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Watkins' other Saab

Post by watkins » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:05 pm

Due the the whole photobucket debacle, Ive been too lazy to make this post. Last May(!!) I bought a second crappy old Saab in the form of a 2008 9-5 Aero wagon. Low miles, good service history, and a crappy beat up body.

This is how I bought it
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Since then, I have:
-Added the optional rear spoiler
-Coated the roof for a variety of reasons
-Installed a hitch with a seven-way connector
-Had the windows tinted
-Installed a set of fully adjustable D2 coilovers which required rolling the rear fenders
-Upgraded wheels and tires
Had a full custom stainless exhaust built with some special secrets
-Nearly finished a custom replacement for the front bumper


Here is how is (mostly) sits now, with the trailer because obviously

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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by tankinbeans » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:47 pm

It took me several seconds to realize 08 is 10 years ago and well within the realm ot being old and crappy, possibly even hoopdelicious.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by Rope-Pusher » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:06 pm

Looks like a minus sign inside a dot.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by watkins » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:59 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:06 pm
Looks like a minus sign inside a dot.
Well damn. Must be a cookies thing. Onward to the next photo hosting site I go, I suppose
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by AHTOXA » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:08 pm

Dig the kayaks on the roof. I'd have a canoe now if I had a place to store it. Alas, I do not.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by potownrob » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:39 am

wait, so you still have blue balls? eye was under the assumption you got rid of blue balls when you got black balls. where's the requisite dash and shifter shot?? how does the room compare??
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by watkins » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:32 am

AHTOXA wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:08 pm
Dig the kayaks on the roof. I'd have a canoe now if I had a place to store it. Alas, I do not.
My 14' canoe is too wide for the racks and too obnoxious to lift that high, so it goes on the trailer if I ever pull it out. Honestly I prefer the kayaks.
potownrob wrote:
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wait, so you still have blue balls? eye was under the assumption you got rid of blue balls when you got black balls. where's the requisite dash and shifter shot?? how does the room compare??
Viggen hasn't gone anywhere (yet?). Next year will be ten years of ownership, so I want to keep it. Its way up there in mileage at 213k, and has a few problems that I don't feel like fixing, and really cant with my current job. The wife wants a Wrangler, so Ive been thinking of selling it to help fund a JL. With her 70 mile round trip commute, she really needs to keep her Mazda2 for the 32mpg or better she gets and we don't need to be a four car household for just two of us.

As for the room, its weird. The front seat feels tighter just because of the seating position being lower in the vehicle, though the actual room isn't any less. The rear seats are far larger and as this is the first car Ive ever owned with four doors, much easier to get in to. The trunk is deceptive. The load floor is flat, unlike the several inch drop in the Viggen. With the rear seats down I have just shy of six feet of level surface to load, which is nice for lumber and stuff of that nature. However, the higher floor means that my overall useable trunk height is drastically reduced. For example, my cooler cant be opened fully in the car. I also had to ditch the privacy cover thing because nothing really fits under it.

Heres the best dash picture I have for now:

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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by tankinbeans » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:42 pm

Her name is Dame Helen Mirren.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by AHTOXA » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:53 pm

I want a canoe so I can have 2 humans + 2 dogs in it.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by watkins » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:59 pm

tankinbeans wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:42 pm
Her name is Dame Helen Mirren.
We in the Saab community refer to these things as Dame Ednas, actually.


So anywho, this is probably the most unusual thing Ive done to the Mom Wagon:

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In addition to the 3" downpipe I picked up, I had a full custom stainless exhaust built.

The main pipe to the rear axle and out the tip on the left is a 3" straight pipe. Yes, its obnoxiously loud. Yes, I do occasionally shoot flames. To the right is a reduced diameter 2.25" pipe with two of the most restrictive mufflers the exhaust shop could find that fit. That just dumps under the trunk for simplicity's sake. Due to the seriously tight space this was stuffed in to, I had to get the hitch and coilovers installed before I got the work done


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At the rear axle is a set of two electric cutouts. In loud mode, the one on the right pipe is closed, the 3" is open, and BRAP BRAP happens. In what is alternatively known as Wife Mode or Cemetary Mode, the 3" pipe is closed, the muffled pipe is opened, and it sounds rather civil. Its definitely a tad louder than stock, but the biggest difference is in the deeper tone. Everything is operated by a pair of discreet momentary rocker switches just in front of the shifter.
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Re: Watkins' other Saab

Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:38 pm

Wow, in olden thymes, weed half bean the frist two no. Now oui here a boat tit from ewer irate neighbors bee four ewe even post the pictures.
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It's over, isn't it? This is like when the Vikings all went home and put their longboats up for sale on Craigslist.
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