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    If you could make one suspension upgrade?

    What would it be? What's the best bang for the buck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight View Post
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    +1 i just got mine the 2 points from kyspeed and there awsome

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    Thanks, certainly a wide range of recommendations. I would guess bushings are the easiest to do, and shocks second.

    And yes, I want to improve the handling of my car but I am not interested in spending a lot of money and I want to know what single suspension mod offers the most improvement...

    What shocks are recommended for GTOs?
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    Lovells, konis or even the monroe gt. I know a couple people running the monroe gt with king springs you can get the whole set up (springs,shocks and sturts) or alittle over $800. shocks and struts only under $600 for the monroes. If you need any help on finding places to buy or even look at prices PM me I'll hook you up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derbs View Post
    Lovells, konis or even the monroe gt. I know a couple people running the monroe gt with king springs you can get the whole set up (springs,shocks and sturts) or alittle over $800. shocks and struts only under $600 for the monroes. If you need any help on finding places to buy or even look at prices PM me I'll hook you up.
    Thanks man, what rims are you running on your Goat? (the one in the pic).

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    I did springs and bushings at the same time and the combo made it handle like a dream....everything ran me around $800...I installed them and can say some of the bushings can be a pain

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    I did springs and bushings at the same time and the combo made it handle like a dream....everything ran me around $800...I installed them and can say some of the bushings can be a pain
    Where did you buy, what brand? All bushings?

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    I went with 1.2" drop springs from Eibach
    Energy Suspension rear race bushing kit and front race bushing kit
    Pedders adjustable front RR bushings and tierods

    Ordered everything from Summit racing except for the pedders parts, I got them direct from Pedders

    I still need to get the upper strut bushings (I think $38) then everything will be replaced

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    I would say bushings. The rear can fight you. Just did the Eibachs also a big improvement.

    Anyone have an opinion on the Koni's?

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    I'm thinking about Harrop rear subframe bushings, if not Lovell's in the future.

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    The OE front radius rod bushes are very prone to failure. They dry out and allow the radius rod (which connects to the lower control arm) to move and change caster under braking and aggressive driving. Under heavy braking, the LCA will let the tire move to the rear of the wheel well and results in the spongy brake feeling.

    $250.00 and 45 minutes the front radius rod bushes (Pedders PN EP9166) are the best bang for the buck IMO.

    2nd would be replacing the OE strut mounts with aftermarket (Pedders PN 5851) or replacing the Cross Member bushes (EP1145), then the adding a rear differential insert (EP1157).

    With the EP9166, EP1145 & EP1157, you firm up the mounting points. The FR radius rod bushes will give you better brake pedal feel by keeping the hub / wheel from moving excessively and the rear x-member and diff insert bushes firm up the rear cradle mounting points.

    The OE rubber strut mounts fail and allow the top of the strut to migrate and that changes camber. Enough of a change in camber can let the inner edges of the front tires to contact the strut body. You can keep adjusting the camber to compensate for the failed mounts, but the top will move while driving.
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    Lovells make the same parts look at both before you pull the trigger

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    Another thing I like about the GTO. We can mix/match aftermarket parts when we want/need to.

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    Thanks guys, great advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Another thing I like about the GTO. We can mix/match aftermarket parts when we want/need to.

    Yep true, I'll be running the pedders track coil overs in the front with pedders big bore shocks and -20mm springs in the rear here in about 2 weeks have all lovells bushings now
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