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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject:  Strut replacement & lowering questions Reply with quote

Hi guys, parents are getting their tax returns soon and have mentioned possibly replacing my worn out suspension on my 2002. Everything has 185k on it except for the front right which has 125k on it. Everything is original except for the front sway bar end links.

My question is, I am looking to restore OEM handling (which I'm sure will be tons better than what I have now).

Should I get replacement struts for a 2004 SS being that they have a different suspension? A firmer ride wouldn't be bad, my car pretty much floats on the road now, I like to take corners fast so a more responsive suspension would be great. I've been looking at the KYB GR2/Excel-G struts from RockAuto. Not sure if there is a difference between the KYB GR2/Excel-G's listed for the 2002 or 2004 replacement struts...if that makes sense. My dad has also been saying for awhile now that he wants to drop the car about 1.5 inches, to make it look better with the 18's. Not sure what options we have there...He was thinking of using coil clamps, but as easy as that sounds, I don't want to rig it up.

Any ideas? Trying to keep it moderately cheap because I know they don't want to drop another thousand bucks on my car, but the suspension is seriously in need of an overhaul. For one, I know the rear strut mounts in the back have got to be shot because over bumps I hear them clunking around.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you are redoing the suspension do yourself a favor and get GR2s/Excel Gs (whatever they are calling them these days). They will end up being cheaper than stock and are the only respectable replacement on the market.

DO NOT use coil clamps. That is totally half assed and IMO extremely irresponsible. If you want to lower the car, get springs that do it.

If you do plan on lower it, you should considered KYB AGXs that are designed to handle a slight drop, but lots of people get away with the GR2s. To be honest the difference between redoing the suspension

This is a listing of all the parts I used when I lowered the Monte and to be honest, if you want to lower the car corrrectly, you are looking at about 800 bucks provided you reuse all the rubber parts on the car vs around 300 to just replace the struts and mounts. It's not cheap to do it right, but if you aren't gonna do it right, don't do it at all.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That's what I'm hearing..that the GR2/Excel-G's are a good replacement and are a little bit firmer than stock, which is good for lowering the car a bit.

I don't want to use coil-clamps, my dad mentioned it a couple times, but I'd rather just get lowering springs... The KYB AGX's are a great choice, but a way more expensive alternative.

Did you forget to put the listing of everything you used?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Totally forgot to paste the link. http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;start=0

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Totally forgot to paste the link. http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;start=0



No biggie, Do you have any links to different lowering springs?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you use ss springs you will drop like a half an inch, and they are relatively inexpensive

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

k6ng6r00 wrote:
If you use ss springs you will drop like a half an inch, and they are relatively inexpensive


That's good to know - thanks for that. I think something like the SSC springs would be nice. a 1.7" drop in the front and a 1.6" drop in the rear would look sick! On a set of KYB Excel-G's with new strut mounts & new sway bar bushings and what not, I think it would handle like a new car & look great.

EDIT: Thing is..can't find a place to get those SSC springs..

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