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#1 2020-09-20 02:37:07

iEatSand
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New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Hello Saab community!  I’ve been into cars and Motorsports since I was 13 years old.  This might be the slowest platform I’ve been in in a while, however I’m considering turning the 9-2x into a rally cross car down the road.  Will daily drive it for a year before going all out on the build.  I’ve owned a 730whp Evo IX GSR SE, 600hp E55 AMG, 500whp Vargas turbo 135i...

I’m into exotics and rare vehicles.  My current daily driver has been my Fisker Karma.  I’ve put 7000 miles on it this summer and wanted a cheaper car to beat around in and lug the dog around in.  I missed my older Subaru’s when I was 18-19 years old, but didn’t want the hotboy status of having a WRX.  The Saab 9-2x seemed like a great fit.

It’s a 5spd manual, 2006 Aero that was fully optioned from the factory, cold weather, sport, premium pack...

The Saab does need some love, I traded an old AR15 build of mine and $1000 cash for the Saab.  The PO replaced the fender and bumper from a tiny bumper scratch.  As big of a bummer as it is to not have those OEM panels I can’t complain for the price.  It also has a nasty Cylinder 2 misfire.  I bought it with enough room to fix the cosmetic issues, and throw a short-block in with money to make if I decide to sell it.  These Subaru’s bring a premium here in the Pacific Northwest.

It does have an STI TMIC, Intake, Megan coilovers, and turboback exhaust.

Although I’m 16 years late to this platform I can’t wait to share my experience, and knowledge as I go on with owning it. 

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#2 2020-09-20 02:37:40

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Pictures aren’t uploaded  facepalm
I’ll have to fix them tomorrow!

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#3 2020-09-20 13:57:19

Rich-N-AZ
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

First thing to check are your rear strut towers.  You have to remove the back seat and pull back the carpet.  As you will see in multiple posts here, rust in that area is the #1 issue with these cars.  There are some recent posts with pics of what you need to check and deal with if you find any.

There is a ton of information here on just about every topic (search is your friend) and the active users who have been around awhile have seen about everything.

Welcome to the Saabaru fun.


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300

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#4 2020-09-21 11:54:56

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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

https://i.ibb.co/NT8ZCcH/D839-D0-E1-2306-4338-818-D-0-B8-C3-DCB706-B.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/YQf58mx/D8-EB0-B60-D05-A-435-A-A2-C3-B2-DA26-F813-F1.jpg
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https://i.ibb.co/Mgz1sFk/F19496-AE-5-B55-41-A4-87-B8-5-FF68-EEAC0-F1.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/CJs8nzm/FBC2-F50-A-0-D6-B-43-A5-BB4-D-E846-DB1-B155-C.jpg


2005 9-2x Aero 5MT- Stage 2
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#5 2020-09-22 13:36:43

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Rich-N-AZ wrote:

First thing to check are your rear strut towers.  You have to remove the back seat and pull back the carpet.  As you will see in multiple posts here, rust in that area is the #1 issue with these cars.  There are some recent posts with pics of what you need to check and deal with if you find any.

There is a ton of information here on just about every topic (search is your friend) and the active users who have been around awhile have seen about everything.

Welcome to the Saabaru fun.

That was the one thing/area I didn’t check for rust.  It’s been in Oregon it’s entire life, rust is very rare around here.  Thank you
For the heads up!

It’s at the shop getting diagnosed today.  I might run in and check it out some more.  Fingers crossed that the engine/shortblock is good!

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#6 2020-09-22 13:37:26

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

drewsro wrote:

https://i.ibb.co/NT8ZCcH/D839-D0-E1-2306-4338-818-D-0-B8-C3-DCB706-B.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/YQf58mx/D8-EB0-B60-D05-A-435-A-A2-C3-B2-DA26-F813-F1.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/vkDYpsX/87734-DC4-2-A6-A-4-A61-B161-92-A4-BEC53-DD4.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/hMpkxy2/C4-FEF8-C2-2-D18-4625-97-C8-D8-F2-ACF67-B4-B.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/Mgz1sFk/F19496-AE-5-B55-41-A4-87-B8-5-FF68-EEAC0-F1.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/CJs8nzm/FBC2-F50-A-0-D6-B-43-A5-BB4-D-E846-DB1-B155-C.jpg

Thank you for that.  Many of those cars I miss.  The E55 and Evo were absolute monsters.

