Tag: upgrade

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, 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, 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, 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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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 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 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 🙂 !

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 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 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