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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2004, 04:53 PM
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Driving the other day...I felt some play in my steering wheel. The car doesn't feel as tight as I would like it and Im thinking I might need a front suspension rebuild. What types of suspension kits do u guys recommend? I'm thinking of doing the work myself but like to know what Im getting myself into.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2004, 06:14 PM
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Well, I just rebuilt the front end by myself, and it was my first big project of any sort under/over/around the imp.

For parts, there's a couple options:

Springs, swaybar, shocks, too many options to go into, depends what you're looking for. For kits..

PowerPerformance has a new heavy duty line, and a polygraphite line, and a polyurethane line. I went with the polygraphite FWIW. The super heavy duty came out just a week or two after I bought the kit, doh! I'm happy so far though, and Zack's real nice to deal with.

Wiser folks than I like the good ole AC Delco parts, no kit available, but you piece together what you need from this list.

The high end appears to be Del-Alum from Global West, and if you really want to do it right, contact Navy Lifer and check out this site for another DIY's experience.

All that said, my words of wisdom would be, make sure you have a friend helping you. There were some times where it would have saved me great headaches to have one more set of hands. Make sure you have everything you need, get all new hardware beforehand, or you're left like me running around looking for parts. Also, baggy parts up with labels, makes reassembly much easier. Don't drink (too much) during the job, makes concentration much harder. Guess how long it will take you, multiply by 3. You're bound to find other things to work on while you're in there, I know I did. Heck, if you've got the time, plan on doing other stuff. You get a lot more room once you have all the suspension parts off. If you do decide to DIY, I have some great instructions from another member on the forum that really helped me out. And I would say, GO FOR IT! I learned a lot just by laying on my back and staring at it all, and asking lots of questions.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2004, 07:03 PM
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Wouldent the steering box and Steering shaft cause play in the steering also?
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2004, 07:08 PM
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Sure, the steering box can be adjusted, has been described here before, can be replaced too, lots of options. Most seem to be okay with the cheap Autozone reman unit, some like to go all out. The steering shaft can be replaced as well, one way is described here. I haven't done either yet, so can't say on difficulty. I've been pretty happy with my steering after the front end rebuild.
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-02-2004, 12:43 PM
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play can be caused by a few things, loose steering box, worn idler or pitman, or worn tie rod ends.
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