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I've searched, cant find it. Do 1988 four cylinders have the "revised" suspension? by bigjoe25
Started on: 08-04-2014 04:38 PM
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What the title says. What is different about 1988 four cylinder fiero suspension compared to a GT? I know it's not anything like WS6, but what are the differences say between a 87 four cylinder and a 88? There a 88 four banger near me in good condition with the options I want (roll up windows, manual mirrors, manual locks, hardtop.)

Pretty much I'm asking how different the 88 four cylinder suspension is up front? I know you can put 88 suspension in the 84-87's in the rear if you have a cradle. I just want to know if it's a better platform to build on for handling than lets say getting a 1985 SE with all the options I want. Never been in a 88 so I don't know the difference.
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The 88 four cylinder cars have the same suspension as the V6 cars front and rear, with the exception that the V6 cars have a rear sway bar that the four cylinder cars don't. It can be added on. There are minor differences in bushing stiffnesses as well, but by now that won't matter since the original bushings are going to be worn out.

Edit to add: The '88 four cylinder platform is a better starting point than an earlier car even if the earlier car had a V6, in my opinion.

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All 88's have the same front and rear suspensions except for different spring rates for v6 and 4 cylinder models. Virtually nothing interchanges with 84-87 models, front or rear.
Forgot to add that 88 V6 has rear sway bar, Dukes didnt get that

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Report this Post08-04-2014 04:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for bigjoe25Click Here to Email bigjoe25Send a Private Message to bigjoe25Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks guys, thats exactly what I needed to know
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Originally posted by TONY_C:

All 88's have the same front and rear suspensions except for different spring rates for v6 and 4 cylinder models.



The spring rates were all the same in 88 (205 front/143 rear), just the spring lengths changed which raised and lowered the ride height for the different models.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/A...050119-2-054238.html
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Does the '88 duke have offset front wheels?
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Originally posted by TbirdMarc:

Does the '88 duke have offset front wheels?


Yes... same suspension (minus the rear sway bar), hubs, brakes, etc as the GT and Formula.

EDIT: Ooops, see fieroguru's post below. I was thinking of the front hubs sticking out the same on all 88's, but wasn't thinking of the actual wheels.

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Originally posted by TbirdMarc:

Does the '88 duke have offset front wheels?


The 4cyl cars used the same 14" wheels on all 4 corners. The V6 cars had the 15's with the staggered offsets. The front suspension parts between the two are the same.

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Report this Post08-04-2014 09:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BoostdreamerClick Here to Email BoostdreamerSend a Private Message to BoostdreamerEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had a Fiero with roll-up windows. I never want another one. They are wide cars and with the console in the way, it is VERY difficult if not impossible to lean over and operate the passenger side.

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Originally posted by Boostdreamer:

I had a Fiero with roll-up windows. I never want another one. They are wide cars and with the console in the way, it is VERY difficult if not impossible to lean over and operate the passenger side.



I agree, my 4 spd has roll ups, if the car didn't have AC, it might have been gone long ago.

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Originally posted by TbirdMarc:

Does the '88 duke have offset front wheels?


88 Dukes came with 14" wheels just like earlier years, with the same offset. However, since they have the same front suspension as the V6 models, the front wheels "stick out" from the fenders more than other years.
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