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Posted by saabsince 93b [Email] (# 972) [Profile/Gallery] (more from saabsince 93b) on Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:53:06
In Reply to: Re: KONI, Dean, Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:48:27

I don't find the Konis too harsh on my 2001 Aero 4 door. But I do live in Southern CA and our secondary roads are pretty good and not frost cracked or heaved.

On my wife's 2003 Aero we have fresh OEM shocks so I do have a base for comparison to stock, no comparison to FSDs. We have Michelins on both and love the tires. 2003 has stock suspension aligned.

The 2001 has spacers on the rear to get the ride height where it should be. Also some shims on the left for camber adjustment. I replaced all rear lateral arm bushings. This is very important as the upper laterals outer bushings ALWAYS wear. I would never slot those attachments as they are subject to lots of stress, and I would worry that the adjustment will slip. If the suspension was meant to be slotted, Saab would have done it that way.

No matter what you put on, check the rear ride height carefully and make sure it is to spec. If you don't have WIS that lists it, someone can give you the information here. Toe in is very critical as it will really kill rear tires [ask me about it!!!]. Camber and toe in are really affected by right height, so that is why you have to get that right first.

It is highly recommended to replace the upper outer lateral arm bushings on any 95 that has 100,000 miles.....at least inspect them carefully.
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