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    What to do first?

    I'm on a semi-limited budget, between that and the cold weather I plan on doing about one upgrade a month on my 2000 TA. New pads, rotors and fluid are already here, figured I'd work on the suspension next. She's only got 54k miles on her so the shocks can wait till spring. I plan on replacing the LCA's, Panhard rod, and adding subframe connectors. I do not want to lower it, been there done that, too many hassles, and I'm not planning on any serious drag racing. I basically want this thing to handle in the twisties and tighten it up. So, what should I attack first for the most bang for the buck? Like I said shocks will wait and tires are fine (for now). She does have poly bushings and end links on the front sway bar already, not sure about the back yet.

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    Sounds like you are on the right track. SFC's, PHB, and LCA's are a great start. Just curious, what kind of problems were you having with lowering springs? I've had my Strano lowering springs on my car for several years now coupled with the Koni 4/4 adjustable shocks and I love how mine handles.
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    No problems with a TA. Before it I had a Scion XB due to divorce. It fit the bill for four years to get stuff paid off. It was lowered and was a major pain.

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    Which should I so first? PHB, LCA's, or SFB'S?

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    SFC's will tighten the car up and would be my first suggestion on any f-body platform. I would do the LCA's second. PHB runs around $100. SFC's will be the most expensive of those 3. I am running the 2-pt box style weld-in version and have had no issues at all. Been on the car for around 4 years or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eteller View Post
    I'm on a semi-limited budget, between that and the cold weather I plan on doing about one upgrade a month on my 2000 TA. New pads, rotors and fluid are already here, figured I'd work on the suspension next. She's only got 54k miles on her so the shocks can wait till spring. I plan on replacing the LCA's, Panhard rod, and adding subframe connectors. I do not want to lower it, been there done that, too many hassles, and I'm not planning on any serious drag racing. I basically want this thing to handle in the twisties and tighten it up. So, what should I attack first for the most bang for the buck? Like I said shocks will wait and tires are fine (for now). She does have poly bushings and end links on the front sway bar already, not sure about the back yet.
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    I don't want to threadjack, but my question may help the OP too...does anyone have a diagram of the suspension components? Like a diagram that labels everything for us newbies. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefish View Post
    I don't want to threadjack, but my question may help the OP too...does anyone have a diagram of the suspension components? Like a diagram that labels everything for us newbies. Thanks.
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    Does this work?

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    Does this work?

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    Perfect!! Thanks a bunch!!

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    Jacked up the car and took a look around over the weekend. The PO did add a Edelbrock panhard bar and poly sway bushings (front and back). So I ordered UMI 2 point SFC's and LCA's.

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    On a budget id throw some bilstein shocks and sway bars in the mix, afters sfcs of course.

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    On a budget id throw some bilstein shocks and sway bars in the mix, afters sfcs of course.

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    Thinking of going with KYB AFX's . Rear brakes will come next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eteller View Post
    Jacked up the car and took a look around over the weekend. The PO did add a Edelbrock panhard bar and poly sway bushings (front and back). So I ordered UMI 2 point SFC's and LCA's.
    Awesome, thanks for the order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eteller View Post
    Thinking of going with KYB AFX's . Rear brakes will come next.
    KYB's are a good, general purpose adjustable damper.

    As an FYI, the first click is 5% softer than stock. Click 2 is stock damping. Then 3-8 get progressively stiffer until 8 is about double the stock damping rate.

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    A big box of shiney made in the usa goodness arrived today! Can't wait till Saturday! UMI makes some nice stuff, I can really see how it's gonna stiffen stuff up.
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    Mounted the SFC's and LCA's Saturday. Job was a lot easier than I was expecting, everything lined up great. The biggest difference I see or hear actually is the car is a lot quieter now, especially like when going over railroad tracks.

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    Excellent. Keep us posted, as I am headed down the same path as you. I have the springs & am in the process of getting Bilstein. Then I am going to refer to this thread as to what to do next.

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    Glad to hear your car is responding well.

    Yes, less body squeaking is a nice benefit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eteller View Post
    Mounted the SFC's and LCA's Saturday. Job was a lot easier than I was expecting, everything lined up great. The biggest difference I see or hear actually is the car is a lot quieter now, especially like when going over railroad tracks.

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    Ok, here's a question for UMI. I really don't want to lower my car, so so far I have gone with non-adjustable stuff. I plan on upgrading the tq arm in the future, but have a new poly trans mount here now. Energy Suspensions claims the stock tranny bar is wimmpy. Do you guys offer an upgraded tranny bar for the stock setup?

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    what exactly is a tranny bar?

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