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Old 11-02-2004, 12:50 PM
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Wish I knew it all.......

But I don't.Suspension questions.I have a 79 Malibu.Getting ready soon to replace the balljoints(Original)tie rod ends.Installing complete brake system,from the prop. valve down.My rear is sagging on the right side,I am going to replace the coil springs and shocks on the front and rear.This was an original 6 cyl car and I put in a smallblock and did not replace the front springs.It will not see much track action,mostly cruise ins and road time when done.Since winter is coming I will have some down time.Give me advice on what will help this thing handle the curves a little better.Not taking corners at 65+MPH.Just some good suspension setup for all out cruising.Thanx guys(and gals,I know you're out there)
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I did the same with my 85 monte not to long ago;
Get iroc front springs (moog/trw 5662).
I used cargo coils on the back (moog/trw 631 or 635, not really sure, got them off a guy at speedy).
Get KYB shocks - these really help.
Make sure you have a rear sway bar, if not, get one.
Get a steering box out of Monte SS/GN/442 if you can find one for cheap.
When ther time comes, get some quality SUMMER ONLY tires, I have kumho KH11's- they seem to stick pretty well.
As for the breaks - you might consider upgrading to bigger 1le rotors, but for that you will need spindles off a caprice- it's explained in detail on www.montecarloss.com
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Old 11-02-2004, 01:15 PM
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Thanx,forgot to mention I dont have the rear sway bar.It is on the list.Will the 1LE rotors work on the 79?I remember reading the front was changed a little bit after 79.That seems to be one of the reasons you cant get drop spindles for them,I am just not sure of the reasoning.Gonna check out the link you sent right now.Oh yeah,forgot another thing.Put a non power steering box from an S-10 on the bu.Keeps the wife from driving and wrecking it.

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Old 11-02-2004, 01:16 PM
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Yes...it is nice knowing it all.......................lol

You were saying about it sagging in the rear. Check your frame. This body style was notorious for rusted out rear frame rails. Better check it out, before you start spending $$$ on it.
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Old 11-02-2004, 01:23 PM
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Yep more failure to inform there.It is rusted there.Buddy down the street had the same prob.Took the back half off an 85 at the boneyard and grafted it into place.Seems the slots in the frame rails were at differnt places and the later model frames eliminated the probl;em with road salt and water staying in the frame.I do need to replace mine.The question on that is the body is actually dropping over the wheel well and the frame is only rusted at the very far r/t end of the frame,right in front of the body bushings at the trunk pan.
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Was just concerned, as I had a 79 lemans that rusted the frame rails, behind and in front of the spring perches. Practically, fell off the road.
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Old 11-02-2004, 01:27 PM
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No joke.Man I am gonna have to get on that pretty quick then.Thanx for the heads up Poncho.
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