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Old 05-04-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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hey guys! i have a couple questions for u brainiacs....
i have an 02 ssei with stock suspension but i am worried that my back shocks/air bags are shot. when parked i push on the rear with little effort and it easily bounces...more then twice..i like to say 3 or 4 times b4 settling back to normal..even on the interstate goin about 65mph if i hit a smooth dip on the road the back seems to bounce 3-5 times before settling. i hear no odd noises or see any lub leaks that say they are shot. is there any way to tell if they r shot without takin it to a shop or is that how my shocks are supposed to be?i cannot remember how they we when i bought the car.

2nd....i also have the stock tire size on the car and im lookin to buy some new tires but would like a smaller profile to fit the stock wheels...any suggestions on how low i can go before i affect my ride i have 235/55/17...lookin to get 235/45/17 is this ok?

3rd...for u guys who put aftermarket mufflers on an 02 ssei...what exact muffler type should i have put on...i have the brand i already want i just dont know what type of inlet outlet i should use....any help is great help thanks fellas.

ps..an update on my mods...i install my k&n fwi my new pcm and 180 degree t-stat and smaller pulley...only thing i didnt install yet is the plugs and wires which will b in soon..runs great..i feel the power all the way thru...great mods. any other little mods i can add to improve power please let me know (wut size injectors..etc
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hey guys! i have a couple questions for u brainiacs....
i have an 02 ssei with stock suspension but i am worried that my back shocks/air bags are shot. when parked i push on the rear with little effort and it easily bounces...more then twice..i like to say 3 or 4 times b4 settling back to normal..even on the interstate goin about 65mph if i hit a smooth dip on the road the back seems to bounce 3-5 times before settling. i hear no odd noises or see any lub leaks that say they are shot. is there any way to tell if they r shot without takin it to a shop or is that how my shocks are supposed to be?i cannot remember how they we when i bought the car.

2nd....i also have the stock tire size on the car and im lookin to buy some new tires but would like a smaller profile to fit the stock wheels...any suggestions on how low i can go before i affect my ride i have 235/55/17...lookin to get 235/45/17 is this ok?

3rd...for u guys who put aftermarket mufflers on an 02 ssei...what exact muffler type should i have put on...i have the brand i already want i just dont know what type of inlet outlet i should use....any help is great help thanks fellas.

ps..an update on my mods...i install my k&n fwi my new pcm and 180 degree t-stat and smaller pulley...only thing i didnt install yet is the plugs and wires which will b in soon..runs great..i feel the power all the way thru...great mods. any other little mods i can add to improve power please let me know (wut size injectors..etc
Those shocks are gone. That'* wayyy too much bouncing, especially while driving.

Don't go low pro on the stock wheels. You'll loose a decent amount of ride quality AND throw your speedo out of whack. Also, wheel gap is ugly. The only time you want to go a lower profile is when you increase rim size to keep everything aligned properly(steering, speedo, no rub).

For the exhaust, go offset in, center out.
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Thanks Mouse..that'* really good info....do u have any suggestions on what kind of shocks I should get without payin an arm and leg...or is it easier to have the air ride fixed?....

I'm also thinking about magnoflow mufflers but I saw somethin called a glassback or glasspack...is there a difference in the two sound wise,performance wise?would I need any extra attachment for the glasspack?
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Thanks Mouse..that'* really good info....do u have any suggestions on what kind of shocks I should get without payin an arm and leg...or is it easier to have the air ride fixed?....

I'm also thinking about magnoflow mufflers but I saw somethin called a glassback or glasspack...is there a difference in the two sound wise,performance wise?would I need any extra attachment for the glasspack?
Well there are a couple different rear shock setups you can purchase. Some that allow for the auto-filling with the current system, or ones that allow for a manual fill. It'* up to you. I myself would walk into an O'Reilly or Advance and tell them I need new rear shocks for (year/make/model) and go from there.

What sound are you going for? If you're going for the ricer sound Magnaflow/Flowmasters will fit that bill. They sound decent to good at idle, but start sounding like a pissed off bee once the RPM'* start to climb. If you want a more mellow, and less raspy sound then I suggest the mufflers I have. Thrush Turbo'*.

Also, you don't need a glass pack. It won't do anything for you at all. Glass packs are for old cars that aren't running catalytic converters.
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That sounds like a plan to me..there'* an advanced right down the street. So how does ur thrush sound at high rpm? Is more throatier then stock ssei or about the same...I'm not sure if I wanna sound like an angry bee..I want to sound better then those civics and other 4cylinders out there....I told told any muffler I get would sound awsome cause of the mods I put it but I rather ask the experts then some guy walkin down the street playin his need for speed on his ps3 or wutever
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That sounds like a plan to me..there'* an advanced right down the street. So how does ur thrush sound at high rpm? Is more throatier then stock ssei or about the same...I'm not sure if I wanna sound like an angry bee..I want to sound better then those civics and other 4cylinders out there....I told told any muffler I get would sound awsome cause of the mods I put it but I rather ask the experts then some guy walkin down the street playin his need for speed on his ps3 or wutever
[yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yymUAq_CwUQ[/yt]

That'* my car from a cold startup.

[yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4dhrcSHP-w&start=35[/yt]

This is YoungGunLS1'* Bonneville SLE with the same exhaust from a roll. This should give you an idea of the sound from idle all the way up.
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Sounds pretty good thanks alot
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will replacing the stock 02ssei shocks with aftermarket ....let'* say monroe standard shocks without any air assist alter my ride for the worse with my car? I don't have a lot of money to work with and I really don't want future problems with my compressor or air shocks in the future..this is making want to swap the ssei stock shocks with some type of spring loaded or performance shock from autozone or advanced. Any pros and cons,yes or no'* or any better suggestion for a guy who'* layed off on unemployment who really needs the back end to stop bouncing its *** off?

(Example is when I pop my trunk and I jus casually sit on the back..the car drops considerably. I weigh n at about 165lbs. When I get up u see a prett big difference in the recoil.it does this if car is running or not.)
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If I remember correctly there isn't a huge price difference. Go to the store and ask for prices.

I think somebody on here was talking about they got both for under $80. I could be talking out of my *** though.
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Is your compressor working at all?
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