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Re: Notes on FRONT springs and strut replacement.
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Posted by Dean (more from Dean) on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:47:38 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Notes on rear shock replacement., Dean, Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:10:49
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The job was slow for me, chock that up to 68YO.

The new springs restored ride height nicely. Will watch to see what happens over the next few months. Vehicle is not driven much, so ride height changes may be slow.

While the rear shocks did a great job and stabilized front-rear pitching as well, there was still some fast input roll steer. The new front shocks have greatly reduced roll steer. The ride is generally improved, but hard to otherwise quantify or describe. Happy with the results.

Again, my never-seize from six years ago made things rather easy.

At 101,000 miles, the original sway bar links are nice and tight. Using original boots, upper mount, bearings and bump stops. The only things suffering was the lower end of the bump stops.

Had trouble assembling the 'stack' in the garage floor. Problem was the sheet metal spring spacer not staying in place, making the lower spring positioning a problem. I put the new spacers in place with 3M thin black trim mounting tape which solved the problem. Vertical assembly would be better if someone else was helping.

To work with Koni FSD you need a 6mm hex to hold the shaft stationary. Using the original SAAB shaft hex nut, you can use a spark plug socked that might have an external hex. Koni supplied nut is too big. The strut to knuckle nuts and swaybar link nut are 18mm, most kits do not have that. You need a 17mm thin wrench to hold the link ball shaft. Do not know if aftermarket swaybar links have this 17mm detail.

The old Aero springs were well below the "new" 318mm. Will summarize springs later.

The vehicle still initially rides a bit lower on the left. The left rear spacer stack was 5mm larger than the right to address some of this. Need to point out that bushing have zero effect on ride height. The only thing that can change are the springs or the rubber spring mounts. So why is vehicle not level left-right? May be rear springs and/or weight of transmission and battery. When driven with only the driver, tilt has to be worse.

These FSD shocks and struts were 6 years old and ~30,000 miles. Not happy about the 30K.

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