs new thrust arm
Old vs new wishbone (suspension arm)
Correct lower ball joint pressed in place
A look behind the knuckle

Off course, the next step is to get it aligned!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Ball Joint Special Tool

As preparation of refreshing the front suspension, I bought the special tool to press out (and in) the ball joints which are housed in the knuckle on the W211/W219 platform.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, My Car In 2013

Performed a search on my license plate and found a picture from february 2013! Cool to have such pictures from before I owned it πŸ™‚

Source: Mercedes CLS AMG by timvanessen (Tim van Essen), on Flickr



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Yellow Fog Lights

Added yellow tintfilm to the fog lights. Let me know what you think of this πŸ™‚




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing Roof Window Trim

The roof window trim had seen beter days. On both sides, the “curtains” were torn, which is something that annoyed me very much as the CLS is a luxury car.

Bought 2 new trim pieces from Mercedes, they were quite easy to replace. Start from the outside of the car with the window tilted. You should then be able to lift out the trim pieces and then continue from the inside. On the front of the roof window, a hard plastic piece keeps the trimpieces in place with a small notch.

Looks way better after replacing it!

Partnrs: 2157801540 / A2157801540
Partnrs: 2157801640 / A2157801640

New (top) vs old & torn (bottom)
End result!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Repairing The Airmatic Compressor to Valveblock Airline

My MacGuyver method for repairing the airline did not hold out very long, so I needed something structurally. Fortunately, Mercedes sells a piece of airline (1.5m) for repairing/maintaining the Airmatic system, which was exactly what I needed.

Partnr: 2203271045 / A2203271045
Costs: about 20 euro

MacGuyver vs new airline. I used some teflon tape for extra safety
I found some hose which fitted around the airline perfectly (also for extra safety against rubbing)



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Heatwrapping The Intake Tubes

A mod which has been tested on MBworld already, heatwrapping the intake tubes to keep as much heat out of them as possible. I had white heatwrap lying around, so I used that πŸ™‚

Small supporting mod and a very easy DIY.

Work in progress



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Leaking Rocker Cover Gasket (Again)

Last time I will be using gaskets from Febi Bilstein as the rocker cover started leaking again around cilinder 4. Replaced it with a Viktor Reinz gasket. If it will leak again, I will buy them from the Mercedes dealer.

Leak from cilinder 4 onto the exhaust manifold
Cleaned surfaces before gasket installation
New gasket in place



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Vinyl Steering Wheel Cover

I love a thicker steering wheel and a simple way to do it is with a steering wheel cover. I have done this mod a number of times on previous cars with great succes, and this one worked out great as well. Very happy with the result, as it gives way more grip.

On pictures it looks like a big color difference, but in reality its not that bad. I have chosen a black inlay and black yarn, as a color would look out of place.

Starting situation
Almost done πŸ™‚
End result!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Engine Mounts With Meyle Mounts

As part of further preventative maintenance, I replaced both the engine mounts with fresh new Meyle engine mounts. Unfortunately no HD version available. Next time I will probably replace them with Mercedes Black Series mounts, as these are a popular upgrade.

It’s highly recommended to replace them, as it makes a major difference!

Location of the engine mount (another one on the other side of the engine)
New mounts with the covers
Meyle (new) on the left and old on the right. I almost thought that I ordered the wrong ones as there was a clear height difference. But they sag over time, so that is to be expected.
Its highly recommended to have this tool ready as this makes it a lot easier to undo the top nut!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, In The Sunset

A shot of the CLS55 in the sunset, somewhere nearby to my home.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Damina Performance DM04 19 Inch Black Wheels

Was able to score another set of wheels just across the border (in Germany). The design from the Damina Performance DM04 wheels looked like something that I thought would look great on the CLS.

But after fitting them it left me with an underwhelming feeling. Sometimes, things can look good on paper, but in reality it doesn’t work out. For me, it was with these wheels. They look absolutely great, but I dont like the way they look on the CLS.

So they are up for sale again: https://link.marktplaats.nl/m1864897698

Whenever I buy new wheels, I make these selfies (sort of a tradition) πŸ˜€




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Heat Insulation Airboxes Part 2

Added extra heat insulation on the airboxes, as they sit on top of the hot V8 engine (almost like a “hot v” setup). They can use all the help they can need to keep the incoming air as cool as possible, and using gold heat reflective tape is one of them.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Testing The Osram Airzing Mini Air Purifier

I’m a sucker for gadgets and I always wanted to try out the Osram Airzing Mini air purifier. But at the time, retail price was about 50-60 euro’s, which was way too expensive.

In the meantime, it has dropped to about 15-18 euro’s which was ok for me to give it a shot. To be honest, I haven’t really noticed improvement, but I always had a ioniser in my previous cars.

Link: https://www.amazon.nl/gp/product/B08LDHVD3W/

Price has already gone up again!




OSX TMUTIL Delete Error 2 Solution

If you want to manually delete older backups from your TimeMachine backup solution, then you have the option to use the command “tmutil”. If you open Terminal and enter tmutil, it will show a list of commands. You will need 2 commands to start deleting older backups.

tmutil listbackups

This will give you an overview of all backup points in your backup set.

sudo tmutil delete "/Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/<computername>/2022-08-17-013145"

Make note that you need to puth the path between quotation marks, or it won’t work and you will receive the dreaded error 2:

sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/<computername>/2022-08-16-232657
/Volumes/Time: No such file or directory (error 2)
Machine: No such file or directory (error 2)

If you do use quotation marks, it will delete the backup point and give you confirmation and some stats.

sudo tmutil delete "/Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/<computername>/2020-12-13-002549"
Deleting: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/ANDYIMAC/2020-12-13-002549
Deleted (10.2G): /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/<computername>/2020-12-13-002549
Total deleted: 10.2G

If TimeMachine performs a backup when at the same time you are deleting backup points, you will have to do the listbackups command again. Else you cannot continue with deleting the old backup points and you will be shown the “error 2” message again.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Supercharger Idler Pulley

I noticed that the supercharger idler pulley had quite some dirt accumulation on it and also felt a bit of play, so decided to replace it with a new pulley. I made the right decision as the grease was escaping and therefore attracting the dirt.

Runs smooth again with the new pulley. When I will upgrade with billet pulleys, I will also replace the tensioner itself.

Old (+dirty) and new pulley



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The 4 AMG Exhaust Rubbers

Replaced all 4 exhaust rubbers with OE AMG exhaust rubbers. Each AMG logo adds approximately 1 HP, which is good value for money πŸ˜›

I bought a special tool to make this easier, and I can highly recommend it! Made replacing them way easier and faster without the need for cutting them up or using flathead screwdrivers etc.

Partnr: A2034820444

Partnr: A2034820444
Before shot (with old rubbers)
After (with new rubbers)



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Solving AirMatic Issues

I was suprised with this look, which is a horror type of situation for every CLS owner with Airmatic suspension. In the end I tracked the issue down to a leaking compressor air line (to the valve body), which solved the issue.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Leather Maintenance With Sonax Leather Care

After reading a whole bunch of positive reviews on Amazon about the Sonax Leather Care, I bought a bottle and went to work on the almost full leather interior of the CLS55. It worked well, the product was absorbed really fast, that leads me to believe it was really needed (as leather is a natural product).

Will be doing this every few months to get the most out of the interior!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Power Steering Reservoir & Fluid

The power steering reservoir on the W211 & W219 platform have a filter built in. This filter is not serviceable, meaning that you need to replace the reservoir if you also want to replace the filter.

I took the liberty to replace the reservoir/filter and also flush the complete system and put fresh new synthetic oil in.

I used a vacuumpump to get most of the old red mineral fluid out. Then replaced the reservoir and used the “lock-to-lock” steering motion to pump all the old fluid out. Temporarily cap off the return line on the new reservoir and extend the return line to any suitable container for the old fluid.

I used about 2 liters to flush the system and 1 liter to fill the system. Febi Bilstein CHF 11-S Nr. 06161 is the correct fluid for this system.

Steering goes noticeably lighter after this service!

Old fluid coming out
Almost done flushing (fluid is becoming more green/blue-ish)
Made this shot after removing the reservoir. It clearly shows why replacing the serpentine belt is a bit of a hassle there…



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Servicing The Supercharger Oil

One of the most common overlooked service items, is replacing the supercharger oil. The gears of the supercharger spin very fast and need proper lubrication and cooling. Because it spins so fast, it requires a special type of oil: Mobil Jet Oil II (Synthetic Jet Engine Oil).

This oil is not that widely available to customers and also not very cheap. I used a 150ml syringe with some hose to extract the oil and fill it up again. It holds 150ml maximum, but you can never get all the oil out unless you remove the supercharger. I removed about 130ml, and put back the same amount in fresh oil.

Extracting the old oil
Used a plastic containter to hold the oil in, which makes it a lot easier



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, vidaXL Parking Lot Picture

Just a shot on the parking lot of my current employer vidaXL. The wind turbines in the background have been built not too long ago.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Some Statistics

Someone asked me on a forum how many kilometers per litre the CLS55 does and I was happy to share that information with them. Yes it’s a big engine with a lot of power, but when you treat it gently it can be quite economical for it’s size.

I achieved a respectable 1:8.5 over 155km (mostly highway) with cruising speeds around 120km/u. Also the fuel gauge indicated a half tank when I had already driven 350km’s, which suprised me!

