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Old 05-01-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
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I purchased a 2002 ssei and drove it for about 9 months and then gave it to my wife (a long story). I put my 92 se back on the road, but just cant get used to its softer ride compaired to the 02. Is there something I can do to stiffen the ride? I did replace the shocks/struts about 6 years a go at a local shop with Monroe Nitrogen filled shocks/struts. When am going around a bend or traveling at high speeds and hit a bump in the road, the car just seems a bit unstable. It floats, or rolls left and right.

I am not the mechanic type and assume there are other components other than the shocks/struts than contribute to the type of soft ride I am experiencing? Bottom line, is there something I can do to the 92 se to stiffen things up so it rides more like my 02 bonnie rather than my father'* Olsdmobile? Or is this just the nature of the 92 se.

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have you checked your sway bars? and the linkage? I noticed that since my linkage broke, it hasnt handled quite as good, you can also get stiffer bars and bushings for the linkage
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I had a sway bar replaced about 2 years ago. It make a huge difference.
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Front or rear? Other possibilties include getting SSEi springs put on, if you can find a set somewhere.
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i remember reading that someone on the club has run spring rubbers like nascar.
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Me.

They're not a practical solution. We have progressive coils, uneven coil spacing. And the rubbers come out when the springs unload entering a parking lot or over a speed bump. Ideally, I'd like to get my hands on some REAL NASCAR spring rubbers, that run the full circumference of the coil, but over time, that will put more stress on the unsupported coils and shorten their life.

With my upgraded struts and swaybar endlinks, I LOVE my more responsive ride, and can't really think of any other improvements I'd like to try.

Struts and springs are the best route to take, with an upgrade in the swaybars.
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I had the front sway bar replaced. Will the Ssei springs fit on the se, and if so, what years are interchangable?
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I would assume 92-99 SSEi springs will fit with out modification.
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Doing just the front swaybar will leave the car imbalanced. Front springs will fit from any 92-95 SSE or SSEi for certain.

Do the rear swaybar too, and don't bother with springs if you don't do the struts. It'* self-defeating. Basically all or nothing, or you might not be pleased with the result. Damemorder and BonneMeMn are either done or nearly done with the same conversion.
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If you're going to do one swaybar do the rear. The car will turn in better then both, but it might feel irregular to someone at first.

The front only will cause the car to feel like it'* going to pickup the rear inside wheel when turning hard. Get endlinks and sway bars if you want to kill roll, springs should be chosed based vehicle weight, height (drop springs or not) and such. Stiffening the ride to hell to stop roll is the wrong way to approach this. Euro cars are setup with great sway bars and good (not stiff) springs.
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