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Old 09-13-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Post So I want to install a tD04 in the 93 model any tips?

Hey people I really want some more power going on in my se and I wanted to install a tD04 in the 93 model, I wanna build it up but I wanted to know how easy this is of a conversion.
Also anything else ya'll suggest Ill really consider seeing as Im somewhat new to turbo applications. Anything like is an upgraded exhaust necessary or what else Ill be needing, especially what can I can hold off and what would be needed to put installed right away.?
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:01 PM   #2
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Look at the stage (1-5) under performance forum. It will outline the recommended hardware by stage. To take advantage of the TD04, you should get a software/stage upgrade. When you get the TD04, get the lines from the donor car, as well as the intake manifold, just in case.
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You definitely need a retune for a new turbo, but check and make sure you 93 isnt a HOT model that already has a td04!
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You definitely need a retune for a new turbo, but check and make sure you 93 isnt a HOT model that already has a td04!
Good advice! I thought the SE's all came with the HOT (High Output Turbo).
The intercooler on an HOT is a full crossflow with a hose on either end. The LPT's have both inlet and outlet hoses on the driver's side. The only differences between an HOT and LPT are the turbo, the intercooler, and the tune. The swap is a PITA if you're going to do it and you're new at it. The hoses, lines, tubing, and the other hardware are quite different. Get a cheap, nasty parts donor car with a good turbo and park them side by side and have at it. That's if you don't have an HOT already. Good Luck!
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Good advice! I thought the SE's all came with the HOT (High Output Turbo).
Im not sure about if its the SEs that have it or how it all works, but I know if youre in doubt you can check by the vin number.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:22 AM   #6
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Just did this last weekend on my 97 900 used this as a guide:

05.11.2005: Saab NG900 Turbo Upgrade - photo.platonoff.com

hopefully it is helpful to you,

key as others have said, make sure you don't have a TD04 already...
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I installed a td04, with a bigger intake before any tune, and got rid of the turbo lag my 97 Ng900 was experiencing. Definitely helped, and think you'll see a big improvement over the t25.

If you haven't already.. upgrade your Intake, and check the turbo outlet size to the downpipe. I could be mistaken, but thought 9-3's already came with cross-flow IC.

I believe you need to swap the oil feed line to the turbo that requires 12mm banjo on the turbo side, and 14mm banjo on the block side for the td04. The two water connections should fit without a problem.

You might need to adapt to your current downpipe, but I would just update that to 3 inch and that should get you going down the road pretty nice.
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dont waste your time with manual boost controllers stage 1-3 tunes for these cars are so cheap now.
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