The SPG has gotten a lot of love lately. I managed to source a set of Team Dynamics Pro Race 1s with Kumho Ecsta 711s on them, drilled specifcally for the C900 and 900. The hub bore, offset, and bolt pattern (obviously) are perfect for the car. I really love the look of them on the car, and the lightweight rims have made a very noticeable difference in the way that it performs. I've also ordered a new steering rack, ball joints, outer tie rod ends, Brembo blank rotors, and PBR/Axis Ultimate pads for the front of the car. After all of these are installed, the car will receive a fresh alignment from Evolution Autosport. This should make it feel like new. Below are some more updated pictures of the car, a couple of which include one of my other cars, a '90 Mazda Miata.
The SPG comes home, Nov '06:
A picture of the car with my '01 9-3:
For those of you not-so-familiar with Saabs, the SPG stands for Special Performance Group. The SPG came from the factory with better-looking wheels, lower body cladding, a tweaked boost controller (APC) for more power, and much stiffer/lower suspension.
In 1988, there were only 410 black SPGs produced and distributed throughout the markets that received the 'SPG' nameplate. I bought one of these 410.
When I brought it home, the car was a complete basketcase. After some love at the hands of myself and some friends, the car is now much happier. So far, we have removed the clogged catylitic converter, replaced the valve cover gaskets, distributor cap, rotor button, and plugs, set the timing, replaced a melted fan connector (and the corresponding fuse), the headlight relay, a headlight, the dome light, and a tail light. We also tested the compression.
As for modifications, the list is very short so far, and the modification was done out of necessity. I've installed a complete silicone vaccuum line kit from SaabSavior.com, which helped things out quite a bit. I still have a few issues to work out, but considering that this chassis has 256,000 miles on it, I'm quite happy with the car.