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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 12:19 PM
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Ok so after I put my headers in, i want my next mod to be a full suspension rebuild. I wanna do it all...springs, shocks, sway bars, whole front end, bump stops, everything and anything ...bodybushings you name it i want it. So I have two questions:
1) is there somewhere I can get a full package deal on everything I want, which is everything?
2) Can anyone give me some opinions on what would be the best parts to get?

I dont use the SS for autocross, its my daily driver and I occasionally go to the track. I just want a smooth, quiet, non bumpy ride, and I want to be able to occassionally take curves posted at 35, doin 70 with out the feel of roll. Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 01:33 PM
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 01:47 PM
fro SS
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Bilstein 1104/929 shocks (
Hotchkis/Vogtland 1" lowering springs
HA/HO or Hotchkis sway bars (Hotchkis work great with the springs for street application)
GW lower trailing arms (replace rubber bushings with new OEM bushings for uppers)
ZQ8 bump stops (Dal)
Energy/PST body mount bushings
Extreme Duty Front End rebuild kit (PPM)

That, IMHO, is a great all around setup.
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 01:59 PM
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You are asking a lot of questions in one sentence so I will try to answer them as best as I can.

Springs- What are your goals. stock height, lowered, firmer, same spring rates? reduce sagging, increase spring rates. Many options from stock to aftermarket.

Shocks- Monroe severe service for the budget minded or blisteins.

Sway bars- price range? For the budget you can go f body front and ho/ha rear. Or you could buy a kit that has front and rear bars. Or keep your stockers and put new endlink and bushings up front if your cheap.

Rear lower control arms- BMR are the cheapest but no matter what its a good upgrade and just about mandatory with aftermarket bars to prevent the mounts from ripping through the lca.

Body Bushings- Do a search on body bushings and you will find multiple lists of part numbers of what people are using. You can replace the missing lowers only, replace all lowers, or go all out and replace uppers and lowers.

Front suspension- Try Zack at the previous link posted for the super front end rebuild kit. He currently has them on sale.

Bumpstops- use ZQ8 (2) 15956547, $7.65 x 2 = $15.30. Order from Dal / dealer.

That should put a nice dent in your wallet.
Here is what I am doing and I am on a tight budget. my setup

I would recommend doing a search on each part you want to replace and determine your budget. That will ultimately decide whether you will factory replace everything or upgrade to aftermarket.

If you want more part numbers or information I have been gathering it much over the past month.

post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 03:22 PM
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Thanks for the replies fellas, this has pointed me in the right direction. Thanks again.
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 08:08 PM
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Yes, use Zack at Power Performance, he takes good care of us LISST members! You probably met him at Drag Day this year.
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 08:26 PM
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As a matter of fact i did meet him.. He was doin a live infomercial for me. At the time my suspension wasn't squeakin as bad as it is now, so I was listening but I wasn't listening . Cool guy tho, I will definitely give him a call and see whats up, cuz the squeaks are annoying and a little unnerving.
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