Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 09:55:17 GMT
From: (Goran Larsson)
Subject: Re: The mystery of Saab part numbers - - -Help!

In article <>, Scott Paris <> wrote: > The parts guy at my Friendly Local Saab Dealer says > that there are 3 different front sway bars, 2 different rear sway bars > and no less than 8 different types of shock absorber. These include > As an example, the Front sway bars are coded only A, B, and G. and As you have found out there are many suspension details to choose from. Basically they are divided into two groups, normal and sport, and then you select the correct one depending on the weight of the car. A car with manual gearbox, for example, has different springs than a car with automatic gearbox. This also varies from year to year as the weight of the car varies due to different extra features. The simplest is to find a car with the parts you need, i.e. a Viggen, with the same gearbox and find what was installed. Either find the part number on the parts themselves (can be hard with a lot of dirt on them) or look at the type plate. At least on the 9-5 the last stamped text line tells (using one or two character codes) what suspension components parts was used on this car. I think the order is front springs, rear springs, front struts, rear shock absorber, front sway bar, and rear sway bar. The Friendly Local Saab Dealer should have a description of the type plate in the spare parts catalog. If you use incorrect springs the car will ride too high or too low. > clearly the SAAB parts operation is not set up for the consumer. If Saab supports changing the suspension parts they will sell a kit, i.e. they sell, at least here in Sweden, a complete kit with everything needed to upgrade the suspension on the 9-5 M00. You are looking at spare parts to perform an untested and unsupported modification. You can't blame Saab for not telling you how to do that. -- Goran Larsson hoh AT approve DOT se I was an atheist, http://home DOT swipnet DOT se/hoh/ until I found out I was God.

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