Struts-suspension upgrade on '92 240

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by JLB, Dec 25, 2004.

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    JLB Guest

    whole roasted children replete with apples in mouths -
    and babies? heads stuffed with wild rice. Or keep it simple with a
    hearty main course such as stew, lasagna, or meat loaf.

    Some suggestions

    Pre-mie pot pies, beef stew, leg of lamb, stuffed chicken, roast pork spiral ham,
    Cranberry pineapple salad, sweet potatoes in butter, vegetable platter, tossed salad with tomato and avocado, parsley new potatoes, spinich cucumber salad, fruit salad
    Bran muffins, dinner rolls, soft breadsticks, rice pilaf, croissants
    Apple cake with rum sauce, frosted banana nut bread sherbet, home made brownies
    Iced tea, water, beer, bloody marys, lemonade, coffee

    The guests select food, beverages, silverware... everything from the buffet table.
    They move to wherever they are comfortable, and sit with whoever they choose.
    Provide trays so your guests will not spill everything all over your house from
    carrying too much, nor will they have to make 10 trips back and fourth from the
    service stations.

    Roast Leg of Amputee

    By all means, substitute lamb or a good beef roast if the haunch
    it is in any way diseased. But sometimes surgeons make mistakes,
    and if a healthy young limb is at hand, then don?t hesitate to cook
    it to perfection!

    1 high quality limb, rack, or roast
    Potatoes, carrot
    green onions
    salt, pepper, etc
    2 cups beef stock

    Marinate meat (optional, not necessary with better cuts).
    Season liberally and lace with garlic cloves by making incisions,
    and placing whole cloves deep into the meat.
    Grease a baking pan, and fill with a thic
    JLB, Dec 25, 2004
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    JLB Guest

    My 1992 240 needs new struts. This set has about 70,000 miles on it. The car
    has 215,000. Has original springs. Is getting very "bouncy" out on road.
    Questions: Should I replace the springs at this mileage while I replace
    struts? Also, I'm thinking about getting a set of Bilsteins(it's my
    understanding that Bilstein makes the OEM strut). Should I just stick with
    the OEM stuff or is there any way to upgrade my suspension?
    I also have a worn tie rod on one side.
    Thanks for any suggestions.
    JLB, Dec 25, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    I'd be looking to buy some new springs if I were you.
    Rob Guenther, Dec 25, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    into patties or stuff into natural casings.

    Stillborn Stew

    By definition, this meat cannot be had altogether fresh,
    but have the lifeless unfortunate available immediately after delivery,
    or use high quality beef or pork roasts (it is cheaper and better to
    cut up a whole roast than to buy stew meat).

    1 stillbirth, de-boned and cubed
    ¼ cup vegetable oil
    2 large onions
    bell pepper
    ½ cup red wine
    3 Irish potatoes
    2 large carrots

    This is a simple classic stew that makes natural gravy,
    thus it does not have to be thickened.
    Brown the meat quickly in very hot oil, remove and set aside.
    Brown the onions, celery, pepper and garlic.
    De-glaze with wine, return meat to the pan and season well.
    Stew on low fire adding small amounts of water and
    seasoning as necessary.
    After at least half an hour, add the carrots and potatoes,
    and simmer till root vegetables break with a fork.
    Cook a fresh pot of long grained white rice.

    Pre-mie Pot Pie

    When working with prematurely delivered newborns (or chicken) use sherry;
    red wine with beef (buy steak or roast, do not pre-boil).

    Pie crust (see index)
    Whole fresh pre-mie; eviscerated, head, hands and feet removed
    Onions, bell pepper, celery
    ½ cup wine
    Root vegetables of choice (turnips, carrots, potatoes, etc) cubed

    Make a crust from scratch - or go shamefully to the frozen food section
    of your favorite grocery and select 2 high quality pie crusts (you
    will need one for the top also).
    Boil the prepared delicacy until the meat starts to come off the bones.
    Remove, de-bone and cube; continue to reduce the broth.
    Brown the onions, peppers and celery.
    Add the meat then season, continue browning.
    De-glaze with sherry, add the reduced broth.
    Finally, put in the root vegetables and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Allow to cool slightly.
    Place the pie pan i
    Rob Guenther, Dec 25, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    The springs rarely fail, if the front of the car isn't sagging or lopsided
    just stick with the springs you have. IIRC Boge makes the OEM shocks,
    Bilsteins are top of the line. If you can afford the Bilsteins get them,
    you'll be pleased with the handling, if you like the stock ride the Boge
    shocks are ok, just a bit mushy.
    James Sweet, Dec 25, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    2 side corners in,
    wrap till remaining corner is left.
    Brush with egg, seal, and allow to sit on the seal for
    a few minutes.
    Fry the rolls:
    325° if using egg roll wraps, 350° for spring roll wraps.
    Deep fry in peanut oil till crispy golden brown, drain on paper towels.

    Lemon Neonate

    Turkey serves just as well, and in fact even looks a bit like a
    well-dressed baby. By the time you turn the child?s breast into
    cutlets, it will be indistinguishable. The taste of young human,
    although similar to turkey (and chicken) often can be wildly
    different depending upon what he or she has consumed during its
    10 to 14 months of life...

