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1991 Saturn SL2 with damaged front sub frame - will a 1992 or later sub frame bolt in? Trying to kill two birds with one stone, replace the sub frame that is damaged and move to the new type of motor mounts. Car is used for short trips to the store and as a back up.

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Yes a subframe from 91-94 will work.

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