I love the white gauges in the black dashboard πŸ™‚



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Brabomeet 26-06-2022

I have been a member of the Seat forum Seat-Online.nl for quite some time and the Brabomeet is always a fun and nice small meet around Eindhoven. I made some pictures while I was there.

I love the timeless look of this car…

2 Videos were created, where you can hear the mighty V8 M113k Mercedes engine πŸ™‚




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Serpentine Belt

Replaced the serpentine belt, under the guise of “while I am in there”. It was quite a hassle, but unfortunately, I will do it again as this belt seems a little short to my liking. The tensioner has ample room to move this way, which is not how I like to see it.

I replaced it with a Dayco 6PK2440 belt if I am not mistaken.

New and old belt
Dayco belt in place



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Cleaning The Belly Pans

After changing the oil, I was left with 3 dirty belly pans. Actually, the first one was pretty clean. But the 2nd & 3rd were really dirty due to oil leaking and dirt accumulating on that oil.

But a good degreaser and pressure washer work wonders. I totally forgot to take ‘after” pictures, so you will have to believe me on this one πŸ˜‰

1st belly pan (pretty clean)
2nd belly pan, which was quite dirty. nfortunately, it has 1 broken air diverter
3rd belly pan, this was really dirty!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, My First Oil Change With LiquiMoly 5W40 High Tech

Performed the first oil change on the CLS55 with LiquiMoly High Tech Low Resistance 5W40 oil. Bought 2x 5 Liter canisters, as the big 5.4 Liter takes about 8.5 Liters of oil in total. Also added in 1.5 canister of LiquiMoly Ceratec, a well known working friction modifier.

List:

  • 2x 5 Liter LiquiMoly High Tec Low Resistance 5W40
  • 1x Mann Oil Filter HU718/5X
  • 2x Mercedes Oil Sump Plug A3529970032
  • 1x Katsu Oil Filter Wrench Set

This was my setup for the day, used 2 ramp, which has enough ground clearance.

This is how the oil filter looked. It was in a bad state, seems the previous owner skimped out on maintenance…The rubber O-rings especially were very old and worn.

The M113k engine has 2 sumps, a front scavenging sump and in the back the main sump. I saw a lot of oil leakage, most of it was due to the rocker covers as far as I could judge for now.

Front scavenging sump
Rear main sump
Putting the Katsu oil filter wrench to good use. I used a combination of a vacuumpump with the drain plugs to get most of the old oil out

Performed some other things “while I was in there”, but I will describe that in separate posts.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Rear Differential Oil

1.5 Liter of 75W140 GL5 Differential oil (LiquiMoly) and 2x new filler caps for the rear differential. I didnt have the correct hex key, but a T70 torx also works. Will be doing this again in the near future, so all the old oil is replaced with new oil.

I used a big syringe (150ml), which actually worked out very well. I will always recommend using new plugs whenever you notice that the plugs look old.

Partnr: A3529970032
The old drain plug
The old filler plug on the drivers side

Draining the old rear differential oil

New shiny drain plug
New shiny filler plug



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Rocker Cover Gaskets

When I replaced the spark plugs, I noticed some massive oil seepage/leaks from both the rocker covers. I bought the original Mercedes liquid sealant for the breather chambers. I already read that this would be cumbersome, and that was no lie.

But it’s all in the preparation (degrease properly!) and take your time for that, because this is not something you want to do a couple of times.

OE Mercedes sealant partnr: A003989982010

I found out that a deep 18mm socket and 1/2″ extension enabled me to use a kit gun, essentially making the job way easier! If you look closely, you will see the setup in the back of the photo.

Happy to see that all looks well under the rocker covers πŸ™‚




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing K&N Air Filters With OEM Paper Air Filters

Replaced the K&N drop-in filters with OEM paper filters (Febi Bilstein), as I prefer better filtration over a little more throughput. I don’t think I will notice the difference with my standard CLS55 AMG.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Cabin Filter With Mann FreciousPlus Filter

Replaced the cabin filter as I did not know when it was last replaced. I was unaware that Mann had a new type of filter, which transcends the pollen and active carbon filter type.

Their FreciousPlus series is also anti-bacterial, making you stay as healthy as possible within your car πŸ™‚ I used Mann FP3172 for the CLS55. As you can see, it needs to be replaced every year or 15.000km.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing All 8 Coil Packs

After about 187.000km (or 17 years), the original coil packs are due for retirement in my garage πŸ˜‰ Car seems to run a little better after placing the new coil packs!

Could also be placebo effect… πŸ˜‰

Old dusty coil packs with oil leak
8 Brand spanking new coil packs, ready to be installed



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Vband Clamps For Non-Resonated Catback Exhaust

On of the previous owners clipped something, as the Vband clamps for the non-resonated catback were damaged and therefore leaking (a little bit).

I replaced both of them with brand new clamps, so the seal is airtight again!

Damaged Vband clamps (scraped & dented)



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing Rear Swaybar Links / Droplinks

The rear swaybar still had the original droplinks, so they were in dire need to be replaced. I replaced them with fresh new droplinks from Febi Bilstein. This tightens up the rear of the car a little bit. For maximum effect, I will need to overhaul the complete suspension (which I will be doing in time!)




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Changing The 16 Spark Plugs With Beru Ultra Titan UPT14P

Replaced all 16x (!) spark plugs with fresh new Beru UPT14P Ultra Titan Spark plugs. They are pre-gapped at 0.75mm and I adjusted them to 0.8mm as per factory specifications.

They needed to be replaced a little while ago, too bad that some people skimp out on needed maintenance.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, LiquiMoly Injector Cleaner

As part of regular maintenance, bought some LiqiuMoly injection cleaner. Will probably be using this every now and then as preventative maintenance.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Exhaust Clamp Secondary Cats

New exhaust clamp for the secondary cats as the original one had a rusted bolt which could snap at anytime.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Meyle HD Gearbox Mount

Engine mounts are usually forgotten as a maintenance item, but not for me! I checked my options and found that Meyle had an upgraded mount in their product line. The upgraded series from Meyle are known as the “HD” series and they are OEM+ replacements.

I chose the Meyle HD gearbox mount to replace the factory Mercedes mount. Fitment 100% and the build quality looks to be very good. The front engine mounts will be replaced as well by Meyle mounts!

Meyle HD vs OE
Meyle HD vs OE



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Bonnet Struts

I don’t get people who live with worn old bonnet struts. They dont cost much and they make all the difference, especially if you work on your own car.

They were still the factory bonnet struts, so probably 17 years old.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Flex / Giubo / Hardy Discs (Prop Shaft)

Noticed at a routine inspection that the prop shaft flex discs (also known as giubo or hardy discs) were showing quite some wear. After 17 years, that is to be expected. But to be honest, I thought they would have been replaced already.

Replaced them with Tedgum discs including new shiny bolts. Happy with the end result as I felt a more positive engage from the drivetrain. Job done!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Airmatic Air Filter

Replaced the Airmatic air filter, which makes sure that dirt & debris stay out of the Airmatic system. Mercedes uses a fuel filter, repurposed as an air filter for this system. The partnumber is: WK 32/6 (Mann filter)

Old vs new
Old vs new
Old filter dissected, didnt look all that bad, considering it’s probably 17 years old



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Airmatic Compressor

With 186k kilometers on the clock and 17 years old, its good to start replacing parts as a preventative measure. After 17 years, rubber will be hard and brittle and electrical components might show fatigue or arent as “snappy’ as 17 years ago.

The Airmatic compressor (and relay) works hard to keep the 4 air springs inflated and after 17 year, its time for a rebuild or a pension πŸ˜‰ I chose rebuild (and pension), so I always have a good one as spare. For good measure, also swap the Airmatic relay!

The Airmatic compressor on the drivers side, right behind the bumper.
New vs Old Wabco compressor
The new compressor in place. Unfortunately, the new compressor has a slightly different layout, so I worked around that by extending the air line. I used reinforced 4mm ID vacuum line to get it to work
Unfortunately, normal silicone boost/vacuum line is not suitable for 10-14 BAR working pressure πŸ™‚ It went bang on me!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Midlife Crisis Officially Started!

18th of May 2022, the day I became 40 years old and my mid life crisis officially began πŸ˜€




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Bosch Intercooler Pump Upgrade

The infamous Bosch “010” upgrade pump for the watercooled supercharger circuit.

As I replaced the pump, it seems one of the previous owners already placed the Bosch 010 pump. Nevertheless a worthy replacement, as I have zero idea how old it was.

Partnr: 0392022010




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Repairing Broken Cable Boot Latch

Broken cables in the rear hatch. Its a common issue on the C219 W219 platform (probably also on W211 platform).

Functions that ceased to function were:

  • Boot handle
  • Auto Close button
  • Lock button
  • Boot light (intermittent)



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Orange Brake Calipers?

Absolutely love this color on the AMG calipers. Might have to do this on my CLS as well…Something for later πŸ™‚




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Converting The 12v Socket to 2x USB With Voltage Gauge

Modified the cigarette lighter with a voltage gauge and 2x USB charging ports, which is way more relevant nowadays.

Took some small modification to make it work, but it looks good and is very useful.

The OEM unit as is
Rearside, you have to remove the KeylessGo module and a small bulb holder. Then use some force to push the plastic retaining clips and wiggle the cigarette lighter out
End result
This is how it looked like on the Mini



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Inspecting The Bottom Rear Side

Was a little curious to see what I would encounter so I made a picture of the bottom rear side. All the accumulated dirt in the differential heatsink was removed and cleaned thorougly, so it could function properly again.

