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Old 04-19-2004, 09:54 PM   #1
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I just got this car I am still getting use to some things about it, but one thing I dislike about it the most is my cornering ability or lack there of.... (see sig for what I'm used to cruising with ). Anyway, I was wondering what fits a SLE and what you guys would recommend in terms of springs, sway bars, strut tower braces, diagonal braces. Thanks.
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When I installed aftermarket sway bars, I gave the rear one to someone I knew with a SE(which don't have rear bars). He couldn't believe the difference when he installed it. I'm assuming that the SLE has the rear bar so adding a stock one isn't an option. You can do as I did and install the aftermarket bars but be forewarned that the front one is a real bear to install.
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Ty at http://www.domesticperformance.com can help you out with sway bars and drop kits. He has a race suspension that will really stiffin the ride for you. You could also increase your wheel diameter and lower the profile that would help?
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These cars corner pretty good (imo) for their size & weight with stock set up. (front & rear stabilizers)
Not familiar with diagonal braces, and where they fit in.
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well im still fairly new to this site....i thought i'd shoot this question pass you guys....im planning on putting 20" rims on my ssei and was wondering if it would somehow be possible for me to adjust my rear suspension to counterbalance the extra weight added to the truck of my car from the 15" subwoofers? I kinda want the rear end of the car to sit up a little bit more to give it a more clean and level look?

Any suggestions???
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It should be level now, your car has electronic level control (elc) and air shocks. they should balance out no matter how many speakers you stuff in there.
If you want to pump it up even more you will need to adjust the link arm for the elc.
Heres a link to some pics and a repair description, You should be able to figure out a way to do what you want
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...&highlight=elc

note: the linkage is adjustable, arm down shocks up and vise versa.
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Your Automatic Level Control should maintain level attitude on car. It is possible to make a minor adjustment to the height sensor at the left rear control arm to raise the level in small increments.
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Does anyone know if a strut tower brace would be (a) available and (b) worthwhile for the 2000+? I saw in another post about a GXP having one. I also checked Domestic Performance and nothing doing.
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The fire wall is the strut tower brace on our cars, not much in the back struts though and no one has made one for us yet
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Lowering springs with new struts are NICE!

Smellbird walks away from me in the twisties outside of mankato, and it ain't the power holding me back.
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