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9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil – part 4

April 5, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Projects

Many of you who have been at any Saab meeting in Sweden during the last couple of years has maybe noticed a good looking carbon grey 9-3 “Griffin” sedan. This 9-3 is special in many ways, the first thing is that the car isn’t that you first thought when you saw it – in fact this is a 2009 9-3 Aero, but it’s completely converted to a 2012 9-3 Griffin optics and interior with something extra. The second thing, and for me the most impressive, is what you maybe don’t notice even through the bonnet is open – the engine. In this car the original 2.0 BioPower engine replaced with a 2.2 litre BioPower engine, and it is the story about the engine we are going to tell here.

This is article number four and the last one in the story about Emils 2.2 “Griffin” Aero. The earlier parts  will you find here; one | two | three

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The latest modification Emil has done to his car is to go a little step away from the Griffin-lookalike concept, he have replaced the fog-lights with LED-lights (or DRL lights if you want). Emil thought the standard fog-lights had a much yellower light than the rest of the lights in the front, and to fix this issue Emil started to look around for suitable LED-bulbs. But when Nevs came with their MY14 9-3, which has DRL (Day Running Lights) instead of fog-lights, Emil thought a update to this would be worth a try. From an acquaintance who works at Nevs Emil get the right part-numbers and information about what modifications that was needed to be done. But when Emil ordered the articles he needed at ANA in Trollhättan wasn’t that possible, they was simply not in stock at Orio yet.

emil_drlkitBut in May 2014 at Maptun Meet 2014 in Örebro, things start to go Emils way. For those who was there you maybe remember that Orio had a stand there with two representatives. Emil got a lot of credit for the job with the car, and they discussed a lot about what was changed and updated. To make a long story short, Emil was invited to Orios office in Trollhättan to show them the car, which of course Emil thought was very nice. After a few months they manage to find a time in the calendar, and Emil show the guys at Orio his car. This ended up with that Emil and Orio agreed to discuss different future ideas, but a solution of the DRL was not ready at this point due to Orio didn’t had finished all the agreements with the suppliers.
At the same time Emil worked on the possibility to buy a DRL-kit direct from Nevs, at first this wasn’t quite impossible to do, but later they ended up with a “no” to this. But not long after the no from Nevs, Orio sent Emil a message there they wondered if Emil wanted to help them to try out a thing; how the DRL kit fit the 9-3 Griffin. The parts Emil revived from Orio fit bolt on, except a error for the monitoring of the light. Another issue is the resistance in the DRL, it is much lower then in normal lamps, so with that results in that the DRL is flashing. Emil has fixed that problem with help from a friend that works with vehicle electronics, but as a “blot-on” kit from Orio this is still under testing. Read the rest of this entry →

Saab Of The Week

April 4, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Sotw

This week’s Saab Of The Week comes from Marco in Andalusia, Spain. I always like it when owners take the time and effort as Marco has done here to photograph their car in spectacular locations. I am sure you will all agree this is a lovely car shown off in a stunning location. Well done Marco

Bien  Hecho!!!!!!

“Hi Martin:

Since I purchased my first 9-3 December 2000, I always had the “obsession” to get another drive sometime this model, and now Aero Convertible.

 

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In 2009 I finally achieved my goal by acquiring a unit with less than 100K Kms. In Belgium. In this time it has become the center of our leisure travel around Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany …)

No doubt it is a SAAB with personality, high level of performance and equipment as well as being one of the SAAB that will remain as a reference mark. We are about to celebrate the first 100K miles and I hope to grow old aboard the coming years.

 I hope to be worthy of inclusion in the prestigious selection of SOTW.”

 greetings:

Marco Fernández

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Easter Snippets

April 3, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Saab Festival 2015

Anna and I often get a kick out of spotting Saabs in contemporary TV shows. The Big Bang Theory is one of the shows we never miss, and one of the main characters (Leonard – the most normal one of the bunch) drives a sleek-looking 9-5. Usually they only show a glimpse of his 9-5, I guess to make it less obvious that most of the time they use a green screen to provide the background.

However, this week’s episode was filmed on location, and several great shots of Leonard’s 9-5 was shown. The 9-5′s Saab logo on the hood nearly burned a hole in my screen.

Visiting the Skywalker ranch

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interceptorsPeople not driving Saabs every day are more likely to punch you in the face. However, they can also provide a great source of entertainment. Three guys who used to run a popular car show have formed their own facebook group.

