Lots done today.
Took the LeSabre out to the local shop. Sometimes they are good, sometimes I question what they are on. Today was one of their better days.
They put in the rear FE5 sway bar that I've had sitting around, but can't get to because of the weather (our driveway is a sheet of ice). So they did that. Then on to the vibration from the front end. The roads have been bad, but it got really bad the other day, and sounded like I was driving on a bolt stuck in the tire. At first, they rotated the tires, balanced them (were way out of spec), then gave it back. They forgot to test drive. I took it out, and within 10 minutes they were looking at it again. Owner came out and took it for a ride and confirmed the vibration was still there, and bad. A close look at the tires revealed some cupping in one tire, and a nice chunk out of the other. Both fronts shot. Tires were new late last year. So the owner gave me a nice break on some better tires (since I think these tires are crap). Those went on the front, and they test drove it, came back good. I drove it, came back good. Came back to town with it, and I couldn't believe the vibration wasn't there. I've been living with it for a long time now.
And it gets better. When I got home, I had my Toshiba 9011 HIR bulbs waiting for me. Modified the holders, and test fit them in the spare housing I have in the house, went outside and put em in. It was still daylight when I drove over into the next town to pay my loan, did some shopping, powerwashed the car, Then headed home in the dark. First time I clicked the highs on... wow. Huge difference. I knew it was going to be better, but wow.
Good news, car is holding up well overall underneath with all this salt and winter crud. Bad news, we found out that I actually had bent the upper control link on the rear drivers side. So the alignment is kinda messed up. I have the left front control arm, since the bushings are getting bad, ordering a right side, and now I guess the rear control links and I'll get a 4 wheel alignment all at once. Coulda been worse I guess. Wish there was an option for better roads to get to work, but there isn't. For now, guess I'm just sticking to the better ones until they start repairs. The GXP suspension was meant for corners, not off roading...lol.
2004 Buick LeSabre Custom FE5 GXP suspension conversion. 170Kmi
2001 Silverado 4WD 5.3L, 33" BFG ATs, Z71/Z82 pkg, 147kmi.