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Old 8th March 2010
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Hey guys I was just wondering what you all think it would take money wise to do a front end conversion the newest 9-3. I love the look. I also hate the damn e-bumper strips and planned on having these taken off for a more streamlined look. I reckon the headlights are about $650 a piece but no sure of the bumper.

Also would this require a new hood as I know I would need new fenders.
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I have a '06 Aero SS and a '08 Aero CVT.

Hood on the '08 is a much different design than the '06 and the "look" would not be complete without the new hood. Hood also fits differntly due to the headlight design.

Good luckling finding a totaled from the back '08/'09 and grabbing its hardware.
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You'd need at a minimum:

1) R and L fender
2) Headlights/foglights
3) Bumper and grille pieces
4) Under bumper air diverter
5) Hood

After that, the mounting equipment- clips, etc.- maqy be different and may require repalcement as well. It'd be a project, and it woudl probably look great when complete, but it would be involved.
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You'd need at a minimum:

1) R and L fender
2) Headlights/foglights
3) Bumper and grille pieces
4) Under bumper air diverter
5) Hood

After that, the mounting equipment- clips, etc.- maqy be different and may require repalcement as well. It'd be a project, and it woudl probably look great when complete, but it would be involved.

Actually you just need an 08+ bumper and ull be good to go!
Its been done before and there was a thread about it..but way to lazy to look for it right now
But u are right about looking great when tis done. I remember those pics ..it was pretty slick!
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Actually you just need an 08+ bumper and ull be good to go!
Its been done before and there was a thread about it..but way to lazy to look for it right now
But u are right about looking great when tis done. I remember those pics ..it was pretty slick!
You just need an 08+ bumper if you wish to change the back of the car, the front requires all the parts mentioned because of the line/shape chages in the body panels and lights. Unless you want to pay a body shop to do a hell of a lot of modifying to your new 08 bumper that is.

Also the mounting points on the front of the car are different on the 08+ so some work would be needed anyway.
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Actually you just need an 08+ bumper and ull be good to go!
Its been done before and there was a thread about it..but way to lazy to look for it right now
But u are right about looking great when tis done. I remember those pics ..it was pretty slick!
The one you're thinking of was a plastic-weld of the top of an 06 bumper and the bottom of an 08 bumper.
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IMO the 06 bumper is nicer then the new one !!!

you can just buy some e-code and modifie a bit your front look
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Personally id go with this bumper. makes our car look sportier than the new front end.




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Personally id go with this bumper. makes our car look sportier than the new front end.




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this bumper is sick!!! if I had to change my bumper i'll buy this one!!!
but doesn the front lip fit on it??
the front lip list on genuine saab is nice too.. with the small hole on each side!!
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The one you're thinking of was a plastic-weld of the top of an 06 bumper and the bottom of an 08 bumper.
yes correct...so im assuming that would be cheaper than buy new fenders, hood etc...right?
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Personally id go with this bumper. makes our car look sportier than the new front end.




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This is a really nice one.... Just wish i made more money! i dont even care that its CF, id still get it.
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This is a really nice one.... Just wish i made more money! i dont even care that its CF, id still get it.
i believe if is fiber glass not CF (carbon fiber?)
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i believe if is fiber glass not CF (carbon fiber?)
You could be right im not really sure whats it made out of. Either or, id still get it...if i had the deep pockets
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sure that its not CF... if it was im sure it will be mention...
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That front bumper from GS has been on my to-do list for a while ($$ issue!) I personally like the 03-07 front end the most. No offense, but the newer ones can sometimes look pretty generic.

To the OP, if you've got the money, I'd say just get the front bumper from GS then update the rear with new 'ice block' tail lights.
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That bumper is pretty sweet but if you lower your car, its fiberglass, its bound to brake and start chipping apart. Im stuck between buying a used bumper for cheap adn trying to cut it up to almost look like that front bumper from GS or buying the bumper from GS. I would save alot of money making my own but dont have alot of experience with body work so I am not sure yet, I do plan on cutting my grille up and painting the surround to match my car and putting in flat black mesh and either a Aero emblem or Turbo emblem in the corner of it like the BSR emblems are.
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This thing is not carbon fiber. It looks cool but I still think it needs a beefier hood. Wish I had some time to do custom work like I want to.

I know this is already stated as well but you would definitely need all those parts that tnkr111 listed. You wouldn't have anything match up otherwise.
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this has nothing to do with the OP, and I appologize

but along with the comment above-

If the subie legacy can have a hood scoop then why can't our 9-3's? Personally, I'd like it. I think it qould look sportier, give the hood some meat, and look better with the GS bumper.

I'd love to see one on this car.
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this has nothing to do with the OP, and I appologize

but along with the comment above-

If the subie legacy can have a hood scoop then why can't our 9-3's? Personally, I'd like it. I think it qould look sportier, give the hood some meat, and look better with the GS bumper.

I'd love to see one on this car.
Well really because the scoop on the subaru has an actual purpose, feeding the tmic. You could add one if you really wanted. I think the 9-2x hood is pretty subtle. Maybe a little less scoop would go well on the 9-3.
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Default Hood Scoop on a European sport sedan?

Really? The 9 SS/SC/Vert is a European inspired sport sedan based vehicle. The kind of hood scoop you describe would, in my opinion, look ridiculous. It may look fine on a Subaru, or a Nissan, or even a riced out Honda...but a Saab?

Perhaps a vent that used negative air pressure to evacuate hot air out of the engine compartment- would look okay, provided it was not some ridiculous monstrosity, and it was actually functional (a la M3 hood vents), but in reality, our cars are just not really those kind of "500hp Euro sport coupes" or "200hp fitted with coffee cans for mufflers wanna be ricer drift cars."

To each their own...but I am a grown man with two kids and a beautiful wife, and my Saab is a subtle yet powerful car I drive to work and to the mountains on the weekends- not some teenager frankenstein automobile that requires a bunch of cosmetic add ons to compensate for something that is lacking or that screams hey ladies, look at me, I am a dork. Maybe I am just less inclined to find these kinds of things cool because cool to me is going out the paratroop door at 0200 with no moon in to the pitch black night chasing a combat load of 80 pounds.

That's all my opinion...to each their own, it's your car.
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