    4 well chosen cutlets (from the breasts of 2 healthy neonates)
    2 large lemons (fresh lemons always, if possible)
    Olive oil
    Green onions
    neonate stock (chicken, or turkey stock is fine)
    fresh cracked black pepper

    Season and sauté the cutlets in olive oil till golden brown, remove.
    Add the garlic and onions and cook down a bit.
    Add some lemon juice and some zest, then de-glaze with stock.
    Add a little cornstarch (dissolved in cold water) to the sauce.
    You are just about there, Pour the sauce over the cutlets,
    top with parsley, lemon slices and cracked pepper.
    Serve with spinach salad, macaroni and cheese (homemade) and iced tea...

    Spaghetti with Real Italian Meatballs

    If you don
    James Sweet, Dec 25, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    What the?!
    James Sweet, Dec 26, 2004
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    BOEING377 Guest

    I always thought KYB Gas Adjust shox were a good value and worked well on 240s.
    Not very expensive and do a great job.
    BOEING377, Dec 26, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    I some KYB's on my 740 and they work pretty well. I've heard they often fail
    early though, so far so good with mine.
    James Sweet, Dec 26, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    I've been wondering the same thing

    I've got 5 e-mails in my inbox with this crap, plus they are all duplicated
    on this newsgroup, and the Volkswagen newsgroup
    ( I also frequent

    Seems all recent posting from certain people get a responce in that persons
    name on the newsgroup (about some cooking recipe for humans), plus an email
    from (
    Rob Guenther, Dec 26, 2004
  11. This is going round the groups. Someone spooffed your address.

    Stewart Hargrave

    For email, replace 'SpamOnlyToHere' with my name
    Stewart Hargrave, Dec 26, 2004
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    JLB Guest

    yes, I got the strange message in my inbox.
    so I added < and > to e-mail address..they can be removed to actually get to
    the inbox.
    Thanks for the opinions about struts.
    I've been looking at the Bilsteins.
    I also need new strut mounts.
    Some manufacturers offer kits.
    I read one advertisement that said something about having to add an
    adjustment to the toe-in if you bought there product.
    I'm not aware of any changes a new strut mount kit would offer that requires
    toe-in changes. But I am not experienced in this. Any suggestions?
    JLB, Dec 26, 2004
  13. lopsided just stick with the springs you have.

    Interestingly enough, I've have the front springs fail in two of the
    245s that I've owned.

    The first time was in a '79 245DL, and it happened just as I got off of
    the expressway on the off ramp. On that occasion, I think that it was
    simply due to age (about 13 years old).

    The second time was in an '85 245 GL, in winter, after the vehicle had
    been parked for about a week during a particularly cold snap when it
    was around minus 40. I had been hauling some ceramic tile for my
    bathroom the week previous.

    On both occasions, I was able to drive the vehicle home.

    Unlike the time I was driving down a rural concession road in my GMC
    van and the front wheel flew off with a POP! and I slid down the road
    leaving a trail of sparks as the vehicle tried to catch up with the
    wheel which had gone on ahead.

    A lineman working up on a pole practically fell off of his perch when
    he saw the incident. The new guy at the tire shop had apparently
    forgotten to torque the lug nuts back on after doing a tire repair.
    That time, I had to walk home.
    Eunoia Eigensinn, Dec 26, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    But of all the things to send with a spoofed addy, a recipe for something??
    James Sweet, Dec 26, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    Perhaps all bets are off in a very cold climate or one where they salt the
    roads? I've never even heard of a spring failing around here, I'm sure it's
    happened to somebody but nobody I know. I've heard of the spring cup on the
    strut tube rusting out but again I've never seen it personally.
    James Sweet, Dec 26, 2004

  16. They're probably sending car repair tips to the cooking groups.

    It may be someone trying to emulate HipCrime, the infamous usenet
    vandal who used to periodically try to flood usenet and stop it
    working. Fortunately my server seems to be stopping most of these
    getting through.


    Stewart Hargrave

    For email, replace 'SpamOnlyToHere' with my name
    Stewart Hargrave, Dec 26, 2004
  17. Spring cup. Yup. Have had that fail on me too.
    Right after I replaced the springs on the '79 245.

    That time, I drove the vehicle home too but the spring, without the cup
    to hold it in place, wore a nice groove into the sidewall of the tire.

    Ever since then, I've make a point of telling the undercoating guys to
    make sure that they spray the cup interior when I take it in for the
    annual spray.
    Eunoia Eigensinn, Dec 26, 2004
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    Mike F Guest

    I've had front springs break on both my 240 turbos - both while the car
    was parked. There was a tell-tale pile of rust dust on the driveway,
    and a grinding noise while turning - the break both times was near the
    top, hard to see and the "new" top of the spring was not in the seat
    anymore. Both times you could see a small area of rust in the break -
    less than 5% of the break area where the flaw was, with the rest of the
    break being clean and fresh.

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Dec 28, 2004
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    mccaldwell2 Guest

    Boge was OEM. Boge turbo is stiffer than OEM, IIRC (the pro gas is the
    OEM style). Bilstein touring about same price as Boge turbo, but much
    stiffer. Someone from this group has a web page on 240 upgrades.
    Suggests that Bilstein struts w/ OEM shocks is a good mix for normal
    (non-rally) driving. I haven't tried that combo. I have Bilstein all
    around on '92 240 and while handling is great, it's very firm.
    mccaldwell2, Jan 2, 2005
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    mccaldwell2 Guest

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