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Old 04-02-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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missing trim in wheel wells?

So, since the wagon's been painted, I noticed that all along the inside of the arch, there are these rectangular "tabs" that stick out from the inside of the wheel well (towards the tire) It's not touching the tires, and doesn't scrape, but it looks unfinished.

I can't, for the life of me, remember what piece was there, or if there even was one. I sort of remember a push-on strip, but looking on eeuro shows nothing. Any help, gentlemen?

I tried to google a picture, but nothing came up. I'll try to get one tonight.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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I know what your talking about i pulled mine off i plastic trim strip goes there but it catches sand salt so i just yanked them of my 02 & 01 9-5
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It's the last two parts listed on the page, part 13 in the diagram. One is the right, the other the left.

Hood, front, fenders, Wheel arch liner. Fits: Saab | Jim Ellis Saab Parts
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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those wheel strips are actually supposed to help against corrosion from rock chips etc. that will start and premote rust.

especially down by the dog legs.
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awesome! thanks!
are they just snap-on strips?
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my wagon had them all along and still rusted out like hell on the dog legs. When I was cleaning up the dog legs and rear quarter I pulled them off and bent the tabs back to make sure they wouldn't hit the tire. Looks a lot better without them.
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they are just snap on strips, I would keep them intact with the car. they will protect your quarters esp if you do a lot of highway driving or on gravel.

If you properly wash and irigate those areas you shouldnt have any issues with build up and promotion of rust.
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If you properly wash and irigate those areas you shouldnt have any issues with build up and promotion of rust.
Haha, I think my wagon was lacking some serious "irrigation".

This is what the driver's side looked like behind the dog leg, under the side skirt (after I had done some grinding to remove the flaking paint and surface rust).



Again, this car had the "trim strips" its entire life up until this point. 180k mile VT/NH car.

I'm not doubting the strips were meant to serve a purpose and help prevent rust and what not, but I've seen way too many 9-5's with rusted out dog legs (I'd say 4 out of 5). This summer I plan to clean up the under/backside of my wheel wells really well and POR15 them then cover them with some sort of bed liner coating.
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they don't protect the dog leg just the inner and underside of the fenders, if you have rocks flying up and chipping the paint on those lips it will start to rust and bubble the paint in those areas.
im sure they help a bit but the design of those dog legs sucks. the side skirt and inner fender liner traps everything in between there.
sadly carl, my wagon was worse than this. I had it professionally cut out and filled with fiberglass and blended with the paint. I will por15 over everything this summer as well.
Mine was way up the dog leg and even climbing up the door jam.
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luckily, I just had the car painted, so I'm not too worried about rust. I just don't like the unfinished look. Thanks! maybe I'll see about pulling some from a junkyard car. although, $50 for the pair isn't bad.
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I remember reading a few threads on TSN about them being a bitch to install/reinstall.
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That would surprise me. Looks like they'd just press on and I assume there are metal clips that "grab" the rectangular tabs.
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Having just pulled mine off, they are just glued on with this nasty black tar-like substance. It feels like they might have a metal core, because if you bend them they stay in that position. I'm gonna order some rubber edge trim to finish off that inner edge I think.
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If you just had the car painted i would deff worry about rust, corrosion and paint chips.

i wouldnt pay for these, find a way to hide them in your tool box and backpack. deff not hard to do.
It's weird on my 02 sedan they had that glue substance, but my 03 wagon didn't. I think they came without it from the factory and dealers found they were starting to fall off and cemented them in.
they do have a metal band that runs inside of them to help form and fit .
I would stay away from cementing them in place and just finesse em in, that is what i did,they stay on and look great.
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