The rest looked good, no rust issues, other than some surface rust on some parts. It also gives a good look on the modified exhaust (center resonator delete).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing Old Worn Center Caps

The wheelcaps had seen better days and have been replaced with fresh ones. These are the small mods/repairs which actually make a bigger difference than one might expect.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Weighing The Rear Tyre

Weighed the big wide rear tyres. They come in around 24.5KG which isnt that bad!

Specifications: 285/30/19 Hankook S1 Evo 3 on a original Mercedes AMG 19 inch 9.5j wheel (staggered set).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Rear Air Springs / Bags

Changed the air springs on the CLS55, just as a precaution. With 186.000 kms on the clock, that is not a bad thing to do. Replaced them with eBay units.

They are holding very well so far πŸ™‚ !

Partnrs:
Left: A 211 320 13 25 / A2113201325
Right: A 211 320 12 25 / A2113201225




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, How To Replace The TCU

When I searched for a step-by-step video for replacing the Transmission Control Unit (TCU), I could not find one for the CLS. Therefore I created one myself, to help out others who want/need to swap out this unit.

My tuned unit was stamped with:

Siemens A0355457532
KEIN Seriensteuergerat
Speedshift+ Race
Ubersetzung i=2.65

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Andreas Kawula Built My Engine!

With help of a forum member on Seat-Online.nl, I was able to find out that Andreas Kawula hand built the magnificent supercharged V8 in my CLS55 AMG. His signature is very hard to decipher, but the internet delivers again and verified that his name is indeed Andreas Kawula.

Fun fact: only the 55 & 63 engines were hand built. So a big thank you from the Netherlands, Andreas πŸ™‚ !

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Intake Pipes (Gold Tape Heatwrap)

Noticed that one of the plastic intake tubes was broken, so I replaced them both. Fortunately, the intake pipes only costs 11 euro per piece, which is a steal!

I added gold plated tape, to fend of radiating heat and keep the incoming air as cool as possible. Took quite some time and effort, but I am happy with the end result and how it looks in the engine bay.

Broken hose Vs new hose
Work in progress on the gold plated tape

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Special Tool For Replacing Engine Mounts

Bought a special tool, which is particularly handy when replacing the engine mounts on a CLS55 W219 or E55 W211. The exhaust manifold takes a fair bit of space on each side of the engine and there is where this tool comes in handy with removing the bolt which sits directly under the exhaust manifold (on each side).

Bought it from eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125234922812

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrade To Hella LED Side Lights T10

With the upgrade to new Osram Xenarc Classic bulbs, I wanted to replace the W5W/T10 halogen side lights, as they simply look out of place.

After a extensive review of Sergiu Gabor, I opted for the Hella LED Retrofit bulbs. Fitment is 100%, they are canbus friendly (no errors) and they give a nice white uniform light, which is exactly what I was looking for.

The T10 review of Sergiu Gabor
The halogen side light
The Hella LED side light

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrade To LED License Plate Lights

Converted the license plate lights to LED units (thanks to Aliexpress). Instantly gives the car a more modern look. I applied some dark window tint film, to tone down the intensity. Too much LED light gives off a “chav” image, which is something I want to prevent at all times.

License Plate LED Lights not tinted yet in this picture

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Forgot How Wide The Rear Tyres Are…

I had to do an visual inspection of the rear airbags of the Airmatic system and when I looked at the rear tyre, I totally forgot how wide they are…They should be, else it would be very hard to get all that power on the floor!

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 in 285/30/19

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Driveby Sound (Center Resonator Delete)

Short video of my 2005 Mercedes CLS55 AMG with:

  • 0:00 Warm start / Idle
  • 0:18 Revving (3.000 – 3.200rpm)
  • 0:37 Liftoff
  • 0:52 Return
  • 1:03 Driveby (with some supercharger whine)
  • 1:19 Liftoff again
  • 1:38 End Credits

Mods:

  • K&N Panel filters
  • Stock Catalysts (primary & secondary)
  • Stock mufflers
  • Center resonator delete

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, iCarsoft Diagnostics v3.0

A DIY mechanic wants and needs to know all about their car, and a proper diagnostics program/unit is therefore invaluable. I opted for the iCarsoft Diagnostics unit v3.0. I will probably look into Xentry/DAS in the near future, but having this small powerful device in the car is a godsend.

Its powered by the car, so essentially hassle free! Don’t forgot to update the unit using the software on the iCarsoft website.

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing the Supercharger Pulley Bearing (Nachi)

I decided to replace the supercharger pulley bearing with a fresh new Japan made Nachi bearing. One of the easiest way is the hot/cold method, where you heat up the pulley and freeze the bearing itself. This results in the bearing sliding into the pulley with relative ease.

I could’ve also used my workshop press, but I didn’t want to force it in. I followed this guide for it:

Some more pictures:

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Coolant Expansion Reservoir Cap & Oil Filler Cap

2 Items which are forgotten very easily in routine maintenance; the coolant expansion reservoir cap and the oil filler cap. The coolant cap is spring loaded cap (mechanical component (!)), which is usually set to 1.1 BAR, to allow the coolant to vent whenever the pressure is too high. But when it vents too fast (spring lost tension), the coolant system is not able to operate efficiently.

Therefore its a good habit of changing these out every now and then. For the couple of euros, it should not be forgotten.

I also swapped out the oil filler cap, as this was leaking/seeping out a little bit of oil.

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Original AMG Wheels V8 Kompressor Badge

I love this combination…The 19″ Original AMG wheels, the 8 pots AMG Calipers with the 360mm drilled discs and the legendary “V8 Kompressor” badge.

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Pi-Hole stops resolving after installing Unbound (resolved!)

I wanted to use Unbound on my Pi-Hole installation, but as soon as I adjust the upstream server, Pi-Hole stopped resolving.

Yesterday I finally found the solution (source):

All your unbound DNS queries are being forwarded to your router.

  1. Edit file /etc/resolvconf.conf and comment out the last line which should read:

unbound_conf=/etc/unbound/unbound.conf.d/resolvconf_resolvers.conf

  1. Delete the unwanted unbound configuration file:

sudo rm /etc/unbound/unbound.conf.d/resolvconf_resolvers.conf

  1. Restart unbound:

sudo service unbound restart

This solved the issue on my installation. With Unbound, everyday browsing seems a little bit faster. I can highly recommend it if you are using Pi-Hole.

Installation guide: Pi-Hole documentation – Unbound




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Osram Xenarc Classic D2S HID Bulbs

Thanks to Sergiu Gabor, I found out that these Osram Xenarc Classic bulbs almost perform as well as the Xenarc Night Breaker Laser bulbs. The Night Breaker Laser bulbs cost about 80-90 euro, where the Xenarc Classic bulbs only cost about 40-50 euro.

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Air Intake Flaps Modification

Made a small modification to the intake flaps, by removing a small portion of them. This should, in theory, make sure that air is able to enter the intake pipes directly (instead of indirectly).

Intake flap removed
Intake flap still intact

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Rear Tail Light Cluster LED Conversion Impossible!

I wanted to do a full LED conversion for the real tail light cluster, but it seems Mercedes made something proprietary. In other words, the bulbs of the rear light cluster are not serviceable, like any other normal car…If one fails, you need to replace the complete board with all the bulbs.

What a bad design…

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Aligning Door Windows

The CLS has a common issue with the window not sealing properly against the door frame. When this happens, water and dirt/debris is able to get in the cabin. But it also introduces a lot of wind noise, which is not something which fits the luxury of this car.

To fix it, you need to undo 1 bolt in the door. I believe its a 10mm bolt which enables you to adjust the tilt of the window. Mine needed tilt more to allow for proper sealing again. I used a 1/4″ ratchet with a long extension. Its recommended to remove the trim to see what you are doing.

The bolt is accessible through the round rubber grommet in the door, but is hard to locate without removing the upper door trim.

This is a great, free fix!

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Cold Start Movie

This car sounds absolutely great, only the center resonator has been deleted and substituted by straight stainless steel pipes (with v-bands). Enjoy!

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, a new chapter

Sold the Mini Cooper S R53 JCW not too long ago to pursue my dream of driving a V8 powered car with a lot of muscle.

I have been investigating for over a year what I really wanted to drive. Started with the E55 AMG W211, but the looks (especially the interior) looked a bit dated to me. Until I found out that the W219 chassis had the same engine in it, the CLS55 AMG.

I found one close by (there were only 3 on sale at the time) and after a good chat with the owner and a marvellous testdrive, I bought it. Absolutely love the car! A lot of maintenance has already been done by me and a lot still has to be done. Im happy with somewhere between 500 and 600BHP, but that is something for later.

Enjoy the pics!

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DeWalt DCF899 impact wrench VS stubborn Volvo S80 Crank Pulley Nut VS Parkside PASSK 20-Li A1

I have been trying to get the crank pulley nut of the vibration damper of my P2 Volvo S80, but have been unsuccessful so far. I tried multiple times with heat, breaker bars, my Parkside PASSK 20-Li A1 impact wrench etc etc.

Decided to invest in a premium brand impact wrench and it has surpassed my expectations! Check my video




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – New Downstream O2 Sensor

Replaced the O2 sensor with a fresh new one from Vemo. I totally forgot that the Mini Cooper has 2x O2 sensors πŸ™‚ Don’t forget that O2 sensors have a replacement interval which is usually somewhere between 160.000 – 250.000 km.

