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This is a discussion on handling mods within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have a stock 98 z28. How can i make it handle better in the turns? should i start with ...

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    I have a stock 98 z28. How can i make it handle better in the turns?
    should i start with shocks... springs.... sway bar.... tower brace... subframe connectors???????

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    forget strut tower brace
    koni's w/ strano springs
    and yes sway bars 1le(32mm) or 35mm front 22 rear (Strano hollow set).
    sub frame connectors help keep body flex from torque under control but good shocks eliminate any sturdiness effects in the turns that sfc's would provide with poor shocks.
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    thanks. what are sfc's?

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    im also shopping for some new headers and y pipe. any sugestsions?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjjr311 View Post
    thanks. what are sfc's?
    Sub-frame-Connectors

    Quote Originally Posted by jjjr311 View Post
    im also shopping for some new headers and y pipe. any sugestsions?

    thanks
    Do you need to keep the cat for emissions?

    I would look a Pacesetter LT's (Long Tubes) or shorties depending on whether or not you need to get the car smog tested. Pacesetter makes a good header at a decent price.

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    ebay option racing headers stainless steel $220
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    If your going cheap I would get the ebay option since they won't rust like ceramic coated, and a flowmaster merge. You'll see what I am talking about when you see the different y-pipes.

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    For cornering and handling. Ditch the panhard bar and get a Watts Link in its place. Pricey, but very functional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    For cornering and handling. Ditch the panhard bar and get a Watts Link in its place. Pricey, but very functional.
    yes, but oh so expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    yes, but oh so expensive
    Didn't see a price listed OP was trying to keep under. He asked for a good handling mod, a Watts Link is that. If I was going for a corner carver out of my TA, Watts link would be high up there on the 'to do' list.

    Also, if you add the price of a adjustable panhard bar and (if your exhaust requires) a panhard bar relocation kit, a Watts link is not to far out of reach in price. Just my opinion on pricing, but the Watts Link is a great handling mod that doesn't seem to come up often enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Didn't see a price listed OP was trying to keep under. He asked for a good handling mod, a Watts Link is that. If I was going for a corner carver out of my TA, Watts link would be high up there on the 'to do' list.

    Also, if you add the price of a adjustable panhard bar and (if your exhaust requires) a panhard bar relocation kit, a Watts link is not to far out of reach in price. Just my opinion on pricing, but the Watts Link is a great handling mod that doesn't seem to come up often enough.
    Yah he didn't mention pricing-I better hide my credit card from myself for a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    For cornering and handling. Ditch the panhard bar and get a Watts Link in its place. Pricey, but very functional.
    whoa... never heard of them till now... i just looked them up... $650.00... not bad but looks heavy as shit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    whoa... never heard of them till now... i just looked them up... $650.00... not bad but looks heavy as shit...
    Just about every other car with a live axle these days has one from the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    whoa... never heard of them till now... i just looked them up... $650.00... not bad but looks heavy as shit...
    The idea has been around for 200+ years. The guy who invented is kinda popular also James Watt. Also that light bulb thingy (Watt)

    Mustang guys have been using them for quite some time now.

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    Yeah I remember looking at pics of that Watts Link on Strano's site when it first came out. Interesting piece. I haven't checked around if anyone with a 4th gen is running it and what configurations they've tried. It does look rather heavy though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntimid8r View Post
    Yeah I remember looking at pics of that Watts Link on Strano's site when it first came out. Interesting piece. I haven't checked around if anyone with a 4th gen is running it and what configurations they've tried. It does look rather heavy though.
    Ive read up on them quite a bit from people with fbody's. They get great reviews.

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