Saab accessory bag holder installation on a 1999 9-5. The holder offers a convenient way to keep grocery bags in place on those spirited drives home from the supermarket. It fits any 9-5 and 9-3 in both sedan and wagon trim. The installation is easy and straightforward, but requires some drilling. On a sedan you install it on the trunk ceiling, while on the wagon it should be attached to the underside of the cargo guard.

Tools:

  • Torx T25 screwdriver;
  • drill with a 1/8" bit;
  • centre punch and hammer.

 

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14.09.2008: The kit
The kit comes with mounting hardware to install it on all supported car trims and includes assorted screws, nuts, washers and plastic screw caps.

 

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14.09.2008: Inside the trunk
Open the trunk, and optionally lower the rear seat. Find a suitable install location close to the outer edge of the trunk.

 

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14.09.2008: Test fitting
The Saab manual suggests using only two screws on the 9-5, but they supply three, and it should really hold better if you add a third one in the center.

 

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14.09.2008: Centre punch
Make sure the holes you marked are well away from the spot welds. Use a centre punch on the middle hole. Watch your fingers!

 

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14.09.2008: Drilling
Drill the middle hole using a 1/8" bit. Use a drill stop so it doesn't go through the parcel shelf and into the glass.

 

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14.09.2008: Outer holes
Fit the middle screw and make sure you marked the outer holes correctly. Undo the screw and remove the holder.

 

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14.09.2008: More drilling
Punch and drill the outer holes. Again, take extra care as the metal you're drilling is quite thin.

 

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14.09.2008: Installed
Install the holder and tighten all three screws with star washers. The hooks should be aimed towards the opening of the trunk.

 

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14.09.2008: Empty
The hooks can slide left and right along the rail, and you can also fold them to about 45° when they are not used.

 

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14.09.2008: Bag
While the rail is metal, the hooks itself are made of plastic, so they aren't strong enough to hold a heavy load. However, if the bags can stand the floor, they will be held in place just fine!

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