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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject:  ride comfort Reply with quote

im trying to get back to the "stock" ride but cant seem to manage. Ive replace all the struts and mounts, replaced both control arms. its not a bad ride but not what im trying to achieve.
Should I replace the springs on the car as well?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Springs are the last major part of the ride quality equation. Are yours worn out? If your car bottoms out often on harder bumps, or leans excessively in corners, chances are the springs are weakened. Also, if you haven't added STB's yet, I highly recommend it. $30 for two GM STB's make your car feel much more solid, and lean less in corners. These won't make your springs feel any better though.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Have you scrapped those wheels yet? Wheel weight and sidewall height also affect your ride quality and performance.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

stb? u talking about the strut bars? i had one up front thats oem and added one to the rear. its handles fine on turns and what not. its the small bumps. i dont have that floating on air feel

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Its either your springs or wheels at this point. I would just replace the springs.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm with Lingenfelter on the wheels. If you still got your stockers, it's free to swap 'em out, even if it's just for a day of testing. If that isn't it, then springs would be my next step.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i put the stocker on a week ago. though it make the ride better way better then before i replaced the struts but still not there. i also ran into something today. dont know what it is but sounded kinda like a flat in my rear tire but i checked and it wasnt flat.hmmm

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:00 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Are your tires in good shape? I just switched too Michelins a couple months back and it made a world of difference.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

im going to be replacing them in the next few weeks. i want more thread then what i have for winter

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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i also ran into something today. dont know what it is but sounded kinda like a flat in my rear tire but i checked and it wasnt flat.hmmm


You mean you hit something on the road, or you noticed one of the tires on your stock rims is making a noise like a flat tire?

May be a broken belt inside, or a wheel balancing issue. Does the tire have any unusual or uneven wear pattern on the tread?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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i also ran into something today. dont know what it is but sounded kinda like a flat in my rear tire but i checked and it wasnt flat.hmmm


You mean you hit something on the road, or you noticed one of the tires on your stock rims is making a noise like a flat tire?

May be a broken belt inside, or a wheel balancing issue. Does the tire have any unusual or uneven wear pattern on the tread?


i noticed the noise. i swapped the sides the rear tires were on (rr to rl and rl to rr). it doesnt make the flat tire noise but you can still tell something is wrong. When i make a hard left you can hear the noise again. It only happens with left turns.
I also notice that the one wheel didnt have any weights on it so im sure theres a balance issue there

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Best way to troubleshoot issues is to fix the things you know are wrong, and proceed from there.

The wheel may make noise when unbalanced and if it's a rear tire, you may even feel the issue through your car seat.

When you have both known and unknown issues which are not resolved, the known issues can still make diagnosis of the unknown issues difficult.

Get those tires replaced and the wheels balanced, then go from there. An unbalanced tire can be noisy, and that may be the whole issue.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

still havnt decided what tires i want to put on yet

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ive been getting a ton of bad vibrating anytime I go over 50. Just got my tires balanced yesterday, and its not back to stock, but mad a HUGE improvement since they haven't been balanced in like 30xxx miles. I know next on my list is struts and springs

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