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Old 03-12-2003, 04:30 PM
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Post After Market mods to 3rd Gen F-Body

Sorry if I have so many questions today...

I'm always having to be money conscious about upgrades to my '86 Firebird, so with that in mind: What kind of stabilization/sway bar type of mods are available for the 3rd Gen F-body that are easy to install and won't break the bank? Also, this is a daily driver, so the mods should be able to withstand some bumps and last a while.

I'm used to that darn Benz, so I'm looking for something that will give me a better "feel" of the road. This little bird is a good handler for sure, but it feels like I'm driving a mushy Buick instead of a sports car. I need help so I can feel like I'm doing 90 when the speedo says 90! (Too bad the speedo only reads up to 85)

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I would say look for aftermarket springs. Maybe even aftermaket struts.
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Have you surf'd the Summit and Jeg's catalogs? They have a bunch of late model suspension stuff and their prices are as good as you will find in the after-market venue.
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if it where me I would get the sway bar off of a GTA trans am or a Iroc Z there 32mm and then get a new set of springs from http://www.globalwest.net/ and a set of polyurethane bushing
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Umm it is sounding like you need new springs, unless your struts are too soft. My z28 doesn't feel like a musshy buick, I feel every bump in the road. Maybe your springs are sagging a bit... Or worse yet your car was orgionally a v-6 or 4 cylinder and they threw an 8 in it with the old suspension parts.. just too much weight for that.

Also to get better handleing buy aftermarket sway bars front and back, and a new panhard bar. Those are the simple ones.

The next big ones are, struts (know you got those already) tourque arm, lower control arms front and back, which will all come with new bushings.

Anyway good luck
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