For anyone unfamiliar, this is my car:
Now that the Sweden trip is done, dusted and almost paid off, my next round of automotive expenditure is going to be spent making this the car that I want it to be. Which is a little more than the car that it currently is.
There’ll be a website going up soon to cover all of that in detail, but in the meantime…..
One of the problems with the Viggen in general is that there’s just too much engine for the chassis. Engine upgrades will be coming, so I’ve got to get the bones sorted out in a manner that will handle the extra power and give this car better manners.
I’ve fitted the Koni adjustable dampers to all four corners (which are great, by the way). I’ve got an Abbott Racing steering rack clamp sitting at home, waiting to be fitted. The next step in the handling scenario is to bolt down the back end. Hence, I’m looking to get an uprated anti-roll bar (ARB).
As many of you Aussies know, importing stuff from the US or the UK can be a little costly. ARBs are reasonably priced overseas but the postage is a kicker. That’s why I’m looking to source one here.
Fortunately, there is a guy who makes them, but only in batches of 10 at a time. The guy’s a solid Saab service guy, Steve from Saab Serve, who are one of the best regarded independant Saab service providers in Sydney. I’ve had several people recommend his work but when I called to enquire about it today there’s only three other people waiting on his list for an ARB and he needs at least five to take a punt on production.
I’m now number four on his list and am putting this out there to see if anyone else is interested in joining me. The ARB’s in question are 22mm in diameter and are built to fit on any NG900 or OG9-3. Obviously they’ll be of most use on your more performance-oriented models such as the Aero or the Viggen, but they will fit any of the range. Richo, another Viggen owner in Sydney, had one fitted recently and raves about the improvement.
So if any of you 9-3 Aero or Viggen owners out there (Alex, SAB, J-Lobo etc – even PT!!) are looking to gain more control over your arse-end, please call Steve at Saab Serve on (02) 9630 2795 and tell him ‘that guy’ from Tasmania sent you. The product’s reputed to be first-class, it’s locally made, and if you wait for another batch you could be waiting for ages.
As always, any other handling recommendations are also welcome in comments. Cheers.