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Old 03-09-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Marathon suspension overhall.

Since I'm leaving nissan shortly, I needed to get all my suspension and brake components on the car. It was also cool that Ced was selling the final peices.

We started out at about 4 yesterday. It took 12 hours pretty nonstop. My front brakes and whole suspension went onto his car. While his shocks and springs got added to my sub assemblys.

I have crumy pics of the upgrades, the fronts got viggen brakes, ebc greenstuff pads, centric rotors, and clean spindles from a 97 for the smaller hubs. The rear got a clean axle and hubs from a 97 as well, rear brakes are from an 03 9-5 aero also with ebc green pads, and poly bushings. The shocks and springs from Blaque, are Koni adjustable with Vogtland springs.

Changing over the fronts was pretty straight forward, but the rear axle fought me a bit. The LH bolt slides out into the same spot the exhaust is in. Going back together it slid back in fine. But with the poly and the new springs, I commented how it was "sprung tighter than a swiss watch"


Bad pic of the rears.


Out of focus pic of the rears.


Pic of the fronts.

Blaque has some better ones.

Important to note the abs sensors on a 95 and I'm guessing 94 plug in at the wheel well, where as the 96 and up seem to plug in under hood. And the plugs are completely diff.

Also, seems all bleeder valves go on the top.

My ball joints are also pretty well gone. And I should replace my abs sensors.
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Wow, that's going to feel great!
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Very nice. What are these centric adaptors/rotors/hubs that I keep hearing about? Is it a brand or something?
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Yeah an inexpensive brand. Seems to stop really well, but I had too much stuff in the car that I didn't want to spill or bang around. I'll test it later tomorow.
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Your bedroom isnt gonna handle nearly as well as it did before.

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Not bad. I believe some pictures of the car as a whole are in order very soon? Can't wait to see it/ride in it. Maybe i'll come down to VA for a weekend.
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You paint or POR15 those front assemblies/knuckles?
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Just some rattle can krylon. Gonna align it a bit tonight, and I'm looking for some solid lower controll arms right now, that I can offord.

Markles, I washed it last night, but it rained and its dirty again.
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We did see a few today, I did not have my large sockets so there was no way to get them or I would have grabbed you a set. If you still need a set I might be able to go back later this week, but you probably want to get this finished before then.
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I cut a deal with the same junkyard that got me a $40 alternator for my mom. I probably wont get them in the car till next month. They aren't horible, I just need a break. I've been going nonstop for the last few weeks.

Alignment should be any minute now here at work.
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well on a side note I did get that 90 9000-T ignition ECU saabnazi needed.
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Cool, I forgot my phone, but will call him up, and probably pick it up. I run home at the end of this month.
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So,

These parts are going to be going on the newerish 9-3.

The front rotors went to the machine shop on Tuesday, and were done before I was even awake on Wed. $37 for the pair. I highly recomend these guys, they did the SPG's head for $167. Fairfax Auto Parts Machine Shop, in Beautiful downtown Merrifield.

The calipers themselves were pretty well rusted, but the original powder coat on the carriers was holding up really well. One of the 7mm hex headed slide piston dealies was completely un done. So that got re installed into the carrier. The EBC greenstuff pads are still like new. I am going to scuff them a bit with some sandpaper and hopefully get these back on the 9-3, re-using the 9-3s calipers.

For the first go around, I wont disconnect the flexi lines, to save from having to bleed things out, but once the rear axle comes out, I will need to bleed all around, and will install the goodrich lines back up front.

The next step also is to remove the poly and front sway bar from the old 900, even tho I have a good feeling the sway bar is the same from the 9-3SE. When I drop the 9-3's subframe, and install the JT and Rear motor mount, will then add the bigger bar if needed. I have some fresh end links, and tie rod ends coming as well.

To make the end links easier, I plan on removing the whole tie rod, gutting the bushings, and adding the poly ones I got from genuine, but didn't have a chance to put in the 900. Then off for a fresh alignment.
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wait... so the brake assemblies from the 9 5 can bolt up to our cars? that's awesome i was under the impression that very few parts, none of which are of any worth could be swapped in
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You paint or POR15 those front assemblies/knuckles?
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How did you bleed the rear calipers with both of them ON upside down? You have a right side caliper on the left side of the axle in the first pic.
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wait... so the brake assemblies from the 9 5 can bolt up to our cars? that's awesome i was under the impression that very few parts, none of which are of any worth could be swapped in
Yeah, the 00 and 01 9-5 Aero front brakes are also the Viggen front brakes. And the 02-04 Aero/V6 rear brakes are the 300mm diameter which swap right up.

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How did you bleed the rear calipers with both of them ON upside down? You have a right side caliper on the left side of the axle in the first pic.
Yeah, I also have it suspended with toilet paper on not on the car, I assure you, it was installed correctly.
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Also, seems all bleeder valves go on the top.
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Well whatever front sway bar is on my 9-3 is nowhere near as beefy as the 900's upgraded unit. So the whole subframe is gonna come down and get swapped over.

Also the RH rotor set screw needs to be drilled out.
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Well whatever front sway bar is on my 9-3 is nowhere near as beefy as the 900's upgraded unit. So the whole subframe is gonna come down and get swapped over.

Also the RH rotor set screw needs to be drilled out.
I know the S model and SE models have different size front sway bars.

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