Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 08:17:45 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <c900nospam.apana.org.au>
Subject: Re: suspension question (c900)


John B <rotten_NOSPAM_nospam.org> writes: >I'm concerned that the suspension on my 1992 900 might be on the way out. First >of all, the rear of the car simply looks lower than the front. That's not >normal, is it? Unless all those corpses in my trunk are weighing it down :) >The other thing is that when I have passengers in the rear seat, the rear >suspension seems to bottom out regularly. I've noticed this a bit with my car (1983 900S), but I do know that the bushes for the compensating links at the back are shot and will need replacing soon. However that shouldn't cause too much of a problem with normal driving. It probably depends what 'normal' means. 8-) >So, I'm wondering what I should be doing. Should I replace the rear only or >also the front? And what parts exactly need replacing? What special tools would >I need? Something I'll be doing later this year is replacing all suspension bushes with poly ones. Superflex makes bushes for C900's so you could look at using them in your car too if you're going to do a full suspension upgrade at some stage. In my case I was looking at replacing the shocks and the springs too, but that's a very expensive proposition to go 'whole hog' with heavy-duty Bilstein's and one of the many springs kits that exist. We have a really good spring manufacturer here in Australia (Lovell's) that lists C900 springs in their catalog. >On a related note, I noticed that the front tire on the left side seems to be >wearing on the outside edge, whereas the right front tire isn't as much. Could >this maybe be a ball joint issue? Have you checked the balljoint boots lately? Like CV joints, the boots protect the workings and once they get compromised the workings fail quickly. I know about that from the CV joint problem I had with my car a few months back. 8-) >I don't know a whole lot about the suspension, and would appreciate any >enlightenment. Neither do I, but there are some very good websites that cover general suspension issues and some saab-specific ones as well. Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's Saab C900 Workshop -- For all Saab C900 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam.net http://www.nospam c900nospam.apana.org.au Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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