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#7 2020-09-23 00:33:13

Rodman
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Congrats on your best car yet, if it wasn’t for the aero there’d be nothing to see here.
Welcome.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#8 2020-09-24 14:39:12

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Rodman wrote:

Congrats on your best car yet, if it wasn’t for the aero there’d be nothing to see here.
Welcome.

haha questionable, but thank you!

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#9 2020-09-27 01:25:51

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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

welcome  banana


Satin Gray 05 Aero: Cold/Premium Pkg's.  5MT  Production #2,605
PART OUT 05 Aero no PKGS 5MT ill have to ask what # it was

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#10 2020-09-27 12:54:14

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Turns out the engine is bad.

I'm considering throwing in a built EJ257.  It's an old Cosworth block that blew, my brother had it rebuilt and it costed him around double what he's considering selling it to me for.

Just not sure what all would have to be swapped for it to run, would I have to have an STi DME/ECU?  It's cammed, sleeved, blueprinted with forged internals.

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#11 2020-09-27 13:33:30

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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

The EJ257 is a good choice and you can keep your 2.0 heads if you go with hybrid.  While you have it all apart you may want to consider upgrading the gears keeping at 5-speed with gears than can handle the additional power you may put to them or upgrading to 6.  Depending on what other things need to be replaced or upgraded and the shop you have do it all, you could be looking at 7k-10k, which I imagine is on par with what your brother did.

In my opinion you have to decide if you are looking at it as an investment or if you really like the uniqueness of this car, because if you are looking at it as an investment, you should probably walk away.  It’s a commitment and there’s always going to be something more you want or have to do to it along with the scarcity of the unique parts.  In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do.


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300

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#12 2020-09-27 22:14:32

Rodman
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Say it isn’t so, the ej255 bad ? No way !
Rich is talking whacky about 2.0L heads and hybrid nonsense, your 06 Aero has a 2.5L ej255, sadly.
You can install a single avcs ej257 motor and run it with the original ECU. Obviously the stock map isn’t going to run it right if you have all kinds of goodies different than stock. A tuner will have to make it right.
You will not need an ecu off an STi, your stock ECU can handle it with a proper tune.
Go for it, show it off as you go along the process, I like pictures.

Last edited by Rodman (2020-09-27 22:28:37)


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#13 2020-09-27 23:04:37

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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

My bad, I was thinking about the ‘05 which is what I have and the options I had when things went south.  Wackiness unintended.


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300

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#14 2020-09-29 13:32:19

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Rodman wrote:

Say it isn’t so, the ej255 bad ? No way !
Rich is talking whacky about 2.0L heads and hybrid nonsense, your 06 Aero has a 2.5L ej255, sadly.
You can install a single avcs ej257 motor and run it with the original ECU. Obviously the stock map isn’t going to run it right if you have all kinds of goodies different than stock. A tuner will have to make it right.
You will not need an ecu off an STi, your stock ECU can handle it with a proper tune.
Go for it, show it off as you go along the process, I like pictures.

Well if that's the case I'll go that route.  The OEM/Reman longblock is $3750 if I keep my core.

My brother and I are somewhat partners in business, so I'll be purchasing his build longblock for $2400(it's never been used)  banana

It's cammed, larger valves, ported and polished.  The shortblock is fully forged, and sleeved.  It seems like a pretty stout engine and could handle ~600whp if I ever want to go that route.  He sent me an invoice for what the build costed him and it was somewhere around 5500-6000.  I think it's a no-brainer running a built engine, as I'll be able to push any power levels the stock 5mt will handle.  Or I'll push higher power with a gt35r/6266 and blow the trans so I have an excuse for an STi swap.

I imagine the forums get flooded with people who want to be the next ken block and have a fast Saabaru.  I do plan on rally crossing the car down the road, and I figure it's a wiser choice for me to keep my blown longblock and rebuild it, while also having a built engine in the car to handle any power level within reason.  I know it'll never be as fast as my Evo IX, but it has potential to put a smile on my face.  My current daily is the Fisker which has 500whp & 1000ftlb/tq, I don't think I can get used to having a lower HP daily.  With my prior builds and "need for speed" along with the inner hotboi tuner inside my heart, I'll be pulling the trigger and having the engine installed sometime in the next few weeks.  The shop I use is quite backed up.

