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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 10:32 AM
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I have a 92 Capice no police pkg or heavy duty anything. It is a little too jumpy going thru curves for my taste. I don't seem to have holes for mounting a rear swaybar does that mean I should upgrade the rear LCA's also? Does the info I see on this site apply to my 92 caprice? Are the frames the same as the Impalas? Is it reasonable to get a rear swaybar and possibly LCA's from a 94 9c1? My friend has a taxi company and is currently changing to fords and is stripping a 94 caprice that I notice has a nice thick swaybar on it. I plan to order stiff bilstien shocks from shox.com. Should I stay away from the salvage rear sway or is it OK. How about the LCA's. At this point I love the way my car sits and I don't need to go any lower, maybe I will consider that later. I have read some very informative posts from Autocrosser, and others, (2yrs old), but I am not sure if they apply to my car. [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 04:21 PM
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yes you can use the suspension parts from a 94...LCA's and the bar...but I'd suggest at the very least putting new bushings in them and getting the front swaybar from the 9C1 as well as it's hardware too...all impala suspension goodies like aftermarket control arms and swaybars will fit. Shocks should make it less jumpy in bumpy corners...my stiff bilsteins helped my axle hop a lot.
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 05:28 PM
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Thank-you Mike454SS,
I should have located this website a couple of years ago. It's great I have a lot of reading and catching up to do, [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img] to absorb some of this info. I am going to order my 1104/0929 shocks right now. I welcome any other suggestions Guru. I would like my everyday driver to drive great and look great as well.
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 02:10 AM
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You can get a set of the second design 9C1 rear lower control arms - 10289786, New Design 9C1 Lower Rear Control Arms - for less than the cost of the bushings. Current price list: $138.82 dealer cost: $79.13

Boy, that is double what I paid two years ago. Dal should be $87 or so + shipping. This kit comes with the bolts, nuts and washers to fasten the 9C1 rear bar. Still a deal over the PITA of changing bushings.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 03:40 PM
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Terry, that sounds great. Excuse my ignorance, [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img] but I see Dal mentioned a lot in these forums. How can I contact him and get better aquainted? He sounds like someone I need to know. How late can I call him from the east coast?
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 07:09 PM
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Guys, help me out. Shox.com has the 1104/0929 shocks for $290. BMR Fabrications has complete front & back swaybar kit incl. all hardware supposedly for $330. I don't know if this is good or not. Their LCA's are $160. ??? Would My 92 Caprice everyday driver, ride better with stock or extended arms. They said something about the extended version centering the wheel, I thought it was already centered. Are these prices any good or are you guys going to give me the Dal hook-up.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 08:02 PM
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Get the stock length arms for your 92. And to say that those parts will "transform" your car handling-wise is gonna be a pretty vast understatement [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 09:29 PM
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The extended LCA is to center the wheel in the wheel well for the 1994-1996 cars. You are right, your wheel is centered on your 1992.
If you are going to stay with the 9C1 rear stabilizer bar, then the second design 9C1 LCAs are OK. If you plan to upgrade the rear stabilizer bar to something from the aftermarket, then get aftermarket, stock length, LCAs. The aftermarket bar (being much stiffer) will pull the stabilizer bolts through even the second design 9C1 arms. Someone had a photo of the results posted, and it is real ugly.

Dal
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Phone: 877-448-5451
If you have not ordered from him before, or are inquiring about prices - email him. Once you order from him, he will keep your credit card and shipping address on file and he can deal with your order swiftly over the phone, but the initial order data entry goes easier if you email him. Also the email doesn't have a time issue.
He works for VanDevere Oldsmobile in Akron, Ohio, so he is in the eastern time zone.
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 06:43 PM
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Ed, Terry,
Thank-you both, once again you have provided me with valuable information to enhance my journey into custom car modificatons. [img]smile.gif[/img] Keep the info coming and I'll keep rushing home from work to read the next episode. I'll keep you updated if your interested I have many more questions. I haven't figured out yet how to post a pic here yet, but I do have a couple of pics at:http://www.cardomain.com/member_page...page_id=393715
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 12:53 PM
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Hey Wilt -

I'm new also, but have been lurking and researching for a while now. I am soon to be a traveler on the suspension upgrade path as well. One of the things not mentioned in the responses, but probably worthy of investigating is doing the 1)body bushings and 2)idler arm upgrades. There are others who can better explain the benefits based on their own experience, but it seems that both of these are considered good "bang fo the buck" upgrades.

Paul
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