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Old 05-18-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Okay, thanks are in order for the entire club. This site has help me accomplish some task that would otherwise be impossible for me and my knowledge of cars. I was able to over the weekend change my valve cover gaskets and install the auto dimming mirror I picked up from the junkyard. I'm going to sit back and admire my work once I complete the details( lost one of the screws to the front valve cover , and not sure if it will be worth it to hook the green wire to the reverse). Anyway, I will probably go to the yard and see what'* left of the 97 SSEi, hopefully I can get the rear sway bar if it does not require an extraordinary effort. What all should I get in order to make the swap? And what would you rate the difficulty level of the job? I have had so much fun working on this car it has become an obession. Hopefully I will be able to get money together soon for a paint job, She looks like a bag of Skittles at the moment.
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Okay, thanks are in order for the entire club. This site has help me accomplish some task that would otherwise be impossible for me and my knowledge of cars. I was able to over the weekend change my valve cover gaskets and install the auto dimming mirror I picked up from the junkyard. I'm going to sit back and admire my work once I complete the details( lost one of the screws to the front valve cover , and not sure if it will be worth it to hook the green wire to the reverse). Anyway, I will probably go to the yard and see what'* left of the 97 SSEi, hopefully I can get the rear sway bar if it does not require an extraordinary effort. What all should I get in order to make the swap? And what would you rate the difficulty level of the job? I have had so much fun working on this car it has become an obession. Hopefully I will be able to get money together soon for a paint job, She looks like a bag of Skittles at the moment.
Glad everyone was such a help.

On the swaybar issue, make sure you get the CENTER links. Not just the ones on the hubs (rear a-arms). That bar is a larger diameter, so get the links and bushings that hold the bar under the body.

DON'T do just the rear bar. You'll get funky handling, and you'll regret it. Do the front and rear at the same time.

Same bushing rule applies to the front bar. You need the larger diameter bushings.

Use Energy Suspension Endlink kits from Autozone (CHEAP) for both the front and rear bars. Sombeody link him to the topic in 92-99? I'm drunk out of my gourd.
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Thanks Will. Been searchin the site and found some good info but still unsure, so I will probably take everything I can get my grimey hands on that looks like it might be important. The front bars aren't available because they completely sawed off the front half of the car, so I'll get the rear if I can a wait until I find a front end donor. I have had some good look at the yard lately, but 96-99 are scarce and SSEi even rarer. That why I'm trying to grab all I can.

Also, aren't the fronts like super difficult?
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Front'* aren't any more difficult than the rear if you do it on ramps instead of jackstands. You want weight ON wheels, but room to maneuver underneath.

Most SSE'* from 92-95 will also have the same heavy front bar.
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Great, there are two of those at yard for sure. I'll be there. I put the alcohol and band aids in the bonny, from other threads looks and sounds like a knuckle buster. Wish I could take my wingman but he'* underage(2)
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you know what really prevents busted knuckes, gloves, I swear, they take a bit to get used to, but I HATE ripping my hands open, it sucks LOL
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DON'T do just the rear bar. You'll get funky handling, and you'll regret it. Do the front and rear at the same time.
I disagree, any chassis with a great aftermarket has rear only options for a reason. Factory cars are setup very "safe" and do not steer as well as they could. GTO, GP, corvette, smaller cars, all have a very high proportion of people modifying their cars do just the rear instead of both.

After driving with the front only upgraded, i know exactly what the effects of stiffening the rear bar only are like. They are not "funky" by any means.
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On a front wheel drive car, doing the rear only should help fight understeer ... correct?
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