Update per 01-01-2021: I replaced the Vemo with a new O2 sensor from Magneti Marelli. The Vemo already started giving issues after a short while. It will be the last time that I will be using Vemo.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW New Lambda Sensor


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Injector Service

Cleaned & replaced the rubbers on the blue 380cc Siemens Deka injectors. The rubbers tend to get hard and brittle due to heat, so very important to replace these in time.

I will probably replace the injectors somewhere in the near future for peace of mind.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Injector service


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Servicing the Eaton M45 supercharger

When I bought the Mini, it had reached the 160.000km or 100.000 miles mark. This is a milestone in the Mini Cooper S service history, because it means that you need to service the Eaton M45 supercharger (new fresh supercharger oil etc etc).

I saw the episode from Wheeler Dealers and felt confident. It was a lot of work, but fortunately it wasn’t complex. As this isn’t my daily driver, I meant I could take the time.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Eaton M45 supercharger on the work bench

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

The new Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV) vs the old

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Dirty throttle body!

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Supercharger Service

Finally cracked the supercharger open to allow for visual inspection of the gears (they looked good!)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Eaton M45 service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Eaton M45 service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Eaton M45 service

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Eaton M45 service

I also replaced the supercharger coupler with a new oil filled nylon coupler (in red).

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Oil Filled Nylon Supercharger Coupler


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Sitting in the driveway

Snapped a picture of the Mini sitting in the driveway. I love this car πŸ™‚

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Sitting in the driveway 10-06-2020


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Airbox Intake Modification

I wanted to replace the stock air pipe, as it contains a resonator which keeps it silent. It’s also not optimised, leaving room for improvement.

Used 2 aluminium joiners/couplers and flexible piping. Very happy with this cost effective result! Also, I love the supercharger whine πŸ™‚

I also ordered a K&N RU-3190 filter, I didn’t know the previous owner fitted a Pipercross PX1875. In the end I sold the K&N as the fitment wasn’t good.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Vacuum Gain System VGS Modification

As usual, the Mini Cooper S with the Eaton M45 supercharger also has a bypass valve, which helps with fuel economy and lighten the load on the supercharger during idling (for instance). On NAM (North American Motoring forum) I noticed a popular mod, which is also known as the VGS or Vacuum Gain System modification.

Basically, the VGS mod changes the way the Bypass valve is operated. From indirect vacuum to direct vacuum, allowing faster response of the butterfly valve, but also keeping it shut better so no boost is lost.

I liked it in the beginning, but it makes for a rough driving experience. So in the end I reverted and never went back. Thats why we experiment πŸ™‚

Source: https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/how-to/38268-drivetrain-operation-vacuum-gain-system-vgs.html

Changing the vacuum line routing.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Brand new Bapmic Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV).

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve

Modifying the bypass valve.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Starting a new Project

Last year, we were all affected by the pandemic. But even in such strange times, positive things happen. Like me buying a Mini Cooper S, which I wanted to drive for quite some time. I noticed one in the trim that I wanted and went ahead with it.

Looked even better than on the pictures in the advert & was fitted with extra’s like:

  • Carbon GP bumper inserts
  • Carbon handle
  • Carbon JCW hood scoop
  • Carbon Mini R56 spoiler
  • Chrono pack interior
  • LED Angel Eyes
  • LED amber indicators
  • Dechromed exterior trim
  • MSD Coilpack & HT leads
  • 17″ R113 Black / Chrome wheels

A lot of work already has been done, this will be documented as well. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Thanks to my buddy Joost Evers of Hobbygarage Evers for helping me out!

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW edition (2006)




Volvo S80 2.4T JR Jetex Uprated Panel Filter

Decided to buy a panel filter from JR / Jetex. Build quality is nice, but could be better. Fitment looked like 100%, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

I tried to modify it a little bit, but that went wrong and I had to throw it away.

Volvo S80 2.4T JR Uprated Panel Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T JR Uprated Panel Filter




Volvo S80 2.4T Black Interior Trim

Found a second hand black trim set for the interior, which will replace the “old man” wooden look trimpieces. I started with the upper 2 pieces and will be replacing all bits somewhere this weekend.

It looks way better and more modern.

Volvo S80 2.4T Black Trim

Volvo S80 2.4T Wood vs Black trim

When I bought the S80, it looked like this.

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit view


Volvo S80 2.4T Splitter Lip

Fitted a Aliexpress rubber lip on the front end of the S80. Looks good!

I used paper clip binders as the supplied tape will not hold well. No drilling required πŸ™‚

Paper Clip Binders Clamps

Volvo S80 2.4T Splitter Lip

Volvo S80 2.4T Splitter Lip




Volvo S80 2.4T Pierburg TCV 7.22908.03.0

Replaced the Aliexpress Pierburg valve with a brand new original Pierburg unit. These are also known as the “Porsche” TCV and sold by ARDideas. Must have part for about 20-30 euro.

The difference is noticeable, especially when driving with half throttle.

Partnr: 7.22908.03.0
Partnr: 722908030

Volvo S80 2.4T Pierburg TCV 7.22908.03.0

Volvo S80 2.4T Pierburg TCV 7.22908.03.0

Volvo S80 2.4T Pierburg TCV 7.22908.03.0




Volvo S80 2.4T OEM US Lights

I received a tip via a forum member that the P2 chassis Volvo’s (S60 / V70 / S80) have builtin US lights functionality. The EU models only need a different bulb + bulb holder for the side indicators.

Looks absolutely great in combination with the projectors.

Partnr: 9178546 (bulb holder)
Partnr: 989790 (amber p21/8w bulbs)

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM US Lights

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM US Lights

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM US Lights




Volvo S80 2.4T Projector Headlight Retrofit

Bought a retrofit projector kit which will be fitted in OEM Volvo headlights for my S80. This will ensure that using HIDs or LED will not blind other drivers. The projector kit was sourced from Aliexpress. They are bixenon, but you can just snip off the wires as this functionality is not needed in the S80. The high beams are a separate H7 bulb.

Highly recommended, fitting them is quite easy. There is no butyl or permaseal used on these headlights. Only a small number of metal clips are used to gain access to the headlight internals.

I bundled them with H1 Led units, there give a tremendous amount of light without disturbing other road users.

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

The images should speak for themselves. If not, leave a comment!

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Snip away some of the material as shown.

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

Volvo S80 2.4T Retrofit Projector

The end result looks good, very happy with the results

Volvo S80 2.4T Projectors


Volvo S80 2.4T Cross Country Edition

Took a snapshot whilst we went out for a walk with our dogs. I still like the look of this car very much πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T Cross Country Edition




Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Teflon Intake Spacer (PTFE)

Bought a Teflon (PTFE) intake spacer for the intake manifold from Thermatec. It will isolate the intake manifold from the warm engine, which will result in lower intake temperatures. The phenolic spacers are identical in function, only the material used is different.

Lowering the Intake Air Temperature (IAT), will result in higher power figures. A simple supporting mod, which is quite inexpensive.

Pro tip: make a small indentation in the top left corner of the spacer where the bolt would go through the spacer/gasket (where the thermostat housing is), this will make the installation a lot easier due to the restricted space in that area.

URL: www.ebay.nl/itm/302474396288

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer




Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Subframe Inserts

Bought a upgrade for the subframe. The polyurethane bushings are inserted into the rubber subframe bushings, which tightens them up and limit the movement in them.

Highly recommended from a performance point of view (night and day difference when cornering). But be aware, they do introduce vibrations into the cabin. It will take some time before these settle and the vibration will be lower in the end.

Brand: Parts4Swedes
Partnr: 61430104PU

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Subframe Inserts




Volvo S80 2.4T Team Heko Window Spoilers

Added Window Spoilers to the Volvo S80, I like the look but also they lower the wind noise when driving with open windows.

Also if it rains, you are still able to drive around with open windows, without any water ingress. And in the hot summers, you can safely let your windows down a little to stop the heat from building up in the car.

Type: DVO31222

Volvo S80 2.4T Team Heko Window Spoilers DVO31222




Volvo S80 2.4T Japanifold Exhaust Manifold

When I wanted to mount the TD04HL-16T turbo, I also wanted to couple it with the Japanifold, that should give good performance, but also the distinctive rumble of the 5 cilinder engine. I scored one via internet for a good price. The quality is immaculate, as they can handle a lot of abuse before they even start cracking.

But in the end I sold it, because my 2.4T already had the Japanifold fitted, so happy days πŸ™‚ !

They are made in Japan, hence the name “Japanifold”. Partnr: 9207688

Volvo S80 2.4T Japanifold

Volvo S80 2.4T Japanifold

Volvo S80 2.4T Japanifold

Volvo S80 2.4T Japanifold


Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3″ Stainless Resonated Catback

Bought a stainless catback system from an unknown Swedish exhaust builder named Rakaror.

Ordered the 3″ inch system as it pairs flawlessly with the 3″ BSR Tuning downpipe.

rakaror.o.se/billiga-rostfria-avgassystem-VolvoS80.html

rakaror.o.se/

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Rakaror 3" Stainless Resonated Catback


Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Drilled Brake Discs

Finally replaced the OEM brakes with fresh new Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled brake discs with Ferodo pads.

They look absolutely great with open style wheels, like the Monaco Mirabeau wheels.

Front axle: 09.9130.1X
Rear axle: 08.7765.1X

Front axle pads: FDB1383
Rear axle pads: FDB1382

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Drilled Brake Discs

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled Discs

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled Discs

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled Discs

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled Discs

Volvo S80 2.4T Brembo Xtra Line Cross Drilled Discs


Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod

Bought a long LED strip and mounted it next to the 3rd brake light cluster.

