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Mos6502
V4 Fan

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2018 :  03:25:35 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I know I've seen a thread on this forum about making skid plates for the 96. But I'm wondering if anybody has a good guide that includes dimensions for what works best (with stock exhaust). I'm also needing to know where/how to set up a tow/recovery point on the car - what's best practice? If anybody has pictures of how they've done it, that would be appreciated.

Thank you.

chris steeden
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
74 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2018 :  09:03:25 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi, We call it a sump guard here in the UK. In the Saab Sport & Rally Catalogue it states the size of a standard V4 guard as: Length 108(112)cm Width 21/40cm I would also suggest longitudinal reinforced metal strips x 3 (cold riveted or welded).
Hope that helps.

Edited by - chris steeden on 13 May 2018 09:07:04
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2541 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2018 :  18:18:52 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
For my 96 ('70, so no factory towing eyes) I've made brackets that bolt onto the bumper brackets, the M10 (or 3/8 UNC in the US) lifting eyes that screw into them sit just under the bumper over riders and work great for towing with a rope. I also made a detachable cross bar with an eye for towing with a rigid bar, I mainly use it for pushing the car onto the lift with a tractor if needed.










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Mos6502
V4 Fan

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2018 :  03:19:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thank you both for the info.

Does anybody have information on how the sump guard should be attached to the body? I've seen photos of the front brackets the bolt onto the inner fenders, but how is the rear end of the guard attached?
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Gavinc
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
82 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2018 :  21:08:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
An exceedingly hi tech hardwood block! Two long bolts and through the engine bay floor. Even with the steel bands there is a fair bit of flex in the sumpguard, and a big rock (or an untrained mechanic with a trolley jack) will put a bend in the middle, so on mine I've got two ford escort type rubber engine mounts about halfway along, in fact, now that I think about it, they would probably be ideal to mount the back of the guard on as well.

96V4 stage rally car
99 stage rally car.
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
625 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2018 :  22:03:40 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/articles/sumpguard/main.htm

Article from Woody.
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Mos6502
V4 Fan

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 17 May 2018 :  05:26:09 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thanks again. I've been gathering up everything I need for the Baja project.
One question, that I do not feel the need to start a new thread for, I've seen "rally springs" for a 96 on a Swedish website. Are these just stiffer springs? Longer springs? I'll be searching for a pair of the stiffer '72 and up springs for the car, but saw these "rally springs" and wondered if they'd be appropriate: http://classicsaabracing.com/Order/detail.php?item=263
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