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    Talking New Suspension is on. Sam Strano is the man!

    So early last week I called up Sam and ordered some of his springs, some Koni 4/4s, and his front/rear swaybars...

    fast forward to saturday and I got the rear all installed (which was a 100% difference with the whole car, no joke; just the rears)..then yesterday i took the day off school/work to get the fronts buttoned up. only had minor issues due to lack of tools on hand (install U didnt say i would need a 17mm box wrench for the koni's...i bought a set up to 15mm :emb: )...and today i got a new alignment

    i know i know, post the fucking pics i get it..

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    after (shitty pics, sorry..but deal with it!!)


    front:

    rear:








    no i'm not going to take measurements...do a search :P

    the rear looks lower by finger measurements...but i assure its not, its hard to tell, but there is a slab of concrete thats ever so slightly higher under the rear of the car, i can feel the rear hit the bump and move up when reversing in. most importantly, the car feels and handles awesome! it feels very light and nimble, simply point and shoot (especially after the alignment i put on)..still left to do however is to adjust my phr a bit and hammer mod the right rear bc my 285s are rubbing bad on mediocre left hand turns:bang:


    thanks again Sam (though you're probably not on this board), i love the setup!

    Chris Ronson


    oh yea, some action pics to come after auto-x on 12/9

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    I've thought about getting his springs with those koni's. Definiteld makes the car look a lot better. I need to find someone local who's done it so I can test drive their car to see the performance difference.

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    can't get wrong w/ that setup... especially with good shocks.
    what alignement specs you ended up doing ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanWS6 View Post
    I've thought about getting his springs with those koni's. Definiteld makes the car look a lot better. I need to find someone local who's done it so I can test drive their car to see the performance difference.

    its worth it. and very drastic over stock. IMO, it feels like its supposed to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    can't get wrong w/ that setup... especially with good shocks.
    what alignement specs you ended up doing ?



    i think same as what you have on frrax..

    camber: -1 L/R
    caster: 4.5 L/R
    toe: 1/32" in

    feels so nimble, i love it!

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    It is always nice to find another shop that puts helping people out first. I just got my LCAs and Hawk pads from Strano. Great guy spent the time to talk with me and make sure that I ended up with what I wanted. Even cost me less then I was planning on spending. Can not wait to get a set of his springs and Koni's once I move to a place with a few a little less of a mountain for a driveway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottesini View Post
    It is always nice to find another shop that puts helping people out first. I just got my LCAs and Hawk pads from Strano. Great guy spent the time to talk with me and make sure that I ended up with what I wanted. Even cost me less then I was planning on spending. Can not wait to get a set of his springs and Koni's once I move to a place with a few a little less of a mountain for a driveway


    agreed

    i had a couple questions and if i didnt get him right away or Arlyn couldnt answer it, he got back to me ASAP

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    dead? that's 2 year old news brother. this site has more activity than 'tech does

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    dead? that's 2 year old news brother. this site has more activity than 'tech does
    ok? and i havent been back on here since early this year, are you trying to make a point of something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIK02SS View Post
    So early last week I called up Sam and ordered some of his springs, some Koni 4/4s, and his front/rear swaybars...

    fast forward to saturday and I got the rear all installed (which was a 100% difference with the whole car, no joke; just the rears)..then yesterday i took the day off school/work to get the fronts buttoned up. only had minor issues due to lack of tools on hand (install U didnt say i would need a 17mm box wrench for the koni's...i bought a set up to 15mm :emb: )...and today i got a new alignment

    i know i know, post the fucking pics i get it..

    before:

    Click for full size
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    after (shitty pics, sorry..but deal with it!!)

    Click for full size
    front:
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    rear:
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    no i'm not going to take measurements...do a search :P

    the rear looks lower by finger measurements...but i assure its not, its hard to tell, but there is a slab of concrete thats ever so slightly higher under the rear of the car, i can feel the rear hit the bump and move up when reversing in. most importantly, the car feels and handles awesome! it feels very light and nimble, simply point and shoot (especially after the alignment i put on)..still left to do however is to adjust my phr a bit and hammer mod the right rear bc my 285s are rubbing bad on mediocre left hand turns:bang:


    thanks again Sam (though you're probably not on this board), i love the setup!

    Chris Ronson


    oh yea, some action pics to come after auto-x on 12/9
    Very nice ! What size tires are those ?

    And Sam Stano is now on here. You might have realized that by now.





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    same exact set up here from sam this summer and i LOVE it as well....w/o the sways though.......anyone know how much of a difference sams sways will make over stock? according to sam my koni's are set a lil stiffer than he likes his at so maybe thats making up some of the difference for me ..less body roll but a lil stiffer ride ..think my fronts are 3 sweeps from full hard and the rears are 3 settings from full soft.....oh and i still havnt had my front end alignment done ..been paying close attention to tire wear and it looks fantastic still...sam says from the factory they generaly come with around .5 to 1.0 positive camber so im obvously neg now...im wondering how much? -2 or -3 maybe? ...should get that checked in the spring..hehe

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    anyone? anyone?

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    Shocks don't limit the roll, only slow it down. Bars would flatten the car more, quicken response too. That could well allow you to down the damping a touch for a better ride without losing the cars ability to change direction. It would roll *less*, and probably ride better because you should find it to your liking to drop the damping.
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    thanks sam...sounds like my 08 mod come spring

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    I FREAKIN love my Strano set up. My car felt like a fat pig before and almost put in the ditch with some high speed cornering (way too much body roll). It should be illegal for GM to make a 160mph car that handles like that stock! I have driven cars with other kits and it has the best ride too. Eibach sportlines particularly have the worst (bounciest) ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcat View Post
    Very nice ! What size tires are those ?

    And Sam Stano is now on here. You might have realized that by now.





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    275/40/17 fronts
    285/40 (maybe 35s? i forget)/17 rears

    saw that

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIK02SS View Post
    Looks good!

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