Maptun Performance can now present a newly developed, well-functioning coilover kit for Saab 9-3 XWD.
Through a co-operation with the Swedish spring manufacturer Lesjöfors AB, a special rear spring has been manufactured to maintain the XWD system drive features.
The 9-3 XWD cars is equipped with a self-propelled shock absorber system that keeps the level at the back unchanged regardless of load or weight. Unfortunately, this system is complex and proved to be of quite poor quality with leaky shock absorbers as a result, they are also very expensive. The self-leveling system is also not compatible with lowering springs, since the vehicle then loses it´s characteristics.
Our new Coilover Kit is designed to work for normal driving as well as tougher driving on track days, with a lower chassis height on the car than standard and adjustable stiffness of the shocks to match your driving style or preference.
Due to the standard damper’s lack of quality, the height of a 9-3 XWD can vary greatly, this will of course affect how much your car can be lowered. A Coilover Kit has not self-leveling features which means that the car will be able to pump up the height during heavy load as the standard dampers, but will instead get lower.
On an XWD there are several important aspects to take into account when modifying the rear end, one of these is that the springs will not be able to get out of position in the lowest settings.
Below is some reference measurements for our new XT-Series Coilover XWD kit.
The reference vehicle used is a Saab 9-3 SportCombi XWD -2009 with normal ride height chassis:
Measured from the center of the wheel to the fender edge
With Maptun Coilover kit installed in the highest position: 35,5cm
With Maptun Coilover kit installed in the lowest position: 31,5cm
When the spring is fully extracted the measurement is 44cm, which means the spring ecntesion is 8,5cm - 12,5cm.
On this particular car, the Coilover kit lowers 5,5 cm at maximum at rear end and 1,5 cm as minimum.
With the MacPherson front suspension system this coilover kit allows a lowering of up to 8cm.
Summary: The possible lowering measurements is 1,5cm to 7,5cm on the rear end and 0cm to 8 cm on the front.
Other specifications on this Coilover kit are identical to XT-Series Coilover Kit for 9-3 without XWD