<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Does it make any noticable improvement in the handling, driving or braking?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Guess I'd answer this two ways :
- <LI>Will it help versus stock components? Yes
<LI>Will it help versus components of similar construction, but stock length (i.e. aftermarket arms, but stock length)? Nope. The added wheelbase hurts, plus it throws off things like spring and shock angles in back.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>If not, I would just install new bushings in the stock arms.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
VERY bad idea.
The stock arms suck for 2 reasons :
- <LI> The bushings are mush<LI>The more important reason : the arms themselves are made out of flimsy material. You can TWIST them with your BARE HANDS! Once you get them out of the car, it's gonna scare you how cheesy they really are!
Not to mention, aftermarket bars in stock lower arms is an accident waiting to happen. They pull the bolts thru the arms.
"Boxing" the arms only helps marginally : you're still stuck with the junk material on the rest of the arms, and those bolts holding the swaybars in WILL deform the bolt holes on the top of the arms in time.
If you're looking to stay stock length, go with an arm (ANY of the aftermarket control arms for the SS qualifies) with better construction.
For bars, two directions I'd look :
- <LI>For "all out" handling (but giving up some ride), go with the F-body front bar and HO Enterprises rear bar. Downside is the car gets VERY neutral with this setup, and extra caution is needed when driving in "less than ideal" conditions<LI>Hotchkis bars : not quite as much all-out handling, but a very nice improvement over stock. Well constructed bars, look great. Bit more biased towards understeer, so "safer" in less than ideal conditions.
Hope this helps. Look around on the Forum some for some more ideas.