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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 →

9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil

March 15, 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. The way from the idea to the engine actually is mounted in the car has not been quite straight forward, so fasten seatbelts and we start from the beginning of this story!emil_9-3_DSC6098mioh2_1920x1200

The Griffin is owned by Emil that lives in the Trollhättan-area, and his interest for Saab has been there since he was a little kid. He basically grown up in a Saab, and the first car he remember was a white 99 combi coupe with brown interior and sport steering wheel. Many of his family-members has worked at Saab, his mother, father, grandmother, uncle and brother – and his uncle has started work at Saab again with the new owners NEVS. As you can image, Saab has always been the obvious choice even if Emil has tried other brands, but the love for the brand has been too strong – so he has always found back to Saab.

emil_red_9000And there this story start; in the autumn 2009 there was as we remember a lot of speculation about Saab, and Emil had at this point a BMW M3 E46, a ’89 900i-8v and a ’91 900 Turbo 16S Aero. Emil thought as a Saab enthusiast he should have a Saab instead of the M3, and the new Saab should be a “sleeper” – or a wolf in a sheep’s clothing.
The plan was a daily driver with a potent engine, but which Saab should he choose? He had owned different Saabs before; ’96 900 turbo, ’95 9000 V6, ’87 900 Turbo 8, ’92 900 T16S cab, ’02 9-3 Aero and a ’98 9000 Classic. All with their pro and cons, but none of them had the road holding like a 9-3 SS. But what engine should it be? Petrol, ethanol or diesel? 6 or 4 cylinders? Emil felt the 4 cyl turbo felt most Saab, but the problem was that 210hp was far too little power, his previous Saab was the 9000 classic – tuned to 420hp and 630Nm…. Read the rest of this entry →

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Hirsch Performance Day and Book Signing (UK) “update”

September 11, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Hirsch

Our Hirsch Performance Day is almost here so I wanted to give you an update.
One of the nice treats for the Day is the opportunity to test drive a limited edition 9-3 Carlsson, 1 of only 96 made. Its for sale too but you can drive it with for a few miles with Jerry’s pleasure. Please bring along your licences.

Jerry will have quite a few other offers for all on the day including a thorough convertible roof clean. He will do a half and half before and after clean and you can book in an appointment for another day. A total exhaust system clean is another idea and mine will go through this during the morning.

There will be cakes and drinks too and time for chatting.

Lance will be bringing a few paintings along including a new Classic 900 five door. Don’t forget to bring your books for signing.

See you Saturday, from 9.00 onwards.

SouthWestSaab in conjunction with Astley Saab are holding a Hirsch performance day here in Yeovil, Somerset, on Saturday the 13th of September giving Saab owners a no obligation opportunity to a ‘try before you buy’ engine upgrade on their own car.

This not only improves the performance, but more importantly enhances the way the engine responds during all everyday driving situations, giving the driver increased torque and flexibility. This in turn creates a more relaxing and therefore enjoyable car to drive.

Alex has recently had the upgrade done to his 9-3 2.0t convertible and has had the opportunity to experience the results for himself during the Saabs on the Marches driving tour.

“I am very impressed with the extra torque available and am convinced it has made the car more relaxing to drive, with less throttle required, along with reduced gear changing on the hills.
My average fuel consumption over the whole event, including motorway driving at a steady seventy, was 35 Mpg…very impressive indeed!”

Also at the event will be Lance Cole, the author of the recent ‘Saab Cars the Complete Story’, to sign copies of his book and will be very pleased to personally sign your copy if you already have one on the day. He will also bring along a few prints of his Saab Paintings for you to look at.

So come down and see what a difference a Hirsch upgrade can do for your engine at ‘very special’ on the day prices, along with other special offers on Saturday the 13th September.

Although SWS are organising this, you don’t have to be a SOC member, just a big lovable Saab enthusiast.

Refreshments will be provided.

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by RobinM

The Twin Pipes are on…..

April 22, 2014 in Hirsch

I’ve been smiling quite a lot the last few days, why? because a very large box arrived from www.cardyourcar.eu and in it was a Hirsch Twin Exhaust system.

