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Hi everyone,
My names Barry, I'm a Specialist in the US Army Reserve, my army job is a wheeled vehicle mechanic so I know a few things about vehicles. My real world job is/was a waiter/student, but like most of my generation the economy has me down and out and I cant even afford to go to school at the moment. I'm new to Saab, on April 1st coming home I flipped my 2006 Scion Tc and by the grace of God I broke my back, hip, and pelvis but am making a full recovery and starting Physical Therapy next week. Anyway I was huge into the modding and tuning community for toyota and I know a lot about the stuff but let's just say that coming to Saab from always having Asian cars is a culture shock to say the least. But I got a wicked deal on a 2003 Arc with the 6mt. I have tons of questions and I'm not new to threads so I'm not looking to get flamed.
Anyway I know all of the tunes available from the various companies and from what I can tell JZW seems like the best deal, they work with you through e-mail and aren't looking for you to be a money faucet. I was thinking of buying the 699 tune from them in the future and wanted to know if you guys recomend me making this move to start.
Also I know that CAI on this car are rarely done but from what I understand you can do it if the piping stays at stock diameter? Which makes sense to me because my intake on my scion got smaller and then bigger again where the MAF sensor was to match stock.
Ok, next big question, are parts from the second model run of the 03-11 model run on this 9-3 swappable... like will 2nd gen headlights work on the 1st gen taillights etc... In Scionworld we all liked to swap headlights and tailights and everything with one another to get a more like "what year is that?" look. So does it work this way in Saab world?
Anyway I know I'll have tons of questions and I'm excited to get to know everyone on this forum and hopefully contribute and learn from one another.
Thanks everyone!
Barry
 

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hey welcome to the forum rb and good to hear you are recovering well!

Tune:
JZW and V-Tuner are the forum favourites I would say.

Headlights
There was a model refresh in 2008 so you cant switch those

Taillights
99% sure you can swap your taillights to the 2008+ Ice cube ones

Intake
check out this thread:
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=119594
I myself made a Ram air intake a year ago and so far after snow storms and rain storms no issues and it sounds awesome. However, as cool sounding the intakes are that's all they do, there are no performance gains from doing the intake.
 

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cool i'm going to check out that thread now. Thanks for the quick info.

I Know that the ecotech engine is shared by a lot of gm engines. Are the exhaust outlets and inlets the same do you know by chance?
For instance would a manifold made for a chevy model with an ecotech engine fit the saab's ecotech?
I know I"m getting way ahead of myself but I can't figure out the compatability.. I saw someone put a Saab B20 in his Cobalt so maybe clutch and flywheel compatibility. I've been talking to both JZW and Vtuner through e-mail they both seem nice enough and I"ll probably make my decision soon.
 

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I like to tell people that say thank you to just pray for everyone that's over there, american soldiers, nato soldiers, the women and children, everyone just for peace. Compared to my 2 brothers I've done nothing.. But thanks none the less. :)
Any thoughts on compatibility with GM cars?
 

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will when I get it... Had my dad buy it for me from down south... buying a PA car used is a no go in my book. Cars from down south are typically in 100% better condition. Hopefully he'll be driving it up for a routine visit in a few weeks. I can't drive at the moment anyway..
 
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