Those Vogue Octavos & Gold Stripes
GONE ! !
Recapping: CTS 18x8 1/2 48mm offset, with 255/55 Continental Extreme Contact DWS06. Note original FE1 coils with 1/3 coil cut off fronts, which gives 1" drop. No air in the Airlifts. Much improved ride. The little 15s were bald, and 18s with new rubber sure ride quieter and less clunky. I'm guessing about 100% of you guys would like another 1" drop in the front to get me back to before the +1" tires. I'll have to settle for 5# in the airbladders for now. A little rub on the stab bar and rear of the opposing LCA at full lock but that's expected v. stock.
The spacers for the back were easy enough. After measuring at ride ht. I decided on 1.3", but for other's benefit you can add almost 1/2" to that if shaving the forward skirt tab. Mind you all this is +48mm offset wheels. With mock-ups, lots of measurements and sketches it took several back-n-forth with Lenny Jr. at Motorsport Tech. to revise from the rears to work on the fronts. I will say he is great to work with.
First, the hubcentric lip and part of collar had to be shaved to clear the hub:
The diciest part turned out making sure the spacer is thick enough so the grease cap clears the little wheel centercap. I didn't want too thick and lose all bearing on the hub to positively center the wheel. I settled on the same 34mm thickness all 4 corners. I lucked out - the note hub is proud of spacer a bit over 1/4":
Now I'm off to rebuilding the opti (again) and try to finally lose the 0336 code to pass inspection. If no luck then I'll have it programmed out with the rest of a tune. And there's a new catback laying in the garage. I'm already planning new paint - another monochrome scheme.
\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
Last edited by 96 Black; 10-17-2018 at 06:02 AM.