Should be a lot safer and looks good πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod


Volvo S80 2.4T New Serpentine Belt Tensioner

Finally fitted a new serpentine belt tensioner, needed to wait for a Torx T60 bit to be able to take the tension of when you fit the serpentine belt.

Volvo S80 2.4T New Serpentine Belt Tensioner


Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit

Bought a new BSR Optiflow kit as I wanted a little bit more blowoff + compressor noise. I can also fit my Velocity Stack filter (150mm diameter).

It has been sold in the meantime as the extra induction noise does not fit the S80 to be honest.

BSR Kit: 4900705
Max HP: 410 HP

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Optiflow Kit


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Some video footage of the Gravity Performance eBay exhaust I bought for my 2006 Mini Cooper S R53 Works edition (210BHP).

The JCW catback exhaust was a little too quiet for my liking, so took a gamble and went with the Gravity Performance exhaust with the carbon tips. Very happy with this exhaust, good quality welds, the carbon tips blend in very will with the other pieces of carbon trim I already have (GP bumper inserts, R56 JCW Roof Spoiler & carbon Latch).

Unfortunately, my video focus should’ve been better. Maybe do it all over again soon πŸ™‚

Pictures of the exhaust and installation available here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/andyramdin/albums/72157714537601506




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

I heatwrapped the new stainless steel Gravity Performance catback exhaust. Unfortunately I ran out of titanium heatwrap, so I ordered some more (black) and finished the job.

It will help with scavenging and is a supporting mod for extracting more horsepower and torque from the Mini.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Bought myself a stainless catback exhaust for my Mini Cooper S R53 Works, as I found the original John Cooper Works catback a little timid for my liking. The JCW catback sounds good, but I know the Mini can sound better πŸ™‚

I took a gamble with the Gravity Performance, a shop which I found on eBay. I noticed the real carbon tips, which looked awesome on pictures and should tie in good with the black/carbon theme I already have.

I’m glad I chose the Gravity Performance exhaust, quality welds, good clamps and awesome carbon tips. Check my video review on Youtube, which also has a small comparison with the JCW catback > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJC8XYb1rPw

For now, enjoy the pictures!

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust


Volvo S80 2.4T Privacy Shades

Fitted some Volvo OEM Privacy Shades, which are better than the standard solution. I removed them from the door cards completely.

Volvo S80 2.4T Privacy Shades

Volvo S80 2.4T Privacy Shades


Volvo S80 2.4T Wrapping the fog lights

Added some tint film to the fog lights, to improve the looks of the front. Mission success!

Volvo S80 2.4T Wrapping The Fog Lights

Volvo S80 2.4T Wrapping The Fog Lights


Volvo S80 2.4T Rezaw-Plast Plastic Skidplate

When I bought the car, it was missing a skidplate. A skidplate has a number of purposes, like protection, keeping dirt out, but also improving underbody aerodynamics and improving cooling and fuel economy of the car. A car is cooled by pulling air through your radiator (by the flow of lower pressure air under your car), instead of purely relying on high pressure on the front of the car.

I bought this Rezaw-Plast one via Motointegrator.de and it had a very good price (33 euro is a steal!). Fitment is very good, aligns well with the stock mounting holes.

Partnr: RP151901 / 151901 / 8634813 / 30741855 / 8624664 / 30741968

Volvo S80 2.4T Rezaw Plast Engine Undertray Fitted

Volvo S80 2.4T Rezaw Plast Engine Undertray Fitted

Volvo S80 2.4T Rezaw Plast Engine Undertray Fitted


Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grill

I wanted a cleaner look for the front grill and decided to use plastidip instead of the carbon wrap. It came out great and suits the black S80 very well.

I used Motip Removable Coating instead of classic Plastidip and it holds very well till this day.

Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grille

Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grille

Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grille

Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grille

Volvo S80 2.4T Plastidipped Grille

Also repainted the front trim with bumperspray (which didn’t hold by the way).

Volvo S80 2.4T Repainted Trim


Volvo S80 2.4T Custom Exhaust

When fitting the 3″ BSR downpipe, I needed a new exhaust. As a temporary solution, I bought a standard exhaust kit (resonator and backbox) and modified the midpipe (cut the resonator out). It sounds quite nice for a default exhaust, but cannot beat a stainless exhaust πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Backbox

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Backbox

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Modified Exhaust

Volvo S80 2.4T New Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T New Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR 3" Downpipe + New Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer


Volvo S80 2.4T BSR Tuning 3″ Downpipe

To upgrade the performance on any turbo powered car, you need “breating” upgrades. The car needs to inhale better (intake modifications), but also exhale better (exhaust modifications).

The most important component in the exhale process is the downpipe, the first pipe after the turbo. Upgrading this to a larger diameter, will allow for quicker turbo spool, which helps in scavenging but also in building boost.

As a pleasant side effect, the exhaust note will also be more throaty! The S80 has very limited options on paper, but I was able to buy and fit this with help from J&D Auto Onderdelen, who helped me tremendously in the pre-sales process (making sure that everything would fit). I can highly recommend them!

It’s a quite expensive upgrade, but well worth it.

BSR 3" Downpipe with Sports Catalyst

BSR 3" Downpipe with Sports Catalyst

BSR 3" Downpipe with Sports Catalyst

BSR 3" Downpipe with Sports Catalyst

Volvo S80 2.4T 3" BSR Downpipe (Inside view)

It’s highly recommended to get some new nuts for securing the downpipe.

Volvo S80 2.4T Genuine Parts (Locking Nuts)

Old vs new, look into the differences in the diameter of the neck.

Volvo S80 2.4T 3" BSR Downpipe

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR 3" Downpipe + New Catback

Volvo S80 2.4T BSR 3" Downpipe + New Catback


Volvo S80 2.4T BBS ASA TEC GT3 Wheels (Candy Red)

In the mean time, they have been sold already, but I stumbled upon a pristine set of winter wheels. Not far over the border, I found a 19″ BBS ASA TEC GT3 set in candy red, which on paper should look awesome (black car, candy red wheels).

Unfortunately I wasn’t happy with the looks, but they served me well for 1 winter and I got a lot of feedback on it, which was funny!

19" BBS ASA GT3 Wheels

19" BBS ASA GT3 Wheels

Volvo S80 2.4T 19" BBS ASA GT3 Wheels

Volvo S80 2.4T 19" BBS ASA GT3 Wheels

The are very heavy, but that is also due to the runflat winter tyres. The combo weighed in a hefty 24.3 kg.

19" BBS ASA GT3 Wheels


Volvo S80 2.4T Project 16T Turbo

I had pretty big plans for the S80, shooting for a 270bhp instead of the 200bhp that the 2.4T has normally. You need an upgrade turbo for this, which I sourced from a T5 model, which has 250bhp bone stock. The swap would involve the TD04HL-13T to TD04HL-16T or 13T to 16T for short.

Fitment is pretty straightforward, but the coolant lines run differently, and this was quite a hassle as information on the internet seems very scarce. I found some, but needed some creativity as the build progressed.

I was also planning to mount the later “R” series manifold, but decided to sell it, as the Japanifold would give much better sound and equal performance.

In the end, I sold the 16T and mounted the 13T, saving the money up for something else. I needed to adjust the car a little bit, and according to the max MAF values, it makes about 240-245bhp, which is awesome.

It’s a totally different car from when I first bought it, that’s for sure!

Volvo S80 2.4t TD04HL-16T Turbo

Volvo S80 2.4t TD04HL-16T Turbo

The TD04HL-16T with the R-manifold

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T + Upgrade Exhaust Manifold

The TD04HL-13T vs TD04HL-16T

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Modifications needed for fitting the coolant lines

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification

Rubbing will occur here

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification


Volvo S80 2.4T New Engine Mounts

When you have an older car, always think about replacing the engine mounts. They are almost always made of rubber, which becomes brittle over time due to aging/drying out.

I replaced all the engine mounts, which tightens up handling and improves performance and reduces strain on components like the exhaust, as the engine swivels way less. Highly recommended!

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts


Volvo S80 2.4T New Cream Vinyl Armrest

The old OEM armrest with the phone which I replaced for a new one (without the phone).

It was replaced with a new cream colored vinyl armrest from Aliexpress. Looks like new!

URL: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32843890907.html

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM Armrest

Volvo S80 2.4T New Cream Vinyl Armrest

Volvo S80 2.4T New Cream Vinyl Armrest


Volvo S80 2.4T Diffuser

Added 2 diffusers to the rear bumper of the S80. Looks very nice and makes the S80 less of a Old Man car haha πŸ™‚

URL: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32853258621.html

Volvo S80 2.4T Diffuser

Volvo S80 2.4T Diffuser


Volvo S80 2.4T Turbo Blanket

Decided to take the plunge and tried a T3 turbo blanket for the TD04HL-13T turbo for my S80 2.4T.

It is noticeable especially when shifting gears, the lag is reduced by a tad which is good news.

Bought this unit on Aliexpress.

Update per 28-02: I stopped using this, as I had quality concerns

Volvo S80 2.4T Turbo Blanket

Volvo S80 2.4T Turbo Blanket

Volvo S80 2.4T Turbo Blanket


Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump

Finally did a replacement which was on my list for a long time. I replaced the old fuel pump with a new unit from Meat&Doria.

I needed to wait for the Fuel Ring Locking Ring Tool before I was able to continue as the rings (2!) sit very tight.

