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Hi all:

This might be a good place for folks to post ideas, design inspirations, likes/dislikes about existing and proposed body kits that are more muscular and assertive than stock, but not as aggressive and "in your face" as some others.

I'm just tossing out some ideas and I'm open for all comments, both positive and negative. Some of these are very conceptual because...they're just concepts. Problem with getting ideas for Saab kits is that so few are available and the existing ones all look cobbled together from some catalog of JDM castoffs. Whatever goes on our cars should say Saab. It can scream it, or whisper it, but it shouldn't say Honda, Skyline or AMG.

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That Lancer definitely has style without being too over the top. It's actually a pretty tasteful kit. The yellow makes it look more "out there" than it actually is...

That's a definite possibility...
 

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Roof Spoiler

Is it possible to get that custom roof hatchback spoiler added to the sleeper kit (possibly as an accessory) That would really complete the look! 8)

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We can ask the guys at LoPro. This would probably work for both types of kits, depending on how much of a wing the "aggesssive" guys were looking for.

Right now, it looks like the side skirts would probably be the same for both kits, and possibly the rear, with the major difference being the design of the front bumper cover...
 

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Good idea. I'd like to see them make that roof spoiler as well.
 

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I like that rear bumper on that silver Saab concept car above. Sleek, no ridges, ripples or bumps or holes/ports for no reason. Very european. I think that's the most important thing to remember here, is that these cars are not Japanese, so a body kit should not look like it belongs on a Fast and Furious car...and that's one reason many people get Saabs. They like the subtlety, the understatement. Think BMW M5, the spoiler is barely noticeable, but is completely functional, the front air dam is sporty, aggressive and muscular, giving the car a mean "strictly business" appearance without scraping the ground and shouting "boy-racer, look at me!" ...it's driveable in everyday situations...it wouldn't embarrass your wife or your dad if they had to borrow the car for the day. It's JUST ENOUGH to make people notice it isn't a regualr 545i, but subtle enough you might miss it if you don't pay attention to cars... It doesn't stick out like a sore thumb and scream "I am going way too fast, pull me over and ticket me!!!".

I know that I certainly don't care to scream and jump up and down to call attention to myself, I'd rather blend in, yet on a closer inspection, be unique .... The main reason I was/am considering trading my 9-3 SE for a Viggen (besides the extra HP) is because until now, there just wasn't any kit available, or I should say not any I would ever be caught dead driving around in. The Viggen kit is still perfect in my opinion, (BUT the cost of obtaining a true viggen kit is INSANE) but I can see how a subtle tweaking of that oem style would be quite nice.... It just looks like it BELONGS on the car, you know? Even the SE kit on the 2002 9-3 is great, if there were just a bit more to it. Maybe a bit lower, more muscular, and without the black strips. I guess what I am trying to say is the big difference between the "euro" and "ricer" stylings is that the euro style seems to have some more rounded, smooth, subtle lines/curves, while the "ricer/aggressive" style is hard, sharp lines, and things that stick out, big points, edges, wings...

Anyways, I am really excited to see a prototype of this "subtle" kit!
 

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Abdukted, the M5 and Audi S4 were definitely on my mind earlier. I think you hit the nail on the head about Euro sleeper styling. The understated hint of power goes a long way, especially when you see so many people who have spent crazy money to upgrade the appearance of the cars and haven't touched the power aspect.

I have a friend who just bought a black-on-black 2000 Viggen. It would eat most Civics, Accords and 3-series Bimmers for lunch but it looks tame to the untrained eye. In traffic, you hope the untrained eye belongs to the guy with the radar gun !!!
 

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Thanks, Mike, that was exactly what I meant. Glad to see I am not the only one who feels that way!

p.s. black on black Viggen!!!! HELL YEAH! I am hoping to get my hands on one of those next summer!!!! (my SE is black on black, i love that color combo)
 

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think a kit on a saab would look best without a bunch of curves and sharp edges....something really subtle...like that mitubishi kit...or a lot of jettas have some nice plane kits that look factory...i will look and post some kits...
 

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Here's a couple from a group I used to hang with in Kansas City





These are the most modest of the group.
 

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Maybe not so much the first one for a sleeper kit :roll:
 

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I do like the idea of taking the Viggen kit, and maybe making the stock openings and shapes a hair more "angy" looking. Much like the 95 ubove.

I would rather not see alot of edges and lines that look like they are there for crazy downforce.

Open up the intercooler area
Change the foglights a bit (nobody liked my imprezza look)
 

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nice jetta

Blaque_Out said:
Here's a couple from a group I used to hang with in Kansas City



These are the most modest of the group.
I really like the kit on the Jetta: large openings, low, and very european looking. I also like how there is still a place for a european front license plate.

-Tom
 

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The Jetta bumper cover looks totally in proportion to the rest of the car, but gives it a definite bulk. The side skirts look a little cheap, but the front is strong..
 

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Here is another example of a nice european kit, on the more subtle/sleeper tip.... Notice how it is flush with the original lines of the car, just beefs things up a bit and gives the car a more muscular look. doesn't stick out too much, but definitely isn't stock. no big pointy things sticking out and not scraping on the ground....
 

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oh yeah and that Jetta kit is not bad, but the side skirts don't look they they are attached or maybe they don't match so well, and those fake splitter things on the front bumper are cheese. But the general look of the front bumper is pretty nice....
 

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The front, I definately like...I'd even buy that although I like the more aggressive look.

The rear and sides, look stock. Maybe the Viggen rear would still be better. The problem with that rear on that concept car is that there'd be a problem with the exhaust.

But still an excellent example. That front bumper gets my vote for this sleeper.
 

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abdukted1456 said:
oh yeah and that Jetta kit is not bad, but the side skirts don't look they they are attached or maybe they don't match so well, and those fake splitter things on the front bumper are cheese. But the general look of the front bumper is pretty nice....
looks like an Audi to me, but guess that is a cool kit.
 

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DC, I think he might have been looking at the white one on the previous page. That front of that Jetta has gotten a few positive votes, as has the Audi, but the side skirts on the Jetta seem to be getting a thumbs down. The ones on the Audi are kind of dull and don't do much; then again, the whole styling of the Audi is pretty blah and rounded. .EDIT: Rounded yes, blah no. That Audi kit is growing on me. The butt is verrrry bulbous, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and the front is pretty sweet. Side skirts don't make my temperature rise, tho....

The more I look at that 9-5 Viggen concept on Page 1, the more I like it. It has the same simple styling as the Jetta front, but it bulges out a bit and looks....cooler. There's a little lip at the bottom, but not a squirrel-slicing edge as on some of the JDM knockoffs. That little lip at the bottom could be continued on the side skirts and faintly done on the back to tie the whole thing together....
 
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