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SAAB96L
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2022 :  19:01:30 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello,

Slightly odd question.

Is the engine bay bracing bar completely straight OR does it have a very shallow curve towards the bulkhead ??

Placed a level against mine and it certainly does have a subtle curve.

I am replacing it, but I wanted to check before making a new one and welding it in.

Thank you.

Richard.

EdinburghJoe
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
132 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2022 :  12:04:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Interesting - mine definitely has a bend in it. Seems counter to its purpose, I always thought...
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Betsy67
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United Kingdom
408 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2022 :  12:48:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Can't say this is something I've noticed - will have a look tonight.
Having a slight curve might be a 'factory thing' to allow for a microscopic bit of flex ?
Could also be where someone has previously whacked it doing an engine replacement :-)
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SAAB96L
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United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2022 :  14:43:39 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thank you both for your replies, that is most helpful. At first I thought I was imagining it, but with a straight edge there proved to be a subtle curve. No accident damage to the bar of any sort, hence reasoning it may be OE design.

Regards.

Richard.
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2087 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2022 :  11:35:42 Show Profile Reply with Quote
You could consider fitting a bolt in bar. Very useful when removing/fitting the engine. Take a precise measurement between the shock towers before removing the bar in case of body flex.
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SAAB96L
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United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2022 :  15:15:41 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Many thanks Derek, that is certainly a useful option to consider; I will have a look at that as I'm in the garage tomorrow.

Regards.

Richard.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
3549 Posts

Posted - 30 Jan 2022 :  20:33:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
There are two types, later cars have a different one to accommodate a bigger battery. Most are bent from repeated engine removal by incompetent mechanics (I know 'cause I am one...). Why are you replacing yours Richard?

www.saabv4.com
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SAAB96L
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United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2022 :  15:48:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
PM previously sent, Melle.
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SAAB96L
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United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2022 :  17:36:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello,

For those folk who have needed to replace the bracing bar, has anyone used square steel tube rather than circular ??

The brace bar size is 720mm x 25mm x 1.5mm

Regards.

Richard.
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SAAB96L
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United Kingdom
209 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2022 :  13:30:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello,

To complete the thread, I have decided to replicate and make an identical shaped bracing bar that is currently fitted to the car, being the OE item.

Many thanks.

Richard.
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