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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 12:26 PM
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I need to basically redo my front end and I don't know what to get. I don't want to autocross but I'd like something better than stock. I have searched the susp. topics but haven't found what I need. Anyone out there have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 12:31 PM
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Do you mean redo your front end in the "it being worn out" sense, or just some handling upgrades?

I would start with making sure all the ball joints, steering linkages, end links, and tie rods are all in good condition. That alone made a nice improvement when I did it.

Then you might want to look into some quality shocks and maybe springs to tighten up the suspension, only you didnt say if you wanted to lower it.

I didnt want to autocross either, so I went with the Hotchkis setup. It's a little stiff, but very spirited and fun to drive!

After that you may want to look into all the diff combinations out there of sway bars. But you didnt mention the rear.

I know bushings will also improve handling if your are worn. I havent touched most of mine yet. I am kind of worried about the squeaks that I read about.
What is it you are looking to improve exactly?
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 08:04 PM
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Yeah I guess I didn't give enough info. I have the lowering springs already and the bilstein(sp) shocks. When I'm driving over 50 and going around a sweeping right, the right front tire does a little dance and I can feel it in the floorboards. I figure with 160,000 on the front end, parts should probably be replaced and I don't want to do it part by part, I just want to get it over with. The main question is as far as parts, what should I get? ACDelco? Moog? some other manuf. that I haven't heard about yet? I just want to do it right. Thanks in advance.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 11:23 PM
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A Moog problem-solver idler is a good idea, but otherwise I replaced the whole front end with factory GM, and am happy with what it gave me. A long day of wrenching got it in. Just buy the whole arms with bushings already installed and be done with it.
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 12:47 AM
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Check out Bill's write up on this...
https://www.impalassforum.com/cgi-bin...&f=16&t=001215

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 01:01 AM
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Check out our website for some front end rebuild options:

www.PowerPerformanceMotorsports.com
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 01:08 AM
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Originally posted by Fr. Buick:
A Moog problem-solver idler is a good idea, Just buy the whole arms with bushings already installed and be done with it.
Now come on, Where's your spirit of rebuilding Buying 4 New control arms is going to set you back at least $400.00 Or more You can get a complete front end rebuild kit and a new Center link and Tie rod Couplers for that Much from Performance Suspension . The Moog Problem Solver idler arm is Inc in the Kit Also! ( Make sure you ask for it If/When you are ordering). The kit includes the Black polyurethane "Energy Suspension" bushings for all locations and I've not had a Squeek out of any of Them! The Kit also includes the Rear Control arm bushings As Well! I Used them in the Lower postion but put New factory rubber bushings in the uppers. Total cost on my Kit from them was $359.00. I'm not gonna say I Had fun R/R The bushings but their are many good write ups here on the forum that details how to do it. If your control arms are not bent or damaged, Why replace Them? Replacing the ball joints is easier than the bushings! Follow the FSM Instructions on the Drill bit size and Depth to use for removing the Upper ball joint rivets. Go to your local Autozone and rent a Ball Joint press (It's free when you take it back). If you dont want to use Poly Bushings, I Would definetly follow Bill Harpers Parts list in the link above!
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 05:34 AM
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SoFast, would the Performance Polygraphite Super Front End Kit have everything I need or is there more that's not in the kit?
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 11:09 AM
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SoFast, would the Performance Polygraphite Super Front End Kit have everything I need or is there more that's not in the kit?
You just need a centerlink and everything else is provided. I just finished mine last weekend and it feels good! You will need to have the A Arm bushing pressed in tho. I did mine over the course of a week. Spent a sunday removing and the next sunday reinstalling while I had the bushings pressed in during the week. I just got the car back from the alignment shop this morning and it feels good!
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 11:56 AM
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thanks GB. last question, is there any advantage or noticible difference using tubular control arms.
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