Procrastinated Progression Thread :) by FosgateLife

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Procrastinated Progression Thread :)

Compliments of FosgateLife @


First of all, my name is Chris Foster and I own TRU Automotive Detailing in Louisville, KY.

Instragram- Personal: @ItsReallySlow , Business: @TRUdetailing (Also on Facebook)


2007 Volvo S40 2.4i "Mike Jones"

Passion Red/ Premium Package

FWD Gear-Tronic 5-Spd

Bought at 556XX Miles.

113 Miles as of 6/27/15

Motor bent a rod

Motor swapped

New motor as of 4/14/15

Stock Options:

Traction Control

Cruise Control

Wood Grain Interior Trim (Replaced)

PowerDriver Seat

Premium Audio W/O Subwoofer

Paint Work:

Cleaned 2x Per week.

1 Full Paint Correction Per Year (Or When Needed)

2 Applications of Opti-Coat 

1 Coat of Meguiars 21 2.0 Sealant 2-3 Times Per Year

Caranuba Wax or Quick Wax Before Car shows (15+ Per Year)


5W-30 Castrol Full Synthetic Every 5-6K Miles (7 Quarts)

93 Octane (With <20% Ethanol Blends Once Per Month)

Spark Plugs at 88K

New Engine Mount at 72K

Replaced 3 Coolant Tanks ( Bad Luck)


New motor has 110k on it

Exterior Cosmetic Modifications:

Custom Front Lip

Custom Front Lip Fins

Custom Rear Diffuser

Dual Exhaust Tip Drivers Side Rear Exit

Custom Exhaust Cover For Diffuser ( Page 6 )

Factory Side Skirts Painted To Match Body

Custom Personalized Front Grille

Dave Barton Prancing Moose Stickers 

"SAFETY1ST" Euro Swedish Plate

LED License Plate Lights

Prancing Moose Rear Badge with motor sports badge

Plasti-Dipped Mirror Turn Signal

White painted "Halo" Headlights

Painted Headlight eye-lids

Painted Lower Grille and "Fog light cover" 

Rally Armor Universal Mud Flaps

De-badged Trunk lid

IPD License Plate

IPD Badge On Left Side Where "S40" Was Originally Located

Elevate Badge On Right Side Where "2.4i" Was Originally Located

Red Painted Calipers

"Winding Road" Sticker ( Top Left Corner of Rear Window )

CTD 5 Sticker ( Top Left Corner of Rear Window )

"TRU Detailing" Sticker. ( Top Right Corner of Rear Window ) (My Detailing Company)

5K Halogen Replacement Bulbs

Vertical Front Mounted LED Light Strips on Lower Bumper

Modified "Fog Light Holders"

Wheels and Tires:

Factory 16" Wheels (Spare Winter Set)

American Racing Maverick Chrome 18x8. (Auto-X spares and blowout backups)

Currently: Volvo R Pegasus 18x8:

Painted Metallic Silver W/ Red "R" Emblem

Atrezzo 225/40/18 (on both sets of wheels)

Interior Cosmetic Modifications:

15% Tint

Racing harnesses with VOLVO Pads

OEM Gray C30 Interior Trim Kit.

Red Footwell LED's

Flush Mounted Switch for All Aftermarket LED'S

1 Layer Dynamat on Doors and in Trunk/Trunk Lid

Custom Air Vent Gauge Pod

Elevate Black w/Red Floor Mats 

Removed Rear Seat Head-Rest

Flush Mounted Bass Knob

Random GoPro Mounts

Completely Custom Wood Floor with carpet in the trunk


Rockford Fosgate T1 Tweeters Front and Rear Doors

Audioque 6.5" Midbass Front Door Speakers

Rockford Fosgate 6.5" T2 Midbass Rear Doors

Rockford Fosgate T600-4

2 Rockford Fosgate P3 12" in custom box sealed off from the cabin

AudioControl LC2i Line Out-Put Convertor 

All Rocford Fosgate Wiring

Big 3 ( In Our case, Big 4 ) Upgraded Wires

LED Power Distribution Block

Custom Floor and trunk setup. Amps in spare tire well covered with a fan mounted on the floor


Glowshift Vacuum Gauge

Dual USB 12V Charger

Volt Meter Mounted next to 12v Outlet

Back Up Camera With Custom Mount Screen on Sun Visor


Stock Calipers painted yellow

Akebono Ceramic Pads

R1 Concepts Drilled and slotted rotors


Stock Shocks and Struts 

ST Performance Lowering Springs 

H&R 10mm Spacers ( Front ) (Final Offset of ET36) 

H&R 15mm Spacers (Rear) (Final Offset of ET31)

Elevate Rear Sway Bar

Engine Performance:

Powerflex Race Transmission Mount Insert

Straight Pipe Exhuaust. ( Still Has Cat and 1 Resonator ) 

Custom Intake Manifold Heat Shield (Page 6)

Intake Mods


ECU tuned by ARD Tuning

Port matched intake manifold

Viva Performance upgraded injectors

Problems and Stupid sh!t

Was ran off the road by a truck and busted my engine mount and replaced it

Winter 2014 street was icey and i slid into a mailbox and caused $3500 in damage

Has some dents on rear driver door from previous owners

March 2015 I was backing out of my garage and hit my moms car... don't ask... just made a mistake...scratches are there but hardly noticeable after I wet sanded them.

Skip to last page for current pics of car

When I first got the car! I had no idea what a Volvo was, and I didn't care, because I had a car. (Parents choice)

Cleaned up real good and its was AWESOME!

Started my Audio build.... Long story short with few Pics: First system. RF T1 12 with RF Punch 75 25 to life, RF T2 Component speakers.

Couple systems later and my final one.... RF T600-4 for the front doors.. Audioque 6.5's with RF t1 tweets all around. Sundown SA 8 V2 ported in the trunk, light weight sound quality! Love it!

First exterior mod was my "Fosgate" Euro plate.

Then, American Racing Maverick chrome (I know shoot me) wheels.

Red foot-well LED's

The wheel gap :BARF:

After a fresh cleaning

Did my Big 3 wires

Plastidipped the "Fog light holder" to match the grille. Still holding up over a year to date!

I Plastidipped my eyelids (still holding up like day 1) , And changed my headlights for 5k's

Voltage meter

Front lip from MyNameIdeasWereTaken 

Switch for my front LED's and my foot well LED's

Rally Armor universal mudflaps

Quick photoshoot pic

I also dipped the mirror side turn signals!

Painted center splitter in the middle, and removed the grille. Looks better IMO

Night shot!

Plastidipped the front for the "Evo" look and I added the "S40" to the grille.\

I also dip the garage lip mod on the bottom of the lip and dipped it, makes it look lower and more even.

With my buddy's OLD R

De badged the rear and put a pilot exhaust tip on. Last day before the chrome rims went bye-bye

BLACK STOCK RIMS! Made the wheel gap less noticeable on stock ride height. Lo0oks a ton better but I need low...

My last mod so far (Winter and money) My magnaflow cutout

Misc Stuff:

The stickers

I also have one that says "Mailbox Kills: 1 " Because as you all know, I pulverized a mailbox... lol

As you know too, I'm a detailer... No filter showing off the reflection. 

And... what the car looks like as of now...

So there yall have it! My thread! 

I have stuff on order right now, including some ST lowering springs here in a few weeks, so the chromes will be going back on, with spacers and springs...hopefully im happy with the look.

All other mods from here out will be posted here so keep an eye out!!