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Old 09-15-2007, 02:07 AM   #1
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And this has left me to Ponder.
I already have the car cover on the way, once the car is parked, it won't move until March. So I have time to gather parts and pieces to make it that much better.
This year I would like to improve the ride/handling of the car.
My endlinks on all four corners are already new Energy suspension, so I am not to worried about those right now.
I want to lose the CCR. I would like to upgrade to a good quick responding strut, such as the Sensetrack, I had those in my 93 for two days before it was hit, and I liked them. However, I want to go one step further on this car, I would like to replace the springs, shes getting to be a fairly high mileage car (95,000 miles) and I am sure its about time. I want it to be a bit more stiff than it is now, currently, its pretty soft in turns/bumps and the like.
I also want to replace all the ball joints, tie rod ends and possibly Control arm bushings.
The rear suspension stuff is easy, I can do all that myself, for the stuff up front I would take it to a good local shop who I already have in mind. I just want it to feel more like a new car again.
Anyone have anything to add to this? Brands to reccommend?
I would like the ride height to remain stock, so I might just get GM springs....
I was thinking MOOG for the ball joints/tie rod ends?
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For a very noticeable change just do the rear springs first. To save bucks, do as Bill did and simply put rubber blockers in them so they don't compress much. The new firmer struts should take care of the fronts. If you can find a bigger front/rear sway bars, do that instead of stiffer springs. Another trick is cutting half a coil out of the front springs to lower it an inch and stiffer about 10%.
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Won't cutting the coils mess things up since they have a progressive spring rate?
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Won't cutting the coils mess things up since they have a progressive spring rate?
I think it would have the same effect that lowering springs have on the GP crowd. That being the "Pogo" thing I've heard about.

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After a bit of reasearch I dont think I will cut the springs, I think I would rather just get MOOG stock replacement along with struts, ball joints and tie rod ends...then a damned good alignment.
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