(And in case any of you missed it, make sure you check out Top Gear’s Saab Tribute)

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A good friend and allround decent chap, Johan Bohlin (yes, the Saab ice cream guy) wanted to show his support for the factory and started a new facebook event: We Support Saab. It is a virtual event (and at the moment very low key), so no need to go anywhere physically, but maybe it will be a good idea to find a nice place to visit (in your Saab of course) and just enjoy the day? It can also serve as a mental preparation for this year’s Saab festival. We will be attending the festival and look forward to seeing you all in Trollhättan.

#stayoriginal – project complete

April 2, 2015 in Fan Stuff, MapTun, Projects

stay_original_epic_blocket_adFor a few weeks ago I mentioned that Orio started a project named #stayoriginal, and now Orio with help from several helpers, including  from Maptun and Högdalens Bil& Skadecenter completed the project and handed it over to the “new” owner.

At Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter they have removed all rust, they also took care of all the dents – and repainted the entire car. They had also replaced the right rear fender, the wheel arches, all mouldings outside the car and finally a new wind shield. Normally this is work for 3 weeks, but the guys made it in approximately half of the time.

At our friends at Maptun in Örebro three persons worked in total 55 hours to make it ship shape mechanically. The engine has been almost completely rebuilt with for example a new timing chain and the most of the components related to brakes is all new. Inside the car much of the interior is replaced, such as front and rear seats, door panels and more. The AC system has also been overhauled. Many of the parts that Maptun expected would break within a 12 mounts period (witch was a lot) has also had been replaced.

Almost all of the parts on this project come from Orio, they have up to 98% of the parts for our Saabs available at the stock in Nyköping or in production. The things that was a bit tricky to solve was the interior details , for example was the front- and rear seats and the door trims discontinued, but that part was solved with parts from a car recycling in almost  new condition.
In my opinion this is not a very big deal, how many of you have considered to buy brand new seats for your 15 year old 9-5? If you ask me it’s more important to supply (and produce) service- and spare-parts that people need and is necessary for our cars to run –  for example wind shields for the new 9-5 to make an example. I believe that Orio will produce new parts as long someone (we) buy them and Orio make money on that…

The YouTube-clip under is from the handover to the “new” owner, this time Orio has put English subs on the clip, for all of you that don’t understand Swedish! :)
If you want to see all the teasers, visit Orio’s #stayoriginal webpage – or their YouTube channel.

The Fast and Furious, Neo’s 96ss takes flight!

March 31, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Neo Brothers

Two very good friends of mine, Alex Rankin and RobinM were both extremely fortunate over this past weekend to be invited by Neo Bros to witness and experience the inaugural track testing of the fantastic Saab 96ss. Here is their story, told by Alex…….neo96Well, what can I say? Robin and I felt extremely privileged to be asked along to the inaugural test run of Neo Bros Saab 96 SS.  We arrived at Bedford Autodrome on a bright but cold March the 30th day and received a very warm welcome from everyone that had been asked along to witness the culmination of many years of hard work, designing and building this super Swede! If you cast your minds back to 2013, the unveiling of the 96SS took place at the Saab Festival in Trollhattan to rapturous applause and admiration by all that attended. It has taken a further two years to have the car ready for its first outing on the track. A lot of dedication and attention has been put into getting this car to be the best it possibly can through design, technology and engineering skill. But even after all that, the only way to find out if you in fact have got it right is to drive it. And get it right they did. Boy does this car fly! There is a little bit of tweaking to be done here and there, but overall Neos are extremely happy with all aspects of the car. Nick took me out on the track for an experience I will never forget. The power and performance from this 475 bhp monster is incredible, especially when informed by Nick that he was ‘taking it easy’ and limiting its 8500rpm potential to around 6000rpm. We were quickly charging down the back straight at 125mph, although it had reached 130mph a while earlier. Nick told me that once run in, speeds in excess of 160mph will be easily attained.

neo1Shortly after this I experienced something that can only be described as surreal. Here I was, a passenger in a Saab 96, chasing down a BMW M3 at well over 100mph and hanging on its tail through some of the tightest bends you could ever imagine and loving every minute of it – incredible is not the word!

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The relationship between a racing driver and his car can be likened to the relationship one human being has to another. Over time you learn everything there is to know, how to handle, respect, and treat that person, to know that person’s limits, in effect become one with that person. A racing car is no different. The same rules apply. This is a new relationship and Neos have to get to know the car’s limits and how to handle it in all situations. This will in turn give them the confidence to push it to those limits and ultimately extract the maximum performance, becoming one with the car.

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This Saturday sees the launch of the NG Griffin 9-5 Wagon/Estate……..(1:43rd scale model)

March 29, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Model Saabs

This Saturday, the 28th of March, will see the launch of the Griffin NG 9-5 Estate.

