Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:09 pm Post subject: Got bored and.....
The Impala was put away for the winter & I just cant leave anything alone sooo...
New ceramic pads
Braided brake hoses
New lower control arms
Sway bar links
Painted calipers "hot rod red" for fun
I put the stuts on a few miles ago (Monroe Quick Struts-I know!) and the hubs/CV joints were replaced <6000 miles ago. Probably swap out the sway bar bushings since I'm in there, just havent done it yet. I have the same parts for the rear, still need to pick up a larger sway bar but have everything else.
Strut tower braces are on the "to do" list also. She isnt fast with the 3.4 but I want to make it handle/stop like it is fast! Am I missing anything else? I kept the stock size front sway bar since I didnt think it would make that much of a difference. The rear bar, thats going in the trash. Does anyone have a link to the rear bar & strut braces? I tried to place an order with wbodystore a couple weeks ago but it didnt go through so I'm leery of buying from them. GM Parts Direct? I havent even looked at wheel/tire combos yet but she will get them.
Summit/Jegs both have them for $85ish also. You could also make them with Summit/Jegs parts but all the parts together were more $$ than the assembled kit, sooo. I have used the Edelbrock/Russell kits before and have zero complaints, plus it takes all the "sponge" out of the pedal.
I'm doing the junkyard search tomorrow to see if I get lucky finding a strut brace, but I'll probably just come home & order it from GM Parts Direct or WBody store (need a rear sway bar anyways).
The Monroe Quick Struts are ok if your in a pinch & you need them. I used Advance Auto discount codes & got all 4 cheap. At the time the car "just needed struts" so they worked. No problems with them, but I've only driven on them a few months. It seriously takes 10 minutes per unit to change (5 bolts per strut) so its a fast/easy/cheap swap. They are pretty much a cheap replacement part from what everyone says. No long term test here so I cant say.
I need to fiinsh up the rear (brakes/swaybar/STB) then I get to look for some wheels/tires-finally!
I did swap out the rear trailing arms for the Doorman ones (square tubing vs stamped stockers) and that was worth every penny.
Yanked off all the rear brakes & found the parking brake was dragging, pretty bad on the drivers side. Had to adjust them out to get both rotors off The parking brake pads are shot but I'm not replacing them, cant really see a reason to. Always thought this car should get better gas mileage(about 22), think I found out why!
I started all of this because the car handled very strange on the highway & the brakes were "mushy." I think that parking brake was the cause-I hope. If I find any more goodies I'll post them up!
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