Ever since Trond chatted about his Dual Exhaust System http://www.saabsunited.com/2014/04/m04-9-5-aero-gets-dual-hirsch-exhaust.html I’ve been looking forward to finally getting a set  for my 9-5 Anniversary Wagon.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the package to arrive and then it was off to chat to Jerry at Astley Saab to arrange the fitting.
I remember Tim fitting a set to his 9-5 a while ago and knew it could be done at home but I didn’t fancy lying on the floor.

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M04 9-5 Aero gets dual Hirsch exhaust!

April 5, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch

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For a while ago I got the chance to buy a Hirsch exhaust system for my 9-5, the only problem was that the system was not fully compatible with my car. The system we talk about is the fancy dual exhaust for 9-5 M02-M05, but NOT for the M04-M05 Aero and car with the M04-M05 Aero-look (which is a very popular visual upgrade for M02-M05 here in Scandinavia). My 9-5 is just an M04 Aero sedan, and basically that not will fit is the rear bumper layout. The Hirsch webpage says “Please order the single pipe exhaust system instead”… But at this stage I already decided, I want this and would give it a shoot. I have always liked this exhaust system,  from the moment I saw it on a full Hirsched 9-5 Aero with the 305hp package at ANA Trollhättan back in 2003.  After I ordered the system from Cardyourcar.eu it became clear that the middle pipe from the cat to the Y-pipe wasn’t in stock, but luckily Cardyourcar managed to find some more middle pipes. Since it took a while from I ordered the system to I got it delivered I got plenty of time to thinking how to solve the fitting in a optimal way. In the end I decided that if the system absolutely didn’t fit, I would change to a compatible bumper from a standard 9-5, and use the Hirsch “diffuser”.

So, a few days ago I got four large parcels delivered, and the fun could begin! The system is built up by four parts, it starts with a 3″ middle pipe with a silencer and a flexi part. Then we have a 3″-2.5″ Y-pipe, and two tailpipes with a silencer on each pipe. Before I had Maptuns 2.5″ sports system mounted on the car about 2 years/40 000km’s so the disassembly was not a big issue, as it otherwise tends to be when replacing the exhaust system. If we look away from some mounting components that was pretty rusty the disassembly went quick. The biggest issue was the bolts that link the downpipe and the flexi-pipe, but with some special equipment (cutting disc) the assembly could begin. When I mounted the Maptun system I thought it had a very good fit and everything went pretty well, but the Hirsch system is perhaps slightly better! Obvious I began from the front with the mounting the middle pipe and the Y-pipe without completely tighten the screws so I have a opportunities for adjustment later, before I took a cardboard and marked out the opening for the tailpipe with a ink pen. Then I mounted the rear silencer on the left side, before the custom work on the right side started. Read the rest of this entry →

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Hirsch Performance 20″ Rims – Reloaded

April 2, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch

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For those among you who own a NG 9-5 it may be of interest that cardyourcar.eu and Autohaus Lafrentz in Kiel/Germany joined forces to collect orders for a new edition of the forged Hirsch Performance 20″ rims. Of course they will be genuine Hirsch Performance products.

If you are interested please contact Markus Lafrentz directly via eMail through m.lafrentz(at)saabkiel.de for details.

He also has a few Hirsch Performance bodykits for the NG 9-5 available. You can see them on his beautiful combi on the pictures in his post.

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Hirsch Front Spoiler and Side Sills for the 9-5 II

April 23, 2013 in Hirsch

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For quite some time the Hirsch Performance front spoiler and side sills for the second generation 9-5 were not available anymore. Now, encouraged by demand, Hirsch Performance again made a small amount of those parts. No surprise that they were sold out within hours.

Right now they are looking into the possibility of setting up another production round if there is demand. If you are interested please contact Markus Lafrentz of Saab Service Kiel, who initiated this and coordinates the orders. Of course this is not limited to customers from Germany, I am sure he can arrange deliverey to wherever you are.

Quite a while ago I could experience the Hirsch Performance 9-5 in the wilderness and I also drove it up to the SaabsUnited Octoberfest in 2011. Those aerodynamic additions are part of an impressive package. I just spoke to Hirsch and there are also some other parts available like springs for the 2.8T and rear spoilers.

Surely worth a look and a unique chance to make a special car even more individual.