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After the fantastic success of the NG 9-5 Aero Saloon/ Sedan, Andrei started on the Wagon/ Estate and this was developed mainly from scratch with improvements being made along the way.

This 1:43rd scale model is almost all new, the only items used from the saloon were the front seats, dash and steering wheel, every thing else was newly developed with the most improvements being the chassis, head lights and wheels.

The preparation for this model took about a year and now Andrei can say he has produced more NG 9-5 estates than Saab did!

The first model will be an Aero but will be followed very soon by Hirsch and Vector versions as well as the USA Aero with the different rear hatch step.

Later this year the kit will be followed by ready made models, where you will be able to choose colours and wheels etc.

Please click through to his site for ordering information and you too can own a NG9-5 Estate.

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9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil – part 3

March 28, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Projects

Many of you who have been at any Saab meeting in Sweden during the last couple of years has maybe noticed a good looking carbon grey 9-3 “Griffin” sedan. This 9-3 is special in many ways, the first thing is that the car isn’t that you first thought when you saw it – in fact this is a 2009 9-3 Aero, but it’s completely converted to a 2012 9-3 Griffin optics and interior with something extra. The second thing, and for me the most impressive, is what you maybe don’t notice even through the bonnet is open – the engine. In this car the original 2.0 BioPower engine replaced with a 2.2 litre BioPower engine, and it is the story about the engine we are going to tell here.

This is article number three in the story about Emils 2.2 “Griffin” Aero. The earlier parts  will you find here; one | two

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emil_engine_meets_carAt this time time has run away, and it is summer 2013. Would Emil ever get the new engine in his car? Now there was two ways for Emil to reach his 500+hp goal; the first way was to save up those SEK 30 000 (~US$3 500) that was needed for a bigger turbo and a custom-built manifold, or he could use a original manifold with a modified original turbo (larger compressor and turbine) but then end up at ~400hp. Emil decided to chose the “lower power” option to start with, and then try to save up some money for the ultimate 500+hp goal.
Everything else was prepared for 500+hp, and the most of it was done. The complete engine with the gearbox mounted was ready for installation, so Emil decided to install the engine during one of his vacant weeks, then drive with original output a while so he was sure everything worked as it should be. The new engine was installed in a couple of days, and when it was time for the first start-up Emil was extremely nervous, had he done everything right? First he get up the oil pressure, the spark plugs was installed, and finally the fuse for the fuel pump. The big moment was there, turned the ignition and BANG – it was alive! Everything was okay, no leakage and the temperatures went up to normal levels, I can think Emil at this point was very happy! But there was a little problem, the clutch was not working properly, it wouldn’t free out properly. The reason for this is that Saab has a pulsation damper on the hydraulic line, and this was not compatible with the heavy pressure plate. The solution was to remove this function, the cons by doing this is that you get a heavy clutch, but that is the way it is with a heavy pressure plate. There was also another problem to solve before the first test drive, there was no vacuum pump drive on the new crankshaft, so that problem was solved by installing the same solution as the V6-engine has on 9-3, a vacuum pump.

emil_airfilterbox_modThis was a big day, Emil could finally do a test drive after nearly 4 years construction in total, but with some breaks. The car was now not mapped, but since Emil drove with the original injectors and air-filter box the engine went good. Of course it was not allowed to load the engine too much or give full throttle, but the characteristics from the 2.3 litre 9000 with much strength in the bottom was recognizable.

Now the big things was done and the new engine was up and running, but there was still things left to do in order to perform the mapping. New wiring harness to the fuel injectors needed to be built, a new cover for the air-filter box, the pipe for the airmass-meter and a new inlet pipe was going to be rougher. Emil got help from a friend that works with car diagnostic to build the wiring harness for the injectors, he also rebuilt the harness for the map sensor as theboost pressure would be higher then the original sensor coped. To make the rougher inlet pipe for the turbo was a little difficult, after some discussions with some knowledgeable friends Emil decided to combine the cover on the air-filter box from a V6 and a 4 cyl engine. That was cutted out and plasted together, and the airmass-meter was also moved and plasted into a rougher pipe.

emil_ceramicpro_griffinThe 9-3 is used all year round, and autumn 2013 Emil decided to give it protection against the terrible Swedish winter roads, that offers salt, slush, snow and ice. The car was given a undercoating treatment and a Ceramic PRO 9H treatment that Emil thinks is the worlds greatest protection for the paint, they says nothing protect just as well, and Emil is extremely pleased after the treatment, the car looks like new even if it has rolled 123 000km. Later this autumn Emil found some quite rare rims in the classifieds, he thought the price was good but suspect they needed a renovation to get them in that shape Emil wanted. They meet the next day, and as Emil suspected the rims needed a renovation but the price was okay, so he bought the rims and they became a light winter project to get the rims in order to spring/summer 2014.
Just before Christmas Emil bought himself a little present, a new head-unit for the 9-3. The choice fell on Alpine IVEW530BT, and with that Emil is more flexible when it comes to listening to Spotify or talk in the phone while he drive. A option was also to control the stereo with the original steering buttons on the wheel.

