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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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New struts/shocks & ?

My car has about 80-90k on this set of OEM replacement struts/shocks now and I'm going to replace them.

I've read a bunch on the FE5 kits and that seems the way to go.

HOWEVER, I do want a good amount of performance out of this thing as far as handling goes. Would some kind of Konis be a better option? I do not want to go coilovers.

This car has Eibach lowering springs as it sits on Sparco wheels with fresh Continental DW tires.

Also, while I'm doing struts/shocks, what else can I add that will improve the handling on this without spending a fortune? Do strut braces help much? What else can I do? Thanks in advance
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Forgot to mention that I would like to do some Autocross at some point in this cars life. I might have to save up for the Pedders it looks like, but I don't know...
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I guess it depends what class you want to run in autox what you can add to the car.


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Well ultimately, I don't care about being competitive...I just want it to handle really well. So it can be just about anything.
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Cobalt FE5-YYZ Strut,Shock,Spring Plug and Play System FE5YYZ

Rear sway bar from Powell, along with rotated trans mounts, email them and ask for stuff.
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Cobalt FE5-YYZ Strut,Shock,Spring Plug and Play System FE5YYZ

Rear sway bar from Powell, along with rotated trans mounts, email them and ask for stuff.
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That YYZ kit is a complete plug and play? Seems like a good deal, just might do that.
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Yup you could do pedders for a tiny bit cheaper I think but the YYZ Are a better spring made by ion enthusiasts and all ya have to do is stick em in.
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Sounds good to me. Are the upgraded sway bars worth that much in these cars? Plan on doing strut tower brace and wondered if the rear sway bar was worthwhile. I'm completely going over this car; it's worn out.
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Sounds good to me. Are the upgraded sway bars worth that much in these cars? Plan on doing strut tower brace and wondered if the rear sway bar was worthwhile. I'm completely going over this car; it's worn out.
Rear bar is more worth it over the strut bar specially for autoX cause it keeps the rear more stable, something the ions lack. Personally I get nothing from the strut brace but it looks good and in theory it should do something. LSD and rotated mounts are great upgrade and Powell cabs are good too when ya have the cash.
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Powell cabs? And that was what I was thinking...These things are very light in the ass end and I hate it; especially under heavy braking.

LSD will be done when the trans gets rebuilt
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