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 Post subject: Suspension
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:51 pm 
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I was wondering what suspension i could get to be on par if not better than the original struts on my 1996 pontiac bonneville ssei.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:45 pm 
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My opinion: OEM or KYB GR-2

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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:58 am 
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Hands down Monro-matic plus shocks. Don, jr's3800, pointed me in this direction after not being impressed with the GR-2s.

I've only run them in the rears though since I went a different/hybrid direction with the fronts.

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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:51 pm 
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What about in the front? I have the Monroe quick struts in the front and the back of my car and its kind of bouncy. Also what is the price range on those if you don't mind me asking?


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:01 pm 
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I went with a KYB-AGX front strut for a W-body (Grand Prix/Regal/etc.) for the front because GR-2s couldn't keep up with my old 2" drop. It's not a direct swap and it gets pricey. The link in my sig has more info.

Don has suggested the Monro-matic plus struts for front and rear as an OEM replacement. Rock Auto has them if you want to look up the price.

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83 Yamaha IT175K
72 Yamaha DS7: '74 RD250 swap, JL chambers

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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Will the struts you named stiffen the ride up quite a bit versus the quick struts? It bounces everywhere. Also is there any upgrades i can do for good cornering.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:00 pm 
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I thought all SSEi models had the firmest suspension options already, so going stiffer will be more difficult and probably require some custom work. But bigger sway bars, larger diameter rims, wider tires, strut tower braces and other structural braces will all help cornering. As well, replacing suspension bushings, strut mounts, etc...

But, I only every had OEM F41, FE1, FE2, Monroe Gasmatic, and KYB struts to compare side-by-side and haven't played with anything else (was happy that a '86 LeSabre could keep to the corners like my brothers' W-body).

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'97 Camaro - Top swap
'05 STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'92 Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 LeSabre - Top swap
'99 Montana - top swap 3800

Current project:
upkeep on K2500 and 97 LeSabre

Upcoming projects:
'92 Bonneville SSE
'87 LeSabre T-type
'67 LeSabre

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'93 SE - L67


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:48 pm 
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I don't have the factory struts anymore. I have the Monroe quits struts on the front and rear. I was asking will the struts 95naSTA named be stiffer then the ones I have.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:53 am 
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ijreed wrote:
Will the struts you named stiffen the ride up quite a bit versus the quick struts? It bounces everywhere.


Yes, they should.

ijreed wrote:
Also is there any upgrades i can do for good cornering.


Addco makes sway bars for our cars: http://www.swaybars.com/searchresults.a ... LLE%20(FWD)

Those year ranges on their site are a little wonky though..

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83 Yamaha IT175K
72 Yamaha DS7: '74 RD250 swap, JL chambers

Info on dropping a 92-99: Here.


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 Post subject: Re: Suspension
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Would polyurethane end links in the rear help with understeer.


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