Reading Rally Saab for Fall Festival

The Saab is once again in our garage.
This adapter takes care of bolting the Wilwood onto the stock rear axle.
The Wilwood caliper is a work of art. Braking should be much improved.

Our Saab 99 has been sitting—very prettily, we might add—for several months we it awaited its next event. The time has come to dust off the Swede and get it ready for a dose of tarmac. European Motorsports Park is hosting an event next weekend called the Fall Festival of Speed, and it will feature a 64-mile tarmac rally.

To get our car ready, we’ve swapped out the knobby gravel tires for some R-compounds and reinstalled the anti-roll bars; now we’re working on some braking improvements. We’re tossing the old single-piston cast-iron calipers and replacing them with some aluminum Wilwood four-piston deals. The fronts are direct bolt-ons, while the rears just require an adapter—ours was made by SaabRally.com.

With these changes, we’re expecting the car to hoot on the new track!

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chknhwk
chknhwk HalfDork
10/22/08 7:40 p.m.

This is such a great project! I'm hoping to equate some of this knowledge into a hill climb effort next year. =) BTW, great shot on the brake fluid drip. ;o)

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
10/24/08 8:22 p.m.

Well, it was a hoot on track, but we had some issues with the timing chain and tensioner and had to DNF after 4 stages. Got more work to do!

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