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Old 12-31-1969, 08:00 PM   #1
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I would be interested in one. Changing the rears is a PITA. How much $$$ though?
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I have found most Bonneville owners are not into spending too much money on their cars, but are willing to spend a bit at a time. I have a suspension kit that is still in the air right now but will be worked out. Any suggestions for the height you would like to see the standard drop? My kit will include all the appropriate adjustment items required to make the kit complete. I also have a company who is ready to do the suspension drop in big #* if I get the right response. I also have a sub frame unit that will be finished soon I am looking for ways to make it lighter. If there is anything you want for a Bonneville I am interested in setting up a “basic” store that brings existing products and new ones together at a reasonable price. I was thinking this way people could bring there worthy home grown products to this fickle market with ease. Any ideas? I know a few people wanting to cash in on the Bonneville market, but the research shows it is still too small to support a big store. Soooo I want to try this less risky plan first. Oh I will also be providing smooth look options for the Bonneville owner looking for that. Still on the drawing board at this time. I don’t want this to be a “me only” project I would rather collaborate to reduce cost and to maintain quality. I know of an intake unit being made by a member, I know of rear sway bars already produced, suspension components, and a lot of odds and ends. I really need some input any ideas or wish lists welcome. I can go ahead without input but I would rather this be a store with attainable units that support the Bonneville community.

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The E-mail to reach me at is [email protected] put the subject matter as Bonneville store. Thanks for any input.
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i would like drop springs for my 93 bonne. would you be making stuff for the older ones??? i wouldn't have the $$$ till summer though. prob. 1-1/2 to 2" drop

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According to my source I will be able to provide for any car using the same front struts as my 1995 Bonneville. That should be 1990-99, but correct me if I’m wrong. I was also told that the ability to accommodate other units would not be difficult. Sorry we are still figuring out cost.
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On 2002-05-01 06:38, Tamara wrote:
I don't know about 90 struts...but 89 struts were different than 95. As far as I know the whole front clip is different, because of the 95'* beefed up sport suspension/roaters/ and abs etc....
this is why the wheels off my 89 wouldn't even turn on my '95. :/
Well no matter what the guy who I am talking to is basically going to use blanks from stock rides and modify them much like the gp guys and if the 90-99 years also maintain the same rear end then we are set. It'* the options for the rear that we are currently eliminating. I know of several different ways to lower the rear and we have eliminated using a large axe. lol I will also offer a air bag unit for the lowrider look. I will try to get a better price than others but I dought it will be cheap. Basically the only mark up will be for handling and in some cases the requirement to have larger #'* on hand. Il keeps you posted. I will have a list and structure up soon so you can comment, like I said I am interested in your opinions all the way. Oh and due to my personal dilemma I will be also exploring a way to upgrade the poor old 4t60-E. I know we can swap better hard parts into it, but the issue has more to do with the shifting hydraulics. The sad part is that is where my knowledge stops so I will be getting help from a friend who is knowledgeable. This will take time, many beers, and a few bucks. He’* a busy guy and first I have to get him drunk before hell drop his hourly rate so I can afford his time. LOL

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Yes, I am making the intakes with a company which will be out during the summer. Secondly sway bars are only made for the earlier bonneville'* not the later one'* like mine. I plan on getting the equipment and making custom way bars for my car and if other people would like I will do it for them also.

Suspension is basically using the Grand Prix'* lowering springs (I am just going to do trial and error to see if they fit or not) but no matter what put some adjustable Koni inserts into my stock struts which will help alot. But if you are going to make springs that will surely fit, get a drop of like 1-1.5 inches. I would prefer 1.5-2 inches to better fit the rubber inside the wheel well.

I am also going to look into subframe connectors also. Alot of this stuff will be debuting in the summer as we (Angry Duck Racing and myself) test it on my car and see how it responds.

Also a engine brace with a new strut tower bar is in the works. So if you want to make the store go for it, since parts will be coming out for the Bonneville since I will be working with Angry Duck Racing to make them.

One other thought was that I could do the Koni adjustable conversion for much less than the $750 the GPStore is asking for. Let me know if you guys are interested in that also and I will talk to Angry Duck Racing about it.
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speedyguy: How do you plan on offering lowering capabilities for those of us who have the adjustable air suspension in the rear. I have spoke with a custom suspension company and they said the only way to do that is to either downgrade, or install a custom air suspension all around. It sounds hella-cool, but its $2K-$3K. Granted, it'll let me drop my car til it hits the ground, or the tires hit the wheelwells.


Because of the financial commitment of most Bonneville owners it would have to be a "down" grade. Now if you want lowering capability and to use air there has been many air shock options out there for a while and you are right when you say it could cost up to 2-3k. As for the airbag system and performance, well the bag systems out there, even the best units do not mix with performance needs. I was hoping to offer both. I want these endeavors to actually be purchasable and be reliable. I don't think the Bonneville after market will show the support numbers until there is more attention to the merits of the vehicle and that cannot be done unless there is a large number with good clean mods. What came first chicken or the egg? I was also thinking a site store would be an option, but I want to first see the reaction. LOL so far the number of people actually contacting me regarding the store from two of the biggest Bonneville sites has totaled 5. I know once I create a pretty front and show a finished product that it may change a bit, but the fact is this will be a slow change and Bonneville owners "don’t" spend big money. Over 1000.00 us. So a bolt on sub frame connection kit, anti sway bars, ram air retrofit kit and a few other goodies is what will fly at first. And a very few will buy a lowering kit even if you can buy in stages. To lower a GP is 1200.00-1700.00 and that’* the parts. I think I can do it alot cheaper, but we will see. I am also thinking of other vehicles to pull into the mix so there is more financial support. Any ideas on other H body vehicles that would be suited to the same mods. I don’t plan on getting phat on this endeavor so I will share as much information as possible.

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I also think it would be a good idea for bonnevilleclub.com to offer a store inside the forum. It won't sell anything, but it will offer a complete list of parts and modifications available and then direct the buyer to the maker.
What sort of store function would you like to see? Would it be better to place the store in a different section of the site, or would you rather see it as a forum? I'm always open to adding functions to the site.
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I also think it would be a good idea for bonnevilleclub.com to offer a store inside the forum. It won't sell anything, but it will offer a complete list of parts and modifications available and then direct the buyer to the maker.
What sort of store function would you like to see? Would it be better to place the store in a different section of the site, or would you rather see it as a forum? I'm always open to adding functions to the site.
I think this site design is perfect and a separate store area would be awesome. It looks like Michael has the 99 covered and I am sure between the two of us we can come up with a suspension that is good and affordable. I will try and have some #'* for next week. As for the undercarriage do you know if there are many differences between the different years of Bonneville’*? Once again, a store on this site would be perfect. I was thinking of something with a basic menu down the left and I was going to make a logo using a picture of all the different looking Bonneville’* from 90-99 from the front in a semi circle or in a row on an angle. Just what I was going to do. See what other ideas come up.
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