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4/28/05 2:03pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
gmurray
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SOUTHWICK, MA - USA

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1975, L-48 coupe, 4-speed, light mods

Joined: 6/26/2003
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Stage One of my suspension project is about to begin...

1. I just recieved the Steeroids Rack conversion (but will put that on second)

2. Expect new offset Trailing arms from VanSteel in a couple of weeks.

As soon as the T-Arms are done, the R&P will be going in. I also plan to do the front transverse monospring, but that will be waiting till I save up some more cash

I will be taking pics for all of you to look at too.



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4/28/05 7:32pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
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PERRYSBURG, OH - USA

Vette(s):
1975 T-Tops,Lite Custom work,Many engine mod. 700R4 trans. body is shaved,17" wheels bf goodrich g-force tires,heavy sway bars front&rear rack&pinion steering,550 slolom springs with gas shocks.

Joined: 4/23/2004
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Once you put your TA in you may as well get the RP installed this will save you a buck or two in wheel allinements. That way they can do your front and rear at the same time



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4/29/05 5:52am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
gmurray
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SOUTHWICK, MA - USA

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1975, L-48 coupe, 4-speed, light mods

Joined: 6/26/2003
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Yep, I was thinking the same thing!

 



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4/29/05 7:44am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Hoover
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Charlevoix, MI - USA

Vette(s):
1981 4speed

Joined: 11/8/2003
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Don't forget if you get the transverse spring kit with the new lower A-Arms, you'll need another alignment. There's a kit that uses your old A-Arms though. Let us know how this project goes. Sounds like what I did with the exception off the offset trailing arms. I couldn't be happier with the results.
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4/29/05 8:57am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Hoover
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Charlevoix, MI - USA

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1981 4speed

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Sorry - did I say lower arms? I meant upper - if you replace those, too. Then you need alignment not with replacing lowers. 
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4/29/05 10:48am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
StreetShark
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Fayetteville, NC - USA

Vette(s):
1968 Corvette Convertable, 4 spd, 350 SB, Daily Driver

Joined: 2/13/2005
Posts: 244

Hey Swallace, we are still kicking butt, sent you a PM.

 

Hoover, your results sound great, I am starting to dream about disassembly of a Corvette front end.  I rebuilt my pickup with Eibach racing springs and Nitro shocks, that was pretty hard work, for my torch that is.  Anyway, did you have anytrouble with frozen bolts, I do not want to catch my car on fire.  Anyway, sounds like you have had a lot of fun working on and driving the vette.  Do you notice any bounce with the mono spring up front?  Someone said that it made the front end bounce around like a basketball. 

Youall take care now,

 



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4/29/05 2:42pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
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Anacortes, WA - USA

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1979 Red #72 C3 Corvette,T-350,Black interior,air,tilt/tele,K&N.And a 1978 Olds Cutlass 350/350,auto,air,2-dr.,buckets

Joined: 12/16/2002
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I recently installed Energy Suspension bushings,Vette brakes dual mount front & rear composite monosprings,spreader bar,and 17 x 8" American Racing TT2's wheels on Kumho 245-45-17" tires.The 79 Vette now sits about 1.5" lower all the way around.Just put in new black carpet & seat covers with new embroidered flags logos last weekend too I have some brand new 17 x 8" American Eagle TT2 knock-offs with the correct bolt pattern and 4" BS for sale,if anyones interested! C3RVETTE38471.4893634259

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4/29/05 4:04pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Hoover
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Charlevoix, MI - USA

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1981 4speed

Joined: 11/8/2003
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Street Shark - didn't have any problems with frozen bolts in the front. The passenger's side front mounting bolt for the upper A-Arm was impossible to get a wrench on without disassembling the car. I used the trusty sawsall and cut it off, then tapped it out. I was going to use new bolts anyway. A different story if you plan on removing and rebuilding your trailing arms in the rear susp. The bolts that hold those on are usually a real bitch. In the words of another C3 forum member "I'd rather have my ass kicked than do that again!" It's worth doing, though, if you want to replace the rubber bushings on them. Bring the sawsall to this party, too. Unless you get lucky and can tap them out. Other than that, I had pretty smooth sailing front and rear. The Van Steel video on front and rear suspension is a must - you can get it from Corvette Central.
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4/29/05 4:09pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Hoover
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Charlevoix, MI - USA

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1981 4speed

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Oh - as far as the ride with the front monospring - it's noticably firmer than the old coils. Not bouncy at all, though. I have it adjusted to the second firmest setting - I can go down two notches softer but haven't tried those yet. Road handling is excellent.
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4/30/05 4:03am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
StreetShark
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Fayetteville, NC - USA

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1968 Corvette Convertable, 4 spd, 350 SB, Daily Driver

Joined: 2/13/2005
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Hey Hoover thanks, again I can't wait to get home.  I guess no matter how hard it is, it is an experience that I will enjoy, better than eating dust from a sand storm, I guarantee.

Hey C3RVETTE, how about some pics, I would like to see how your ride looks with the lowered suspension and 17in wheels.

 

 



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4/30/05 9:20am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Eddie 70
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Kingston, TN - USA

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1970 Vert Both Tops Kiesler 5 Speed Steeroids Rack and Pinion Stayfast Convertible Top

Joined: 7/5/2003
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I remember someone is working on making a coil over set up for the rear suspension. Something else to think about. 

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4/30/05 9:33am - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
Hoover
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Charlevoix, MI - USA

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1981 4speed

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Street Shark - Take care and get home soon so you can start wrenching!
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1/10/11 3:36pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
TommySSE
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Darnestown, MD - USA

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"Ruby", is my 1982 Candy Red - my Daily Driver

Joined: 1/1/2009
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I have two C3s - One (1982) I drive everyday (literally) and the other (1980) is the fun toy.  What I'm trying to research is making the 1982 a smooth ride. Currently its just too blang Ouch rough.  If I fill the tank and get my little brother (380 lbs) to ride with me its a bit smoother. oh yes, at 70 mph she rides pretty good.
So I need ideas on how to soften the ride - make the ride a little easier on the body.
Any idea?


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1/11/11 2:11pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
kwoody
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Tucson, AZ - USA

Vette(s):
1982 Black/Tan Leather Build Code C09E Bronze TTop CrossFire Fuel Injection L83 85 Fuel Pump Auto Axle 2.72 Firestone Firehawk Indy500

Joined: 7/11/2010
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Hi Tommy,  My 82 stock was a bit hard with the old tires on it.  I replaced them this past summer with Firestone Indy 500s and the ride is a lot better.  The gas mileage even went up a little.  How old are your tires?  The rest of the car is original.

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1/11/11 7:07pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
TommySSE
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Darnestown, MD - USA

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"Ruby", is my 1982 Candy Red - my Daily Driver

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I've got 255/60/15 BFG's on all corners. I know little about tires. Would changing tires make that much of a difference? The tires are wearing evenly, She brakes straight and smooth.  I just wish She rode a LOT smoother.  My 1980 has a firm ride - but nothing like Ruby (1982).  BTW -  I know what you mean about getting the waves from fans.  My favorite is the little kids holding Dad's hand and scream Daddy, Daddy look at that car - thats what I want when I grow up.  It always happens when I have someone riding with me too.

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1/14/11 2:05pm - Reply: 'Updating Suspension'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

Vette(s):
1981 corvette coupe 1999 convertible

Joined: 11/11/2003
Posts: 102
Eurodesk here; And the answer to you questions are: Yes and Yes, I have the works on my C3, and to me it rides as good as my C5. The trip to Carson City in 2007 may a believer out of me. Well worth the money. 

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