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Old 04-30-2009, 09:57 AM   #1
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My car has installed for the past six months the blue tokico shocks/struts, red lowering springs, rack & pinion bushings with offset and front sway bar end links by Energy Suspension. I didn't have the money for any other upgrades at the time. Recently I hit a curb with drivers wheel when the road was wet going downhill on a turn and it left my steering wheel in this position \, almost undriveable. I had it diagnosed by two alignment and brake shop. I chose the brand based on preference...probably chose Moog cuz they have the Nascar Performance logo on their box. This is what each shop recommended.

Shop 1
Front Control Arm Bushing Kit - Energy Suspension (both)
Lower Ball Joint - Moog (both)
Inner Tie Rod End - Moog (driver)

Shop 2
Same as above
Inner Tie Rod End - Moog (passenger)
Outer Tie Rod End - Moog (both)
Rack & Pinion Boots

I purchased all these items and to the recommended I added:

Caster Camber Plates - MM
Front Spring Isolators - Energy Suspension

Although I installeld the shock/struts, springs and bushings I don't feel comfortable installing these parts since they're mostly bushings or critical steering components. I'm afraid of overtightening since I don't have a torque wrench. I think and hope this will fix my sloppy suspension. Anyone have other recommendations I should upgrade at the same time?
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Re: Front Suspension

isolators that are urethane will raise the car up as they are thicker than the stock FYI
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I didn't think much about that, but I can live with that. When I installed the springs my original isolators were bitten into and way worn out just couldn't afford it to buy new ones at the time. I suspect it contributed to some of the squeeking in my suspension and my exhaust hangs really low so it may not be such a bad thing for me. My car is in the shop today and should be done by the end of today...real excited to try it out.
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it will raise the car up by about half an inch
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That's alright I don't want it slammed or anything like that. Looking for more of an OE look with performance. The drop on your red cobra is perfect.
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ty, its about 1.7 inches lower than stock I am just at the limit of drivability lol
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ty, its about 1.7 inches lower than stock I am just at the limit of drivability lol
What do you mean...you wouldn't be able to drive it if it were lower? Does it bottom out or scrape?
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It turned out that it's not fixed the way I wanted. The steering is tight and feels good but still it has a wiggle. I think the steering may have something to do with the offset rack pinion bushings. The guy says the spindle on driver side is bent. How can I figure out what is truly wrong with my car and fix it once and for all?
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Have your insurance become involved, as this ticket will probably need more repairs and you will possible continue to chase the issue. With your insurance company you will have someone that will FORCE a solution that you are satisfied.
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My car has installed for the past six months the blue tokico shocks/struts, red lowering springs, rack & pinion bushings with offset and front sway bar end links by Energy Suspension. I didn't have the money for any other upgrades at the time. Recently I hit a curb with drivers wheel when the road was wet going downhill on a turn and it left my steering wheel in this position \, almost undriveable. I had it diagnosed by two alignment and brake shop. I chose the brand based on preference...probably chose Moog cuz they have the Nascar Performance logo on their box. This is what each shop recommended.

Shop 1
Front Control Arm Bushing Kit - Energy Suspension (both)
Lower Ball Joint - Moog (both)
Inner Tie Rod End - Moog (driver)

Shop 2
Same as above
Inner Tie Rod End - Moog (passenger)
Outer Tie Rod End - Moog (both)
Rack & Pinion Boots

I purchased all these items and to the recommended I added:

Caster Camber Plates - MM
Front Spring Isolators - Energy Suspension

Although I installeld the shock/struts, springs and bushings I don't feel comfortable installing these parts since they're mostly bushings or critical steering components. I'm afraid of overtightening since I don't have a torque wrench. I think and hope this will fix my sloppy suspension. Anyone have other recommendations I should upgrade at the same time?
Hey how much did all this cost. my car is going to need a suspension upgrade. i have done everything now except that.
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You probably have a bent control arm, if not k-member as well. I don't see a cast spindle getting bent, it'll break first.
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