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Old 02-24-2005, 01:26 PM   #1
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Well, I am the new owener of a 1997 SSEi and I have some plans for it. I need to get my money planned out on where it will go on this car.

First thing first is to get it inspected. I have a minor crack in the windshield which will have to be replaced. Any ideas on the average price on a new one? Next, my air bag light is on. Can I fix this myself safely or should I just take it to the dealer? What is most likely the problem and about how much will it cost to have the dealer fix it? Those are the only things that I know of at the moment and hopefully thats all I need to get fixed for inspections.

After all this is done, I plan to get a flowmaster muffler(*) (I still haven't look under that car to see if it is a true dual exhaust) in place of the original. I'm going to leave the stock pipings and still debating if I should get new tips. Now I live in Maryland, but I'm still planning to give this car a West Coast look. I'm looking at some 15 X 7 standard offset knock-off 100 spoke wire wheels. Any body know if the standard offset will stick out, and if so how bad? And lastly, I want it to be low. I was planning on getting bags but thats going to wipe out my budget, especially for a custom set-up since there are no kits for this car. So this brings me to looking for lowering springs. I did a search and found that some people got their'* custom made by a company. Where and how can I inquire on getting a set of springs?

I hope you guys can help me out....Thanks
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ok let me address some of your things

your windshield is going to cost you a pretty penny because you have a HUD, unless you go without the HUD windshield, as for the airbag light it could ba a number of things, so you need to get hte car scanned for that

you only need one muffler anything that will work for an F-body will wour perfectally for you, we have members that have the Flowmaster 80, 50 and 40 series running here

and Paulnold is working on custom springs for us, DP offers them but they have been sketchy with filling there orders lately
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Check your glass deductible for the windshield. It can help alot. A non-HUD windshield will frustrate you to no end, and you'll regret buying it until you replace it.

Take a look at Magnaflow Better flow and hp.
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Back again. I didn't want to create a whole new topic so I am posting under this one. To update my progress, I got my new windshield, the car is now inspected, and I got my 14X6 chrome 100 spokes.
I don't know how to post my pics on this site but if anyone wants to see them I can do it through e-mail or a similar process. I'm planning to get 175/70'* or 185/ 70'* white walls.
Now for my question about exhaust. A local shop wants $325 to cut at the muffler, replace it with a Magnaflow, new tips extended to the edge of the rear bumper, and everything welded back in. He claims to do good quality work and based on the pics of his work I saw they do look good. Does this seem overpriced or just about the right price for a good install?????

Any help would be appreciated and once again I can't post rims up here but contact me to see them.
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Back again. I didn't want to create a whole new topic so I am posting under this one. To update my progress, I got my new windshield, the car is now inspected, and I got my 14X6 chrome 100 spokes.
I don't know how to post my pics on this site but if anyone wants to see them I can do it through e-mail or a similar process. I'm planning to get 175/70'* or 185/ 70'* white walls.
Now for my question about exhaust. A local shop wants $325 to cut at the muffler, replace it with a Magnaflow, new tips extended to the edge of the rear bumper, and everything welded back in. He claims to do good quality work and based on the pics of his work I saw they do look good. Does this seem overpriced or just about the right price for a good install?????

Any help would be appreciated and once again I can't post rims up here but contact me to see them.
14 inch rims on a 97!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is all i have to say

imagine a bonneville body on this thing...
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use photobucket.com to host your pictures

325 seems like a major ripoff for a muffler install
I wouldn't pay half that in canadian dollars
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I'm planning to get 175/70'* or 185/ 70'* white walls..
Isn't that too narrow a tire for this particular vehicle??? Maybe I'm missing the point here. I would think you would need a 215/70 size tire.
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The lowrider look is what I am going for. The newer Bonneville is something unseen and different to the culture. I have already test fitted the rims and they clear the brakes. As far as the tire being too narrow, I don't think it would be and I figure my only lost is my speedometer readings. If I can't get a hold of some 175'* I will go with 185'*.

As for the muffler situation I figured it seemed pricey but then again I don't want to have to get more work done because of a flaw in the install. I want it to be a one time thing so I don't have to worry about it.

I just made a photobucket account. The name is 1LowBonnie.

http://photobucket.com/albums/y77/1LowBonnie/
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You have no idea what you are doing! Your transmission and lockup torque converter, abs/ traction control, and engine computer NEED to know how fast you are going, accurately! Ignition timing and fueling, idle air motor routines, transmission shift points, torque converter lock/unlock are all based on VEHICLE SPEED. You are going to have a car that shifts incorrectly, risking damage to your transmission, and it may also have driveability issues related to the engine computer not knowing your actual road speed. Your top speed will also be severely limited by running tires that are too short -- you'll hit an indicated 110 mph at probably around 75 or 80. I feel dumber for having read this post.
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One suggestion is

http://www.tirerack.com/
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