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10-30-2009 04:40 AM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by wasaaabi View Post
+1 for swedish safety. Look, the glass didn't even break. wow!
The passenger side air bag covering (actual dash part) shattered the windshield. Talk about a pain to get those speakers out, I think I was pulling glass shards out of my hand for a week.
10-29-2009 09:58 PM
wasaaabi
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Originally Posted by Ydegaard View Post
Damn! That looks terrible. Thank god for swedish safety! Glad your ok!
+1 for swedish safety. Look, the glass didn't even break. wow!
10-29-2009 04:42 AM
Ydegaard Damn! That looks terrible. Thank god for swedish safety! Glad your ok!
10-29-2009 04:37 AM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by wasaaabi View Post
just read through this....wow, you've got some heart starting over and sticking with a saab. good luck on your journey. i hope you have a helluva monster when you're all done. =)
Thanks, I had plans for the other 2 Saabs (the '97 and '98, you can see the green '97 in the bottom picture), but it just didn't feel right not having it in red, and the '98 had too few doors.

For those that might have missed, this is what the '96 looked like after the wreck. It hit dead on the B-Piller which probably saved me a trip to the hospital. The drivers seat was squished a good 6" though. The back and bottom bowed to where there was a ton of space to reach through where the bottom and back met. The bottom of the door and frame were bent a total of almost 18".

10-28-2009 05:53 PM
wasaaabi just read through this....wow, you've got some heart starting over and sticking with a saab. good luck on your journey. i hope you have a helluva monster when you're all done. =)
10-28-2009 03:23 PM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by christian900se View Post
Thats good, I loved the summer since I had so much cash coming in from my detailing business. But alas, now I am at school so no more income for a while...

Its interesting you like this car better than your NG, is there anything in specific?
Nothing too specific, I like the little differences that were changed between the NG and the 9-3. But it also might be that in doing it over, I know I'm doing it right. Since I bought it like 2-3 months ago, I haven't even put 1000 miles on it. I metro to work everyday. Because of that too, it makes the car fun every time I get in it.
10-28-2009 12:55 PM
christian900se
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Originally Posted by Marks900SE View Post
Thanks, now having a real job and not being in college anymore has helped as far as the funds go. Also, since I have done it before, I have a better idea on what I want to do and the order it should be done in. I have just about all the poly bushings from genuine that need to go in, DP, ect. Just spending time getting all the little things fixed BEFORE any major stuff goes back on. So far I am liking the car more than the NG, which is good.
Thats good, I loved the summer since I had so much cash coming in from my detailing business. But alas, now I am at school so no more income for a while...

Its interesting you like this car better than your NG, is there anything in specific?
10-28-2009 11:39 AM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by Adrenaline406 View Post
Just noticed this, its kinda cool (though it might have happened for some bad reasons) that your cars have gone in succession from '96 to '99
That is interesting. The 97 and 98 overlapped for a bit.

Quick picture that includes the intake.

10-26-2009 10:47 PM
Adrenaline406 Just noticed this, its kinda cool (though it might have happened for some bad reasons) that your cars have gone in succession from '96 to '99
10-26-2009 05:48 PM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by christian900se View Post
I was lucky too and had all the ARB bolts come out easily. The best of luck with the rebuild, I know how it feels to have to rebuilt and redo all your hard work so hopefully you are happy with the outcome!
Thanks, now having a real job and not being in college anymore has helped as far as the funds go. Also, since I have done it before, I have a better idea on what I want to do and the order it should be done in. I have just about all the poly bushings from genuine that need to go in, DP, ect. Just spending time getting all the little things fixed BEFORE any major stuff goes back on. So far I am liking the car more than the NG, which is good.
10-26-2009 05:19 PM
christian900se I was lucky too and had all the ARB bolts come out easily. The best of luck with the rebuild, I know how it feels to have to rebuilt and redo all your hard work so hopefully you are happy with the outcome!
10-26-2009 04:43 PM
viggenkid i had all 4 bolts on my 99 9-3 snap.

i had all 4 bolts on my viggen back right out.
10-26-2009 03:01 PM
Marks9-3 Gotta take a few pics, but everything is in. With the intake I was expecting to get the Blue filter, but didn't really want flaming blue in my engine bay with a red car. To my surprise, I was sent the K&N filter. I also put some vacuum hose along the top of the metal to protect mostly my hands but not sure if it helps seal anything. It sounds great though.

As for the rear sway, I actually had a bolt that didn't sheer off. This was my first one out of installing 3-4 rear sways that didst. Install took average time since I did not have direct access to something to grind the bolts off.
10-26-2009 03:09 AM
Marks9-3
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Originally Posted by Adrenaline406 View Post
That sucks that you lost parts. When a friend totaled his WRX another guy and I went to his place to pull everything asap. I mean the motor, full interior, hell we even put it on the tow truck with steelie donuts (spares) on it.
I was able to get just about everything, bought the car back from the insurance company. IC, Motor, Wheels, Catalog Kit tidbits, Autometer gauges, exhaust, bumpers, just didn't grab the rear sway for some reason.

The interior was shot, car was t-boned drivers side and it destroyed the driver side seat, rear seat, door panels, dash.

It always sucks, was completely disheartened at the time, and didn't really care too much what I got back. But still, the car did it's job and I walked away. Firefighters and ambulance said that Saab was well built and had seen people in similar accidents in lesser cars not so fortunate.
10-25-2009 10:28 PM
Adrenaline406 That sucks that you lost parts. When a friend totaled his WRX another guy and I went to his place to pull everything asap. I mean the motor, full interior, hell we even put it on the tow truck with steelie donuts (spares) on it.
10-22-2009 04:51 AM
Marks9-3
New Parts

Well nothing exciting, but replacing some of the performance stuff that either 1) did not have enough time to take off my totaled NG or 2) have misplaced in since in the 2/3 moves I have done.

New Gen Saab Open air intake, replacing my custom modded 3" inlet with flare to the airbox that had a K&N panel filter. Totally lost it somewhere. Could make it again, the piping is dead cheap, but to spend $50 on a panel filter...I'll just get the bling factor and sound from the Gen Saab piece.

I was unable to get the MP Rear Sway off the NG, so I bit it and just got a new one. Decided with the 22mm, as I plan on full suspension down the line and not a real big fan of oversteer. I was satisfied with the 22 in the NG.

Ordered it about 4:15pm EST and it had already shipped same day. Monday will be a good day.

Still a decent amount left to do to get the 9-3 to where the NG was...sigh.

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