I posted this to UNYISSO on Yahoo groups...
Well, after doing lots of searching and reading over at the Impala SS
Forum, I decided that, performance wise, the Hotchkis spring and anti-
roll bar setup fits what I want.
Here are my reasons:
Progressive, but stiff springs. They start out at a rate that's
higher than stock 9C1 and end a LOT stiffer, good for loads.
They lower an SS only a little which should put my 9C1 at a very
aggressive stance which is practical but excellent performance
(taking street compromises into account).
Matched spring rates that were designed with the B-Body in mind.
Even though I am definately not against cutting the 9C1 springs, I do
prefer buying a set of 4 that was engineered as just that: a set.
The quality of the Eibachs is NOT there and considering the Hotchkis
springs are no more expensive than other brands, I think they offer
everything (for me).
Anti-roll bars...as I have said before, I am turned off to the
massive HA/HO rear bar (with it's 440% stiffer-than-stock rate) for
street driving. I need some of that understeer (just a little) for
emergencies, or when I just plain screw up. I have read that the
Hotchkis anti-roll bars offer HUGE improvements in handling and feel
over stock, but aren't over-the-top. In other words, they're ideal
for a tight handling street car, where HA/HO is more track biased.
Downside for these things is that they're so darn expensive. I think
it would be worth it, however. Hopefully, sometime this summer, I
will be able to afford both of these packages. I will run my stock
rear LCAs for a while because the stiffness of the Hotchkis is not
insane...eventually boxing or replacing them altogether.
I e-mailed several places for updated pricing and this is what I got:
at No Limits Motorsports said $230 for springs,
$400 for anti-roll bars, plus shipping from CA.
The others have not replied.
I think $230 is reasonable but $400 hurts a bit...oh well, I
personally like them better than the other solutions.
If I go to NED with the New England guys on April 27th, Paul Doe will
let me drive his 93 with cut 9C1 front springs and SS rear springs.
This will help me determine if I should cut mine or buy brand new