850 shows aerodynamics are not needed with lots of power!
Following success in the Touring car championships, Volvo carved out a name for themselves.
Today there are lots of tuning options and upgrades for the 850 and when you purchase them wisely you can have an amazing supercar chaser.
Volvo 850 Tuning
Handling modifications are usually the first port of call for the 850. We advise that you fit uprated suspension and lower the auto by 30-35mm. Larger drops require arch work – especially on models already equipped with sports suspension.
Tuning tips and articles
Our aim in 850 engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end.
Spending a bit money on the handling and engine will transform your car right into a very credible performer.
Smaller engines usually do not provide much of a return when it comes to power, so start with a bigger engine. Engine swaps are a wonderful option when you have a small engine size.
850 Engine Tuning Mods.
These modifications are often performed by our members, decide how far you need to go before you start.
Getting the right mods for your personal planned utilization of the car is vital. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don’t work well on the road.
Stage 1 mods: Exhaust, Panel air filter, Remap, lighter flywheel
Stage 2 mods: Fast road cam, polished and ported head, fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,
Stage 3 mods: Engine balancing, forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), competition cam.
By raising peak power you maintain reliability and economy. A fast road cam is going to be one of the best power mod that can be done mechanically in your engine. Don’t forget to uprate the fueling when you find yourself increasing the power – it makes the car more thirsty. You will get more snappy acceleration by fitting a fuel pressure boost valve. To get sufficient fuel you might need to uprate the injectors in your engine. When increasing your fueling you will also should get a bigger fuel pump to deliver it.
Volvo 850 Exhaust and Intake.
The following area for modification may be the intake and exhaust. Maximum power gains result from a full induction kit. On small engines you will actually lose low down power so we suggest you use a panel air filter instead. Sports exhausts will certainly help air flow through the engine but do not go too large. Stay with 1.5 to 2.5 inches for best results.
Gas flowing the head will help you to maximise your air/fuel charge. Once you begin tuning your 850 you will notice that the standard clutch starts to complain so get an uprated clutch. Turbo engines are just begging to be custom remapped.You will notice big power gains on most turbo engined cars including diesels building a remap probably the most cost effective modifications.
Adding forced induction will discover big power gains but this is usually too costly to be cost-effective. Turbos are harder to add than superchargers. Turbos give improvement in exponential proportion to increasing engine speed and this can make mapping difficult. The nice steady boost to rpm characteristics from the supercharger cause them to easier to map. Adding forced induction will usually require a lower compression ratio or water injection.
Volvo 850 Wheel modifications.
The benefits of alloy wheels include a lower unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling. It is worth noting that although they will look cool on the 850, big alloy wheels will actually reduce your performance. The greater you go the lower your top speed is going to be due to the change in your effective final drive ratio. Although some people have gone larger, we may stick to a 16 inch rim size as the maximum.