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 Post subject: The White Wolf lives on.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:04 pm 
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Car Model: C900T.Focus.Berlingo.407 est.
Having acquired this crazy beast from another UKS member, I am steadily upgrading and repairing it as a rolling project. And it rolls extremely well.

The previous history can be found here viewtopic.php?f=35&t=157699
If you want to skip back through its history.

I have not had this dyno'd but another previous owner reckons it runs about 200BHP and I agree, although it does feel faster.

Since taking ownership I haven't done a great deal (Too busy driving it) apart from fit the real parcel shelf, fit new fuel sender, new washer jets, And a radio.

The car came with a solid bonnet in Silver, so I had that sprayed and also the leading edge of the roof. The whole car will be done this year.

If you run a C900 I would highly recommend fitting one of Jamsaab's short shifters. The transformation is staggering. No more sloppy gear changes, it is tight and shifts like an MX5, if you have driven one you will know exactly what I mean. I have never driven a Saab with such a sweet crisp gear change. Big smiles :-)

I am planning banded steels http://www.alonzecustom.co.uk/steel-wheel-banding.php
and Possibly a flat front "upgrade", I have all of the parts.

If anybody knows of a bridge spoiler, I am looking for one.

Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:38 pm 
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Looking good Julian 8)

Have you fitted those door cards yet :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:53 am 
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Looking good Julian 8)

Have you fitted those door cards yet :D


Not yet Mal, but they are at the top of my list.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:08 pm 
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The Eagle-Eyed amongst you may have noticed that the front offside wheel is a nearside wheel, I am not too concerned because the wheels are being changed soon.

Can anybody tell me whether this wheel can cause high speed issues due to the aerodynamics? The car does at times emit a barely audible noise, similar to that of a Land Rover on Tarmac. Accompanying this noise there seems to be a feel of "holding back" like an air brake for a few seconds before returning to normal. This intermittent issue continues at high speed (70 mph) of course.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:06 pm 
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I never spotted it, another UKS member told me :-)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:27 pm 
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Oooh, directional alloys?? Now you mention it I can see they "face" in different directions but I prefer the direction the front wheel is pointing and think the back is on the "wrong" way.

The way they are now reminds me of contra-rotating whatsits I seen somewhere I can't recall and deny I ever visited.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:57 pm 
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Oooh, directional alloys?? Now you mention it I can see they "face" in different directions but I prefer the direction the front wheel is pointing and think the back is on the "wrong" way.

The way they are now reminds me of contra-rotating whatsits I seen somewhere I can't recall and deny I ever visited.

I was presuming this was correct.


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Do you have a "matching" pair on the other side? It'd be a Bad Day if you have 3 going in one direction and the other going in the opposite.

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saab96v4 wrote:
If you run a C900 I would highly recommend fitting one of Jamsaab's short shifters. The transformation is staggering. No more sloppy gear changes, it is tight and shifts like an MX5, if you have driven one you will know exactly what I mean. I have never driven a Saab with such a sweet crisp gear change. Big smiles :-)

Definitely! And not just on the C900, but Martin does them for the 9000 too. One of the more satisfying upgrades I've done. It's easy to neglect little interior bits, but those are the things you spend the most time touching/looking at, so definitely worth sorting. New steering wheel, short shift w/ new knob & gaitor, plus several new switches and switchgear (wipers/etc) and a brand new key/fob can make a one of these cars feel almost new again. :)

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I am planning banded steels

I highly support this plan! Banded steels are brilliant. I had a set made for my old 96 project (sadly long gone). Photo here. Damn I miss that car. :(

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saab96v4 wrote:
If you run a C900 I would highly recommend fitting one of Jamsaab's short shifters. The transformation is staggering. No more sloppy gear changes, it is tight and shifts like an MX5, if you have driven one you will know exactly what I mean. I have never driven a Saab with such a sweet crisp gear change. Big smiles :-)

Definitely! And not just on the C900, but Martin does them for the 9000 too. One of the more satisfying upgrades I've done. It's easy to neglect little interior bits, but those are the things you spend the most time touching/looking at, so definitely worth sorting. New steering wheel, short shift w/ new knob & gaitor, plus several new switches and switchgear (wipers/etc) and a brand new key/fob can make a one of these cars feel almost new again. :)

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I am planning banded steels

I highly support this plan! Banded steels are brilliant. I had a set made for my old 96 project (sadly long gone). Photo here. Damn I miss that car. :(


I have a 96 mid-resto that I doubt if I will ever finish, I never considered banded steels for that though. It would look cool with a set of those.

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From memory the wheels were widened to 5.5inches which allowed fitment of a 175 width tyre. Looks great but also provides better traction/handling/etc over the standard wheels.

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200bhp?!?! What has been done to it? :corn:

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OK, read the topic... must be a hoot to drive :twisted:

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OK, read the topic... must be a hoot to drive :twisted:

As you said Peter, it's a real hoot to drive and easily embarrasses some modern cars, especially in the overtaking ranges.
It's great fun :-)

The car sits fairly high and handles really well, but it would benefit from a lower more aggressive stance on a set of Kilens IMHO.

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The car sits fairly high and handles really well, but it would benefit from a lower more aggressive stance on a set of Kilens IMHO.


It would look good even lower, but the wheels would not look so lost in the arches with the correct size tyres.

Vince got the tyre size a little muddled.

I never got around to changing them for 195/60's.

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Nice and best bit it's a 2 door.... :D

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saab96v4 wrote:
The car sits fairly high and handles really well, but it would benefit from a lower more aggressive stance on a set of Kilens IMHO.


It would look good even lower, but the wheels would not look so lost in the arches with the correct size tyres.

Vince got the tyre size a little muddled.

I never got around to changing them for 195/60's.


195/65s would maybe save me time and money on fitting new springs :-)

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The car sits fairly high and handles really well, but it would benefit from a lower more aggressive stance on a set of Kilens IMHO.


It would look good even lower, but the wheels would not look so lost in the arches with the correct size tyres.

Vince got the tyre size a little muddled.

I never got around to changing them for 195/60's.


195/65s would maybe save me time and money on fitting new springs :-)


It really needs 195/60's not 65's :wink:

I cannot remember if its 55's or 50's fitted at the moment.

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Nice and best bit it's a 2 door.... :D


I agree, nice to see a 2 door 900 for a change.
Nothing wrong with 3 or more door models, but I personally prefer the shape of the 2 (and 4) door models.

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Nice and best bit it's a 2 door.... :D


I agree, nice to see a 2 door 900 for a change.
Nothing wrong with 3 or more door models, but I personally prefer the shape of the 2 (and 4) door models.

I prefer the saloons too and there are not as many about.

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