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100k mile refresh

This is a discussion on 100k mile refresh within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Hey guys,its been awhile since I have really had the chance to do anything with the car and it has ...

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    100k mile refresh

    Hey guys,its been awhile since I have really had the chance to do anything with the car and it has seen better days. Fortunately Im finally done with school and have been working full time for a while now so its time to put some TLC back into the T/A.

    The car has just over 100k now. Im looking to basically get it back up to a respectable level. What should I replace?

    So far im thinking at minimum tie rods and shocks. The car is stock. What else should I have done? Not looking for a bunch of performance parts, just want it to ride nice again and tighten up the steering/handling.


    Thanks

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    If the tie rods are good then leave them in. Shocks are a great start, look at the bushings. All of them. Sway bar end links and bushings should be toast by now. Flush out the PS system, you may want to put in an aftermarket panhard bar and check your hub bearings. Replace what is needed but do it in pairs, if one bearing is gone then the other one is not far behind. Same with the ball joints tie rods and control arm bushings.
    My ride is a 2002 Camaro SS SLP #3296 with 30k, LTH, 3" Y, CME, Frost tune, K&N, ported TB, Blackwing lid, Bellows, MSD, Denso Iridium, and 85mm MAF, Bilsteins, Eibach springs, SLP strut brace, Adj. Panhard, TA Girdle, UMI, Pro 5.0, Nitto NT555
    My wife has a 2004 GTO with the rare SAP, 18" wheels, K&N Cold Air System, MSD, Ported TB, Frost tune, Denso Iridium, Flowmaster cat-back, 3200 Yank, 75k

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    Thanks. I think Sam Strano is gonna like me in the next couple months lol should be doing quite a bit of ordering

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    I have Strano's hollow sway bars (35/19mm) and they are fantastic. I know you said you're not looking for too many upgrades, but consider a set of these.

    It may also be worth adding some subframe connectors (especially with milege getting up there), which will help with chassis flex. They're not very expensive and are easy to install.

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    Yeah, so far my list includes:

    -UMI or SLP bolt on 3 point SFC's

    -SLP Bilstein Shocks

    -Stock suspension rebuild kit ( 2 Moog Lower Ball joints
    2 Moog Upper Ball joints
    2 Moog Front Lower Control Arm bushing kits
    2 Moog Front Upper Control Arm bushing kits
    2 Moog Rear Lower Control Arm bushing kits (1LE Style solid rubber bushings)

    -New rotors and SS lines


    I think that will be good for now.

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    I have the UMI chromoly SFCs. They do wonders.

    Any reason you're going with Bilstiens instead of Konis? Price?

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    Be sure to service the brake system while you are tearing into things. Inspect the piston dust boots for any holes, take a look at the brake hoses to make sure they are still in good condition, clean and lube the caliper pins with synthetic brake caliper grease, and then flush the system using your bleeding method of choice.

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    Yeah, I honestly dont think I will have the car much longer than 2 more years max. Im really not looking to throw a ton of money into it especially considering it was a salvage title to begin with. The car was only supposed to be with me to get through college, but here we are 2 years later and I just cant part with it yet lol

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    You know, the same was true with me... Now my plans dont include getting rid of the car at all.

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