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by mathrock
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: hold on lads i've got an idea....
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: hold on lads i've got an idea....

Awesome work! Thanks for putting these together.
by mathrock
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics
Replies: 11
Views: 5242

Re: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics

Appreciate the offer. Definitely not in a hurry. Parts are reasonably cheap in the USA, but only for cars that are sold here. None of the Volvo 480 parts are available in the USA and all have to be ordered from Europe (AutoDoc. RendCar, Skandix, etc). Most places have minimum shipping costs of $50-9...
by mathrock
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !
Replies: 29
Views: 1422

Re: Rear Light Clusters - problem solved !

I'd be interested in having a set. Also interested in seeing pics of the procedure to separate the existing/old lense covers and installing new ones.
by mathrock
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics
Replies: 11
Views: 5242

Re: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics

I have a 1993 480 Turbo, which uses the 215mm flywheel/clutch. I'm in the US so there is no such thing as a cheap clutch to try :wink: Appreciate any help from people who have easier access to a spare flywheel and a friendly parts supplier! Thanks.
by mathrock
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics
Replies: 11
Views: 5242

Re: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics

Only pressure plate needs adjusting of bore witdh of 3 the holes to fit the 3 centerpoints(?) on flywheel: bore to 8 mm, try fit on flywheel and adjust bore again when needed, very precise and equally much! Would it not be similar to the example of the Sachs Racing clutch? Depending on how far they...
by mathrock
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics
Replies: 11
Views: 5242

Re: High torque clutch for late Turbo's + pics

Based on this post I'm led to believe that the Helix upgraded clutch (Helix 30-4203) for the Renault Clio II would work for our little 480 Turbo wedge. Has anyone looked into this or tried it? https://www.demon-tweeks.com/us/helix-s ... lx30-4203/
by mathrock
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: Robou ECU - Reset
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Robou ECU - Reset

I usually run premium (93 octane, E10) in the USA. However the current tank is some ethanol free gas I found in NH (probably 91 octane?). I'm about due to fill-up the tank, so I'll see if some new premium gas helps. Thanks.
by mathrock
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: Robou ECU - Reset
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Robou ECU - Reset

I've had my Robou ECU installed and running for about a month. It greatly enhances the driving experience and fun! However, I've noticed recently that the boost is occassionally getting limited like it's in a limp mode. Resetting the ECU with the jumper allows the engine to make full boost again (in...
by mathrock
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Howto manuals
Topic: Finding (and Fixing) Volt drop
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Finding (and Fixing) Volt drop

Very informative post 👍
by mathrock
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1990 Turbo Auto
Replies: 69
Views: 2718

Re: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox

Yes, I need to stop popping the dog to the woods in it, Jeff! Haha. Might use it for uni a bit in September (on dry days! :wink: ), about 40-50 mile round trip. Not done nearly as many mile as I thought I would this summer. Just saw the RADwood Goodwood event on August 11th I'd love to have gone to...
by mathrock
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: So, today was the day...
Replies: 215
Views: 18295

Re: So, today was the day...

jifflemon wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:15 pm
Did you replace the droplinks? I'm considering it, but then if it ain't broke, do you replace it with finest chinesium? :?
I did :-/ The boots were torn and the right side joint was bad.
by mathrock
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: So, today was the day...
Replies: 215
Views: 18295

Re: So, today was the day...

I recently did the whole front suspension as well and definitely agree that the ball joint was the worst part of the process! Almost stripped the nut and then once finally turning, it was slow going with one flat at a time. :angry:
by mathrock
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 1349

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

It's been a while since I've updated progress here. Been fixing up a ton of things on the 480 Turbo in preparation for the Radwood 80's/90's car show. For those not following the 480 Facebook group. This past weekend we took the 480 on it's first major road trip, ~300mi round trip to the Radwood car...
by mathrock
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Am I mad?
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Am I mad?

The discrepancies between the needed parts and your stock of scrap parts can be cobbled together in this part of the world and sent to NZ. Thumbs up! brinkie and others here and on the FB groups have definitely been an enormous help with getting my USA Volvo 480 Turbo back in shape! The car has a g...
by mathrock
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: leaking auxiliary water pump
Replies: 26
Views: 3506

Re: leaking auxiliary water pump

Ok, new ring is in place and cleaned surfaces mate perfectly. http://i1063.photobucket.com/albums/t515/JRT480/Fotografia2660_zpsse5as8z1.jpg I know this is an old post, but do you happen to know the o-ring size you used? The aux water pump on my 1993 turbo is leaking in the same spot yours is and I...
by mathrock
Thu May 16, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Bilstein B4's
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: Bilstein B4's

On Demon Tweeks, why is it that the description of all these dampers are "Rear", or maybe I'm being dense. https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/search/shop-by/q/bilstein%20b4/vaa__vehicles_code/59171ce6af48b/ Also Jeff, could you elaborate on springs, I understand you went for Lesjofors, may I ask why? ...
by mathrock
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 93
Views: 5177

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Here's a couple pictures of the battery cutoff installed on the negative terminal. My car has a non-original negative ground cable (it came that way when I bought it, it's on the list to replace at some point). https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47646417931_42c630c82e_z.jpg https://live.staticflick...
by mathrock
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 93
Views: 5177

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

I would definitely recommend against installing the battery cutoff switch on the positive side. It's a spark/fire/safety hazard as you significantly increase the surface area that contains the positive voltage. I successfully installed one on my negative side. I'll try to take a picture and post back.