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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 11:33 AM
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I am getting ready to go through my 94 BBB. I have 80k on it and it is ready for rear springs. I would like to improve the drivability of it. I want it to handle better. I have a Hotchkis engine brace coming used. Working on a slim budget what kind of advice have you got for me?

Looking at a set of 4 new springs, but do not know what the best approach is. I do not want to lower at all or very much, I like it to be a sleeper. Eibach is what I am leaning toward. Comments advice?

Looking at larger sway bars - will not pay Hotchkis prices!!! What f-body sway bar works and what else do I need. How about the rear?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 11:43 AM
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Sell the brace if you bought it for handling! It does not help handling any. It is just for cosmetics!
As for the springs, does Eibach make oem height springs? If you arent looking to lower the car, I would steer clear of them. They are lower, and in many people opinions, much worse quality than Hotchkis.

Shocks can also help a lot. Look into the Monroe severe service if you are on a budget. If you can spend ~$260, then look into the 1104/0929 Bilsteins.

As for the sway bar, I wouldnt be the one to answer. I was one of the ones who payed the high prices on Hotchkis. Yes, they were overpriced (or so it felt) but I love them.

One thing to remember: If you do add a stiffer sway bar to the rear, be sure to replace your lower control arms, or your sway bar will most likely shred right through them!

I know you are on a budget, but better to save for this stuff. It will pay off!

For a cheap, bang for the buck suspension mod, check out the ZQ8 Bump stops! Look at spending under $30 for a great item!
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 03:54 PM
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Ok... Sounds like I need to intall some bump stops very soon. And then saving up for the right suspension components. If I want the stock height should I just replace my stock springs? Or is there a good aftermarket spring?

The Hotchkis bar I bought for $50, so I cannot much complain. I will re-sell if I do not end up using. I have the SSRI, I will look into making the two work together under the hood.

Thanks for your help. Changed my signature... not to be confused I am Swinker.
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 10:18 AM
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Originally posted by BigBlackBeaSSt:
If I want the stock height should I just replace my stock springs? Or is there a good aftermarket spring?
Try searching for Global West. I am not sure, but I think they make a quality replacement spring. Just remember, the Caprice and Impala springs are not the same. The Caprice version would actually lift your car some.

FWIW, My car isnt so low on the Hotchkis springs. And they really do improve handling.
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 11:27 AM
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If budget is a concern, Start with new shocks either the Monroe Severe Service or the Stiff Bilsteins. New SS rear springs are available for about $ 80.00 each from DAl or just install the Air-Lift bags which cost about $ 80.00 for the set. They will allow you to raise the rear end and tune it with air pressure. Use individual valves so you can adjust each side seperately. Then do the ZQ8 bump stops in front and see how you like it. I would do sway bars last as new LCA's in the rear are necessary to prevent cracking around the sway bar bolts. Look for a used set of Hotchkiss bars or something similar.For end links in front you can get nice poly ones from Dal they are actualy Z-28 links and are about $ 8.00 a piece. Unless you are going to autocross or do track days I would stay away from the Global West front springs. They are Stiff!
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 08:36 PM
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Hotchkis springs run about $300 with shipping. Shocks about $260(Bilsteins). This sounds like the way to start....Lets forget the ZQ8 Bump Stops.

With modification of my heads and installing the RR, this should make her respectable.
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