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03-04-2011 03:21 PM
srp That's correct.
03-04-2011 03:02 PM
fiveiron9688
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Originally Posted by secret ingredient View Post
Yeah don't forget the sleeves. Also, make sure you label them for the proper side, so you don't do two the same way like I did...oops. They're not terrible to press in. I heated my stanchion arms, froze the bushings so they'd shrink (I think it helped, YMMV) then very carefully seated the bushings with a mallet and socket. After that I pushed them the rest of the way with a vice and same big sockets. Not terribly difficult, just time consuming.
On eeuroparts they only have one sleeve...doesn't appear to be side-specific. Or am I missing something here? Looks like I should get 4 of these.

eEuroparts - Sleeve (stanchion arm bushing) - # 4246062

03-03-2011 12:33 PM
secret ingredient Yeah don't forget the sleeves. Also, make sure you label them for the proper side, so you don't do two the same way like I did...oops. They're not terrible to press in. I heated my stanchion arms, froze the bushings so they'd shrink (I think it helped, YMMV) then very carefully seated the bushings with a mallet and socket. After that I pushed them the rest of the way with a vice and same big sockets. Not terribly difficult, just time consuming.
03-03-2011 05:32 AM
k1llsh0rty dont forget about the little sleeves that go in there as well. forgot to do those on mine and wound up with some bad wondering. the sleeves actually hold the stanchion arm in place.
03-02-2011 06:16 PM
WyldSaabMan Nope no need to drop the sub-frame, just remove the rear bolts and then unbolt the stanchion arm from the control arm.
03-02-2011 02:29 PM
fiveiron9688 Mine are basically pressed out anyways, seeing as all they are doing is bouncing around in there. They're REALLY bad. I'm tempted to just go powerflex for ease of installation...although if I just took off the stanchion arms, I could get the bushings pressed in, right? No need to drop the sub frame yet again, hopefully.
03-02-2011 01:24 PM
mdegracia Can't press the new ones (stockers) in with ball joint press, risk damaging the new bushing, unless you have a large enough socket adapter to catch the sleeve.

Either way, mine was toite as shat, going in.
03-02-2011 01:20 PM
srp They need to be pressed in and out. Can probably use a ball joint press instead of a typical press.

Powerflex ones do not need to be pressed in. You have to take them off the car anyway to have the old ones removed, might as well buy the saab ones and have them pressed in as the old ones are pressed out.

May also need these as well: eEuroparts - Sleeve (stanchion arm bushing) - # 4246062
03-02-2011 01:13 PM
mdegracia installing mine this weekend. Removal was easy Pita to install, need a press or really large vice to put the new ones in. I got one half-way installed this past weekend, until i ran outta vice.
03-02-2011 01:06 PM
fiveiron9688
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Originally Posted by fiveiron9688 View Post
So my bushings connecting the stanchion arms to the subframe are shot to hell...

Is the consensus that I should just buy two of these from Eeuro?



Or are these difficult to install? I'm looking to install these bushings without dropping the subframe or anything...if the poly ones from powerflex are a lot easier to install I'll just do those, unless the ride is really that much worse.

Any advice?
Bump...anyone? The current bushings are basically not even there anymore, that's how bad they are.
08-17-2010 04:17 PM
fiveiron9688 So my bushings connecting the stanchion arms to the subframe are shot to hell...

Is the consensus that I should just buy two of these from Eeuro?



Or are these difficult to install? I'm looking to install these bushings without dropping the subframe or anything...if the poly ones from powerflex are a lot easier to install I'll just do those, unless the ride is really that much worse.

Any advice?
03-23-2010 08:55 PM
Cayson9-3Vigg if i remember right i payed 40 each but ended up sending them back due to the tallness issue. Maybe my parts guy just looked up the wrong thing. I am going to try that route again tomorrow, cause that clunking is really getting to me.
03-23-2010 08:38 PM
srp I bought mine from the saab site...
http://www.thesaabsite.com/93/93fron...ion98-2003.htm

Man are those expensive bushings.

NG ones are cheaper depending on VIN...
http://www.thesaabsite.com/900new/NG...suspension.htm

Wonder how different the bushings really are...
03-23-2010 08:29 PM
Cayson9-3Vigg Maybe the dealer sent me the wrong bushings last time, but when i ordered them they were totally wrong. Came with the little sleeve but were too tall. Anyone know part numbers for OE bushings, cause i would LOVE to not replace the whole arms.
03-15-2010 10:55 PM
Markm99 I have run the P Flex poly bushings for a while...

Cant wait to go back to OEM!

They make it damn near impossible to get the ball joint back in to the strut, or put the stanchion bolt back in!!
03-15-2010 08:30 PM
shub I am also intending to replace these bushings. I found what appears to be the stock bushings on eeuroparts.com, but when you click on the description it describes them as being near the swaybar link... so I am not sure if they're are actually the right ones. Considering how the stanchion arm bushings sort of poke outward from the arm, is it more difficult than usual to press these bad boys in? Any luck yet?
03-06-2010 03:05 PM
pahkaju Thanks for the tips, will try to work on them tomorrow...
03-06-2010 06:28 AM
Tweek's Turbos I use a mallet. A little grease and they slide right in. A bench vise works too.
03-06-2010 04:38 AM
lowbudgethero
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Originally Posted by pahkaju View Post
What tools did you use to get the bushings back in to the stanchion arm? I was able to get the old ones out, but am not sure as to what would be the best course of action to put the new ones back in...any help is appreciated.
i used gear puller and a 36 mm socket
03-05-2010 08:20 PM
pahkaju
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Originally Posted by JZW View Post
I just rebuilt my entire front end with poly bushings and new control arms with new ball joints. I talked to Nick and he stated to "NOT" replace the stanchion bushings with poly, made for a very ruff ride and offered little improvement if any.

So, what I did is replace all the bushings with poly except the stanchion arms and I replaced those with new OE saab rubber They do have a thin metal sleave inside that wears out, so its a good idea to inspect those and replace if worn.

John
What tools did you use to get the bushings back in to the stanchion arm? I was able to get the old ones out, but am not sure as to what would be the best course of action to put the new ones back in...any help is appreciated.
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