Group 2 Rally Sump guard for SAAB 96 V4
|An effective guard, like the factory ones, is mounted on three legged arms, through the front apron, secured to the inner wings. The plate is mounted to a removable front bar made from square tube reinforced with angle iron. The shaped plate, made of dural and steel bar secures to the front bar and is mounted at the rear via a stout hardwood block with the bolts (2) through the engine floor between the rear transmission mounting and the joint of the engine bulkhead to the floor. If the plate is secured in front of the rear transmission mounting, heavy landings will distort the floor, bend the mounting and damage the transmission alignment. I used to have a guard made by Biltema of Sweden, which was not long enough, and the results were as described. This too was confirmed by Bo Swaner of the Comp. Dept. Look at photos of the factory cars and you will see their front bars got bent. That is because it was designed that way so the shock of the landings is softened by the guard and front bar bending and recoiling. The Biltema guard cost me £15 in 1972. The Works Grp2 guard cost me £57.00 in 1975. Overall length of the plate is 1105mm, width at front 405mm and 200mm at rear. Dural thickness is 5mm. Steel strips are 1035mm and 1015mm long, 52mm wide and 8mm thick.