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Hey Saab Forums, first post here hopefully many more to come. I have an '85 900 Turbo. The moron i bought it from tossed the old radio and equalizer all together and put in an awful Kenwood piece of garbage. So, I've been trying for months to find the same radio that it originally had, i have the Owner's Manual for it, thank god, so i know what I'm looking for. I haven't found the exact radio or equalizer on yet, so i was wondering if anyone knew a place where i could find this original equipment. Again, I'm looking for the radio and equalizer for my 85 900 turbo. It says on the owners manual, "1985 Clarion ETR Series".

Any info is appreciated, thanks.
 

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Hey Saab Forums, first post here hopefully many more to come. I have an '85 900 Turbo. The moron i bought it from tossed the old radio and equalizer all together and put in an awful Kenwood piece of garbage. So, I've been trying for months to find the same radio that it originally had, i have the Owner's Manual for it, thank god, so i know what I'm looking for. I haven't found the exact radio or equalizer on yet, so i was wondering if anyone knew a place where i could find this original equipment. Again, I'm looking for the radio and equalizer for my 85 900 turbo. It says on the owners manual, "1985 Clarion ETR Series".

Any info is appreciated, thanks.
Does it look like this?
That's an old Nakamichi on the bottom... also have an old amp I believe that went with the Nak. For a minute there I thought I tossed mine as well:) Being a pack rat does have a few advantages:D
oh The equalizer is from my 85, the others from my 84.
 

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Hi Cooper, I think that's the correct equalizer, but that isn't the correct radio. I just found an amazing reference actually; I'm looking for the Radio on the top left, the "Saab ETR" and then the Equalizer right below it. That's what was paired up in my 900 in 1985. Your equalizer looks like the right one, but i'm not sure. Are you selling it? I might make an offer if you clean it up a bit, looks a little dingy. :)

 

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Hi Cooper, I think that's the correct equalizer, but that isn't the correct radio. I just found an amazing reference actually; I'm looking for the Radio on the top left, the "Saab ETR" and then the Equalizer right below it. That's what was paired up in my 900 in 1985. Your equalizer looks like the right one, but i'm not sure. Are you selling it? I might make an offer if you clean it up a bit, looks a little dingy. :)

Dingy! I thought that was atmospheric character ;) Actually it looks like it's in great shap cosmetically. I'm sure I can give it a good rub down. It had been sitting on the garage floor since November. Yea the Nakamichi wasn't stock. The people I got the 84 from didn't have any stereo parts installed. they shipped the car back to the states and had a high end car audio guy build them a system. The deck doesn't work unfortunately... it was top of the line in it's day. I'll have to find some car audiophiles who might be interested in fixing or parting it out.
I pulled it out of the 85 that I bought because it didn't seem to be hooked up. It had an aftermarket clarion tape deck with CD changer in the trunk. Deck worked, changer didn't. Got any info on how to test them? But yes I would part with it, making sure of course that it worked:). I wanted to at least hang on to it in case someone needed bits and pieces that may have been broken or lost.
Let me do some searches...
 

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I think I have a couple of spare EQs around... but no head unit... had to do some soldering to get the one I have in my dash working for my '85 SPG...

If you don't need to have the correct head unit for the year installed (which I needed to to get Collector car status in BC==cheeeeeeap insurance), it's fairly easy to throw one from a later 900 in... until '91 (?) when they started putting that separate amp for the rear speakers under the back seat.

Alternatively, get a Nakamichi CD-400. I have one of these in my 9000 Aero. It looks fine in the Saab dash--even better in a 900 dash than in the 9000, actually... and sounds FAR superior to anything stock, even with the stock speakers...

That TD-1200 II is an absolute LEGEND. Should come with another separate interface box, and then you'd need an amp as well. Probably a PA-something... actually, PM me with what it is if it's a Nak amp and you'd like to sell it!
 

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Looks like you know exactly what you need, and have pictures you could send them to verify correctness, so I would suggest you call Goldwing (in N.Y. State, I think). Used Saab parts. Vern
 

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Jeff Cullen, I'm not an expert at this kind of stuff. I was planning on buying the components, and having them installed at a car-audio shop. But you're saying the dimensions and inputs would work on say an '87 or '88 radio, paired with an '85 equalizer? Do i need the Radio and the EQ only, or do i need an amp too?


vxfoxe, Thanks for telling me about Golding, I'll give them a call tomorrow.
 

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I know the guys at EPartsLand.com have the correct radio, not sure about the eq.



You can print this out and tape the pic of each in the correct spot untill you find what you are looking for.
 