Car feels like new again!

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Fuel Pump




Volvo S80 2.4T New Mambatek Turbo Wastegate Actuator

I had a feeling that the Volvo wasn’t making enough power and when I tested the wastegate actuator, it felt loose and sloppy.

Checking the turbogauge showed me that I was running on 0.3 – 0.35 BAR max, whilst it needs to make 0.5 bar aka 7-8 PSI.

I decided to order a new wastegate actuator from Mambatek which is a direct replacement.

It took a little bit more effort than expected, but I was able to get it done and the results are there. The turbo is able to boost to 0.5 BAR aka 7-8 PSI again. Result!

URL: www.ebay.com/itm/262901574044

Volvo S80 2.4T New Mambatek Turbo Wastegate Actuator

Volvo S80 2.4T New Mambatek Turbo Wastegate Actuator

Volvo S80 2.4T New Mambatek Turbo Wastegate Actuator

Volvo S80 2.4T New Mambatek Turbo Wastegate Actuator


Android 9 Pie Private DNS Instellingen

Ben jij net als mij net gebruik gaan maken van Android 9 Pie, dan heb je in de Wifi instellingen misschien ook wel de optie Private DNS voorbij zien komen. Er is standaard niet veel uitleg te vinden, maar een kleine zoektocht laat zien dat het gaat om DNS-over-TLS, waarmee je extra laag beveiliging en privacy toevoegd aan je telefoon (in het specifiek voor DNS verkeer).

Maar welke diensten kan je dan instellen? Dat kan je zelf kiezen, maar het is wel een beetje zoeken. Daarom heb ik een simpel lijstje gemaakt:

  • dns.adguard.com (AdGuard DNS servers)
  • dns.quad9.net (Quad9 DNS servers)
  • 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com (Cloudflare DNS servers)
  • dns.google (Google DNS servers)

De instelling zelf kan je hier vinden: “Settings” ? “Network & Internet” ? “Advanced” ? “Private DNS

Zelf gebruik ik de AdGuard DNS servers, waarmee je standaard ook ads blokkeert, zonder dat je er extra moeite voor hoeft te doen!




Seat Leon 1M 1.8T 20VT 240BHP 380Nm – Seat Online Brabomeeting 26-05-2019

Made some flyby shots of Sander’s Seat Leon 1M 1.8T 20VT with Stage 1 tune (240BHP 380Nm). The car is stripped and equipped with some good supporting mods like a 3″ stainless downpipe + stainless catback and lightweight OZ Ultraleggeras with Nankang NS2R Semi Slicks.

Film was shot during a meeting from forum Seat-Online.nl , which was held on 26-05-2019

Sander’s Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/leon_20vt/

Mod list:

  • Stage 1 Tuned
  • K03S Turbo
  • 3″ Inch Downpipe
  • 2.5″ Custom Magnaflow Stainless Catback Exhaust by NM Parts
  • SFS Big Bore Turbo Intake Pipe
  • Forge DV
  • OZ Ultraleggera lightweight wheels
  • Nankang NS2R SEMI SLICKS
  • Stripped Car Trackday Tool
  • Cupra R Trim

Location: Flight Forum Eindhoven




NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Raceway Venray 07/14/2019

Visited the Raceway Venray last weekend to see the NASCAR Whelen Euro series. I always wanted to see NASCAR and I got lucky, as the Raceway Venray is only a 20 minute drive away from my home.

Enjoy this small compilation I created from that day. Filmed with a LG G5 smartphone. Image & sound have not been altered in any way.

Loris Hezemans claimed victory this day during the 9th race of the Euro series.

RacewayVenray.com > https://www.racewayvenray.com/nieuws/21298-1314-juli-nwes-supercup-national-hotrod-op-raceway-venray

Program > https://www.racewayvenray.com/files/1day-schedule-nwes-supercup-national-hotrod-14-jul-2019.pdf

Also check some of the pictures I shot that day. Full set here > https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyramdin/albums/72157709640539371

NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019 NASCAR Whelan Euro Series Raceway Venray 14-09-2019


Seat Leon 1M 1.8T 20VT Cupra 340BHP 460Nm – Seat Online Brabomeeting 26-05-2019

Made some flyby shots of Henry’s Seat Leon 1M 1.8T 20VT with Stage 3 tune (340BHP 460Nm). The car gave me a hella scare with the loud pops & bangs! This car is an absolute beast…

Film was shot during a meeting from forum Seat-Online.nl , which was held on 26-05-2019

Mod list:

  • Stage 3 Tune by VVT aka Van Vught Tuning
  • KKK K04 Turbo Rebuilt + Forged Engine
  • Upgrade Clutch
  • Custom Intercooler
  • Custom Stainless Downpipe
  • Custom Stainless Catback
  • Forge BOV
  • Audi S3 Airfilter
  • Custom Intake

Location: Flight Forum Eindhoven




Volvo S80 2.4T – Seat Online Brabomeeting 26-05-2019

Made some flyby shots of my daily Volvo s80 2.4T which has some modifications as it is being prepared for a stage 3 tune (swapping the 13T over for a 16T T5 turbo).

Film was shot during a meeting from forum Seat-Online.nl , which was held on 26-05-2019.

Mod list:

  • DO88.se Silicone Turbo Intake Pipe
  • DO88.se Silicone Intercooler Hoses
  • Pierburg HD Porsche TCV
  • BSR 3″ inch Downpipe with Sportcat
  • Rakaror 3″ inch Stainless Exhaust
  • ProPerfekt CBV / Diverter Valve
  • Mamba Wastegate Actuator 0.3 BAR
  • SuperPro Engine Mount
  • Polyurethane Gearbox Mount
  • Polyurethane Subframe Inserts
  • Full Stage 0 tune

Location: Flight Forum Eindhoven




Volvo S80 2.4T Old Key to Flip Key

Bought a flip key on Aliexpress and went to the key service to get it working. Looks much better and takes less space in pockets etc.

Highly recommended modification!

Volvo S80 2.4T Old Key to Flip Key


Volvo S80 2.4T – Me & My 19 inch Passengers

Selfie I took when I was driving home with 19 inch Monaco Mirabeau wheels πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T - Me & My 19 inch  Passengers


Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Car Battery

Replaced the old battery with a fresh new battery. Decided to mount a larger type, as the S80 has room for it.

See the big difference in size, which should account for a little bit more performance and safety as it has a lot more power.

Link to product: https://www.ebay.com/itm/252638760566

Chose a Powerline with the following specifications:

Spanning12 Volts
Capaciteit (C20)82 Ah
Capaciteit (C100)90 Ah
Koude start Amps (EN)680 A
Koude start Amps (SAE)730 A
Lengte353 mm
Breedte175 mm
Hoogte190 mm

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Car Battery

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Car Battery

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Car Battery

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Car Battery


Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Scored a uprated exhaust manifold, which is stock on newer turbo models. It has better runners and collector.

It should give some extra performance and also has a lower thermal load, which should reduce the strain on the turbo and exhaust.

Made in Japan

Volvo Partnr: 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921


Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Coolant Expansion Tank

Bought a new Febi coolant expansion tank as the old one was tatty, old and brown.

Looks better in the engine where no one else looks, but me πŸ™‚

Partnr: 30 741 973 / 30741973

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Coolant Expansion Tank


Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Shift Gaiter

Replaced the tatty old shift gaiter with a new universal one. Lubed up the shifter mechanism, happy days πŸ™‚

Forgot to take an result picture πŸ™

Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Shift Gaiter


Volvo S80 2.4T OEM Rubber Floor Mats

Ditched the old floor mats and bought me some original Volvo rubber mats. They might not look as nice, but they are far sturdier and they are much easier to maintain.

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM Rubber Floor Mats


Volvo S80 2.4T PCV DIY Repair / Service

Repaired / cleaned the PCV circuit as I saw a lot of oil in the pressure circuit (also see my previous post: https://www.ducked.nl/blog-entries/volvo-s80-2-4t-dirty-clean-turbo-coldside/ ).

Did a little research and the PCV system is almost always the culprit for such issues.

Decided to buy a complete system although ended up cleaning the existing system and only replacing the oil seperator. The tubing was quite some work, I will save that for another time.

Volvo S80 2.4T PCV Repair

Volvo S80 2.4T PCV Repair

Volvo S80 2.4T Clean Valves :)

Volvo S80 2.4T PCV Repair

Volvo S80 2.4T PCV Repair


Volvo S80 2.4T Dirty / Clean Turbo Coldside

Replaced the air filter and the turbo intake pipe. Please note that a dirty intake might also point out a badly functioning PCV system!

The intake pipe was upgraded to a blue Do88.se / Do88 silicone intake pipe, which is a fair bit larger, but also deletes some bottlenecks from the original part (like the narrowing bend on the bottom and the “harmonica”).

Gives a little bit more power from the butt dyno and noticed more intake growl (which is a good thing) πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T Dirty Turbo Coldside

Volvo S80 2.4T Cleaned Turbo Coldside


Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Turbo Intake pipe

Replaced the air filter and the turbo intake pipe.

The intake pipe was upgraded to a blue Do88.se / Do88 silicone intake pipe, which is a fair bit larger, but also deletes some bottlenecks from the original part (like the narrowing bend on the bottom and the “harmonica”).

