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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:16 pm 
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Just a little update on this. Erec is doing chubby well! I've made more progress in the last few months on the Trionic side of things than I have in my 6 years of Saabing!

I've finally got my ecu and lap top talking, mapping, data logging you name it I've been doing it and pretending I know what I'm doing 8)

I've got my T7 APC to work, turns out it was a faulty ecu.

I've got my speed signal resolved, cold starts are perfect now because of this. No more cutting out at idle, no more notchyness. As I'm running a pre 88 speedo, running through a 9000 speedo head to chop the sin wave about so the ECU can read it I've had to tweak the gear ratio in T5 suite so the speed shown on live mapping is correct.

The ECU has been reloacted from one side of the engine bay to the other. I'd manged to get rain water in it when it sat below the windscreen and being on the exhaust side it got very hot. So it now sits on the inner wing where the original intercooler lived. I've also run a few more relay and fuses and that box lives in the same area.
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The doors are no longer covered in tape but aircraft spec aluminium plates!
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I'll be making a full 3" stainless exhaust in the next month or so, the down pipe is limiting performance right now.

Nial this may be of interest to you. The whole time the car has been converted to T5 it has been falsely detecting knock! Even a small blip of the throttle would cause it to go in to the knock map, enriching the fuel and retarding the ignition and now with a working APC it retards the boost. So for all them years we were driving round with a MBC Nial thinking, "it's not as quick as it should be at this amount of boost" we were right! It was only when connected to the lap top was it clear to see what it was doing. Now I've not been able to resolve the knock issue but I am 100% sure it is not actual knock. I've tried alot of different parts and I'm about to check out the earthing of the DI. So I know people will disagree with this, but I've turned off the knock detection. The car is transformed! It runs 1.3 bar of boost, healthy 11.6 afr at full throttle, 60-100mph in the 8 second area and if you tried to undertake a 2004 SL500 and he didn't want you to then you'd be sat side by side from 40-115mph :P

With the extra power it was showing up some ageing bushes. Pulling all over the place under acceleration so I'm changing all the bushes for new standard rubber. I've done all the rears minus 2 which turned up this morning and I've done the bottom front arms. I'm probably going to pull the engine out to do the top arms as the drivers side arm has a slight kink in it which I plan to change.

I got married last week and Erec was the car me and my wife went on our first date in. So it only made sense....

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I'm off to Retro Rides Gathering at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire tomorrow. I'm going up the hill climb in the morning session if anybody has a camera with them :P

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:44 pm 
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Getting it's lean on up Shelsey Walsh

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It was a wheel spinning hooligan :-)

And the star of the show at our wedding :P

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:36 pm 
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Looks like you managed to get one of the dry morning runs then :) The rain was something else - especially the Sat night!!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:27 pm 
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Nice photo's Ad 8)

Make sure you stick a couple in the Calendar thread :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:51 am 
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Had a full read of this start to finish...
Good work by all owners.. keep it up..

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:45 pm 
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Love the wedding photo :-D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:48 pm 
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Erec is still doing well. Finished off the remaining 2 rear bushes, still wanders a little :roll:

I fitted a 3.5 bar FPR as my injectors are showing 100% duty cycle on my logs. I've reduced the fueling across the map to give the injectors a little head room.


Also fitted Projector lights and HID's :D

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Old shower of light

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And new crystal clear cut

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Worthwhile mod!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:29 pm 
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Nice light upgrade! Easy to do fella?

guess you don't need to ever refurb the lenses with those but what happens about beam pattern come mot time and high beam ect...


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Yeah and self leveling and headlamp washers :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:25 am 
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Nice light upgrade! Easy to do fella?

guess you don't need to ever refurb the lenses with those but what happens about beam pattern come mot time and high beam ect...


Even with stock glass, the pattern is much much better than what the reflector and stock bulb could do.

Here's mine:

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High beam is the same as low beam only the cutoff is gone. (Controlled by an actuator in the projector)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:19 pm 
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Thanks
Can I ask you stuntmanad what ones you used(morimoto?) and where you got them as I'm very interested in fitting these...
I've fitted a fare few hid kits (only hids4you ones tho) and every one has gone straight through an MOT,I'm assuming these would do the same.?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:41 pm 
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I got a compliment on the light pattern when I had them calibrated at a "MOT" station. :geek:

I got the Mini H1 set from http://www.retrofitlab.com (With Mini gatling gun shrouds, they screw on instead of glue and they fit the reflector without modifactions) they both sell LHD and RHD units.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:51 pm 
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Recently bought a TIG welder with the aim of making a full 3" stainless exhaust ready for the 5th of March dyno run. Should be making a start with it this weekend.

Also one of my coolant hoses split whilst I was driving the other day, when I took a look it turned out the hose was one of the originals for the engine dated 1988! Being as my engine is from a 1989 registered car that makes sense they must be original. chubby good going! So I bought a full set of DO88 black silicone hoses, they are 4 ply so much thicker than the originals. They miss out the small hose that runs from the expansion tank to the top of the rad and that hose is dated from 1986! And being as that is a hose that doesn't need to be disturbed when changing the engine then it would make sense it is an original hose for my 1987 car :D Best get round to changing that one too!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:01 pm 
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Stock Saab hoses will outlast the DO88 ones with ease!! far superior


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:51 pm 
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So I fitted my DO88 coolant pipes and finished my stainless 3" exhaust, very happy with the results. Sounds amazing and 5th gear boost from 80+onwards is where the downpipe most noticeably allows more performance.

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Also finally managed to get Erec on a dyno, the first time since converting it a few years back.

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Delivered power figures I was expecting, 235.9hp and 244.6ftlb at the fly. The turbo is the limiting factor now. Tempted to go for something a little bit larger but for now the plan is to sort out the handling and brakes.

Rear handbrake set up, B4 shocks, rear anti roll bar, 406 coupe 305mm front discs with Brembo 4 pot calipers hidden by some sort of 16" wheel, steel of course :-)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:50 am 
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StuntmanAd wrote:
Delivered power figures I was expecting, 235.9hp and 244.6ftlb at the fly. The turbo is the limiting factor now. Tempted to go for something a little bit larger but for now the plan is to sort out the handling and brakes.

That's a good result! I have to say I'd agree on going for handling and brakes now. The C900 gearbox can only take so much.

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Rear handbrake set up, B4 shocks, rear anti roll bar, 406 coupe 305mm front discs with Brembo 4 pot calipers hidden by some sort of 16" wheel, steel of course :-)

And headlamp reflectors :wink:
I'd be surprised if you can see much at all at night...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:27 pm 
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It's got projectors, the reflectors don't play any part in illuminating the road ahead. Have a look at the pic of the light pattern above. Well over twice as bright as stock headlights 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:58 am 
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Aha! I thought those just looked like the original bulb-holders (but they didn't look quite right).
Something at the back of my mind did tell me you'd done something fancy with the headlamps but I'd only read the last couple of posts yesterday. In that case, problem solved 8)

They seem to work very well. I think I'd have painted the reflector for cosmetic reasons :wink:

It has got me thinking, though...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:38 pm 
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I have done so little to this car in the last few months, mainly as it's just been soldiering on being my daily drive :)

Over the next few months I'll be converting it to rear handbrake, 9000 front brakes, 1" banded steels and this little alteration....


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Maybe eeek it out to about 260hp... or more :twisted:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:40 pm 
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