eX-DRIVERS Team 3 Captain
UPDATE 1-18-2006: This car is dead. I blew the motor. A connecting rod came off of one of the pistons, apparently it was never pr... Show moreoperly attached from the factory, it was only a matter of time, and that time was at 75MPH on the highway. I am now driving a 1998 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe, and I love it. Soooo much faster (240HP versus the Saab's 150HP max).
Well, as many of you may know, my car is now equiped with an electrical centrifugal supercharger. It doesn't really help anything right now, thanks to my finicky mass air flow sensor.
This is my work in progress 1995 Saab NG900S. First of all, I'd just like to say that this car would look so much better if I hadn't had to spend $6000 (Yes, 6 grand) on a replacement engine and transmission for the car after my mom trashed the originals with her granny driving and lack of anything even remotely resembling car care. That six grand would be an exhaust system, full suspension upgrade, and if I could find one, maybe a body kit. Here are some pics, starting with a head on shot:
On the left, a current side shot of my car, and on the right, a shot of the de-badged rear end at a recent Saab meet.
And here's a pic of my car sitting next to my team commander's car. Obviously mine is no comparison to the beast next to it, but it's still a great car.
It was hell putting the supercharger in, not because of the supercharger, but because of the mishaps. First, we put the supercharger in backwards thanks to faulty instructions that came with it. Next, we had to cut the mass air flow sensor wires and splice them, which weren't long enough. Some of the splices didn't quite connect properly, causing a fuse to blow (my fuel injection fuse). This caused Bosch Platinum plugs to get fouled up (blacker than night on the bottom). Then, when pulling the plug wires off the plugs, the core of one of the wires came out. So my engine started misfiring in one cylinder. And for those of you who have Saabs, you know how hard it is to find parts for it locally. The only place that had the wires in stock was the Saab dealership, and they wanted 85 bucks for the cheapest set of wires I'd seen. So I decided to be patient and ordered Champion premium wires from SparkPlugs.com and picked up new Bosch Platinum plugs at the local Autozone. Then, the only problem left was that we had put the mass air flow sensor on backwards. Fortunately, that was easly and embarrasingly remedied. Now the car is supercharged, although some work needs to be done moving the air flow sensor around to fix the stuttering problem. When the car doesn't stall because of the air sensor, there is a noticeable increase in acceleration, especially in the high RPM ranges (which is kind of the reverse of what a supercharger is supposed to do, but hey, I'll take it).
Here's a before pic of me with my car. No work had been done yet in this picture. (Ignore the oil bottle, I was filling the oil when a buddy snapped this pic.)
Here's a picture of my engine now that I've done some upgrades.
What you can see: Custom made forced air intake with supercharger, GenuineSaab intake pipe (to replace the stupid hollow airbox that was there originally), painted oil, washer fluid, and coolant caps, painted spark plug cover. What you can't see: Bosch Platinum Plus spark plugs, Champion premium plug wires.
Here are a couple of closer looks at my air intake:
Below the air filter I have a pipe leading down to behind one of my fog lights to facilitate better air flow. Thanks to the supercharger, the intake is now far enough down to not need the heat shield, which is good because now it wouldn't fit anyway.
Now for the Supercharger. I wired the on/off switch for the supercharger to an airplane-type hat switch with a carbonfiber style hat that sits in my console just in front of the shifter for easy access (same exact switch as the one in my ceiling on the third page).
Once again, all modifications were made personally by myself and mainly by my racing team commander. Check our team page under the id exdrivers. Show Less
Exterior Car info:
Due to parental restrictions, not much has been done to the outside of the car. I made a deal with my father (the nominal owner of the ca... Show morer, I'm the ONLY one who drives it) and as a result I now have 15 inch five-spoke wheels. I wanted 17, but as he pointed out, with 15's, I was able to use the same tires which are in good shape.
I'm leaving for Northern Illinois at the end of this week, at which time my racing numbers will go on, along with team decals and such. I'll have pics as soon as those are on.
Here you can see my exhaust tip:
and here are my clear side blinkers (much harder to do than it looks when you don't buy the actual set). I took the clear lenses off of a cheap Autozone set and glued them to the original blinker assembly.
I am also thinking about meshing my grille and getting some eyebrows for my headlights, but as always, it's hard to find stuff like that for a Saab.
Parts I want: 6-point sub-frame brace from genuinesaab.com, pictured below.
I am also planning to remove my front license plate for a better look once I get out to Northern Illinois, and I'm thinking about cutting out the cross-slats on the lower bumper vent for a more...dare I say it...Viggen-style look (having discovered that Saab will not sell Viggen body parts to a non-Viggen owner). Show Less