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Old 04-04-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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Need opinions on 2009 body add-ons...

Trying to spice up the look of my 9-3 and I'm having trouble deciding between the Hirsch front splitter and the SAAB front lip spoiler. I have a 2009 2.0T w/o the Aero front bumper, unfortunately. Don't think that buying a new Aero bumper cover and having it painted is worth it (probably would be around $700, plus a pain in the ass to install). The SAAB front lip spoiler is just a little extra piece that goes on the middle part of the lower bumper cover, nothing too crazy but a nice add-on, and it's $200 (still ridiculous). The Hirsch splitter kit is pretty cool looking, but it's more expensive (Hirsch, duh) at around $400. Opinions?


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Wish I had the Aero bumper cover...

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Whats a new Aero bumper cover look like?
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Whats a new Aero bumper cover look like?

The last picture.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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Get the Saab lip and paint it black. Remove the center bar from your bumper (or paint it black) = faux Aero bumper?
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:32 AM   #5
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Get the Saab lip and paint it black. Remove the center bar from your bumper (or paint it black) = faux Aero bumper?
That might be interesting....now if only I had a pic of a 9-3 w/the SAAB lip to mess around with in Photoshop...
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #6
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i think you'd be happiest with the aero front bumper, even though it's the most expensive
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:54 AM   #7
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i think you'd be happiest with the aero front bumper, even though it's the most expensive

Yep, probably would be. Lists for like $640, unpainted.
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So other than buying an Aero bumper, anyone else have an opinion?
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^ don't buy one from the factory/dealership.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:17 PM   #10
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try finding a aero bumper that is off a car that was rear-ended.

you can probably get it a bit cheaper. might be hard since they are still so new though.

either way, i would hold out for the aero bumper.
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Did some research and got some quotes for used/reconditioned Aero front bumper covers and the lowest I could find is $625 shipped (would need to also be painted). I should probably just be happy with what I have, I guess I was just trying to make it stand out from the pack (but then SAABs aren't a common car to begin with I suppose).

I feel like I'd be wasting my bumper cover too if I took it off and replaced it. No one likes the add-ons?
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I like the hirsch splitters, although they are pricey. The saab lip spoiler doesn't do much for me. It's a bit too understated, where as the Hirsch one ads just enough to be cool without being to much.
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The Saab lip is a tossup between not noticeable enough and a tacked on look. I would not bother. The Hirsch ones looked tacked on as well, but the lines go with the body. The best bet with the Aero front, followed by Hirsch and a distant third the the Saab one. I would just mask off the section of your stock bumper and paint it correctly in black to mimic the Aero front if you are on a budget.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:16 AM   #14
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Anybody a fan of the bridge spoiler for the 08-09's? I like the lip spoilers more but they don't fit the new body style.

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:28 PM   #15
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Photoshop pics

OK did some Photoshop work. Assuming a body shop could be pretty precise, I could probably pull this off. Otherwise I could order the SAAB lip and paint it black, then either paint or cut out the middle section. Opinions?

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Photoshopped (this would be roughly how it would look with just painting the bumper itself):



Original with SAAB lip:



Photoshopped, more precise because lip is already on car in picture (how it would look with a painted add-on SAAB lip and black center bar or I suppose a cut out center bar too):




The Aero look I'm ultimately going for:




It doesn't look quite like the Aero bumper, but it's pretty close, I guess it would be unique too. I don't want to drop $$$ on something that won't turn out well, so let me know what you think. Thanks.
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Not bad, but I still vote Aero bumper
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Not bad, but I still vote Aero bumper
Yeah I might just hold out for one of them.
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Yeah I might just hold out for one of them.
And you gotta think about the fact youll remake some money if you sell your stock bumper
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And you gotta think about the fact youll remake some money if you sell your stock bumper

True but Snow Silver isn't too common, so it could potentially be a tough sell.
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Put some electrical tape where you want it to be and drive around for a week to see if you like the way it looks. If you like it then I'd say pay someone to paint it for you and if not you're down 5 minutes of your life and a roll of tape.

For how close you could get your bumper to look like an aero I'd say work with what you got, I wouldn't be too shocked if you could put the the aero grille and fog light covers onto your car without buying a brand new bumper. Or you could go all out and get some quality honeycomb mesh and get creative.
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