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Old 08-11-2006, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default Energy susp. Endlinks going on today!

I've finally just plain given up on finding a set of FE2 swaybars and springs. I've tried the local salvage yards, I've tried the "wanted" forum here, I've tried the junkyarders here, I've tried buying them from a member parting-out an SSEi (parts got lost by FedEx), and I'm just tired of waiting. I've wanted to do the FE2 sways, springs, and I was going to add the ELC components and struts too, along with new endlinks. But I encountered failure after failure trying to get the sways and springs, so I finally just decided to go ahead and have the endlinks installed.

I might revisit the idea of better suspension someday, but it'* just been too frustrating, having PMs and forum posts ignored after getting offers to sell FE2 parts. I hope the endlinks add a bit of firmness, at least those parts were available at Autozone.

I'll have a full report and pics when I get it back.
It'* back in the shop for power steering pump, I apparently got a bad one a couple weeks ago.
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Sorry to hear of your frustrations on the FE2 suspension, but the endlinks willl help. IIRC, you are in California, correct? Southern or Northern?

If you want, I will make sure to let you know if I find any in the junkyards, here. Maybe we can meet up in California on one of my trips out to my brothers house for delivery.
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Thanks for the kind offer! Yes, I'm in CA, smack dab in the *.F. Bay Area, west side of the bay, anywhere from SF to San Jose are my daily whereabouts. Yes, I'll gladly keep open the plan to upgrade someday if I can ever collect the parts. Keep your eyes open at the yards, and let me know if you find any!

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Eagerly awaiting your opinion of the "after" result

Is it better?
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I really *really* wanted to report something other than "I totally can't tell any difference" . . .

. . .but. . .

. . . I really can't. I think part of this has to do with my original endlinks were not broken or failing in any meaningful way. I know the polyurethane should be stiffer than the factory endlinks' rubber, so there should be a corresponding stiffening and less roll at the endlinks themselves. Now this very well may be the case, without being perceptable to me from behind the wheel. Then again, I haven't been doing any slaloms in the car!

I will say this for it: Upgrading to the Energy Susp. endlinks certainly won't be any worse. But presuming that they are stiffer, I just can't feel it from behind the wheel. :(

We've certainly seen our share of endlinks that are *TRASHED* if not completely broken and snapped, so it'* a worthy upgrade even if you don't feel a difference, simply from a standpoint of preventive maintenance.
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I really *really* wanted to report something other than "I totally can't tell any difference" . . .

. . .but. . .

. . . I really can't. I think part of this has to do with my original endlinks were not broken or failing in any meaningful way. I know the polyurethane should be stiffer than the factory endlinks' rubber, so there should be a corresponding stiffening and less roll at the endlinks themselves. Now this very well may be the case, without being perceptable to me from behind the wheel. Then again, I haven't been doing any slaloms in the car!

I will say this for it: Upgrading to the Energy Susp. endlinks certainly won't be any worse. But presuming that they are stiffer, I just can't feel it from behind the wheel. :(

We've certainly seen our share of endlinks that are *TRASHED* if not completely broken and snapped, so it'* a worthy upgrade even if you don't feel a difference, simply from a standpoint of preventive maintenance.
At least ya got bragging rights now Guess its good that your old ones were still OK.
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Bugsi.... Did you do the rear too?

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and how much do they cost?
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Yes, I did the rear too, using the same Energy Susp. kit that everyone else used, plus the #8 bolt from Lowe'* and stainless steel nylock nuts.

As for what they cost, I don't recall, they're at Autozone, something like $15 for the front kit, and similar for the kit and hardware store bolts that you make the rear from.

It'* all covered in this thread:
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...pic.php?t=5791
(skip to fourth page for parts list.)
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