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    K guys... I have done some upgrades to my 2002 SS and now it seems like I cannot stay on the road when I get on it. I really need to upgrade my suspension I am guessing or I need to get better tires or a combination of both. I have an Auto and it is a hard top. The tires I am running ar Sumitomo's. 275\40\17's Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cags07 View Post
    K guys... I have done some upgrades to my 2002 SS and now it seems like I cannot stay on the road when I get on it. I really need to upgrade my suspension I am guessing or I need to get better tires or a combination of both. I have an Auto and it is a hard top. The tires I am running ar Sumitomo's. 275\40\17's Any help would be appreciated.

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    Have you done anything to the supension at all? Would you be willing to run with drag radial tires?

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    Have not touched the suspension. It is completely stock. Not really wanting to run drag radials at thsi time yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by cags07 View Post
    Have not touched the suspension. It is completely stock. Not really wanting to run drag radials at thsi time yet
    Then start swaping parts out.

    Best place to star is a nice set of weld in subframe connectors. Then get some lower control arms, sway bars front and rear, panhard bar, torque arm, and if you want to really throw it around corners, front A arms or a whole K member. Shocks and springs would be good for you too. Basically anything stock that you can replace, do it.

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    Sumitomo's aren't helping with traction

    1. Sub frame connectors
    2. Lower control arms and relocation brackets
    3. Shocks/springs
    4. Adjustable panhard to recenter the rear
    5. Torque arm
    6. Sway bars, front and back

    Your handling will improve tremendously with that.

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    i have to say if you are more geared towards drag racing and dont care much about carving corners than go

    1.lower control arms with relo
    2. adj panhard bar (trust me..one of the best mods i have ever done.)
    3. torque arm adj.
    4. some decent shocks ..can be blisteins etc

    now if you are going more handling orientated..shocks and springs are at the top of the list..and add sway bars on there

    understand this though! dont just throw on any shitty shock and spring combo...if you want to play and really track well...there is no substitution for our cars..koni SA and strano lowering springs..PERIOD
    for most of those suspension parts go to UMI Performance's site they are the best in the business and are the only pieces that go under my car suspension/chassis wise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Sumitomo's aren't helping with traction

    1. Sub frame connectors
    2. Lower control arms and relocation brackets
    3. Shocks/springs
    4. Adjustable panhard to recenter the rear
    5. Torque arm
    6. Sway bars, front and back

    Your handling will improve tremendously with that.
    looks just like my list, just I'm going in a different order...


    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    i have to say if you are more geared towards drag racing and dont care much about carving corners than go

    1.lower control arms with relo
    2. adj panhard bar (trust me..one of the best mods i have ever done.)
    3. torque arm adj.
    4. some decent shocks ..can be blisteins etc

    now if you are going more handling orientated..shocks and springs are at the top of the list..and add sway bars on there

    understand this though! dont just throw on any shitty shock and spring combo...if you want to play and really track well...there is no substitution for our cars..koni SA and strano lowering springs..PERIOD
    for most of those suspension parts go to UMI Performance's site they are the best in the business and are the only pieces that go under my car suspension/chassis wise
    I agree that koni's and strano's are probably the best, but if he isn't going to track the car and he's looking to just make sure it will handle a windy road then I'm sure something like BMR springs and KYB adjustables will probably work without killing his bank account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post
    looks just like my list, just I'm going in a different order...




    I agree that koni's and strano's are probably the best, but if he isn't going to track the car and he's looking to just make sure it will handle a windy road then I'm sure something like BMR springs and KYB adjustables will probably work without killing his bank account.
    not at all actually. the konis will outperform any shock on windy roads..it is a misconception that konis are track shocks...i run them and love them...the performance i gain from them is amazing...i run without a front sway bar but it still hits corners extremely well.

    as far as springs...well bmr outright stole stranos springs...but even then they still arent as good as stranos (bmr also does/did some cheap moves towards umi) so i stay away from bmr for moral reasons.

    i love my setup and wouldnt change it for anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    not at all actually. the konis will outperform any shock on windy roads..it is a misconception that konis are track shocks...i run them and love them...the performance i gain from them is amazing...i run without a front sway bar but it still hits corners extremely well.

    as far as springs...well bmr outright stole stranos springs...but even then they still arent as good as stranos (bmr also does/did some cheap moves towards umi) so i stay away from bmr for moral reasons.

    i love my setup and wouldnt change it for anything.
    It's impressive not gonna lie... I seen it in your sig.

    If I had more money I would probably do it the same way.

    Btw are you running the DR 555's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post

    I agree that koni's and strano's are probably the best, but if he isn't going to track the car and he's looking to just make sure it will handle a windy road then I'm sure something like BMR springs and KYB adjustables will probably work without killing his bank account.

    I had BMRs and KYBs, awful setup. Rear KYBs went in the trash, so will the fronts when I get motivated to buy Konis for the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post
    It's impressive not gonna lie... I seen it in your sig.

    If I had more money I would probably do it the same way.

    Btw are you running the DR 555's?
    they arent the best DRs in terms of grip...but they act just like a regular tire in rain...it is impressive really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I had BMRs and KYBs, awful setup. Rear KYBs went in the trash, so will the fronts when I get motivated to buy Konis for the front.
    interesting... were they the single adjustables? maybe I will have to go the extra mile.

    But Koni's are retarded expensive. I think for a set of single adjustables you're easily looking at $900. For the doubles adjustables more like $1300.

    If you guys know where to get these cheaper PLEASE let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    they arent the best DRs in terms of grip...but they act just like a regular tire in rain...it is impressive really.
    I have the streets right now cause I've been afraid of how the DR's would do. I may look into a set once I actually knock some tread off these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post
    interesting... were they the single adjustables? maybe I will have to go the extra mile.

    But Koni's are retarded expensive. I think for a set of single adjustables you're easily looking at $900. For the doubles adjustables more like $1300.

    If you guys know where to get these cheaper PLEASE let me know.
    you only need the SA for your car..DAs are a track only setup because there is/was some durability issues with the DAs on street machines.

    id talk to strano ...i bought mine when they were on sale and i think they were 800 dollars roughly....the nice thing about konis to keep in mind...they are rebuild-able and i think only cost like 100-200 to rebuild all 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post
    interesting... were they the single adjustables? maybe I will have to go the extra mile.

    But Koni's are retarded expensive. I think for a set of single adjustables you're easily looking at $900. For the doubles adjustables more like $1300.

    If you guys know where to get these cheaper PLEASE let me know.
    KYB AGXs, singles.

    You don't need Koni DAs, just get SA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    you only need the SA for your car..DAs are a track only setup because there is/was some durability issues with the DAs on street machines.

    id talk to strano ...i bought mine when they were on sale and i think they were 800 dollars roughly....the nice thing about konis to keep in mind...they are rebuild-able and i think only cost like 100-200 to rebuild all 4.
    $850 shipped was the sale

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