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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 12:31 PM
Caddylack
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After my car is fixed, I need to decide what I want my next mod to be. There are three possibilities I'm considering right now:

1. 3:73s/posi
2. 5% tints
3. Cragar's and drag radials

I've wanted to get my windows tinted since I got the car, but every time I get close to doing it, I start thinking about how I'd rather spend the money on performance. So I'm leaning towards the rear end stuff or the wheels/tires at this point. Budget is prolly $300-$400. Any opinions? If anyone has any other suggestions on what I should do next, I'm open to those as well. Current mods, of course, are in the sig.

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 10:32 PM
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quoted: I'd rather spend the money on performance.

Funny, you didn't say a word about suspension. The single biggest and most important group of upgrades possible to putting the power and handling on the pavement for these monsters.

Rockers and tint won't make you master over $100k MBs and other leased new Cadys, arms and bars and those SS springs will.
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 12:28 AM
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I dont know if 300-400 is gonna be enough for gears. But, out of your 3 choices i would do gears... Thay will make a world of difference.
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 11:58 AM
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I limo tinted my white 94, looks bad ass.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 04:31 PM
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Found 3:73s on eBay for 100 bucks. Posi's around 200.
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 05:20 PM
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Gears would be great for straight line performance, especially since you have 2.56s

But I also vote for suspension & handling upgrades. The car is soooooo much more fun when you can turn with the body almost rolling over itself.

Wide perf. tires make a world of difference. I'd go with 255s or so, nothing fatter if you want to survive the Chicago winter.

The rear sway bar is pathetically thin, it's literally about as thin as my pinky finger. A sway bar from an Impala SS or 9C1 is a great cheap upgrade if someone in the club has one, usually like $20 or something.
The front sway bar is tougher to install because of the weirdo threaded bolts for the two u-brackets. But you should be able to score a 9C1/Impy bar for the front for very cheap as well. Get new bolts when installing, they have specific threads so GM is the best source.

Springs would be anopther great upgrade. Impy springs would be nice but also some standard 9C1 springs (or B4U Caprice) would retain stock height and be a handling upgrade. These should be $75 or less for a complete set of four springs used.

This is what I would do.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2006, 07:55 AM
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With the SS springs, how much is the ride affected? I like how the car sorta "floats"... I'm not sure if I wanna firm up the ride yet. But maybe.
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2006, 10:07 AM
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The car will feel MUCH nicer firmed up. I rode in my buddy's stock 93 a few weeks ago. The difference was night and day. Being firm and not floaty all over the road was the win for me!
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2006, 10:13 AM
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^+1 for firm not floaty. Big bars will also put a smile on your face when you're neck and neck with some SUV pulling G's into a corner.
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-18-2006, 04:46 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Caddylack:
With the SS springs, how much is the ride affected? I like how the car sorta "floats"... I'm not sure if I wanna firm up the ride yet. But maybe.
Car still has the nicest ride out of all of my B/D bodies. When it hits a bump in the road, I hardly notice. This is with stock shocks, though, which probably play a large part in that.

The wagon and Caprice sedan still ride nicely and bumps are no big deal, but I can "feel" them more.

The Caddy with SS springs still has a great comfortable ride although handles wonderfully in the corners with ZQ8 bumpstops, SS sways, BMR control arms, 255 perf. tires on 8.5" wide rims.
It's a great trade-off with no drawbacks IMO.
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