Gives a little bit more power from the butt dyno and noticed more intake growl (which is a good thing) πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T Do88 Turbo Intake pipe

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM vs Do88 Turbo Intake Pipe

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM vs Do88 Turbo Intake Pipe

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM vs Do88 Turbo Intake Pipe

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified PTC Sensor


Volvo S80 2.4T Dirty vs New Airfilter

Replaced the air filter. This is what a dirty airfilter looks like.

Change it on time, so your car keeps performing at peak efficiency!

Volvo S80 2.4T Dirty vs New Airfilter


Volvo S80 2.4T Painting the Brake Calipers Daytona Yellow

Decided to paint the calipers for extra flair and to be honest it looks way better than that rusty brown color.

Bought some MHW Daytona Yellow paint and combined it with the yellow Prancing moose shield.

Volvo S80 2.4T Painting the Brake Calipers Daytona Yellow

Volvo S80 2.4T Painting the Brake Calipers Daytona Yellow

Volvo S80 2.4T Painting the Brake Calipers Daytona Yellow

Volvo S80 2.4T New Volvo Hubcap Stickers


Volvo Canopus 17 inch Wheel Weight

For interest sake, I weighed the Volvo OEM Canopus 17 inch wheel. Its quite heavy for a 17″ wheel, as it weighs about 19.86 kg.

Volvo Canopus 17 inch Weight


Monaco Mirabeu 19″ Wheel Weight

For interest sake, I weighed the Monaco Mirabeau wheel which I have mounted on the S80 at the moment. The car felt faster compared to the Canopus wheel, but I was wrong.

The Monaco wheel is a tad heavier, weighing about 20.88 kg.

Monaco Mirabeu 19" Wheel Weight


Volvo S80 2.4T Prancing Moose Decal

Bought me some yellow Prancing Mooses / Moose decal as it’s a Volvo thing to do πŸ™‚

In the meantime, they have been replaced by black “carbon” units, which look better. This will be shown in a later post.

Volvo S80 2.4T Prancing Moose Decal

Volvo S80 2.4T Prancing Moose Decal

Volvo S80 2.4T Prancing Moose Decal

Volvo S80 2.4T Prancing Moose Decal



Volvo S80 2.4T Changing the Interior Combo filter

Needed to change the interior / combofilter and was suprised by this malformed unit.

Looks like someone didnt do their job properly…Shameful really.

Easy DIY job, which shouldn’t take more than half an hour.

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing the Combo filter


Volvo S80 2.4T Status Quo 25-06-2018

My Volvo S80 2.4T Wasa Limited Edition as it sits per 25-06-2018 (which is already a little while ago!)

Looks different in the meantime, but I just wanted to share this shot.

Volvo S80 2.4T Status Quo 25-06-2018


Volvo S80 2.4T Soundproofing

When I last performed maintenance to the window sliders, I noticed the doors had not been soundproofed yet. Bought me a big mat on Aliexpress and went to work today.

Door card removal is very easy on the Volvo, so I was done in a very small time frame, which is always nice. The impact of such a simple thing like soundproofing is always noticeable, as the resonance from the tinny doors are removed, which allows for better sounding music + less cabin sound/drone.

Highly recommended & easy to do yourself!

Volvo S80 2.4T Soundproofing

Volvo S80 2.4T Soundproofing


Volvo S80 2.4T Black Flyeyes Wrapping

I had some Flyeyes wrap hanging around and decided to test it on the running light and the indicator side lights.

I forgot that I had some black wrap lying around and started off with anthracite wrap, which I re-did in the end. Very happy with the results, and it customizes the car a little bit more, which is exactly what I want πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T Black Flyeyes Wrapping

Volvo S80 2.4T Black Flyeyes Wrapping

Volvo S80 2.4T Black Flyeyes Wrapping

Volvo S80 2.4T Black Flyeyes Wrapping


How to solve Volvo VIDA2014D DICE login issues 2019

I just bought a Volvo VIDA Dice unit to read/check/solve issues on my 2002 Volvo S80 2.4T. I was able to source the software in a full All-In-One solution (OVA file), but login issues kept me from working on my car.

Symptoms: the login screen keeps refreshing when trying to login using your credentials.

I tried several things (like putting the machine date in the past), but none worked.

Solution: Patch the software with the latest patch, which should work until the year 2050.

How to solve the VIDA login issues

Step 1) Download the 2050 fix here: https://mega.nz/#!xpdF0K7D!ox5Td5sQdhwBSr2jF3C6syPeW77ETyT-t3zbUM_5ofM

Step 2) Extract and copy/move the contents of the patch in the VIDA main folder (if you are using the AIO solution, then it’s C:\VIDA\ )

Step 3) Run the executable “Patch” as an administrator. You will see a command prompt killing some tasks (this is necessary) and the patch will complete

ad Step 3) Run as administrator

Step 4) Wait a small amount of time (depends on the speed of your computer as the SQL Server is restarted). Shouldn’t take over a minute or so.

Step 5) Startup “Vida All-In-One” and login using either “1” or “ADMIN” (without the quotes!)

Step 6) Profit!

Please note: I do not own these files, neither do I host them!




Volvo S80 2.4T Denso Injector Service

Decided to clean and service the stock Denso injectors. Rubber rings get hard and brittle over time and tend to leak. Also the filter baskets might be contaminated over time, especially if the fuel filter is not part of your regular service intervals (which mine S80 lacked…).

I bought this kit of Aliexpress and the quality looks very nice. It contains all the items needed, including a special tool for removing/mounting the filter baskets.

The pictures will speak for themselves (it was needed!).

Volvo S80 2.4T Denso Injector Service
Volvo S80 2.4T Denso Injector Service
Volvo S80 2.4T Denso Injector Service
Volvo S80 2.4T Denso Injector Service

A very old fuel filter.

Volvo S80 2.4T Old Fuel filter





Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer

When I had the OEM exhaust, I wanted to have the center silencer removed, as the OEM exhaust is very good in keeping the car silent. But this car needs to make a little noise, so I decided to modify the stock middle pipe.

Gives a little bit more sound, without being to loud.

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer
Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer
Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer

Also weighed it, and it weighs a mere 6.7KG .

Volvo S80 2.4T Modified Center Silencer



Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Lower Gearbox Mount

My original gearbox mount was shot and I decided to replace the mount with a brand new reinforced polyurethane mount, which tightens up the shifting and allows for less engine movement, which is better for the exhaust.

One disadvantage, the cabin has added drone due to extra vibration. But the advantages outweigh the one disadvantage, so for me it’s a keeper!

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Intercooler hoses

Closeup view

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount

Old vs New. The mount should not be able to move like that πŸ™‚

Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount
Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount

And this is how it looks under the engine. Easy job, 2x 14mm & 2x 18mm nuts.

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount



Volvo Canopus Wheels Silver Hubcaps

I sold the 17″ Volvo Canopus wheels already, but I bought some silver caps to replace the black ones when I still had them. Subtle mod, but looks better.

Volvo S80 2.4T New Style Center Caps


Before…

Volvo S80 2.4T New Style Center Caps

And after…

Volvo S80 2.4T New Style Center Caps



Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Style Horns

Wanted to see if the Hella style horns would fit the S80. First I painted them white (they were green). Mounting them was easy, but the front looks messy with the horns mounted, so I decided to remove them again.

Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Horns mod (white)

Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Horns mod (white)

But this looks better to be honest…

Volvo S80 2.4T Front view



Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt CBV / Diverter / Blowoff Valve

I actually wasn’t planning to upgrade the OEM Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV), but I am glad I decided to do so with this ProPerfekt piston type Diverter Valve (DV).

The rubber rings don’t leak (so much) boost, which means the power output is better (and faster) compared to the stock CBV. The stock CBV has a rubber outer ring (diaphragm) and a plastic ring on the inside (this is the flaw in the design).

The ProPerfekt DV is a known mod with the Renault Megane RS drivers, but I haven’t seen it before on another Volvo forum. The results are clear to me, the boost buildup is quicker, which means the car is faster. I would recommend this mod to anyone who has a TD04 turbo (who is still using the stock CBV). My S80 has the TD04HL-13T turbo, but will also fit the TD04HL-16T. Please note that the CBV I had fitted is quite new, so no ruptured diaphragm or something.

Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve
Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve
Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve
Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve

And this is how it compares to the stock CBV.

Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve
Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve
Volvo S80 2.4T ProPerfekt Diverter Valve



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 πŸ™‚

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:Β 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 aftermarketΒ TRITDTΒ 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 πŸ™‚

 
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 πŸ™‚

20180420_205903_Burst01_1

20180420_205925_1




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 πŸ™‚

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




BMW 140i M-Performance 370BHP / 590Nm Showcase

Teamed up with Driveaholic.nl to shoot some videos of his awesome daily driver, a BMW 140i M-Performance edition with a whopping 370BHP 590Nm (JD Engineering Dynaflow dyno proven, bone stock ECU and no modifications).

Car feels very planted with the wide Michelin Super Sport tyres wrapped around the black BMW 18″ wheels. Suspension and geometry feels good, the power delivery feels very smooth and it never feels dangerous or out of place.

