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Unread 03-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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This will serve as a sort of build-log and update center for the work being done to my 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Sport Sedan. Black exterior with a charcoal gray interior. It's a 5spd manual with a TD04-14T turbo on a 2.0L Ecotec I4 engine. Yea yea, four cylinders. Yea yea, front wheel drive. The list of planned modifications is as follows:
  • BSR OptiFlow CAI
  • Simons/BSR Catback Exhaust (single exit)
  • Zimmerman rotors (302mm front, 292mm rear)
  • Akebono Ceramic Pads (all corners)
  • Nordic Tuning Stage 2 ECU (265bhp, 284ft-lbs)
  • 3" Downpipe and sportcat
  • Strut brace
  • Koni sport and Vogtland Suspension Kit (35mm lower)

For now that's what I have planned. Anyways, I've got the pads and rotors at the house. The exhaust and CAI are at my mechanic friend's shop, he'll be installing those while I'm on vacation next week (along with the ECU which will be ordered shortly). Dropping the car off tomorrow along with the brakes to be installed.

Now, before you go commenting "You should just do it yourself, save yourself the money and such" - the complex I live in doesn't have any sort of driveway/garage area to do work in, and they really get pissed if you do so much as open the hood while it's in your parking space. So I could do the work, I just don't have a place to do it at.

Anyways, for now it'll be just the intake, exhaust, ECU and brakes. I'll get the other pieces in stages. I will not be doing any exterior modifications to the vehicle, this will not be a show car, it's a go car.

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Akebono ceramic pads:


Zimmerman front rotors (302mm):


Zimmerman rear rotors (292mm):


All together now:


Yes, the rear rotors are a slightly different color, not sure if they're coated, or if the front's should also have been coated but weren't.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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Unread 03-13-2010, 12:31 AM   #2
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Did you thoroughly clean those front rotors? Those things were absolutely soaked in machining lube..

Also, solid rotors?
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Yes, they're solid rotors. And yes, they will be properly cleaned before being installed.
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You sure there's no stock sway bar on that thing!? very surprising.
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Saab, the other Swedish BEAST. Let's see how this turns out.


Are you swapping the muffler out? I put a Thrush on my old Volvo 944T, and it made a good difference.
And for the love, more pics!!!
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That's odd that a performance rotor would be an easily-warped solid design...
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Saab, maybe, knows their stuff?

Geoff, dude, pics all the way through!
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Er, TestE, my apologies. I was very tired last night when answering the post. They are not cross-drilled or slotted, as you can tell, and they're not solid either.



@wierdo124: I believe it does have a sway bar, my terminology and car knowledge isn't that great, but I'm learning as I go. It is actually a subframe brace I'm looking at, not a sway bar.
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Strut bar?
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Yeah that isn't a sway bar. Sway bar connects to your steering knuckle usually, and runs from one side to the other, bolting in two places to the unibody/frame. They're very effective against body roll.
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