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25/06/2003 21:35:50   louis   I wondered if any of you pros out there had tried to fit 900 front hub/disc/driveshaft unit to a 96 V4? The fitting on the wichbone arms for the ball joints are very very similar. And what about the rear? Fitting disc brakes?

One more thing I have seen on one of the late 96 V4 that the wheel stud setup is a more standard (modern) patern any ideas on that?

Happy Saabing  
26/06/2003 07:52:19   Richard   What you can do is fit the four stud hubs from a Two stroke sport, therefore you can use 99 wheels.
I have seen disc brakes on the rear, but to be honest what is the point? The drums are fine if everything is working OK and if you want more rear braking go to a motorsport brake specialist and get the shoes lined with a higher friction material. The other option is fiting a bias bar type brake system so you can adjust front to rear braking. Or different wheel cylinders so more or less braking force is applied to the shoes.  
26/06/2003 07:52:22   Richard   What you can do is fit the four stud hubs from a Two stroke sport, therefore you can use 99 wheels.
I have seen disc brakes on the rear, but to be honest what is the point? The drums are fine if everything is working OK and if you want more rear braking go to a motorsport brake specialist and get the shoes lined with a higher friction material. The other option is fiting a bias bar type brake system so you can adjust front to rear braking. Or different wheel cylinders so more or less braking force is applied to the shoes.  
26/06/2003 10:04:57   Tom   Richard,
do you know how available Two stroke sport hubs are?  
26/06/2003 12:43:07   Alistair Philpott   Louis - As far as I know there was no change to the PCD of V4 wheels throughout their production. There are a couple of cars I've seen at SOC events running 99 wheels, I think one used Sport hubs and another had a more extensive transplant including rear discs. Not sure how this was done, maybe it'll be at Newark & I'll find out then!

I've often wondered about how feasible it would be to get an adaptor/spacer plate made to allow the fitting of wider rims of a different stud pattern. Anyone got any thoughts on this?  
26/06/2003 13:15:26   Richard   Someone in Sweden does an adaptor for the fitting of 4 studs (someone told me this and I can not remember what the persons name is.
The SOC could get some contacts with the Swedish club etc and bring in some of their parts. My father is a member of the Clan club, all 200+ members of them and you can get every bit for the car including moulded body panels.  
26/06/2003 19:54:52   louis   Thought I might get you all going on this one! The car I saw with the unusual stud set up is actually on the site in the gallery in the 2001 steam & spares event: it is a rubber bumpered burgandy V4, it seems to have 900 type steel wheels but I can't make out on the photo if they are 4 or 5 studs...
Tell me what you think...
Louis  
26/06/2003 21:11:11   Tom   Louis - saw the car at steam and spares, there 4 studs (900 type). The guy l spoke to said he had used Two stroke sport hubs.
Alistair - l was wondering if adaptor/spacers from the air-cooled vw might work, as there seems to be loads of different types on offer (4, & 5 stud), and various vw's with all sort of wheels on them.  
29/06/2003 19:48:11   Senor Burt   The problem with spacers is, you then can't get the wheel under the rear arches. The blue V6 96 that I've seen at SOC do's has 99 wheels with adaptor plates which bolt onto the hub and have 4 bolts sticking out of them. This means as well as the extra width of 185 tyres, there is another 1/4 - 1/2" of spacer.
In this case, he cut and pulled out the rear wings and welded in a piece to fill the gap as well as having to mod the rear bumper. Sounds like hard work!
Another alternative is to fit Ford *sc*rt hubs. I'm not sure which ones work, but I know the rear drums go straight on, with a spacer, but the fronts need to be modified. How, I dunno. There was a blue and silver 96 with this mod at the 2001 SOC national.
Unfortunately most Ford alloys are horrible. But at least you could fit 17" wheels to a 96 for a laugh.  
01/07/2003 23:24:48   Alistair Philpott   I was thinking that if you use spacers there's no reason to use a Saab wheel - you could go for something inset enough to avoid the wheel arch problem. Or as you say use different drums on the rear at least. Of course, there's also the plastic rear wings with the boxy arches as per later works rallycross 96s, is it Highgate that supplies these? Not pretty however...  


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