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There was once an aftermarket replacement for the adjuster mount made of metal. I have not been able to locate them again.
Matt points out the aftermarket replacement cups and pivots (inserts) available at eeuro. I do not recommend the original SAAB replacement versions. I have used them and they fail very soon. The old plastic of the original has simply degraded over time -- dried out by years of sitting on a shelf. The aftermarket version holds up much better. ALSO, the original SAAB version and the aftermarket version are not interchangeable. The cup of the original is a little larger than the aftermarket, so the insert does not press into the original cup. So get both cup and pivot of aftermarket.
Pop the pivot insert off the mount using a hose remover or equivalent. Photo attached. Ignore the red hose clamp I show. That was a failed attempt to keep the original SAAB version together, but that is not where they fail. They fail at the base.
Do not use this removal method on the adjuster mounts -- it will break the plastic base of the mount. I do not have a suggestion how to pop off the cup from the threaded adjustment rod, because that's the last thing I did before I broke my mount. I ended up buying a replacement frame from thesaabsite. They have one left-hand side frame available right now.
When assembling the fixture I grease the pivot with silicone or petroleum jelly, then use a ratchet bar clamp between the glass and bucket to pop the pivot into the cup.
Matt, the philips head at the end of the adjuster thread is deceptively not a screw. That is part of the rod -- presumably to help thread it all the way back out of the bucket. The four-spoke nylon adjustment fitting pulls off the end -- it has splines to keep it from rotating. Then the threaded rod backs all the way out of the bucket.
The E-code lights are of superior quality to these DOT versions and produce better illumination. I personally keep with the original specs because of the theme of my restoration. I completely blame GM for this awful US DOT design (whether it's true or not), which was equipped on US and Japan versions.
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