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    Great pics! Makes me want to be wrenching again!

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    Great pics! Makes me want to be wrenching again!

    Quote Originally Posted by udy2554 View Post
    Me too! FINALLY!

    Monster twin disc installed...long story! AWESOME customer service! I can't say enough good things about Steve Addison! Just AWESOME!

    New this spring/summer: poly motor and trans mounts, UMI Trans x-member wither mount for the UNI TA, American Racing Headers (1 7/8"), ARH catted-Y, Borla exhaust with DMH cutout(love the sound of the exhaust through the muffler...old school!), new/reconditioned computer with Frost tune, no more EGR/AIR)

    Car is running AWESOME! 100 more miles to go breaking in the clutch and then time for some tire-shredding!

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    I built a garage 2 years ago, so it's not too bad! I wasn't psyched about having to do it for the third time in a year though!

    Now I'm working on wasting a set of tires!
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    Moved it to the upper garage so we can load up tomorrow and head out to the Pontiac-Oakland Club National show in Illinois! Anyone else attending?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Can't wait to get these on with tires!They are really light I swear two are lighter than one wheel of the wheels I previously had.
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    What size are they, and have you weighed the wheels yet?

    My factory C5 Z06's are 19.5-20 lbs each, the factory WS6 Speedlines are 25-26 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenWS6 View Post
    I lowered mine with a lightly pre-owned setup ( Eibach prokit springs, Bilstein HD shocks ). It rode rough after rear spring install. Well here is my order of installments. Rear shocks ( rode fine ), rear springs ( bounces ), front assemblies ( rode slightly better but still bounced a lot ). This is straight line bouncing whenever the car is cruising or accelerating. With concerns of the pinion shaft I have gone easy on the car.

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    Much too low in the front, but a perfect 'to me' rear stance.

    I then installed my on-car adjustable panhard bar ( UMI ), spent some time with my measurements. The car drove much nicer and didn't feel like it drifted badly anymore. Big difference!
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    Now tonight I went up to Jeff's place ( with Zack too ) and we put in my subframe connectors ( UMI 2pt bolt-in ) and he had some 1/4" aluminum spacers for the front shock assemblies. Getting my car high enough to get the lift arms under it was interesting in its own. We ended up driving over two blocks of wood and Zack lifted the front right from the engine day for the front right arm to get under the car. It was interesting with the three of us working to pull down the wheel enough to gain clearance for the spacers to slide in. I was hanging on the wheels with all the 170lbs I could dangle down with while Jeff and Zack made clearances and guided them in place .

    A couple shots of my car on Jeff's blocks he built when he did his 3 points. Sits the car perfectly on its own weight to properly do the SFCs.
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    We installed the front spacers first. They made the front end sit level with the rear. I am very pleased with the look. The subframe connectors make the car feel more rugged and stronger from just how it feels closing the doors, to taking a tighter turn going down the road. They say the cars should have came factory with them, certainly so! I'm grateful for Pajeff's helping hands and know-how.

    In my garage tonight.
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    I was an extraordinary genius and left my phone on the spoiler as we lifted the car to start the bolts for the SFCs so there isn't an under-carriage shot. So this will have to do.
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    Now remember the bouncing coming from the rear? After doing this to the car tonight it rides smooth and bounces very little. It almost feels stock again, just a little firmer ( a good thing ) and not sloppy, much more controlled feeling. Now I love the setup. The front being that low must have had the driveshaft at a real bad angle. It was damn close to slammed however. I am glad Jeff had these spacers. I was considering going back to stock. Jeff measured the pinion angles and he came up with a down angle 0.7. Next part will be an adjustable torque arm with drive-shaft safety loop. Of coarse, it will be UMI.
    I really want to get a set of three point, weld on UMI SFC's on my WS6, I can feel the chasis flex well before the suspension and tires are near saying "uncle" on the on/off ramps. I want to get the car stiffened enough before the front control arms, and the new-ish springs go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    What size are they, and have you weighed the wheels yet?

    My factory C5 Z06's are 19.5-20 lbs each, the factory WS6 Speedlines are 25-26 lbs.
    They are 17x4.5 and 15x10 and weigh 15# each according to the box. I have not officially weighed them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    I really want to get a set of three point, weld on UMI SFC's on my WS6, I can feel the chasis flex well before the suspension and tires are near saying "uncle" on the on/off ramps. I want to get the car stiffened enough before the front control arms, and the new-ish springs go on.
    Two point connectors are plenty unless your racing it just a heads up
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingls1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    I really want to get a set of three point, weld on UMI SFC's on my WS6, I can feel the chasis flex well before the suspension and tires are near saying "uncle" on the on/off ramps. I want to get the car stiffened enough before the front control arms, and the new-ish springs go on.
    Two point connectors are plenty unless your racing it just a heads up

    Now that's not true. 2pts do add a great deal to stiffing up the body and help in body flex.
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    I started with 2 points and then swapped to 3 points after we decided to engage in straight line racing with our car. I honestly could not notice a difference between the 2 and 3 points from the driver's seat. There is no question though that the 3 points do tie everything together under the car.

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    What did you do with your Trans Am today?

    i do agree 3pt >2pt> nothing


    Just was correcting the thought that they do nothing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    i do agree 3pt >2pt> nothing


    Just was correcting the thought that they do nothing...
    Yes, more mounting points = more rigidity. As fat as 2-points being enough for street driving, that might be true but more rigidity will only help the drivng matters on the car. Even if the 3-point is only 5-10% more than the two points, its great insurance, escpecislly for the cabin, take a look at the begining of the "Frankenbird" thread, and you will know why I want the additional rigidity.

    I spent a good amount of my past career working in bodyshops and have seen what "a little more rigidity" can do. If there was a 4 or 5-point SFC, and it was a good design, and at a reasonable price point, I would buy it.

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    I wouldn't even consider anything less than 3 point if it were me.

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    I just had my 3 point SFC's installed a couple weeks ago. I can't compare 2 vs 3 but there's a noticeable difference in performance and ride. They really tightened up the car - well worth it imo. Brakes upgraded as well to slotted rotors , Hawk perf. pads and braided steel lines. Another very worthy upgrade - even more noticeable of a difference from stock. Gotta go Auto-X ing now !!
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    I like the three point but at more than double the price it is tough to justify when only a street car.
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    Test fitted my race star wheels with my CTSV brakes. They fit great. Now I just need some tires.


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    So.....I got around to doing this. I really do like it. It's been painted using that plastidip stuff. Just wanted to see how it would look to make up my mind on getting them Powder-coated like this.









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    Damn Jon! What happened? Where you just driving along and the tensioner pulley exploded?
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    Yikes! That is all tore up. Was that a stock tensioner or an aftermarket piece?

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