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Username Post: Need advice best suspension upgrade for $        (Topic#338024)
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08-04-16 05:04 AM - Post#2643652    

Okay my 70 SS 396 4 speed hasn't been on the street for the last 10 years. I bought the car from my brother in law and spent what $ I had over the years on a leaky rear axle seal, new master/power booster/rear drum brake,fuel system rehab, new hei distributor and fan upgrade to address cooling problems. I took her out for gas last night and while she ran great the ride was so sloppy I almost got car sick.

My budget is about $1k, what would you do to upgrade the suspension/handling on that budget? All the tie rods and idler are tight and I have 1 5/8" sway bar in front. Stock 12 bolt suspension in rear. All the work will be done in my garage and the tires are Goodyear Eagle ST 245/60R14 on stock SS rims.

I am thinking rear sway bar, Rear Upper and Lower Control Arm Kit, new shocks, poly sway bar links and poly sway bushings in front?

Any advice including brands would be greatly appreciated.

Naperville, IL

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08-04-16 11:16 AM - Post#2643721    
    In response to matt70ss

Control arm bushings are no fun without a press, so make sure yours are truly bad before you replace them. If you do replace them, you might want to look at poly, but those will transmit more road shock and vibration than rubber. I agree with everything else you want to add or replace, but am reluctant to recommend brands, because that can be more personal than factual.


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09-27-16 03:43 PM - Post#2653666    
    In response to matt70ss

When you drove it did you have to constantly correct the steering wheel? "sawing" at the wheel is a sign that the gearbox is worn or out of adjustment. The BB engine weight often causes this problem. Have the steering and front end looked at by a suspension shop. Throwing money at the vehicle can be a waste if it is not thrown in the right direction.


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