emil_bbs_blastedThe refurbishment of the rims went on, after Emil bought them he sandblasted them, and in January it was time for painting. The biggest issue now was the colour choice, would he go original or something that stuck out a little? After a while Emil decided to go for the classic BBS colour, gold. The next step was to get the lip turned and high gloss polished and assembled, and since it is difficult to get clear coat to attach a polished surface and clear coat isn’t able to resist stone chips in a good way Emil decide to put on Ceramic PRO Strong protection on the wheels.
The Turbo X brakes also get the same treatment after some blasting and new paint, since the new wheels is quite “open” in their design.

emil_mappningThe software mapping was still not done, and Emil know that his friends that was going to help him with this has much to do and Emil’s has even limited with time, but in the end they end up with to book a Sunday in March 2014, so on Saturday Emil started to prepare for the Sunday in the shop. The car was rigged on the rolling road and the MAP-sensor, the new injectors, the rougher pipes and the air-filter box cover was installed before the mapping started the day after. The mapping ran out well, they had 380hp at 6500 rpm and 1 bar boost, and with increased boost pressure in the lower register to get more torque it ended ip with 500Nm at 1.4 bar boost. To increase the boost more was’nt a idea because it just built up back pressure in the turbo. For more power a turbo replacement is the receipt. Now the car was mapped with ethanol, the next step was to map it with petrol to get the BioPower function.

emil_griffin_bbs_goldAfter the refurbished wheels was mounted on the car Emil didn’t think they was so tidy as he first thought, there was one colour too much, and the rims looked smaller then they was. So a number of evenings Emil sat in front of the computer and looked for a alternative. He found some nice wheels in the US, but in the end he realized that transportation, taxes and customs would cost as much as the rims, so he gave up that idea. Suddenly he saw a friend of him was going to sell some rims that he had drove a few hundred miles on his Honda, the design was right but would they fit? After some thinking and investigation the solution was hub rings and bolts with floating cone, so Emil gambled and bought the rims unseen. A few days later he pick up the rims and bought new Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires at ANA, a good prestanda tire. Even these rims got some Ceramic PRO, and to top it Emil made 4 new centre caps out of four hood emblems that had to be modified so they would fit. But when it was time to put the wheels on the car, there was a problem – the spokes crashed in the brake calliper! Emil tested with different spacers, but they built too much outward so it seems like the only solution was to grind the callipers. So with help from a friend Emil to get a nice bevel on the calliper bracket so the Zito rims would fit , it was only to put some new paint on the brackets and enjoy the sight of the new rims on the car.

Then many of you would call this project for complete, but Emil has some more modifications that we will read about in the last part.

9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil – part 2

March 21, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Projects

Many of you who have been at any Saab meeting in Sweden during the last couple of years has maybe noticed a good looking carbon grey 9-3 “Griffin” sedan. This 9-3 is special in many ways, the first thing is that the car isn’t that you first thought when you saw it – in fact this is a 2009 9-3 Aero, but it’s completely converted to a 2012 9-3 Griffin optics and interior with something extra. The second thing, and for me the most impressive, is what you maybe don’t notice even through the bonnet is open – the engine. In this car the original 2.0 BioPower engine replaced with a 2.2 litre BioPower engine, and it is the story about the engine we are going to tell here.

This is article number two in the story about Emils 2.2 “Griffin” Aero. Part number one will you find here.

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The disaster for Saab was a fact and as we all remember the bankruptcy that occurred on 19th of December 2011. That was a tragedy for all Saab enthusiasts, also for Emil. The urge for buy one of the last Saabs produced was enormous, 9-3 Griffin had been manufactured a few months in the spring 2011 and Emil think that was the best looking 9-3 of all the 9-3 SS that was manufactured. There was a few cars standing since the bankruptcy, would Emil afford to buy one of there cars? What would he do with the engine? Griffin has a different direct injected engine, and much is changed from the 2011 9-3 that have a Trionic 8 engine to the 2012 9-3. After a few weeks thinking Emil decided to buy a new 9-3, but NOT a Griffin. That would be too expensive, and the plans with the new engine would go down the drain. The plan now was to buy a 9-3 BioPower 2008 or newer, preferably with as much extra equipment as possible within a certain budget. The search was on, and after a few months I found my dream car. Read the rest of this entry →