Saabkid you are correct, you name is now Saabkid44 as per this thread.
They are infact the struts and springs from a 04 STi with 4k on them. I scored them off ebay for 455 bucks which is an insane steal considering all that hardware would cost 1500 new. I'll need to get new rear strut mounts (top hats) because they're different on the wagon but yeah I'm a little closer to building my own 9-2X STi.
4 wheel strut suspension - yeah - I like double wishbone however - if the rear of my 9000 woulda had struts - it may of cornered better.... meh - go figure - good score tho. Can't wait to see this Saabaru in action one day. 8)
yeah definetly a good deal..ive seen em go for 1200-1700. Are you surfin around nasioc.com for parts? i used to be a subi guy and have a friend with a 537whp sti....its sick...i think im gonna love your car.
If you can get your hands on it pick up a 6speed Jspec gear box for it down the road. My buddies have all eaten there gear boxes in their WRX's and that seems to be a weak point with the drivetrain. Some how I don't see SAAB being as nice as the Subaru folks and doing a free in warranty tranny swap after it got destroyed from power adders.
If you look on Ebay you can find the Jspec trannies occasionally for 2K or so but they will handle like 600HP without strenghtening to the internals of the tranny.
Okay you get 3.5 points, but you would have got ten if you said "Some stutrs and shocks that probably won't fit your car"
I found out the front strut bodies may be different, if that's the case I may go another route....bottom line though I can consider these a down payment on something else and probably turn them around for a few hundred more than I paid for them in the first place....
I shoulda done more research first, oh well time to make some friends in subbie forums.
The suspension bolted right up, apparently I can only get about -.5degrees of camber, though 1 would be ideal. Since the stock setting is .25 though, I still net an improvement. I basically adjsuted both sides to max negative to hold me over till I can get a pro alignment.
The overall feeling is awesome but a bit weird. The car is lower, but only marginally. Handling is much improved, but so is ride quality. The car soaks up bumps better, it's basically a hard damper/soft spring set-up. I still need to replace a few bushings and links to tighten it up fully and obviously things won't be sharp while I'm riding around on my all-season touring tires, but once it warms up and get some lightweight wheels w/kumho mx's...I'm expecting even more ridicolously good handling then i'm experiencing now.