How bad an Idea is it... - The Saab Link Forums

Go Back   The Saab Link Forums > Saab NG900 '94-'98 and 9-3 '99-'02 Forum > N/A Performance Modifications for the NG900 / Old 9-3

N/A Performance Modifications for the NG900 / Old 9-3 This forum contains PERFORMANCE related Q&A's specific to NATURALLY ASPIRATED NG900 and old 9-3.

SaabLink.net is the premier Saab Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-07-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
How bad an Idea is it...

How bad an Idea is it to install lowering springs with out changing the the shocks? My current stock shocks still seem to have a lot of life left in them and I don't have the money to buy both. The car has less than 61k on it I bought it with 51k a year & 5 months ago. This car is practically a weekend car. Monday thru friday I drive about 7 miles a day.

I'm a little concerned that the intrax springs might drop it too low. but I seen pics of other peoples cars that look great with them but they also changed the shocks for either Koni's or Bilsteins. Does anybody know what brand are the lowering springs that the SaabSite sells for the ng900?
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)

Last edited by MistaSantos; 05-08-2006 at 06:47 AM.
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-08-2006, 06:47 AM   #2
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
anyone...anyone?
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2006, 07:10 AM   #3
Elder
 
WyldSaabMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Fancy Connecticut
Posts: 3,059
Send a message via AIM to WyldSaabMan
the stock shocks, may be alright for a little while, but they will likely be underdamped for the lowering springs, an will start to wear out much faster.

People Have done it, but some find the ride to be bouncy
__________________
99 Saab 9-3se Imola Red
90 Saab 900 SPG Talladega red
88 Saab Powered Jeep Wrangler - 1999 Saab 2.0l T5
04 Yamaha YZF600R
00 Polaris XC700
99 Saab 9-3-RIP
98 900s N/A-RIP
WyldSaabMan is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-08-2006, 02:21 PM   #4
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 439
Lowering springs and stock shocks here. Ride is a bit bumpy, but shocks do NOT seem to be any worse for wear.
Peregrine is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2006, 06:28 PM   #5
gm
Live, eat, and sleep by TSL
 
gm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,943
with those miles your shocks are toast! My shocks were well on their way out at 45K & presently at 75K they make all kinds of noises... I would get them in there when you swap the springs, makes labor cheaper!!!

My brothers 98 SET has intrax/koni & the ride is definantly on the stiff side, handling is great but comfort isn't the best. I am not sure if there are other springs available which would give better ride.

If you are not concerned about lowering your car you could just do shocks.
__________________
2009 Buell 1125cr
2013 club miata
2016 JKU RHR

Saabless for the first time since 1986
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
gm is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2006, 10:39 PM   #6
Elder
 
saabkid37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: A big city with bright lights
Posts: 8,796
i lowered a 9000 with 168k on it and had no issues with shocks even after i wrecked it at 177...

i put spring son my aero with 97k and am up to 109k with no symptoms at all...



__________________
Quote:
The tragedy of idiot-proofing: Mother nature responds to every product improvement by introducing a higher performance idiot.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
saabkid37 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-09-2006, 06:18 AM   #7
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peregrine
Lowering springs and stock shocks here. Ride is a bit bumpy, but shocks do NOT seem to be any worse for wear.
Peregrine, What kind of springs & car do you have?
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-09-2006, 06:20 AM   #8
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
Quote:
Originally Posted by gm
with those miles your shocks are toast! My shocks were well on their way out at 45K & presently at 75K they make all kinds of noises... I would get them in there when you swap the springs, makes labor cheaper!!!

My brothers 98 SET has intrax/koni & the ride is definantly on the stiff side, handling is great but comfort isn't the best. I am not sure if there are other springs available which would give better ride.

If you are not concerned about lowering your car you could just do shocks.
gm I'm not sure if these are the original shocks, I bought the car with 51k. The car rides really well no bounce whatsoever.

How much does it cost to install sprinfs
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-11-2006, 07:01 AM   #9
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
Could I get away with buying new KYB shocks (very cheap) with lowering springs or do I still run the risk of a bouncy ride. The main reason for the lowering springs for me is for looks, less body roll is a bonus. Those Bilsteins & Koni's are out of my budget.
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-17-2006, 06:52 PM   #10
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 514
There's nothing wrong at all with the KYB struts and they have been a long standing recommended/preferred suspension upgrade for the Saab market, not to mention that they come with a lifetime warrantee.

Price, performance, warrantee..., how can you go wrong? For myself, I don't buy because of "name", I buy because of practicality, performance and reliability.

www.kyb.com



My animated avatar is still, uh, un-animated...

Last edited by infamous; 06-03-2006 at 07:24 AM.
infamous is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-17-2006, 07:47 PM   #11
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: southern NH
Posts: 908
I myself thought of going to them...would anyone have these in stock. Id rather not pay to have them shipped...

Althought, you can have them shipped for free for orders over $50 at autopartswarehouse.com

They also have monroe shocks..ANyone have any experience with these?
__________________
'04 TL 3.2, Loaded (current)
'08 R32 ("sold"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
)
'02 SG Viggen Coupe (sold)
'99 LB Viggen Coupe (sold)
'99 9-3 SE (sold)

Last edited by kwkslvr; 05-17-2006 at 07:52 PM.
kwkslvr is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-18-2006, 06:38 AM   #12
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
I've read some terrible posts regarding Monroe shocks with people pretty much saying to stay away from them. It seems like KYB is the most safest and cost effective route to a suspension upgrade. Can anyone give me a ball park figure on what it costs to have an Indy replace springs and shocks?
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-18-2006, 07:47 AM   #13
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: southern NH
Posts: 908
Ya, ive actually come to the conclusion to hold off on the ecu tuning for now..right NOW anyways lol. And do a full suspension upgrade. Koni adjustables with springs, sterring clamp, and rear away..Possibly more.. As well as exhaust and brakes..Then everything should be ready for the tuning.

Im also very curiouson how much it would cost for the install. I do believe i was quoted for around 4-6 or more house for labour..which seems kind of crazy...and that was from a shop that likes to screw people over. So im guessing that quote isnt very accurate.....
__________________
'04 TL 3.2, Loaded (current)
'08 R32 ("sold"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
)
'02 SG Viggen Coupe (sold)
'99 LB Viggen Coupe (sold)
'99 9-3 SE (sold)
kwkslvr is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #14
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 439
98 900SE Coupe.
No idea which springs. They were on the car when purchased.
I am considering putting the stock ones back on. I'd prefer to go smoothly over bumps... not feel like I'm riding in a Corvette.
Peregrine is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2006, 05:47 PM   #15
SAAB Road Master
 
MistaSantos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to MistaSantos
Why don't you upgrade your shocks instead of putting stock springs? Since you already have the springs.
__________________
2007 9-3 aero v6 auto
1998 900s vert (sold)
MistaSantos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Saab Link Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Vehicle Info.
Enter your vehicle information (year, model, mods)
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All content is copyright The Saab Link and it's original authors.


 

Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.