Joe Lobo lives in Australia’s most recent Olympic city, Sydney (but don’t hold that against him*). This is late model OG 9-3 and once again, the wheels maketh the car.
Ok, the body mouldings on these late 9-3s look pretty good, too. But Joe emailed me these pics shortly after my feature showing Paul H’s 9-5 wagon and the transformation a new set of rims made to that car, so it’s the wheels that are a real point of difference here.
Joe searched high and low for a good set of rims for his 9-3. He scoured websites from various countries, only to find what he felt were the perfect rims right here in Oz, at Swedish Prestige in Melbourne.
They’re 18″ and they look like they were tailor made for the car.
The rims aren’t the only story here though. Joe’s also boosted his output with a BSR ECU upgrade, an intake pipe from Taliaferro, an anti-roll bar also from Taliaferro and a set of Eibach springs and shocks, which lowered the car around 30mm.
* I’m an old Melbourne boy and there’s this old Melbourne-Sydney rivalry. Any chance for a quick dig’s a good one. And Melbourne is Australia’s original Olympic city, hosting the games in 1956.