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Woah.. Tweek's Turbos, that's exactly what i'm looking for. I just checked the Epartsland website, i'm not finding that. Where'd you find that? Is that for sale?
 

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I have the radio you are looking for, along with the equalizer, out of my '85 Turbo. I even have the Saab factory head cleaning system, never used. ;)

I've been moving into a new house, so it could take a few days to locate it, but if you aren't in a hurry I'd be happy to look. I believe I am missing the link cable between the 2 though.
 

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Mmoe, that would be great! What kind of condition are they in? And would that link cable be easy to replace?

It would be nice if i could get the originals, just for my own satisfaction.
 

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If nobody down in the States has a spare link cable, I am 95% sure I have one stashed away... it's a white DIN cable, with a brown ground wire zip tied to it.
 

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Mmoe, that would be great! What kind of condition are they in? And would that link cable be easy to replace?

It would be nice if i could get the originals, just for my own satisfaction.
I recall them both being in pretty good shape, but it's been a while so I'll just have to see when I find them. The previous owner of the car was the original owner and took very good care of the car. That said, my experience with these tape decks is that they don't necessarily get better with age, so playing actual tapes may or may not work out.

I've used an '87 deck and equalizer and found that it was pretty cool. In contrast to the '85 it has a digital eq instead of the sliders. The eq displays the spectrum while playing with little LEDs which has a definite 80's look to it. All in all I preferred the look of that set better, but the tape deck just didn't last very long before the motor drive fried. It's hard to beat listening to some Sammy Hagar on tape while driving your mid-80s 900. ;)

I'll try to find those decks this weekend and post a photo.
 

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If nobody down in the States has a spare link cable, I am 95% sure I have one stashed away... it's a white DIN cable, with a brown ground wire zip tied to it.
That's exactly what it looked like. There is also a certain number of pins which changed in '86 IIRC. Once I locate the decks, I can count how many pins there should be.
 

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Thanks Mmoe, also if you can test them that would be great. I really prefer the physical slider EQ over the digital interface EQ's. Old audio gear when there wasn't such thing as an LED/LCD display, was the best in my opinion.

Thanks so much you guys for working together on this one to help me out, if i could get mmoe's deck and eq in good working condition and and the link cable from JeffCullen, i would be onnne happy Saab owner!
 

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I've used an '87 deck and equalizer and found that it was pretty cool. In contrast to the '85 it has a digital eq instead of the sliders. The eq displays the spectrum while playing with little LEDs which has a definite 80's look to it. All in all I preferred the look of that set better
I think the '87 setup looks ridiculous, until it's turned on and working, at which point it looks awesome! The '88 setup looks better turned off, but not as cool powered up.

My '85 SPG has the dealer-installed "hi-fi" front speaker package, and it still sounds terrible... but the rig certainly looks cool!

My spare cable is pretty buried, but I'll try to unearth it this weekend. Pretty sure I kept it...
 

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Woah.. Tweek's Turbos, that's exactly what i'm looking for. I just checked the Epartsland website, i'm not finding that. Where'd you find that? Is that for sale?

No, I was given it out of my old mechanic's yard full of cars, I put it in my 85 SPG since some nut put in a crummy CD player.

I have seen it on the shelf with my own eyes, you would need to email them, or pm Delorean or PaulH on www.foundourownroad.com

 

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Night view :D


Note: not sure why the picture makes it look like a bunch of bulbs in the dash burned out, because they aren't... then again, maybe they were when I took this picture quite some time ago--can't remember...

Tweek, is that an Escort? I usually run my V1 higher in the windshield, just below the rear view...
 

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Thanks Mmoe, also if you can test them that would be great. I really prefer the physical slider EQ over the digital interface EQ's. Old audio gear when there wasn't such thing as an LED/LCD display, was the best in my opinion.

Thanks so much you guys for working together on this one to help me out, if i could get mmoe's deck and eq in good working condition and and the link cable from JeffCullen, i would be onnne happy Saab owner!
Haven't found them yet, but I'll keep looking. I've got around a dozen boxes of Saab stuff to go through, but I'm sure I kept them so they're lurking in one of them. They should be in a box filled with ECUs, so I'll know it when I see it. I won't probably have the time to test them, but given the history of the car they came from, I'm pretty sure they were fine. Assuming I do find them, you can have them for the cost of shipping which will only be around $10 I'd guess.
 

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Night view :D


Note: not sure why the picture makes it look like a bunch of bulbs in the dash burned out, because they aren't... then again, maybe they were when I took this picture quite some time ago--can't remember...

Tweek, is that an Escort? I usually run my V1 higher in the windshield, just below the rear view...
You really need to do a video to give people the full effect. ;)
 
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