Originally Posted by Eglider05
As far as budget I can spend what'* neccessary but I don't want to get too crazy. I don't want to replace the new struts I'd just like to stiffen things up a bit. What do you suggest?
Front and rear strut tower bars. You can get the front strut tower bar off of a cutlass convertible in a junkyard, or you can make your own. I made my own. HUGE difference in handling.
I bought a large steel pipe from a materials company, measured it a little longer than needed, clamped it down on a vice on one end to drill down, then tightened it and bent it by hand a little so it would clear the plenum, and repeated for the other end. Then I drilled holes for the mounts, and that was it. Makes a very big difference in how rigid the front end feels.
The next is side strut tower bars. These bolt from the strut towers to the front radiator support. They come on older and newer cars and are interchangeable. All you'd have to do is trill and tap the holes that already exist for these if you don't already have them.
The next thing you'll need is polyurethane front sway bar bushings. I believe you should use 1-1/4" on the front. You may not have a sway bar on the rear. Ask me more about these if you need help.
The next thing you'll need is a rear strut tower bar. This will have to be custom made. Here'* how I did mine. Do not underestimate how much of a difference these bars make.
The next thing you'll need that will make a huge difference is an ADDCO rear sway bar. This will set you back around $180 and you'll need to remove the knuckle or the strut to replace it, which will require an alignment afterward. However, its the only way to stiffen the rear suspension while cornering and it makes a very big difference. Here'* what it looks like:
Another thing you can do is polyurethane control arm bushings. I have a writeup on another site I can copy here. Cost would be about $100 and end result would be reduced understeer under hard cornering, better tire wear characteristics, and much more responsive steering under normal driving. During this time, you will need to be able to have your car out of service for a couple of days. Well worth it though.
Here'* the writeup:
Past that, you're going to be lowering your car to get better results, but this a good place to start. Start with the strut tower bars and front control arm bushings, and go from there.