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#1 2021-04-05 14:55:52

rdub315
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FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI


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#2 2021-04-05 16:05:08

Rich-N-AZ
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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Body rust is a little concerning given the major issue with the rear strut towers and the MI location.  Have you inspected those lately?


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#3 2021-04-05 16:21:14

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Rich-N-AZ wrote:

Body rust is a little concerning given the major issue with the rear strut towers and the MI location.  Have you inspected those lately?

I have not.  My mechanic that did the lift (and knows Subies well) didn’t comment on them but I will look into it.  Car is originally from New Hampshire where they don’t salt roads but I know this can be an issue.


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#4 2021-04-05 16:37:11

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Hopefully those are okay, rougher terrain will definitely stress those more.  Otherwise it's a cool setup for fire trails and camping weekends.

I'm cutoff from any more Saabarus by the boss, otherwise it could be a fun alternative to the street setup.

Good luck.


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#5 2021-04-06 12:53:55

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

The absolutely, definitely, most positively, salt the roads in NH...

For anyone in the know, the strut towers on this car are certainly ugly.


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#6 2021-04-06 14:31:22

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

krazykarguy wrote:

The absolutely, definitely, most positively, salt the roads in NH...

For anyone in the know, the strut towers on this car are certainly ugly.

My understanding was that they didn’t.  I swear I confirmed that somewhere when the PO told me that and sold the car to me.  I apologize if I made an incorrect statement.  What I know is that this car didn’t have a spot of rust on it when I purchased it.  I’m sure that ~6 years in upstate NY and northern MI has taken some toll, but why assume ‘certainly ugly’?  I’ll get pics up soon. Hopefully this weekend.

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#7 2021-04-07 08:13:52

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

I think because every time someone comes here to discuss a 92x with similar mileage from the northeast, and actually takes the time to pull the trim and carpeting and look at the rear shock towers, the resulting photos are "certainly ugly".   Its a known corrosion weak spot, and with the newest cars still 15 years old it would be a shock to see a NE car at 100K+ without severe rot in that location.


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#8 2021-04-07 09:34:27

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

rdub315 wrote:

I’m sure that ~6 years in upstate NY and northern MI has taken some toll, but why assume ‘certainly ugly’?  I’ll get pics up soon. Hopefully this weekend.

I'm not trying to dump on your FS ad. Michigan AND New York cars are well known salt belt states, and NH is too. This car has seen some salty shit.

I have seen at least 3 dozen different 9-2x rear strut tower pics - most of which were from users like you that listed a FS ad, and were blissfully unaware of the issue. Most of the time, pics of the towers were brutal - exposing severe rust where the seatback latches are.

I realize that a used car is 'as-is where-is', but bringing it to a specialist site to post your CL ad is going to get additional scrutiny. That's how it works.


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#9 2021-04-07 10:22:12

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Most of the time you don't know it's rusting until it is too late. If the quarter panels are rusting, than you can be certain it already got into the strut towers.


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#10 2021-04-07 10:46:10

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

I’m on board with the scrutiny and I appreciate the honest feedback.  I’m hoping to carve out some time this weekend to tear this thing apart.


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#11 2021-04-07 14:04:07

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

rdub315 wrote:

I’m on board with the scrutiny and I appreciate the honest feedback.  I’m hoping to carve out some time this weekend to tear this thing apart.

I've never done it but it does require some removal of trim and carpet at the back. There are some how-to posts on here.


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#12 2021-04-07 16:28:59

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI


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#13 2021-04-07 16:50:10

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

This is fantastic.  Thanks for posting!


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#14 2021-04-08 09:27:48

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Amazing writeup! Way better than the three sentences I wrote on the subject 5 years ago! hmm


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#15 2021-04-10 15:27:20

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Re: FS: 2005 9-2x Aero, lifted, manual swap. Northern MI

Sold


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