Next time I'm at his place I'll take pictures of the engine and have my builder/assembler take pictures of the install for you all.

The car is definitely a little bit of a project and I'm happy that I could rescue it.  On another note I did just pick up an all stock 2006 WRX limited wagon, I'm not the biggest fan on how they drove, and once this Saab is finished and built I'll probably get something else for another daily lol

The only thing I'm stumped about is the current EJ255 in the 92x has 0 compression in cyl2, however in passed a leakdown test  banghead  I'm not sure if one of the rings or wristpins is broken causing the compression to pull 0, but make it pass a leakdown test.  When my Evo dropped/broke a valve it caused my compression to go to 0 in that cylinder and also passed a leakdown test.  I'm wondering if the same thing happened.  I guess we wont know until the block is torn apart on an engine stand.

Looking forward to documenting my build/journey on this new platform.

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#15 2020-09-29 13:40:07

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Rich-N-AZ wrote:

The EJ257 is a good choice and you can keep your 2.0 heads if you go with hybrid.  While you have it all apart you may want to consider upgrading the gears keeping at 5-speed with gears than can handle the additional power you may put to them or upgrading to 6.  Depending on what other things need to be replaced or upgraded and the shop you have do it all, you could be looking at 7k-10k, which I imagine is on par with what your brother did.

In my opinion you have to decide if you are looking at it as an investment or if you really like the uniqueness of this car, because if you are looking at it as an investment, you should probably walk away.  It’s a commitment and there’s always going to be something more you want or have to do to it along with the scarcity of the unique parts.  In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

Yes, that's part of the process of motorsports and car ownership as a whole.  I plan on keeping the exterior and structural integrity of the car the same, no fender flares or aftermarket crap.  All stock sleeper look.  As I stated before I do plan on doing rally-cross down the road.  I will be picking up his built block which costed him around 6k for $2400(no brainer), and I get to keep my core.

Everything else will be stock for the time being.  Turbo, injectors, fuel system, no meth injection, transmission, etc.  If I feel the need for speed in the next few months I'll order parts and fix other parts once they break(trans).

The only other option I was looking at for my wants is a Celica GT-4, or another Evo.  As much as I love the Evo I'm trying to branch into different platforms.  I was also looking into a 535XI with an N54, but my past N54 experience wasn't the best, and their pigs.

If I don't like the platform and want to get rid of it I'm quite certain I'd be able to part the car out, or sell it in the pacific northwest for what I'm in it for.  I'll be in the car $1000 in bodywork, $3650 in engine, labor/install, and $1700 for the car.

Forgive my math but that comes out to somewhere around $6000.  Subarus and these platforms sell for anywhere between $7000-9500 here in Oregon.  I figure with a built block it might fetch a bit higher $ sign then normal.

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#16 2020-09-29 14:19:50

Rodman
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

The 06 wrx wagon and your broken Saabaru are identical vehicles mechanically speaking. Outside of the skin difference they’ll be the same.
Good luck with the rebuild.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#17 2020-09-29 18:33:27

Rich-N-AZ
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Looking forward to the progress updates


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300

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#18 2020-10-07 02:33:13

iEatSand
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

Quick update.  The engine build should be dropped in and running sometime in December.  I’m having a mechanic friend do the engine install on his off hours to save me some $$

My tuner isn’t able to get to the car until December anyways, so it works out perfectly.

The engine build is 8.5 to 1 compression.  EJ257 cosworth longblock with a cracked sleeve.

Rebalanced and blueprinted

ARP headstuds
BC 272 cams springs retainers
Resleeved the shortblock
ARIAS custom pistons and rings
Cometic head gasket
Manley rods
Polished STI crank
OID pin bushings
ACL bearings

I’ll likely run a 6266 Precision setup or GT35R.  Maybe the trans will blow on the Dyno and give me a reason for a 6spd swap.  Let’s see how things go!

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#19 2020-10-07 02:51:51

Rodman
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Re: New 2006 Saab 9-2x Aero owner!

A built ej257 with a cracked sleeve, can’t believe it   wink
You are probably right about the 5 speed, that level of torque will be hard on it.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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