greenfieldhippi
greenfieldhippi New Reader
9/12/19 3:44 p.m.

I finally have some spare time to start the full rally build for the Saab and decided to start a full on thread for it. My plan is to add a skid plate, 2 hella lights to the front, mudflaps, a roll bar, and a light bar on the back.. truck style. wink The first thing I'm planning on tackling is the skid plate. I picked up an OEM undercarriage for a couple bucks at a local pick a part store and am going to outline that, extend it back some, and use some of the original mounting points.  I thinking I'm going to use aluminum but wouldn't mind suggestions on thickness. Also if anyone has used lights or an extra set of flaps laying around I'd love to buy them. 

TXratti
TXratti New Reader
9/16/19 8:50 a.m.
greenfieldhippi said:

I finally have some spare time to start the full rally build for the Saab and decided to start a full on thread for it. My plan is to add a skid plate, 2 hella lights to the front, mudflaps, a roll bar, and a light bar on the back.. truck style. wink The first thing I'm planning on tackling is the skid plate. I picked up an OEM undercarriage for a couple bucks at a local pick a part store and am going to outline that, extend it back some, and use some of the original mounting points.  I thinking I'm going to use aluminum but wouldn't mind suggestions on thickness. Also if anyone has used lights or an extra set of flaps laying around I'd love to buy them. 

Why the Saab? (generally curious). When you say fully rally build are you meaning "Rally Inspired" or an actual stage rally race car?

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
9/16/19 10:31 a.m.

Yes!!!!!

Check out the Genuine Saab 6 pt undercarriage brace and see if you can adapt those ideas for your skid plate.

greenfieldhippi
greenfieldhippi New Reader
10/7/19 9:04 p.m.

In reply to TXratti :

Seeing as though there are no sanctioning stage rally bodies that frequent Texas that I know of and I don't currently own a truck for right now it's more of rally cross but when I have the roll and skid on it will be damned close to stage ready minus a few safety requirements which I may also go ahead and do. As for the reason behind the Saab, it's structurally and mechanically sound, has a fun engine, and was $500. Parts are certainly more difficult to come by but as my first rallyxer it's getting the job done. And fast. If I do plan on going onto stage I will probably spend a few years building out a WRX or my SVTF. 

greenfieldhippi
greenfieldhippi New Reader
10/7/19 9:18 p.m.

In reply to Robbie :

That's going to work perfect thank you for the bump in the right directionlaugh

greenfieldhippi
greenfieldhippi New Reader
10/29/19 3:22 p.m.

I've gotten to work as of recently and decided to first focus on fixing and redoing things on the Saab before getting into a roll cage or anything like that. So I started with derusting some of the area that I saw when replacing the tierod and went ahead and removed the fender to get more of it. After that I moved to the back and redid the wood as it had warped and was surprised to find the spare tire and jack but also noticed more rust was forming so I did a quick clean up and fresh coat of that as well. Of course I made sure the spare was left in the back too. I'm also going to redo the back window as its been cracked because plexiglass is too stiff for the application I'm going to try to use flexopane instead.  And finally I picked up some scrap aluminum for a skid plate from a local junkyard for $30 it seems to be of a stronger grade but I'm not sure it's quite 6061 eitherway I think it'll do the trick.

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