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This is a discussion on Wheel hop within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I have a 02 T/A WS6. I just replaced the shocks with new ones. Replaced the sway bar end links ...

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    Wheel hop

    I have a 02 T/A WS6. I just replaced the shocks with new ones. Replaced the sway bar end links and bushing on the rear. My car is stock except for a stall converter. Now that the new shocks are on I get horrible wheel hop. The car have 162,000 miles on it and I'm the one that is replacing all of the stock suspension parts. So with that said can anyone give a idea what my issue is? I can't even floor it off the line without wheel hop.

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    Its kind of odd that it just started, atleast that's how it sounds based on your wording.

    Wheel hop is pretty common with any solid axle car, most of the time, for us anyway, new lower control arms will help/fix it.

    I had pretty bad wheel hop, and put on a set of UMI on car adjustable lower control arms, never hopped again, that was with all my other suspension being stock, 2000 SS 70k miles.

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    What shocks did you install?

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    KYB GR-2 shocks. Yes it starting happening after putting new shocks on.

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    KYB = Keeps You Bouncing....that's what Preston always said.

    Those aren't adjustable at all, are they?

    Aside from different shocks, you can try countering the wheel hop with LCAs and a TA.
    It's on jackstands.

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    No not adjustable. Thanks guys...once I get the money I will replace the LCA's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    KYB = Keeps You Bouncing....that's what Preston always said.
    That's funny... I've never heard that one before but I concur as I seem to do my fair share of bouncing.

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    The Regal and Corvette are both running KYB's -- no issues here. Must be something specific to the F-body.

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    Any idea how the spring rate on your cars compares to your TransAm, Jeff?

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    Not a clue. The Regal springs seem semi-soft in the back. The Corvette runs the transverse leaf and that would be apples to oranges.

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    Ha. I guess it would lol. I have to keep in mind we have all ages of cars on here :-)

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    For sure replace the stock control arms with aftermarket parts, I went with UMI non adjustable and made a world of difference. No hop any more, plants better under launch and even control on the road is way better, the back end isn't as skitish on cracks and bumps. This is in a 6 speed car.

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    I don't have much wheel hop in my car, and it is still stock back there. I need to replace my LCAs, just for the improvement. Keeps You Bouncing, lol.

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    I've never had wheel hop issues with any 4th gen, although I always make a point to box in the stock lower control arms myself with some flat stock, very easy to do. I also box in the stock panhard bar with a piece of round stock that fits snug inside the panhard bar. Works like a champ and only cost a few hours of my time

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