The Viggen shock absorber saga continues…..
I first investigated getting some Koni adjustables for the front of my Viggen, but was warned off them by the Koni distributor here in Australia. The Koni product guide indicates that their 9-3 MY98-02 shocks are not suited for the Aero or Viggen models. Further enquiry indicated that this is due to a number of warranty claims. The Aussie distributor mentioned the number ‘5’. I also heard from several others who opined against the Konis, though I’ve had a similar number say they’re great and that the Viggen/Aero exclusion is just Koni covering their backside.
So…..I looked into OEM Saab units, but these are priced at a jaw-dropping $850 for the pair, which seems pretty excessive.
I’ve placed an enquiry with Bilstein but am yet to hear back from them.
When I got the Konis for the rear I paid about $450 for the pair and was quoted $550 for the fronts. I’ve got no complaints about the Konis on the rear so at a price of around $550 (if I can get that price again) they’re looking good. I’m waiting to hear back from Swedish Prestige in Melbourne to see how much they’ll be.
I never realised how mind-numbing the whole process would be once I decided to pull the trigger on getting this job done.
The rest of the Viggen wish list (for the moment):
– Abbott Motorsport steering rack brace
– Forge dump valve
– Upgraded ECU (not decided which company yet)
– Eibach lowering springs
– Uprated rear antiroll bar
Other suggestions welcome…..