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Old 10-13-2019, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default V50 T5 AWD suspension performance upgrades

Anyone have experience with this? Car is a 2006 V50 T5 AWD The main concern is high speed highway maneuvers, and all the roads around me are pretty bad. KYB gas adjusts last about a year in the rear, I know they aren't very good, and the answer to my question is pretty subjective to what you can live with as far as ride quality.

Lowering the car is out of the question, I need the stock ride height or more to get through snow.

Only mod so far is an IPD rear sway bar. Fresh front struts, mounts, and bearings, but the struts are also KYB.

Bilstein HD? Konis? What would you do for roads that beat up your suspension but ya still want to drive quickly and not replace parts every year?
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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Unfortunately you can't get Bilsteins or Konis that fit the rear of the AWD models. I know some people have run adjustable KYBs in the rear for more stiffness:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_GKO8DAjNA

Otherwise you're looking at coilovers, or having someone make something custom. I know someone on swedespeed gave Koni specs and had them make AWD rear struts for them, but they were ~$1K

If you're looking for more stability, I'd go with a bigger rear bar, the ipd one is pretty small in comparison to a stock MazdaSpeed 3 bar or some of the aftermarket options there.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'm a bit surprised at that, I just assumed they were available. There are a few coilovers available, but all of them except 1 lower the car, the one that doesn't is $1500 and I don't care quite that much haha.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:30 PM   #4
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Knowing Volvo there is probably a spring set for HD use for your car. That might be less money. Of course you'll probably have to ship from overseas. I'd check with Skandix or classic swede and see if they can order you something. That would get you good springs.
Adjustable yellow Konis are nice because you can make them soft for when you drive the ladies around and then stiffen them up for great handling. Even on their soft setting they greatly improve handling on bad roads.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:30 AM   #5
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JUST got done doing shocks and struts on the V50 and I can confirm, there ain't **** out there for aftermarket support for the AWD, due to the different ride height. It sucks.
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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We have a JRZ kt for them. Works well :-) but not cheap
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:09 PM   #7
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Ben, you know where the big money goes hahaha, looks dam nice though.
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