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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:35 pm 
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Hi there,
I after some gathered experiences please?
I have recently purchased an early (2000 MY) 9-3 Aero convertible, but it needs a suspension refresh.
It will be used to drive around in a ‘fairly’ leisurely fashion, most of the time, but occasionally I might like to ‘have some fun’. I drive a Renault Megane R26 F1 for my kicks, so this (the SAAB) is my alter ego car.

I’m struggling to decide whether to go full Bilstein B8 shocks and Eibach lowering springs, or try to piece together a Viggen suspension set-up. I believe that the Viggen shocks and springs do lower the car, but not by much, but the Bilstein/Eibach set-up lower by about 30mm. I have had the B&E combo on other vehicles before and have, at times found it quite harsh, what are others experiences?
As it’s a convertible, I really don’t want a super crashy ride as it will just destroy the experience, but it could certainly do with looking a little lower, that’s for sure!

I will also be fitting an Abbot Racing steering rack brace as part of the refresh so some of the shake from stiffer suspension should be kept in check.

Or the other end of the scale is just to refresh with standard OE equipment and waft and roll around.

What other suspension components should I be looking at replacing to get the best out of the work carried out? I only want to do this once, so best do it right first time, hence this post.
Thank you for your thoughts, Ross.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:48 pm 
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Hi Ross , if you want to sharpen the car up a bit the only choice is what you stated to do the job properly B8/Eibach , if you just want to waft around then refresh the standard set up , don't bother with viggen shocks and springs , if you want to make your car handle the best it can do then the list of mods is long expensive and extensive
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:09 pm 
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After posting my thoughts up on FB as well, a reasonably recently refreshed suspension set-up was offered - Koni adjustable shocks, new top mounts, Maptun springs, polybushed wishbones, Abbot Racing steering rack bracket and brace, updated rear axel, McPherson struts with new wheel bearings and other necessary bits to make it better. Looks like I’ll be having a sporty convertible 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:17 am 
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:D Enjoy


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:58 pm 
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keeny wrote:
:D Enjoy

Thanks, I will once I’ve collected it all, sworn a lot, got greasy/bleedy and then put away all the tools ;)
Oh and then got the geometry sorted :?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:01 pm 
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How did it go .. i've just changed front springs on our aero ttid convertible


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:55 pm 
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Evo3man wrote:
How did it go .. i've just changed front springs on our aero ttid convertible

Not yet done!
I’ve been collecting together all the bits prior to either handing it over to someone else to do, or attempting to have a go myself :|
I’ve also ordered a new pair of poly bushed lower control arms as the ball joints on the 2nd hand ones were FUBAR! And the drop links looked rough too, but the poly bushes on them are fine, so they will get re-used. Plus I’d like to tidy up the Koni shocks before I fit them, which means borrowing my Dads compressor and sand blasting kit and getting busy with it!
It will be a little while before she’s back on the road with all the mods and improvements. As long as it’s by May, then I’ll be happy :D
Also got a sump drop, breather kit, vacuum pipe and remap to do.......... :?
Then! I can clean her and make her shine like new again :)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:08 am 
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Suspension mods happening this weekend - at last!
She's now road legal and looking forward to the summer sun, as am I 8)

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