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    Got some new shocks!

    I got some new shocks finally for my Firebird; the rear ones are totally shot. What else do you guys think I should get to improve my handling? For me I hope this is a step in the right direction.

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    front struts.....sub frame connectors (x style)....tower brace.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanduskySerpents View Post
    front struts.....sub frame connectors (x style)....tower brace.....
    STB's do nothing for these cars but eliminate dash squeaks.

    I would have chosen different shocks. look into v8 away bars, new rear lca bushings, and sfc's. Of course i would go and get new shocks all the way around, either bils or koni's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skimphish View Post
    STB's do nothing for these cars but eliminate dash squeaks.
    And this isn't a worthwhile thing?
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    I could tell a difference with my 3 point stb, but I also drive a vert.

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    I may look into new struts for the front end. I'm sure my factory ones aren't holding up too well.
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    No they aren't since they were poorly speced from the factory. Getting proper shocks all around make a huge difference on these cars. More than any other mod for the suspension to be honest. What shock to get depends on money. Also we don't have struts, just shocks on these cars. A STB is completely useless other than to reduce rattles but SFC's will do that too and too a larger degree and improve overall structural integrity over the STB.
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    Tpunk! Where have you been? Lol to the OP listen to this guy he knows. If I would have listen to him I would haven't wasted money on my sensatrac crap shocks. I'm now saving up for the koni. Do it right the first time and be done with it. Strano is having a sale on these I think so check that out and put that shit you got on eBay or craigslist.
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    Thinking about refunding my shocks now .

    P.S. Read follow up post blow.
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    Follow up post;

    Well, I decided to stick with my KYBs. I must say I was skeptical at first but these shocks are pretty good. My other shocks were obviously shot beyond use. If anyone is thinking about buying shocks or something I would go with some KYBs. Don't knock em till you try it. I'm looking at some struts for later.
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    Umm 3 gens do have struts in the front. The difference between a shock and a strut is that a strut is load bearing. You can (but i wouldn't advise it) drive around without your rear shocks. It would be a terrible ride but the rear springs being independent from the shocks allows this. Springs bear the load in the rear. In the front if you remove the strut the spring obviously comes out with it and your car now no longer held up. Other models i think had shocks all around. The STB is up in the air in most peoples mind, some either swear by them or others completely disapprove. I have seen no difference in cornering with a lowered Firebird, but a stock height driving the W. Va mountains there is a improvement....
    Last edited by SanduskySerpents; 04-16-2012 at 08:55 PM.
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