Air filter upgrade [Archive] - SaabCentral Forums

: Air filter upgrade

8th November 2002, 08:28 AM

I have just bought a 1998 900S and want to get a upgraded air filter. Any ideas of the best one to go for? I used to have JR on my Volvo 480.


8th November 2002, 09:32 AM
JR filters, K&N and ITG filters are all good. However, I doubt you will notice anything on your 900 if it is a normally aspirated car...

Jeremy R.
8th November 2002, 06:20 PM
I know in the US, all 1998 900S models were turbocharged. If that's the case with yours, then you have a couple of options. K&N makes a drop-in filter, which you can find on their web site (33-2663, I think). Engstrom ( sells a cold-air intake kit with a J&R conical filter on it, but I can't really recommend it. It makes all sorts of bizarre sucking and wooshing sounds, and it cuts down on the low-end torque. My recommendation is to put in the K&N filter, and replace the air box's stock tube with a piece of 3" bell-end PVC sewer pipe.

11th November 2002, 01:19 PM
The best intake systems I have found are from Speed parts of Sweden. The U.S. distributor is Taliaferro Saab.

For your vehicle the Optiflow air intake system would replace the stock box with a heat shield, the filter with a JR Cone.

I have a 9-3 Viggen and went with the same setup (but for the T7) and it was excellent. Easy to install and a wonderful sound on accelleration of my engine literally sucking in air.

For the NG900 check this out:

If you order it tell Nick(parts manager) that Adam from Swedish sent you. :lol:

12th November 2002, 01:15 AM
On the saab site listed above, there are two cold air intakes listed for the gm900. Which one do you prefer. The difference in price is a good amount. What is the reason for this

12th November 2002, 07:41 AM
Well, I use a setup like the one specified above.
The box is removed. The Air Mass sensor is removed
and attached to the new heat shield. The heat shield
is attached to the car at the old Air box mounting
points for a simple installation.

The second does not appear to be as nice.

So, I recommend the first. I use a similar one in my Viggen and it is great.

12th November 2002, 03:04 PM
What kind of price can I get saying you sent me to them for the first one?

15th November 2002, 01:12 AM
does the first one you recomend come with the pipe also, or just the heat shield and the cone filter? also will it work for a 99 9-3

Jose :D

15th November 2002, 07:45 AM
No pipe is neccesary as the mass air flow sensor mounts to the heat shield. The existing rubber hose(from the original airbox mounts back up to the air flow sensor. Yes, the first one I mentioned also fits 94-98 900's.

The following is a new pipe and cone - no heat shield.
(for 900 94-98, 9-3 99)

Just call Nick at Taliaferro Saab - 866.499.1068 or e-mail him at He'll give you all the details.

Be Sure to see page 2 - Very important

15th November 2002, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the help guys. Anyone know why all USA 900's are turbo'd? Mine UK one is definately N/A.

:cheesy: :evil: :) :D 8) :P

15th November 2002, 09:54 AM
Jeremy R - I know in the US, all 1998 900S models were turbocharged.

Not true.

-In 1998 the S model has a 2.3 Liter N/A Powerplant.

-The 1998 model was also availible with a V6 which is also n/A.

Sorry I didn't catch this sooner.

Another point on JeremyR's post - I definitly recommend JR air filters. I enjoy the sound of my engine sucking in as much air as it can. I'm currently researching blow-off valves so I have a complete orchestra of whooooooooshpsssssssst(use your imagination) in every gear.

Sounds better than having music turned on. (but this is only my opinion)