Careful buying the SS shocks these days because they have changed. The set I bought in 18 were not the same shocks I bought in 12. Same part numbers, same markings but the rear shocks are black and I don’t care what it said on them they are NOT severe service shocks. Yellow shocks in front are stiff, those black things on the rear are bouncy like a standard Monroe shock.
If you buy them and they aren’t yellow, send em back.
So a quick update. I have managed to install all brand new trw and delco steering components. So new idler arm, center link, inner and outer tie rods and new adjuster sleeves. This helped tighten the steering up immediately.
my buddy’s air compressor gave up the ghost, so that prevented us from removing the front shocks, and as a result the lower control arms. Whomp whomp.
i also discovered that the factory sway bar end links had snapped on one side, and then I broke the other one (which was easy to do because it was pretty corroded).
I upgraded all 4 wheels to pro comp flat black 7069 aluminum 17x9 wheels. I have brand new Nitto nt555r 255/50/17’s up front, and I installed nt555r 275/50R17’s in the rear. Due to the fact that my body is apparently cockeyed on the frame, the pass side rear tire is uncomfortably close to the fender lip, and it does rub (and scrape the sidewall a bit) during athletic maneuvers or off camber turns.
i ordered the 9C1 center caps with the acorn lugnuts for the pro comps, but I didnt realize that the centercaps had tabs on them that fit into holes in the 9c1 wheels. I am going to have to either have my wheels drilled for the tabs, or else I will grind the tabs off so that the caps just mount flush on the face of the pro comps.
the pro comps are really made for Jeep wranglers, so the center caps for the front wheels didnt fit because of the length of the spindle, so for now they are just sticking through the front.
i ordered a brand new Hellwig 1 3/8” tubular bar up front and installed it. Holy mother what a difference in handling. Between the wheel and tire upgrade, refreshing the steering, and the hellwig bar, Its now as good as my stock marauder was.
I still have to do my tubular lower control arms, new delco stock uppers, moog 5660 springs, and As I mentioned, I ended up ordering the Monroe Severe service shocks front and rear after reading quite alot of positive reviews on them.
I do have some concerns after reading a couple of the posts above. I went ahead and opened the boxes to inspect the shocks. They have the right part number, they have severe service stamped on the body of the shock, but they are definitely black. Do they still make the yellow ones, and the thought is that I have some sort of manufacturing mistake lower model shock? Or was there a design change where they changed the spec of the shock as well as the color and now they just aren’t as good?
I just bought a set of Impala SS rear springs on the advice of Fred and Navy Lifer.
since I am already having a rubbing issue because of the rear dog legging, I am going to wait to install them until I do my new ES Black Body Bushings. I got the regular Caprice kit with the missing lower cushions, but I have a plan when I install them to solve the lower cushion problem that will allow me to use the lower duroneter base caprice ES body bushings, but solve the missing lower cushion (basically loose bolt issue), I will post pics when I i stall them. I saw where people were just able to manhandle the body onto the correct position on the frame with a crowbar when they loosened the body bushings, so hopefully that will solve that issue.
pics of the current status/mods below, more updates to follow.