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Old 07-18-2021, 11:17 PM   #26
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I figured they were the thicker ones. I don't know if FCP offers the 79 GT springs anymore.
Dig around somebody posted the Volvo part number for them recently.

~$75 ish each IIRC.
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Old 07-19-2021, 12:03 AM   #27
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The 14.8mm springs part number 1205951 were updated to the 14.2mm springs long ago.

Looks like you can still get the 14.2mm springs from the dealer and the price isn't ridiculous.

https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts...spring-1229337
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Very reasonable. Well worth the price.
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Old 07-19-2021, 12:38 PM   #29
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Very reasonable. Well worth the price.
I agree! I'll purchase a pair through Jim Fisher Volvo, since its local. Thanks for the help on the front springs, everyone!
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Old 07-19-2021, 01:21 PM   #30
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I agree! I'll purchase a pair through Jim Fisher Volvo, since its local. Thanks for the help on the front springs, everyone!


It would be interesting to know if they actually still have them.
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Old 07-19-2021, 02:35 PM   #31
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If they don't have them in the US. They will get them from GCP and ship them here without an additional shipping charge.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:11 PM   #32
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For reference, here is the reply I got post purchase:

"Hello!

We've received your order but I just wanted to reach out as the front coil spring in question is a classic part with no stock in the US. Due to that the part would take roughly a month to arrive as it would come out of Sweden and would be non returnable. If this is still alright with you I can get it on order!

Let me know and I'll get the order going. Thanks!"
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:30 PM   #33
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Ask them to verify the wire diameter before shipping.
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Old 07-19-2021, 04:54 PM   #34
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Ask them to verify the wire diameter before shipping.
He's responded: "Yes, you're correct. Per the catalog the spring diameter shows 14.2mm."

Great, should be the correct item. If they end up sending me something different, I'm sure they will make it better.
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Old 07-19-2021, 05:11 PM   #35
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Heavy duty. I live in the Indiana land of pot holes.
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Old 07-19-2021, 06:50 PM   #36
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He's responded: "Yes, you're correct. Per the catalog the spring diameter shows 14.2mm."

Great, should be the correct item. If they end up sending me something different, I'm sure they will make it better.
They make a nice match for the overload springs in the back, a tiny bit stiffer but no porpoising in rough ground or over the railroad tracks.
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They make a nice match for the overload springs in the back, a tiny bit stiffer but no porpoising in rough ground or over the railroad tracks.
RockAuto lists the "heavy duty" springs for my 242 as the stock Wagon springs. And then there are the wagon overloads which must be even stiffer than that.

Will overload springs lift the butt of my 242? Hopefully not too much
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:28 PM   #38
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Maybe I should just plop a B21ft into my car and make it into a 79 GT replica lol
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I've got a B21FT for you when you are ready. My wagon uses the 1229337 front springs and the rear wagon overloads. It's a good combo but it rides better when you load up the back a little.
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RockAuto lists the "heavy duty" springs for my 242 as the stock Wagon springs. And then there are the wagon overloads which must be even stiffer than that.

Will overload springs lift the butt of my 242? Hopefully not too much
242 rear springs are really spindly 12.4mm wire & 16 & 1/4" free length.



I'd go with stock 244 junkyard springs, and see how it looks, or gently cut stock wagon springs.

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Maybe I should just plop a B21ft into my car and make it into a 79 GT replica lol


GT's had NA B21Fs.
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RockAuto lists the "heavy duty" springs for my 242 as the stock Wagon springs. And then there are the wagon overloads which must be even stiffer than that.

Will overload springs lift the butt of my 242? Hopefully not too much
I was told stock size for 2-door/sedan rear was 12mm, and wagon(estate) 13mm.
The theory being, if you want HD for sedan you run wagon springs, and 14mm if you want HD on a wagon. I have never found a definitive source/chart for wire diameter information on the Volvo 240.

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242 rear springs are really spindly 12.4mm wire & 16 & 1/4" free length.



I'd go with stock 244 junkyard springs, and see how it looks, or gently cut stock wagon springs.

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I put wagon springs cut ~ 3/4" and ground flat in my 242. It was a nice upgrade. The overloads definitely raise the rear of a sedan. A customer of mine put them in his 1990 sedan.
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Once I install overloads in my friend's wagon, I'll use his stock springs and cut them a bit, as suggested. Free, and should work well with my front springs.
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I was told stock size for 2-door/sedan rear was 12mm, and wagon(estate) 13mm.
The theory being, if you want HD for sedan you run wagon springs, and 14mm if you want HD on a wagon. I have never found a definitive source/chart for wire diameter information on the Volvo 240.

The US market 240 sedans run 12.4mm rear springs. The wagons have 13mm rear springs.
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Old 07-21-2021, 02:30 AM   #46
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The US market 240 sedans run 12.4mm rear springs. The wagons have 13mm rear springs.
Thank you sir, I also noticed with regard to (f) spring P.N. 1229337 Tasca shows 14.2mm, while Lesjofors using the same P.N. is listed as 14.5mm on more than one site. I assume this is a manufacturing difference(or possibly larger dia due to the dip coating) ?

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I'd go with stock 244 junkyard springs, and see how it looks, or gently cut stock wagon springs.
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The US market 240 sedans run 12.4mm rear springs. The wagons have 13mm rear springs.
I didn't see 12.4mm listed in the parts catalog.

1212426 12.0mm
1212427 12.7mm
1229052 12.95mm
1206750 13.8mm

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Thank you sir, I also noticed with regard to (f) spring P.N. 1229337 Tasca shows 14.2mm, while Lesjofors using the same P.N. is listed as 14.5mm on more than one site. I assume this is a manufacturing difference(or possibly larger dia due to the dip coating) ?

from what I can tell Lesjofors is selling one spring to replace most of the different wire sizes that were available and it's not 14.2mm, it's 13.5.

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For vehicles that originally came stock with 14.2mm or 14.8mm springs. The actual wire diameter of this spring is 13.5mm. For vehicles with stock ride height. Always replace in pairs.
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vol...jofors-1229337
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Paint can add a mm.
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Paint can add a mm.
Don't forget to add in the thickness for the underbody coating and road goop that's usually covering used springs as well.
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