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Old 04-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Front Strut Brace for the Viggen. Review?

I am looking into reducing the body roll even more om my Viggen. I already have koni/koni, steering rack clamp, 6 point subframe brace, se front sway bar. 24mm, rear sway bar. I feel that the car can still use some more reduction in body roll. does any one have experience with the upgraded strut tower brace?
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I am looking into reducing the body roll even more om my Viggen. I already have koni/koni, steering rack clamp, 6 point subframe brace, se front sway bar. 24mm, rear sway bar. I feel that the car can still use some more reduction in body roll. does any one have experience with the upgraded strut tower brace?
Don't really have personal experience with this but I heard the hatch brace really helps stiffen up the car. I would do both hatch and strut brace
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This is a good idea for 195mph lane changes.
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IMO I would just cut a coil or two off and call it a day.
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IMO I would just cut a coil or two off and call it a day.
Solid tip, I would also add a set of towing airbags from summit, easy way to limit spring travel.
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IMO I would just cut a coil or two off and call it a day.
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Have you tried it? Really firms up the ride, and only takes a few hours.

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Solid tip, I would also add a set of towing airbags from summit, easy way to limit spring travel.
I never thought of that, great idea! You could even lift it up a bit with a bike pump then if you are driving on the BQE, no way I would take a lowered car on that thing, ask me how I know!
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Thanks for the solid tips. but i am not cutting springs. I am good with my ride height and wont change that. just need less body roll.
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ive never tried it personally but i know people that have. IMO its a very terrible idea. your changing the spring rates and the whole engineering that went into making that spring. its a really big mod in the honda world and us saab people should not imitate the honda crowd lol.


BTW, a full poly bushing kit helps alot with stiffening up the chassis, if you dont have that done already
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stiffen up is good but i want to keep a comfortable ride of the oem bushings and the handling of the beefed up metal parts. does that make sense?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:41 PM   #11
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I have the rear hatch brace and the upper strut brace on my stg 4 Viggen and do find that they've really tightened up the chassis.

The upper strut brace was a real surprise as many said it did very little however I found it did as much as the 6 point to tighten the front end.

The rear hatch brace really stiffened the rear and more noticeably reduced a lot of noise from the rear hatch area. Besides it's a great way to lock up a bike in the hatch!

I'd say my Viggen handles as good if not better than my old SPG did.
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I have the rear hatch brace and the upper strut brace on my stg 4 Viggen and do find that they've really tightened up the chassis.

The upper strut brace was a real surprise as many said it did very little however I found it did as much as the 6 point to tighten the front end.

The rear hatch brace really stiffened the rear and more noticeably reduced a lot of noise from the rear hatch area. Besides it's a great way to lock up a bike in the hatch!

I'd say my Viggen handles as good if not better than my old SPG did.
Cool, where did you get the rear hatch one? who sells those these days?
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@ yellow jet, what wheels do you have on your Viggen? I like.
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I got the rear hatch brace from GS. It's the removable one which is much easier to install and if I need to use the full hatch space I can remove the brace. Looks good to in the pebble black finish.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:45 PM   #15
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Based on your car and what you have done, the front and rear brace are about all you can do. But if you have the bucks and want to lower it some more, get coil overs which will help with body roll at the price of stiffness.
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Cutting springs is absolutely NOT common in the honda world. Just because the ghetto guy living downtown that buys every performance part from the autozone catalog does it doesn't mean it's commonplace. Hell, even they know better to buy at least a shitty set of dropzone parts for their first setup before cutting anything. Plenty of them spend at least a grand on good coilovers.

Back to the topic at hand. I heard that the front strut brace doesn't do much but the rear hatch brace is effective as was mentioned earlier.
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just throwing this out there cuz there is a lot of assumption.

I cut my vogtlands and use the koni adjusts at near full hard. rides just fine. im not racing or anything so it really doesn't matter. I'm not condoning it or anything, just saying your car wont spontaneously combust if you do.

while cutting springs does increase the spring rate marginally, its not as much as it should relative to the drop...you need to have stiffer shocks if do cut otherwise it will bounce. also its recommended that you dont cut more than a coil off stock springs, they are way too soft. if you want more, use stiffer springs as a base.

i wanted lower than any lowering spring could give, custom coilovers where out of the budget ($2500+, not worth it if Im not planning to race), and "no thanks" to bags. there was really only one option and I'm perfectly happy with the results.

having said that, most of the saab community is not ready for coils lol everyone said full hard koni is stiff...uh...not when I've ridden around on pretty much most coils for the 240SX...especially powered by max.

thats my rant on cutting springs.
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just throwing this out there cuz there is a lot of assumption.

I cut my vogtlands and use the koni adjusts at near full hard. rides just fine. im not racing or anything so it really doesn't matter. I'm not condoning it or anything, just saying your car wont spontaneously combust if you do.

while cutting springs does increase the spring rate marginally, its not as much as it should relative to the drop...you need to have stiffer shocks if do cut otherwise it will bounce. also its recommended that you dont cut more than a coil off stock springs, they are way too soft. if you want more, use stiffer springs as a base.

i wanted lower than any lowering spring could give, custom coilovers where out of the budget ($2500+, not worth it if Im not planning to race), and "no thanks" to bags. there was really only one option and I'm perfectly happy with the results.

having said that, most of the saab community is not ready for coils lol everyone said full hard koni is stiff...uh...not when I've ridden around on pretty much most coils for the 240SX...especially powered by max.

thats my rant on cutting springs.
I have done the following and am contemplating the 6 point brace:

1. billsteins HD shicks and struts (and strut mounts)
2. rear sway bar

(those two alone worth there weight in gold)

3. Did the viggen rescue kit (so so but not as much of a bang for buck as the above two).

I have also put in a 3 inch downpipe and 2.5 exhaust ... and would like to get rid of that rattle and shake.

I have the 2002 9-3 SE auto Convertible SE with 17 inch low-profile tires. Thought mext step would be to go to Stage III ECU but I'd like to cut the rattle down first... thoughts?
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I have done the following and am contemplating the 6 point brace:

1. billsteins HD shicks and struts (and strut mounts)
2. rear sway bar

(those two alone worth there weight in gold)

3. Did the viggen rescue kit (so so but not as much of a bang for buck as the above two).

I have also put in a 3 inch downpipe and 2.5 exhaust ... and would like to get rid of that rattle and shake.

I have the 2002 9-3 SE auto Convertible SE with 17 inch low-profile tires. Thought mext step would be to go to Stage III ECU but I'd like to cut the rattle down first... thoughts?
It is my understanding that the rattle and shake will be addressed with a 6pt. I have Bilstein HD's and 22mm ARB and steering rack clamp + brace just like you. My next step is a 6pt and GS removable hatch brace as I have heard nothing but good things. The strut bar looks nice IMO, but seeing as there is already a bar there versus NOTHING in the hatch, the hatch might be more 'noticeable'. Like I said all speculation as I have no experience with either.
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Just to add to this, I am planning to cut my koni front springs a bit since i have acquired two pair of them, I figure if something goes terribly wrong i can change them out... But i do not want the wheel gap that the koni's give you... its just too much... when i do it I will do a write up of my results and let everyone know how it goes...
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