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Gator Country


Florida is known for warm weather, nasty reptiles, and killer Volvos.  Calling Orlando his home, Matt Phillips from Just Stance has been terrorizing retirement communities with his bagged 1998 Volvo S70 for years.

Modding a Volvo is a love hate story.  Owners often times have to slap on simple lowering springs, buy overpriced coilovers or ghetto rig hacked up suspensions together to get them to sit just right.  Pouring money into a setup that doesn’t sit low enough or handle well just wasn’t going to cut it for Matt, which is why he decided to build a custom bag setup.

Building custom bags is no easy thing to do and changing people’s perceptions of Volvos is just as tough.  It took him over 9 months of testing, fitting and tons of blood, sweat and tears to get it to sit the way it does now.  Custom built front air struts were manufactured and installed alongside Air Lift tapered rears to give it the ultimate parking height.  A phone call to Bag Riders provided Matt with a 5 gallon tank which he had color matched to the color of the car and a ViAir 400c compressor that was tucked neatly underneath a hidden floor in his trunk.  Dual EasyStreet aluminum manifolds and 1/4″ air lines supply air to all 4 corners via a 7-switch AVS switchbox.

Matt’s passion for quality didn’t end with the bag setup as a set of 17×8″ BBS RC090’s with custom painted OEM Porsche Brown Metallic centres and gold bolts were fitted on to compliment the other fine details like the S70/V70R front bumper with custom front lip.Pouring this much effort into his S70 hasn’t gone unnoticed as Matt’s ride has appeared in Performance VW magazine, the CoolStickersBro booth at Southern Worthersee 2011, and finished 1st place at FixxFest 8.  Not too shabby for a soccer mom’s ride.We’ve been fans of Matt’s ride since he started posting in our forums early last year and are excited to see what the future has in store for this off the hook Volvo S70.

Shout outs go to Josh from Josh’s Air Salon and Will from Bag Riders for their help with the build, without them Matt’s dreams wouldn’t have become realized.  Props go out to Motorsport-Tech as well for getting him his wheel spacers in record time.

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