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Old 09-05-2004, 02:49 PM   #1
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My front suspension needs an overhaul pretty bad the Struts are shot and I think I may want to replace the bushings all around with new stock rubber ones, my question is : what are the part numbers of the bushings I need and what struts would be recommended the car is a 98 SSE and I did like the stock handling, I just want it to ride like new again. The car has 101,000miles on it now and I did replace the rear struts about 20,000 miles ago.
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Try struts and swaybar endlink bushings to start with. I bet you won't want to do more than that
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what about upgrading the struts? I'd like a bit better handling but don't want the ride to be too firm, right now with the worn out struts the car is really loose around curves on the freeway at 70mph or faster and any kind of bumps and the car loses composure. What struts would you recomend for either a close to stock replacement for the SSE or a slight upgrade
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PM jr's3800. He'* a little busy with a Hurricane right now, but when he'* done, he can tell you what he did to his 95 SE. He'* VERY happy with it now. Damemorder and BonneMeMn are also playing around with SSEi suspension components in their SE'*.
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Well my suspension should be the same as the SSEi (FE2 right?) already except no CCR, though I do have the ELC, so I need to find out where to get the part numbers for replacement struts or something that would be an upgrade from that. How do I find the RPO codes for my car?
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RPO codes are on the label stuck to your spare tire cover under the carpet in the trunk.

Your FE2 has 5 different 'levels' it can be also.

There'* alot of different spring combinations within each category. For instance, Jseabert has a 93 SSE. Same year as mine. RPO for suspension matches. My car sits 1" lower than his, and rails around corners. NO comparison.
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is there any way to detrmine what exact setup I have if there are differences within the same RPO code?

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Put a micrometer on the spring, the widest coil width I've seen was in the 16.05 range, The smallest in the 15.5 range.
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Where would you measure it from?
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I tend to lean over behind the tire, then look forward and measure the width of one of the coils.
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