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Genuine Volvo stiffer springs!

Post by catgroom » Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:02 pm

This information may appeal to you if you dont want to lower your car,but would like improved handling through stiffer springs.

A mate from Volvo-Tech forum has kindly offered to send me info by post on the different colour codings of Volvo springs.

He has just informed me that there was 6 different types of spring for the 440/460 fronts,which fit ours.There are also 4 types for the rear.These springs are all colour coded and correspond to a chart which I will post once I receive it mid next week.

Could be summit for some of us here?

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Post by VanDerGraaf » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:19 am

Nice work Groomus! :D

Have been wondering for ages now about that colour coding.
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Post by catgroom » Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:31 pm

From memory of the phone convo,Red is the stiffest at 21 nms.Black is the softest at 12 nms-boing!

For the front theres grey,red,blue,yellow,green and black.Rears were black,red,green,yellow IIRC.

Im guessing Volvo prices will apply,naturally!Not sure who made them for Volvo though.Maybe Mr Foxus would know this,being a production line zombie

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Post by VanDerGraaf » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:48 pm

I read somewhere that it was Lesjofors that made them?
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Post by catgroom » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:48 pm

Yes it was,of course!I think Murf posted that yonks ago..

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Post by catgroom » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:54 pm

OK received the info today on these springs so ere goes!

Fronts
Colour Code Black ie No Markings-:Spring Stiffness-:17nM Length-:372mm
Blue 20 360
Green 17 362
Yellow 20 350
Grey 12 457
Red 22 355

Rears
Colour Code Black ie No Markings-:Spring Stiffness-:19.7nM Length-:322mm
Yellow 17.2 310
Green 14.7 350
Red 21 289.5

All springs come with a paint marked line approx half way up for ID purposes!The whole springs luckily dont come in Grey or greenus!LOL!

Theres more info if you need it but I posted the 2 most relevant specs for you all.

Happy boinging!

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Post by clubman_dan » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:42 am

would the ones with a shorter length lower the car?
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Post by catgroom » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:07 pm

Yes mate
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Post by chris1roll » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:30 pm

Steve, is that what volvo actually told you?

I'm not sure they would, as the shorter ones are actually stiffer, they will compress less when the weight of the car is on them resulting in the same ride height overall, I reckon.

Just curious....

Actually.... looking again, it would appear that yellow would be 10mm lower than blue as they have the same spring rate.......hmmm, But then the grey wouldn't be 100mm/10CM higher than blue cos they are much softer....
Job for someone who can be arsed to work out the spring rates/length and preload?
Some of this would also be affected by the condition of your shocks too, so rebound would come into it?
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Post by catgroom » Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:06 pm

Hi Chris!

As said over the weekend its what Sarum Boy from Volvoclub.org sent me.

He copied the information from Volvo Tech Data.

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Post by Ettore Bugatti » Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:14 pm

Sorry too drop in this old topic.

Too work out how much the deflection of the springs are, You should know the lower wishbone length, the distance from the wishbone pivot and atachment of the spring and the angle of the spring.

Search the web on wheel rate and installation ratio for calculations and better explaination.
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Post by catgroom » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:11 pm

Great !

This helps insight very much!

Hey and what is the problem with digging up old topics?Is it against the 480 law or something? :lol:

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Post by Williewammes » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:42 am

Great info people.

Curious bout my colour code now :wink:

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Post by Ettore Bugatti » Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:27 pm

Check these links:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2094272
Analysis of VAG suspension

http://www.optimumg.com/tech_springsdampers.htm
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Post by Anton_K » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:31 am

Very usefull info Catgroom :)
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Post by Matthew Brennan » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:03 am

Steve you are the greatest,

I love the way you always make nice posts with good info that I was not aware of, not everyone has been on forum for 1000 billion years so this is new news to me.

Keep the topics "SPRING"ING up!!


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Post by catgroom » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:40 pm

Hi Matt ya blonde bastard,from the future!

No problem mate.Sarum Boy from Volvoclub.orgy had go this info from his main dealer and copied it so I passed it on.Not sure if anyone will use it,also the costs of these springs are typically Volvo I expect!

For those wishing to upgrade using genuine Volvo parts (TMus!) these should be right up their junction,alley,boulevard etc!

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Post by Ettore Bugatti » Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:20 pm

I read on a other Volvo forum that the yellow springs are used in the Volvo sport suspension kit. (sportsline)
The black ones are standard
grey for heavy load (towing)

but Rpruen has also an orginal Volvo kit with blue springs!
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Post by pol » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:23 pm

Mine look kind of brown!?

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Post by catgroom » Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:19 pm

Lets see a pic then hoe! :D
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