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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 08:46 AM
sniperside
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i want to lower my impy mostly for appearance and handling and i know that i'll have to sacrifice some ride comfort. Should i invest in the Intrax ($289 @ NAISSO) or the ST spring ($164 @ jcwhitney)?

(i am aware that both spring fall out int he back if the car is raise so that's not a concern as of now)
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 10:16 AM
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SamzSS, I'm getting ready to buy the Intrax springs for my SS. I'm assuming Intrax only makes one set for the SS. Summit Racing has them for $189.95 (P/N INT-25-1-006). I don't know why they are so much more at NAISSO. If there's a difference between the NAISSO and Summit ones, I don't know.
If you have any replacement tips for doing the springs, I'd appreciate the info. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 11:03 AM
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I have installed intrax's springs on my 96 Imp. Ride is fine, of course a bit stiff, but the handling and road feel is definetly an improvement over stock. The advertised drop is 2" , but I found ~1.6 in the front and ~1.8 in the rear. Here are a few pictures of them installed, see if you like this stance.


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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 12:39 PM
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Maveric, unless i'm mistaken, the intrax springs from summit are the same ones as naisso (due to the fact that intrax only has one kind of spring for our late body impalas). as far as tips, i believe www.b-body.net has some infromative guildlines to help make the installations go smoothly.

Iridante, the stance on your bbb is a absolutely great but i can swear that my dggm has virtually the same stance with front stock tires and 285 pontezas in the rear (approx 1 inch drop after tire was installed). i have stock springs all the way around with 50k on 'em.

i was looking to drop a bit lower and i noticed that the ST have a 2in drop with even a lower position after a few month of the car "compressing" the springs. (i like the fairly lowered look)

nobody seems to recommend the ST's and i'm getting a feeling that there might be something wrong with them. (other than the springs falling out everytime the suspension is not compressed)
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 01:18 PM
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My '94 w/ Intrax is lower in the front than Iridante's. The rear would be lower than what it is, but the springs have got some Air-Lift bags in them which make it a little higher than what it should be.

My '95 also has the Intrax springs and is lower in the rear and about the same (maybe a little higher) in the front than the '94. It also has an odd lean to it (RF higher than LF / RR lower than LR). I've heard that some '95's may have slightly tweaked frames from the jig they were made on from the factory. The DGGM might be one of those cars.

The height will also be affected by whether or not the springs are properly indexed in the control arms, what position the bushings were when stuff was tightened down upon reinstalling, etc. No two cars are the same.




post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-12-2002, 02:37 PM
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I've got the ST's on my SS and absolutely LOVE the stance, performace, and handling. They do require some "care" when lifting the car, but what trouble there is is easily forgotten zooming around corners! The Vette and Porsche owners have new respect for the "Police Car / Taxi" after I smoked quite a few through the cones at some local auto-x's!

They advertise 2" drop, but mine seemed like more. I wished I would have measured before / after, but didn't. We DID have to pull up on the fenders to get it off the frame lift afterwards!

Check out the sig. pic below.

(Iridante email me for SS activities in the NE FL area.)
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 04:17 AM
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Im running STs in front and Eibachs in the rear.
The pics of Impalas that i had seen with the STs looked like the rear was loaded down so i keept the Eibachs.
It is normal to have a small difference in hight between sides(from what i have read). I think mine is about a 1/4 inch or so.
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 08:31 AM
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thanks for all the inputs fellows. So i guess my best bet would be to buy a set of ST's for $83.95 per axle @ JCWhitney. Thanks again.
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 10:28 AM
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Nice Car CloakedSS I was wondering if your windows were tinted and what kind of tint that was? It also looks like you are running a lower profile tire. I have 245/45 on my car and would love to lower my car with the ST springs to fill up the wheel well better. I have to say again you have a Ssweet looking car dude. DeSSmond.
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 12:23 PM
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Nice cars everyone. My .02 on this (take it for what it's worth, I have no experience with lowering springs) is that the Hotchkis may be worth looking into.
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