Stock susp. gettin' squishy, what are my options?

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Stock susp. gettin' squishy, what are my options?

Post by fredges » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:34 pm

So my stock '87 is gettin' soggy in the rear in her old age (kinda like me!) and I'm thinking I'd like to pt something a bit more firm underneath her. I don't want "stance", but I wouldn't mind going a little bit lower, just for aesthetics. I never drive the car over 80....

I'm not opposed to used gear off, be it off a wreck or what not, so long as it's safe. And money is definitely an issue, so cheap is good!

What should I put on there that fits my criteria? (Not radical, just a bit more firm, not super low, just a little perhaps, and not expensive).

Thanks for your advice/links/photos/what have you!
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Re: Stock susp. gettin' squishy, what are my options?

Post by Briano1234 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:14 pm

New springs from GermanAutoparts.com aren't that expensive.
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Post by fredges » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:04 am

But which set? Do I need certain shocks? I'm clueless! :D
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Post by Briano1234 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:03 am

fredges wrote:But which set? Do I need certain shocks? I'm clueless! :D
OEM springs are avail, and you would use them on oem struts.

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Re: Stock susp. gettin' squishy, what are my options?

Post by kamzcab86 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:58 pm

If you want a firmer ride and lowering just a bit, H&R/Bilstein Sport combo is nice. That's what I put on my "going to stay stock!" '86. There are other brands/options out there though.

Before (stock):
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After (Sportified):
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You may not be able to easily see, but the car has been lowered about 1½". However, the Sport set-up isn't exactly cheap.

Lowering the car isn't just for aesthetics, the performance is going to be affected too. You feel the road more with a firmer ride, but the car handles cornering better slightly lowered.

The most inexpensive route is simply replacing stock for stock. If you want the car lowered (even mildly), in most applications, lowering springs cannot be used with stock struts/shocks... so, keep that in mind.

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Post by fredges » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:31 pm

Thanks to both of you! This is just the kind of input I'm looking for. I'd like a firm ride, and maybe a little lower, but I'm so poor I can't afford to pay attention! :D we'll see what I can find...
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Re: Stock susp. gettin' squishy, what are my options?

Post by marius12 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:10 am

The bilstein shocks are really worth the price. I can say that they are one of the best upgrades I did on my car. Firmer ride and not too bouncy. They can absorb bumps and other road imperfections very well.

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