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Username Post: Front end kits        (Topic#359102)
cware 
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Loc: Norman, Ok
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12-11-19 11:05 AM - Post#2781942    

What kind of front suspension kits/products are you guys using? I’m working on re-doing mine now and I’m wondering if these kits you see offered are worth it or would local parts store parts work fine. I’ve been looking locally at Rare Parts and NAPA Chassis tie rods and ball joints but I’m not sure which is better if one is actually better than the other.

I spoke to the counter guy at NAPA and he said their NAPA Chassis parts are very high quality and are better than Moog. Autozone has Rare Parts and TRW as their higher end parts. Does anyone have any experience with either of these or the kits offered online? Thanks.

1966 Biscayne 2 door


 


Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
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Loc: N. MISSISSIPPI
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12-11-19 12:50 PM - Post#2781947    
    In response to cware

I dove deep into the internet researching everything for my Suspension rebuild. I am only doing a full rebuild. I am not “updating/upgrading”. I chose CPP. They have a great kit all packaged and ready to install. I ordered a ball joint from several other vendors to see how obvious the quality difference was. Most are junk in my opinion. A few even looked like they used tin as the metal for the tops of them. The CPP kit is the best stock kit I could find, and delivered to your door. The guys in their customer service/tech are super helpful when you can’t quite think of what you’re wanting to say lol. Taylor, I believe, is the fella I bugged for three straight days. He is awesome.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
cware 
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12-11-19 01:03 PM - Post#2781950    
    In response to Bramlettjk

  • Bramlettjk Said:
I dove deep into the internet researching everything for my Suspension rebuild. I am only doing a full rebuild. I am not “updating/upgrading”. I chose CPP. They have a great kit all packaged and ready to install. I ordered a ball joint from several other vendors to see how obvious the quality difference was. Most are junk in my opinion. A few even looked like they used tin as the metal for the tops of them. The CPP kit is the best stock kit I could find, and delivered to your door. The guys in their customer service/tech are super helpful when you can’t quite think of what you’re wanting to say lol. Taylor, I believe, is the fella I bugged for three straight days. He is awesome.




Which of their kits did you get?


1966 Biscayne 2 door


 
Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
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12-11-19 05:57 PM - Post#2781982    
    In response to cware



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I went with all poly. It might squeak after five years, but I’ve read about some simple tricks on this forum to prevent that.


67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
Bramlettjk 
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12-11-19 06:06 PM - Post#2781983    
    In response to Bramlettjk

I went with as close to stock as I can just in case I get sentimental one day and change it back to a stock SS 396 four-speed car. CPP is hard to beat on price and quality. We’ve never had an issue with their parts, and if something was shipped wrong they correct it by shipping it the next day.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
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12-11-19 06:08 PM - Post#2781985    
    In response to cware



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67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
cware 
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12-13-19 04:10 AM - Post#2782051    
    In response to Bramlettjk

Yeah CPP does seem to have a heck of a price for their kits considering I would spend over $400 for the NAPA Chassis balljoints and tie rod ends alone. I’m going to look more into their products now. I was considering getting the poly bushings also but read a few threads about how they were too stiff for some and of course the squeaking that may start.

1966 Biscayne 2 door


 
Bramlettjk 
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12-13-19 05:37 AM - Post#2782056    
    In response to cware

Their website could use an update, but the physical catalog is great. I am sure they will send you one if you call. Ask for Taylor. He is very patient.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
cware 
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12-13-19 07:16 PM - Post#2782104    
    In response to Bramlettjk

Yeah their site leave a lot to be desired. Would you consider the CPP parts more of an OEM quality replacement or a step above?

1966 Biscayne 2 door


 
Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
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12-13-19 07:38 PM - Post#2782105    
    In response to cware

Personally, I believe they are a step above OEM. Dennis, my body guy, agrees and he has used all different brands per his customers requests(classic industries, Hubbard’s, ecklers, etc.). He and a few others gave me advice which led to CPP. We are installing everything next week, so I’ll keep you updated on ease of install and final product. I thought about coil overs and “upgrading” to tubular arms, but we won’t abuse the car and I’ve driven a few with CPP stock rebuild kits and adding the new front/rear sway bars makes a world of difference. But that’s just my two pennies. I just hope the 11” rotors will be enough. I question not getting the big brake kit they offer. And now I’m rambling. I’ll pm you updates or you can see it on my build thread. Should be updated by end of next week.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 


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