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    UMI is TOP NOTCH and by many, considered the best for our cars.

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    Oh, and you're welcome That's why I'm here...to help out.

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    What do you think about the prokit and the Bilsteins?

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    bilsteins are really good. cant say on the prokit.

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    Are you saying the aren't good or you don't know? I heard they sometimes sag in the rear.

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    I've heard the same, but I have no personal experience with them so I can't say with certainty one way or the other.

    I have Koni 4/4's and Strano springs
    It's on jackstands.

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    The Konis and Stranos would be my preferred setup. But Sam is out of springs for 6 weeks and Konis were a little expensive. I might switch over to that setup in the future. My shocks are gone, so I don't want to wait any longer on the springs. I was wondering if I need to reuse any parts when I install my new springs and shocks.

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    So, started my Suspension project today. 4 beers and 2 hours later I successfully removed my front struts and springs. My driver side strut broke out of the strut mount when I released the ball joint. It was actually already replaced once from the OEM Delphi strut to a sensatrac. I ordered new strut mounts and bolts for the install. My local auto parts will have the my Eibach Springs mounted on my Bilstein HDs on Monday. I am going to start on the rear shocks and springs thus weekend.

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    Threw rears are the easy part

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    Actually instead of using a ball joint separator between the LCA and steering knuckle, I used my floor jack with a 2x4 under the rotor to lift the steering knuckle assembly to release pressure on the ball joibt and just hammered the the ball joint stud twice and it popped right apart. Wasted 10 minutes trying to pry it apart before that. The rears should be easier, but I have to take my speaker box out. I have amps mounted in the back with a crap load of wires. I am hoping I don't have to take all that apart.

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    I got a chance to get back in the garage after the family went to sleep. I got the rear shocks and springs swapped out. I had to take my sub box and disconnect all the wires to my two amps to get the carpet rolled back. But overall, pretty easy. The Bilstein shocks were a little shorter than the stock delphis. QUESTION. Do you tighten to the same torq specs that are in the service manual for the shock nuts on the new Bilsteins?

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    Do you happen to have any pics of the car once you changed out the suspension??? Suspension wise my car is running stock other then the UMI 3 point sfc's, but I'm planning on ordering the Stranos, misc UMI upgrades, and hopefully some Konis, although I have no idea what I'm looking for in shocks.

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    Sam's springs work the best with Koni's. That is the best set-up for our cars out there. The second best option for shocks would be Bilsteins. The strano springs lower the car 1.2-1.3". I have a thread in the suspension section of my car with pics before and after the drop. I'll try to dig it up for you.

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    great thanks.........car is looking good!!!

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    Thanks. It was pretty filthy in the "after" pics, but it still shows the wheel to fender gap. You may have a little less gap in the rear as I'm running a Moser 9" and with the larger axle housing, the rear on mine sat up a little higher than the stock set-up.

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    Are you happy with the Moser rear??? I've seen a lot a comments on here of people that weren't too impressed. I just had my rear end rebuilt a few months ago, don't have the money to upgrade yet. Baby momma taking most of my money and cutting into my upgrade the car fund. But I was checking out the Strange rear, and experience with those???

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    I've had mine for about 2 years now. I had issues with an axle seal leak when I first got it, but got that taken care of and it's been performing flawlessly since. I just installed a D1SC Procharger and am running 500rwhp so it will really be getting tested now. No complaints though. It's a monster and very quiet. I've put about 10,000 miles on it now. I was running 330rwhp/342rwtq for power before.

    It really all depends on what your goal is. Each rear has advantages and disadvantages. A lot of people are loving the MWC 9". I think there is a sticky in the drivetrain section here talking about the differences. I would check that out or start a new thread if you can't find anything in the drivetrain section so we don't gunk up the OP's thread here.

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