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Old 07-24-2009, 01:32 PM   #21
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Yeeeehaaawwww!!! Got that **** DONE son! LOVE LOVE LOVE the results! I'm not sure whether to credit it to the FCM mounts, the FM springs, back to the old Bilstein's, or a combination. I think mostly its the springs helping the shocks. I've always felt the factory springs with the R-Package Bilstein's were too soft. too much work required by the shock as the springs are just blowing through the suspensions travel. The mounts are also to thank for vastly reduced road noise and transfer of vibration and high frequency bumps over broken pavement.

Results are a MUCH better ride and vastly improved steering response. Large clunks and rattles are now very much softened. Finally after 2 years of seeking a decent ride, I have found it! I can't comment too much on the handling as I am running the old stocker wheels and shitty tires on the front since my 912's on the front got blown out and I have been to lazy and broke to have them mounted. Even with the tall sidewalls on the front, I can feel how much more responsive the steering is. I'm surprised however in the fact that the springs are so much stiffer than stock, but its not anywhere nearly as harsh as I had imagined them. The springs also didn't change the body roll like I thought they might. Still corners very flat thanks to the FM anti-roll bars.

I also found the source of my front end clunk/rattle that recently started. The damn bolts on both sides on the end links on the bar end were loose, very loose. Nearly threaded off to the end of the bolts. I thought I had them tight... all is fixed, and all is smooth and quiet. I couldn't imagine being any more pleased. Ride height is also perfect and I have no rubbing. Having looked at them right after install, I was sure it was going to rub, but no such rubbing.

Quick pictures, I like testing new mods on the entrance road to Barber. Excuse the dirt, the paint has gotten too bad to make me want to wash it and keep it clean when it would look like **** anyway.

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Old 07-24-2009, 02:47 PM   #22
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I also found the source of my front end clunk/rattle that recently started. The damn bolts on both sides on the end links on the bar end were loose, very loose. Nearly threaded off to the end of the bolts. I thought I had them tight... all is fixed, and all is smooth and quiet.
LOL! I was going to post this today as an option as I had a clunk on my new suspension. Same thing: last night found a rear sway bolt was loose. The endlinks were already on the bars when I got them and I didn't check them when I installed them.

Glad to hear you have finally found a workable solution. I'm pretty sure the illuminas will have a buyer here shortly. Recoup some of your hard earned money.
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I hate to let things go, I may just keep them. I can't wait for my 2 new 912's on the front. The current tires feel like driving on jelly compared to the 912's. So the improvement should be even better when I get off my *** and bring the wheels and have the tires mounted and balanced. I noticed after some higher speed driving, I get a bit of a front to rear bounce/bucking on bumps/dips in the road, but not too bad. I guess its to be expected with double the spring rates, not that its a big deal anyway, just an observation.
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Wow the car looks great, have you measured the ride height from hub to fender yet?
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Thanks. Just did. Front 11.75'' and rear 12''. Juuuust right. Now I need some 6UL's so it doesn't look like my wheels and tires are hiding. High offset FTL. Especially the front on stock wheels.
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Great looking ride height. 6ULs will make that rock.
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