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How To Boost Your Volvo's Horsepower


At IPD we believe in boosting your Volvo's performance can be a fun and rewarding project. Whether you're looking for a little extra power or want to increase the way it handles by upgrading suspension components, there are many ways to achieve your goal at IPD. Customers often relate performance initailly by thinking of more power.  Maintenance is often overlooked.  Maintaining your Volvo will help you take advantage of power in more situations, especially when the ambient temperature is extreme.  In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best ways to boost your Volvo's horsepower.

Exhaust System. An aftermarket exhaust system is another simple and effective way to boost your Volvo's horsepower. By replacing the factory exhaust system with a larger and less restrictive one, you'll allow the engine to breathe easier and produce quicker throttle response.  This is more noticeable on turbocharged applications.  Many customers appreciate adding a high-flow system on a non-turbo gaining more power in the lower RPM range.   A high-performance exhaust system will also give your Volvo a more aggressive and sporty sound.  IPD exhaust systems are made with better materials able to withstand harsher climates.   

Engine Tuning. Engine tuning is a more advanced method of boosting horsepower and torque.  We've seen significant gains by installing an IPD upgraded tune.  A custom engine tune will recalibrate your engine's computer to run more efficiently, providing you with more power and improved throttle response. IPD has been tuning and developing turbo's for Volvo engines since the early 80's. IPD has worked with some of the best Volvo tuners ensuring your car maintains factory reliability with a little extra kick!

Camshaft Upgrade.  In regards pushrod and redblock Volvo engines, upgrading your Volvo's camshaft can also increase horsepower. A performance camshaft will provide a more aggressive cam profile, allowing for better air and fuel flow into the engine. This will result in increased horsepower and torque. IPD has been diesinging and selling camshafts for many overhead cam engines.  IPD recently upgraded our red block camshafts to a more reliable billet aluminum material. 

Ignition System Maintenance. If you want your Volvo to perform at its best, replacing or maintaining your Volvos spark plugs and ignition components is a sure way to maximize fuel economy and performance.  IPD has offered the best spark plugs, ignition coils, and spark plug wires for all related applications from vinage modesl to newer modern platforms.  IPD has also created many exclusive parts in relation to ignition components to help maximize performance.  

Suspension Upgrades.  When you think of horsepower, you usually think it's directly related to your engine.  Don't forget about suspension!  IPD has been specializing in suspension upgrades for nearly 60 years.  There are plenty of cars that make more power, but you can still have a ton of fun when your car has upgraded suspension components like, bushings, sway bar kits, shocks, springs, control arms, toe links, and other fun bits.   

Your Volvo can be a fun and rewarding project that can give you a more personalized and exciting driving experience. From simple and cost-effective modifications like exhaust systems or panel filters, to more advanced options like forced induction and engine building, there are many ways to increase your Volvo's horsepower. Keep in mind that some modifications may void your warranty or affect the resale value of your vehicle, and it's always best to have a professional perform the upgrades to ensure they're done properly and safely. With the right performance upgrades, you'll be able to enjoy your Volvo to the fullest and make it truly your own.