S90 Julian's 1997 S90 "Tony"

GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs
edited August 2019 in RWD

So I bought @Krokodili_Kyle's S90,


310,000km on the clock

All new belts, tensioners and idlers.

All new bushes and rackends.

302mm ATE disks with A1RM pads

Car needs a trans mount, paint and shocks all round.

The nivomats are buggered and the fronts are blown beyond comprehension, but it still dives superbly.

Plans are to:

Refresh all of the suspension with stock parts.

Fix all the blown bulbs and switches.

Replace trans & engine mounts.

Replace boot struts.

Fit Tethys.

Have door cards re-covered.

Wire up a 240V inverter into the boot for charging my tools.

Leave the stock radio in place but wire in a better one.

D5 or T6 swap

Ive always lusted over this car, Its the ultimate cruiser.

Anywho, here's a picture.

Might drive this up to Nats, I friggin love it



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  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    Great pic too.

    Very nice and with D5 will be epic.

    The missus S80D5 has the luxury i like but fwd and lag im not used to,so i think the S90 is the business.

    What colour interior?

    I have a liking for the wheels on it ...

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited October 2019


    Ive always loved this car, the wheels too.

    Well looks like the head gasket is blown, its been leaking at the back of the motor for over a year, always thought it was the coupling on the back of the block for the heater hose. Nope.

    Head gasket failure, pissing out the back like a little stream.

    D5 or T6 swap confirmed.

  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.


    So what ECU will be on the d5

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    ECD16 i believe, 2nd gen D5 setup

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited August 2019

    So im sitting in the car after a long commute home from work, and I think to myself, Id probably be ruining part of what makes this car so great by pulling the smooth and quiet I6 out in favour for a rattly D5.

    Sure the economy of the D5 is something to envy, but the enjoyment of having the big smooth 6 is something I'd most definitely miss.

    Ive got a few 98 T6 blocks that ive already stripped down to the short blocks, I need to have a snapped head bolt removed but I think Ill build this car into a super sleeper S90 T6.

    A set of rods, HX40 and a set of Deka injectors courtesy of @Samman88 and I think this would be the ultimate comfort cruiser with 300 ~ 400kw at the wheels.

    The issue then becomes the longevity of the auto, the supra guys believe 350rwkw is the most for safe operation on these boxes and I think that will be tons considering she's a big boaty executive sedan.

  • Gotta say I like this much better as an option Julian. Having driven a 960 (close enough) I loved the engine and thought it was part of what made the car such as good package. D5? I really had to wonder why but it was none of my business. Apart from the horror story that was mine, they just aren't that nice of a motor.

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    I had 1st hand experience with your D5 Chris :(

    You don't still have it do you?

    Though I saw it not 15 mins ago at chaddy!

    I think so too, Im currently doing 160km total a day for work, so the allure of a diesel was very tempting. Also the challenge of making it work

  • Considering you would not be torque limited on the d5 motor with the 30-40 like you are with the fwd 6 speed setup... the d5 can be tuned for max power which is near enough 200kw+

    Volvo detunned the heck out of it to keep it around 400nm max...

    My personal vote is for the d5

    Should be able to hit 7L/100 or better using it

    That said... Considering the price of second hand BMW e60 530d... go test drive one before you commit to spending about the same...

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    Thats kinda my thought process

    I've driven the V8 E60s, not too bad

  • No Julian I traded it to Berry a year ago. They engine swapped it and sold it. I live near Chaddy but have never seen it.

    It just got all too hard because noone could get it to run right and in the end I had more than one opinion that it needed to be opened up and wasn't worth the cost.

    Currently rocking a gen 5 Liberty, which I really like. Still have the V40 we bought from John and when he remembers my son brings it in for service.

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    Small development, my Brembos and 330mm disks fit the S90.

    All that's needed is 25mm of spacers and some Tethys :D

    Im liking this very much.

    Rear pads are getting a bit low, might get some A1RMs for them.

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    This is relevant to my interests.

    What are the calipers from? What rotors?

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    Falcon F6 calipers

    S60R rotors

    Yother adapters with spacer plates

    And lots of manic laughter

  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    I've got spacers!

  • Vee_QueVee_Que @Vee_Que South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.

    The only way the auto's survive is with the valve body being modified by MV automatics.

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    Cheers for the suggestion, Ill look into them now

  • The 30-40 is much better than the 304 box because of the electronic line pressure control

    Run full line pressure all the time and combine with accum enhancement (threaded rod) and nothing else than fresh steels and friction and fluid is required to hold 300kw long term


    If you want a paddle shift controller... let me know and I can make another one up for you

    If can even integrate into just about any aftermarket ECU with a variable analog voltage output for automatic mode

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    Thatd be really neat!

    Could it work with the stock controller?

    The SC-816 died suddenly one day, pooped in an SC-815 and got sick of the absolute garbage audio quality very quickly.

    Pillaged the Alpine 178BT headunit from the 240 and picked up a set of JL series 3s in the 6.5 inch for the front, and a set of series 2s for the rear doors in 6.5 also.

    Decided to see how factory I could make it look, ran new wiring through the factory grommets and sleeve for that stealth audio look.

    Wondered how Id get the new wiring through, went with a method Id seen some of the commercial sparkies use - Cable lube!

    Soldered both strands to the end of the old speaker wire, lubed it up with detergent and pulled it through!

    Perfect fit, just needed to open up the door card a bit to clear the bigger woofer surround.

    Dropped the tweeters straight into the hollowed out original units, Dremels help!

    As much as I would have loved to keep the stock headunit, there was no way I was going to be able to get any kind of quality sound out of it.

    Should have the rears in today

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