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Old 07-16-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Koni install - going well!

I started the Koni install on our 9-3 tonight. I really had very little time, and only got the driver's side front in place - the passenger side front, and hopefully the rears will follow tomorrow night.

I used dip's site as a bit of a guide, but I figured out a few tricks that pertain to the 9-3 upper strut mount and nut. I will try to take some photos of my progress tomorrow.

I was actually impressed with how quickly I got it done, I called Andy @ 8:45pm on my way home from dinner with my parents and some friends from Iceland, and I got working on the car at around 8:55pm. I didn't keep track of the time while I was working, but when I got inside it was only 11pm

I was somewhat surprised that it took me around 2 hours and that included searching for a few tools to help me get the insert retainer nut out (which can be a bitch, but if you have the right tools isn't so hard).

When I got the old insert out it had ZERO rebound left in it. The shaft just fell right into the body of the insert.....talk about a blown out strut!

Anyway, I think its going well, and hopefully the next side will be even quicker! And having looked at the rears finally, they really look pretty damn easy, yay!
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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So I must have missed it ..... Did you get the whole kit? Cant wait to see that thing again. It was looking better than your Aero.....haha

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Old 07-17-2007, 03:57 AM   #4
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Just the shock/strut part of the kit, I'll firgure out the spring situation later If I were the primary driver on the 9-3 I would have opted for the springs right away, however I'm not, and I doubt that Jen would like the car that low. I think a used set of Viggen springs might suit me quite well though.
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Just the shock/strut part of the kit, I'll firgure out the spring situation later If I were the primary driver on the 9-3 I would have opted for the springs right away, however I'm not, and I doubt that Jen would like the car that low. I think a used set of Viggen springs might suit me quite well though.
I think theres is a set viggen springs over on saabcentral .
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:37 AM   #6
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I have a set of 9-3 SE HOT springs too.. lol
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:51 AM   #7
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That is a fairly impressive turn around so far. Hopefully the rest goes even smoother. Cannot wait to see pics!
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Just the shock/strut part of the kit, I'll firgure out the spring situation later If I were the primary driver on the 9-3 I would have opted for the springs right away, however I'm not, and I doubt that Jen would like the car that low. I think a used set of Viggen springs might suit me quite well though.
I've already sold my old ones if that is what you are implying.
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Glad you got the install started. The other side should go pretty quickly.

The only hard parts usually is that insert nut you mentioned, and removing the tie rod.

On the rear, an impact really helps to remove the top strut nut. Otherwise it tends to spin.
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:35 AM   #10
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A big pipe wrench really helps with getting that insert nut out, I couldn't imagine a better way. Even then I nearly tore my bench vise out of my shitty workbench getting enough leverage to crack it loose!

For the tie rod I used a gear-puller like dip suggests on his site, I've never thought of using it for that, works great!
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:13 AM   #11
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UPDATE

If you turn all 4 corners to full stiff and pick up your lady friend of choice, she will notice that "something feels wrong" in only 2 blocks of driving



Damn they get stiff when they're turned up all that way
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:19 AM   #12
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fact.


I left mine at full stiff after the Amery run for like a week then couldn't take it. I'm a sally..
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:25 PM   #13
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Can someone post a link to dips site. I had it and can't find it.
I might be able to help you out with those Vig spings if all goes as planed.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:57 PM   #14
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dip's site:

http://photo.platonoff.com/Auto/

Yay!
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Gotcha.
Looks fairly straightforward.
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An impact wrench really helps, FYI.

It's doable without it, but it definatly helps quicken things up a bit.
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No air compressor......yet.
We've got an electric impact at work I might just borrow.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:03 PM   #18
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glad its going well..
i think the struts were the most frustrating install ive done on my car...
besides my stereo

i liked changing my CV boots better than putting in the konis...
ps: you will love them
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:14 PM   #19
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Well, like I said, they're all on now, they work great!

I didn't find it too frusterating, but then again I have waaaaaay too many tools.
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