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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:48 pm 
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Car Model: '95 9000 Aero
Figured I'd make a thread where you can list cheap(er than GM/Saab) replacement parts that are not well known as I've come across two such items recently:

-Red DI Cassettes: NGK stocks original SEM cassettes, with no change except the SEM sticker is gone (marks still visible) and they stick an NGK sticker on top. NGK stock number is 48128, they can be had on ebay - at least here in the German-speaking part of Europe - for around €190-200, which comes out to about half the price of an OEM branded DIC.

-900C/9000 (old models and up to '95 with TCS - and any other car with the Teves MKII ABS) ABS accumulator balls: A Range Rover P38 part made by Wabco fits exactly, it's called the STC2784 and can be had for about €100 if you know where to look. I got mine from LRDirect for 100 Swiss Francs plus about 15 Francs in shipping and a bit in import duties, coming out to 140 Swiss Francs shipped to my doorstep - the OEM ACDelco part can't be found (new) for anywhere close that even w/o shipping, plus they're all old stock (meaning the diaphragm could have already leaked some of the nitrogen charge out) whereas I received a unit from 2015. The Wabco part is a bit bigger than the ACDelco one and unfortunately a bit of a pain to tighten, as it doesn't have the hex nut on top. I tightened mine by hand and it hasn't leaked yet, but when I get the chance I'll find a big oil filter wrench and use that to tighten it a bit further. My filter wrench was too small unfortunately. There's also a "nut" right above the thread but I'm not sure it can even be used to tighten the ball on the 9000 as there's all kinds of stuff in the way. You'd probably need a slim bicycle wrench too.

Hope it helps someone, happy shopping! And please list your tips for cheap replacements if you have any others!

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