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Last Post 08 Aug 2015 03:00 PM by  Bejay
Help with classing a 1995 Saab 9000 Aero
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07 Aug 2015 03:32 PM
    Hey,

    I'm new to Autocross and having some trouble determining which class I should be racing in. Was hoping the forum could offer some guidance etc.

    Here's what I have:

    1995 Saab 9000 Aero - stock this car should be putting out 220 hp w/ 250 lbs-ft. For those not familiar its a 4 door+hatch sedan, 2.3L straight 4 engine with a TD04 turbo, front wheel drive, 5 speed manual. When new it was classed as a 'full-size' car.

    Beyond stock I've made the following performance mods:
    - Koni sport/yellow shocks
    - poly suspension bushings
    - poly trans mount
    - poly top engine mount
    - JZW stg. 1 ECU tune (ideally this brings the car from ~220hp to ~270hp roughly)
    - 3" DP w/ race cat

    For now the car is on Primacy tires. These aren't anything special and were from the previous owner; I'm just trying to wear them out so I can rationalize getting better but still street legal tires.

    So - what class should I be in?

    I'm thinking GSP? but not sure I'd be competitive there. My last (and first) autocross event I registered the car as GS in which it wasn't very competitive.... this was probably more due to my noob driving skills than anything else.

    Any help here would be appreciated -

    Thanks - bdrsaab.

    drdisque
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    07 Aug 2015 05:42 PM
    There is no such class as GSP

    Due to the tune and the poly mounts your car is not legal in GS.

    Since the tune likely raises boost it is not allowed in ST

    Therefore the car goes into Street Prepared as you suspect.

    Since there is no line item in Street Prepared for the Saab 9000 it falls under the DSP

    “Catch-all”:
    6-cyl (n/a) & 4-cyl (mechanically
    forced-induction) 2WD sedans under
    3.0L not otherwise classified.

    As it is a 4 cylinder forced induction 2WD sedan.
    Bejay
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    08 Aug 2015 03:00 PM
    I just sold my '06 9-3 myself; very balanced handling - much more so than my '97 Maxima ever was. Yes, your 9000 would be Street Prepared but if you're not buying race tires maybe consider it in STU instead.

    If you still have the stock or spare ECU just swap that back in and I think you're legal for Street Touring. Get some Max Performance summer tires first. Maybe a set of B&G lowering springs, LSD, and the eventual sway bar to keep the grip on those fronts.
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