Kind of "floaty and loose" ride in 9C1 - Chevy Impala SS Forum
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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 08:18 AM
EricTheBald
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This car has 140k miles so naturally it's to be expected that things will be worn.

I did replace the shocks a few months ago and it did make a difference, but there's a lot of slop left.

I was wondering where y'all thought most of the rest of this slop would be, or to put it a different way, what is going to give me the best "bang for the buck" and is therefore the thing i should do first?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 09:50 AM
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The idler arm is always a culprit, and ball joints should be checked out, too.
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 05:12 PM
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Is there an aftermarket replacement for the steering components that's a big improvement over the stock pieces, or is stock replacement parts the best bet?

Same question about the A-arms.
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 06:56 PM
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I just bought a 94 9c1 about a month ago, had that same "loose" feeling -

My front end was SHOT - bushings gone, ball joints bad, tie rod ends gone, shock on 1 side broke off, etc etc etc.

Go get a front end kit from Performance Suspension or PST, however, the PST kit does not include all the stuff that performance suspension does.
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 09:34 AM
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Sometimes when you post a question you get an answer that is SO good it just makes you grin.

THANK you.

A complete kit for my front end is only $280. Just what the doctor ordered.
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 11:23 AM
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Eric, I Ordered The Same "Front End Rebuild" Kit From Performance Suspension And Just Finished Putting It In! The Kit DOES NOT Include New "Tie Rod Adjuster Clamps"" Or a New Moog Center Link. I Ordered These Also To Make The Rebuild Complete. Cost About $80.00 More For These 3 Items From Performance Suspension. I Also Called Dal And Had Him Send Me 2 New FRONT Coil Spring Isolators Since The Whole Thing Was Apart. $15.00 For These. You Only Need 2! 1 For The Top Of Each Front Coil Spring. Also, Check And See If You Have The Larger Ball Joints That Alot Of Forum Members Talk About On Here (I Believe The 9C1's Are 5/8 Instead Of 9/16). Just Tell Perf Suspension You Have a 9C1......Mike
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 01:57 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Also, Check And See If You Have The Larger Ball Joints That Alot Of Forum Members Talk About On Here (I Believe The 9C1's Are 5/8 Instead Of 9/16). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Note that only the 96 (and a few LATE 95) 9C1s got the 5/8" balljoints from the factory. All 94 and most 95 9C1s got the same 9/16" balljoints as the Civie Caprice, SS, Roadmaster, etc.
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 03:04 PM
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Can I upgrade to the larger Balljoints in my 92 Custom Cruiser? If so, Do the control arms need to be modified?

Does Performance Suspension and PST both use poly graphite bushings? I know PST does, Not sure about PSC.
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 04:06 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Vandal835:
Can I upgrade to the larger Balljoints in my 92 Custom Cruiser? If so, Do the control arms need to be modified?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You will need new lower control arms and new spindles, or have a machine shop redrill the holes in the control arm and and spindle to accomodate the larger size.
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2003, 04:48 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. That info will make my life a lot easier when I go to do the job.

BTW, I already verified the 5/8 studs several months ago.
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