The video shows:

  • small showcase (inc dyno figures)
  • Idle / tickover sound -Revving (pop & bangs)
  • Launch Control (0-60mph / 0-100kmh in 4.6s!)
  • Fast driveby -U-Turn fast cornering (light shake)
  • Driveby – Fast roundabout
  • German Autobahn – Encounter with a Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2D AWD Veloce

Thanks to Driveaholic.nl for a wonderfull day πŸ™‚

Equipment used:

  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX
  • Rode VideoMic Pro



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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, Repaint All The Trim

As the car is quite old, the plastic trim of the car has been exposed to the influence of the sun for countless of times, which greys out the once black plastic trim. I decided to repaint it all, as the grey trim is just plain ugly. The most work was to mask of the rest of the car, the rest was easy πŸ™‚

Work in progress
VW Golf MK3 GTI / Painting the trim matte black again

Ugly greyed out trim…

VW Golf MK3 / Old Grey Trim

VW Golf MK3 / Old Grey Trim




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New Fuel Pump

As the car is about 21 years old, it was about time the fuel pump was renewed. A fuel pump gets old and will be unable to deliver the desired fuel pressure when needed. This will have a big impact on the performance as you might imagine. It took me quite some time as the retaining ring was stuck, like real stuck…

I was finally able to prise it of, but needed to perform some cleaning before putting in the new pump. But it was worth it!

Partnr: 1H0919051AK

Dirty pump
VW Golf MK3 GTI / Replacing the Fuel Pump 1H0919051AK

Fresh new pump!

VW Golf MK3 GTI / Replacing the Fuel Pump 1H0919051AK




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Hifonics HFI250A MKII Subwoofer

Missed a lot of bass in the Golf MK3, so decided to add some in the form of a subwoofer. I normally dont add one, but I felt it was essential in this car, as my normal speaker setup was unable to provide me with it. Found a nice Hifonics HFI250a subwoofer nearby and needed a wirekit, before I could test it.

Result: Awesome bass πŸ™‚ Highly recommended

Also, I love the “Power From Gods” note on it hehe

 

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Green Hella Style Dual Horns

Saw this on Subaru Impreza’s and wanted to try this on the Golf MK3 platform. Quite happy with the results on the aftermarket grill, but looks even better with the stock grill (which is mounted again by the way). I got them from Aliexpress off course.

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

How it looks with the aftermarket grill

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

This is how they are mounted

Work in progress




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New VW Hubcaps

A small mod with big impact, replacing the old worn hubcaps with fresh new caps. I bought them cheap from eBay.

The old…
Old VW Hubcaps

Old vs New

New vs Old VW hubcaps

New VW Hubcaps

And the final result

New VW Hubcamps




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Steering Wheel Cover

Bought a steering wheel cover, as the steering wheel had seen better days. I have done this mod a couple of times before and was always happy with the result, so no hesitation this time πŸ™‚ Again very pleased with the results. Costs about 5 USD from Aliexpress. I chose black faux leather with red stitching for the VW Golf.

Steering Wheel default / VW Golf MK3 GTI

Work in progress

Steering Wheel cover Work in Progress / VW Golf MK3 GTI

Final result

Steering Wheel Cover added / VW Golf MK3 GTI




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New Ridex Brake Pads

Fitted some fresh new Ridex brake pads for the front. They are quite cheap, but they brake properly.

Ridex Brake pads / VW Golf MK3 GTI




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Stainless Catback exhaust fitted

And here are some pics of the fitting session.

Stock system…

TA Technix catback in progress build

Looks way better

TA Technix catback in progress build

Fitment is nice.

TA Technix catback in progress build

Some pics from the mid section

TA Technix catback in progress build

TA Technix catback in progress build




VW Golf MK3 GTI, fitting TA Technix Stainless Catback exhaust

Ditched the old stock system and bought myself a stainless system from TA Technix, which was very easy on the wallet and looked the part. Fitment was a bit of a ball ache as some modding was required, but looks good in the end (also sounds nicely btw).

More info:Β http://www.tatechnix.de/tatechnix/gx/product_info.php/info/p33475_ta-technix-catback-2x76mm-vw-golf-iii–golf-iii-iv-cabriolet.html

Product No. : EVOG3AE276

EAN-Code : 4250570600896

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

System consists of a front, mid and back silencer (backbox).

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

Closeup of the twin 76mm tailpipes.

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

Closeup of the embossed branding.

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

I also weighed each part as I was very curious & compared it with the stock system. The new system is a tad lighter.

TA Technix Midpipe weight

TA Technix Front pipe weight

TA Technix Backbox weight

Golf MK3 Stock frontpipe weight

Golf MK3 Stock backbox weight

Golf MK3 Stock midpipe weight




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Maintenance time

Performed some big maintenance work on the Golf GTI as this was highly needed. Always feels good when it has been done, in a nutshell:

  • Oil change (5W40)
  • Brake fluid change (DOT 4)
  • Fuel filter change
  • Oil filter change
  • New PCV / Oil Seperator valve
  • New Ignition coil
  • New Coolant Temperature sensor
  • New Air filter element
  • New interior filter (active carbon filter)
  • New Bosch Aerotwin Wiper blades
  • New Brake pads front + back

Maintenance time




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Airbox Mod

Performed the swiss cheese mod, or wak box / wakbox or whatever you want to call it to the lower part of the airbox. Sounds a little bit better & seems to have a little impact on the butt dyno.

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Also fitted a new paper OEM air filter.

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Side Trim Fixed

Fixed the side trim with a new clip, a small change which looks much better πŸ™‚

Side trim fixed

Side trim fixed

Et voila!

Side trim fixed




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, changing the spark plugs

As part of regular maintenance, I swapped over the plugs with fresh new NGK Laser PlatinumΒ BUR6ET. They looked pretty good, but it’s always good to know when your car is running on fresh plugs.

The old

Old Spark Plug NGK BUR6ET

The new

New Spark Plugs NGK BUR6ET

New Spark Plugs NGK BUR6ET




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, Under The Hood

I snapped off the neck of the oil seperator, which fell into the engine and needed to be extracted off course. Β Time to remove the rocker cover and do a little inspection. Everything looked ok, no signs of sludge or weird marks or so.

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG




VW Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Bought a new grille (without the VW logo), but I didn’t want the one with the double louvres, as that has been tried and tested. I noticed this one from JOM and ordered it. Got a message back from a Dutch webshop that they aren’t able to deliver anymore. Searched and found it on German Ebay, for less than price that the Dutch webshop advertised it for, so happy days πŸ™‚

Partnr:Β 1H6853653MOE

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Stance

Info:
Camera: Nikon D300 / Nikkor 17-55mm




VW Golf MK3 some interior shots

As some people asked me for some interior shots, here they are.

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

Very happy with the (aftermarket) sunroof

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

Only 180.000 verified (!) kilometers

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior




VW Golf MK3 GTI Airbox Modification

The best airfilter on the Golf MK3 GTI platform is the original airbox with paper filter. But you might miss out on induction noise, something so desired on any naturally aspirated (NA) engine πŸ™‚

There are ways to give you some induction noise, namely:

  • Drilling the airbox
  • Removing the snoot to the side of the car
  • Fitting a (Bonrath) Powerrohr / roar

I bought myself an extra airbox and removed the snoot + drilled extra holes on the cold side of the car.

Stock Airbox

Front view Airbox

Top view Airbox

Removeing the snoot

Trumpet removed

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Fitted a new airfilter

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




Swapping out the VW Golf MK3 GTI Crankshaft Position Sensor

My car was cutting out when the engine was hot. RPM gauge dropped to zero instantly & engine cuts out immediateley. Scanning the car with vagcom / VCDS showed an error with the G28 sensor aka Crankshaft Position sensor. Other names are Engine Speed sensor and in Dutch BDP sensor or krukaspositie sensor.

I followed this video guide, which helped me tremendously, so thank youΒ Thomas EXOVCDS.Β Took me about an hour on axle stands, so not that bad.




Time for a new car, VW Golf MK3 GTI 2.0 8v

And then it was time for a change, a new car. But it didn’t go smoothly, not at all. I traded my 2009 Toyota Aygo with a Volkswagen (VW) Golf MK3 GTI 2.0 8v (1996, AGG engine code), after having an extended test drive which didn’t show any weird signs. Car handled nicely, especially for that age.

But on the way back it broke down, RPM gauge dropped instantly and car died (electrics worked though). Long story short, I was pulled back home and was able to fix the issue a day or two later by swapping out the Crankshaft Position sensor (G28) and as a precaution, I also swapped out the Fuel Pump Relay (nr 30).

So a little bit of a headache & mixed feelings later, I am still very happy with my swap!

Stranded…

Stranded

Being towed

En route to Sevenum...

Back home (finally!)

Finally home




Toyota Aygo new 14 inch wheels

Bought myself a “new” 14 inch set (thanks Marktplaats.nl πŸ™‚ ) and fitted them off course. I weighed the wheels to see the difference, funny to see how there is quite a difference between de Uniroyal RainExpert 2 & Barum Brilliantis tyres.

The 14inch steel wheel + Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres weighed less than expected.

Goodies!

14 inch wheel + Uniroyal RainExpert 2 tyre

Weight 14 inch wheel + Uniroyal Rainexpert 2

14 inch wheel + Barum Brilliantis 2 tyre

Weight 14inch wheel + Barum Brilliantis 2

14 inch steel wheel + Goodyear Vector 4 tyre

Weight 14inch Steel wheel + Goodyear Vector 4 Allseason

Result!

New wheels fitted

Info:
Camera: Canon Powershot S110




Toyota Aygo Eco badge

As many of you might now, I make a sport out of driving as economical as possible (without being too extreme). As I was searching on Aliexpress, I found this fun badge, which expresses my driving style perfectly. I was able to plug the holes with some plastic grommets.
Toyota Aygo Eco Badge decal

Toyota Aygo Eco Badge decal




Nelson & Ollie portraits 28-02-2017