Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 22:33:23 -0500
From: Bob  <>
Subject: Re: '97 SE Conv - I brought it home!

On Mon, 30 Dec 2002 16:08:36 GMT, "TL Mitchell" <> wrote: >Anybody have a reasonable source for replacement wheels? You can buy a nice complete set of aftermarket wheels from Tirerack for less than one replacement Saab wheel. MHO, FWIW. Try before you buy with their on-line program. >While I'm at it I'm >considering going to 15"/60-series vs the fugly 16"ers that are on it. Any >comments on expected ride/handling changes? Probably a very bad idea. Instead, invest in a set of Koni shocks (adjustable). It will set you back $500 for parts and a couple of hundred for labor if you pay someone to do it. Very, very, very worth it. I didn't think it was possible for shocks to improve both the ride and handling (usually opposites) but Konis really "fix" this car. Trust me, I have the exact same year and model. Have someone who knows Saabs do it (or get a Haynes manual from the folks at and DIY). While in there, check the (front) upper mounts, bearings, washers, and the zink plates they ride on. If you DIY, you might want to just go ahead and order the mounts from Tirerack along with the shocks. The rears are a "gimme", anyone who has done a shock on any car can do them. Bob

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