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Old 11-10-2017, 03:17 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero sedan. It has over 160 miles (rebuilt engine). I plan to keep it for a long time. The front suspension is making a clunking noise. Some people here suggested Group N tophats. I have since read several threads about them and found information about Whiteline Com C strut mounts as well. Generic Group N's sell for $95 on eBay. OEM Group N's are $129 and Com C's $198.

The Com C's sound amazing but I wonder if they would be worth the extra cost. I don't do any racing or off-road stuff. I drive the car cautiously because I don't want to mess it up. In daily driving, would I really notice much difference between the Group N's and the Com C's? Our budget is tight and I could sure use the extra money for other things. On the other hand, if the Com C's are that much better, maybe it would be money well spent? If I go with the Group N tophats, would the generic Group N's be fine or should I get the OEM? Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:09 PM   #3
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I have a 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero sedan. It has over 160 miles (rebuilt engine). I plan to keep it for a long time. The front suspension is making a clunking noise. Some people here suggested Group N tophats. I have since read several threads about them and found information about Whiteline Com C strut mounts as well. Generic Group N's sell for $95 on eBay. OEM Group N's are $129 and Com C's $198.

The Com C's sound amazing but I wonder if they would be worth the extra cost. I don't do any racing or off-road stuff. I drive the car cautiously because I don't want to mess it up. In daily driving, would I really notice much difference between the Group N's and the Com C's? Our budget is tight and I could sure use the extra money for other things. On the other hand, if the Com C's are that much better, maybe it would be money well spent? If I go with the Group N tophats, would the generic Group N's be fine or should I get the OEM? Thanks.


I have never heard of generic Group N top hats. Do you have any info on them. They sound sketchy.

Real Group N are fantastic and will hold up for a long time.

Com C are excellent although some older versions have had some failure issues. I currently have a set thatís failing. Newer versions have supposedly corrected these issues.

Personally Iíd stick with real Group N.

If you are looking for more negative camber then slot your struts.
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:59 PM   #4
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Com c’s are garbage and even the newest ones arent fixed.
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Com C aren't garbage... but unfortunately the ones you get if you purchase them (even new) these days might be. They have been plagued with QC issues in the last few years and finding a set that has the correct sealed bearing AND doesn't blow out the bushing is going to be a total luck of the draw.

I'd just get Group N's and as far as I know, there are no generic parts - GpN, by definition, means a homologated part from a specific source (FHI, in this case). They're cheap as hell, anyhow.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:25 PM   #6
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Thank you so much everyone. All of your input is much appreciated. Big E, thanks for posting the link to the Com-C thread. I'm so glad I checked with all of you before blowing $200 on those.
Bikeloc and Mr. Saturn, you are right that there are no generic Group N's. I misread the description. Thanks for the correction.
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