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Old 04-08-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
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starting with a '98 900s convertible


I'll just be pulling the na fuel injection off of it and swapping to t5
I also picked up a whole se kit and 9-3 deck lid from Thurston (sallythesaab) that I'll be painting and installing

this build will probably take a little longer than my work usually takes me but I'll get it done as quickly as my budget allows.

I need to replace the driver side strut assembly as the spring perch has rusted and collapsed.








a few goodies I've gathered...


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If the front spring perch has rusted through, check the rear shock mount points just in case....


Nice project!
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If the front spring perch has rusted through, check the rear shock mount points just in case....


Nice project!
I checked those shock mounts and they're still in good shape.

Did a couple of other things today too.



Pulled off the old exhaust, that thing was wasted...
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Glad I could help! Always nice to see some fellow saabers in my neck of the woods. Look forward to following this profect!
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Subscribing. Good looking start should be nice.... Educate me though, what the advantage of putting a turbo on the non turbo motor?

I mean, what's the general approach here, will you be running lower boost levels since you are starting with a higher cr engine?
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I was wondering when you were going to create a build thread, its looking good. Hopefully you'll have better luck with this one than you did with the last hahah. You still a no on carlisle?
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Subscribing. Good looking start should be nice.... Educate me though, what the advantage of putting a turbo on the non turbo motor?

I mean, what's the general approach here, will you be running lower boost levels since you are starting with a higher cr engine?
There is no real advantage, maybe more of a disadvantage. I don't think the na pistons will hold up to much boost. The main reason I'm going this route is because I found the car fairly Inexpensively and I just like having projects like this.

Imran, I missed preregistration for Carlisle but there's a chance I'll drive out on Saturday to say hi to a few of you guys.

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Made a little more progress on things today. I completely stripped out all of the motronic stuff and installed the t5 harness. I also pulled the transmission and clutch assembly.




T5 harness installed

Toasted clutch

Flywheel

New viggen clutch kit


I'm going to be placing an order at eeuro for all new coolant hoses and a few gaskets.

I am in need of a map sensor if anybody has one they're interested in selling.

I also realized that na cars have no external oil cooler so I'll be retrofitting one.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:08 PM   #10
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Cleaned up the interior a little today





Finally shampooed and scrubbed by hand the best I could.
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There is no real advantage, maybe more of a disadvantage. I don't think the na pistons will hold up to much boost. The main reason I'm going this route is because I found the car fairly Inexpensively and I just like having projects like this.

Imran, I missed preregistration for Carlisle but there's a chance I'll drive out on Saturday to say to a few of you guys.
I totally understand! I got into saabs years ago after buying a v6 900. I planned on a flip, but loved it and kept it (still have it).

Sometimes we buy things we can get a good deal on even though it may not be exactly what we want!
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:58 AM   #12
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small update, I'll post pictures later...

the new viggen clutch is in and the trans is back in, sport steering wheel is installed t5 intake manifold is installed, distributor is out and plugged.

and Chris (ninehundredt) dropped off a set of 17" 9-5 Aero wheels for me last night
Thanks Chris
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Glad I could help! It was good to catch up and see the project in action. She's gonna be nice when you get her all buttoned up.

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The majority of the wiring is in place and connected. I'm waiting for some more parts to show up before I can get any further. Like the o ring for the oil drain tube and the turbo gasket as well as exhaust clamps.

I'm hoping to get a pair of strut assemblies this week also.

There are a couple other things I'm looking for like a map sensor and an intake air temperature sensor, which apparently is different for '98

From this

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Doing work as usual. Still going to try and make it to Carlisle on saturday?
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:57 PM   #17
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The gf and I are planning to make it out there. But we won't be driving the Saab.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:06 PM   #18
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I've been working slowly, more so because I've been waiting on parts to show up than laziness.

Anyway I mocked up the turbo the other day and realized that one of the coolant lines was definitely not right. Maybe the '06 and newer 9-5 had it running to a different location? Either way, I couldn't figure out how the last line was supposed to fit.

So I went and bought some fittings and braided line to make my own.


Now the turbo is all bolted into place, the downpipe is on and the sport exhaust is up in place. It's definitely looking much better than it did when I started





I'm not sure what I'm going to use for an intercooler. I want as clean of an install as possible for not a whole lot of money. I'd hate to just use a stock crossflow unit from a viggen, but I might go that route for a little while.
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Build is looking good man. You definitely walk the walk.
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Agreed.

Awesome to see some "git 'er done".

Sand Gold?

What's it called? Way cool color for a vert.
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