Before I can put my suspension back together I have to get one of the axle boots fixed. It has a tear in it. I guess I could reassemble the one side today...
Also, I forgot to mention that if anyone is going to be installing side scoops, invest in heavy duty zip ties and use those. Way better than screwing around with plastic rivets and that junk. Sounds like a ghetto way to do it, but I guarentee my zip ties are way sturdier and simpler than crappy plastic rivets.
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and Tony, thats a pretty bold statement! Lots of nice, photogenic fieros on here including your own!
Carcenomy, I might take it down another half inch if the springs don't settle and make up for it, but thats kind of what I'm counting on. So we'll see!
I just dropped the car off at the shop for the alignment and to weld up the crack in my exhaust, as well as get those pesky front sway bar bolts out so that I can mount the new bar and finally test drive it! Keep our fingers crossed the final bill is kind to me.
I know that you are a driver. With all of the suspension work, and having other mechanics handle several very important nuts and bolts on your car, do a thorough inspection of her before pushing the limits of the new equiptment. I really have had things not tightened/fastened upon delivery of my vehicle, after another has worked on it. And, it has alwys been something that I paid too much for.
I have also not put Loc-Tite on my sway bar attachments @ the cradle. After several hundred miles, I could see one side not quite holding on as intended. Also operater error. Me being the operater.
I can't attest to the coilover springs, but the Eibachs will settle some. Mine took in the neighborhood of 1,000 miles before seating in. You can feel it as they give. The ride will seem abnormally harsh in the front, but as you lean on them, they will loosen up and feel very secure in the twisties. In fact, on my 87, I am running poly cradle mounts, and can totally tell when the front is getting much better response than the rear. I can easily out drive the rear of my car. The front has yet to find it's limit. Looks like I will be ordering some aluminum cradle mounts. I hear that that is a good way to stiffen up the rear. We shall see.
I'll give it a good thorough check before I drive it. I still have to put the front bar on, and the front chin spoiler back on. I should be getting the car back in the next half hour or so! They were able to fix up my exhaust and everything
I can't wait to get it back! I'm going to put everything back on and then wash it. Might even see a car show tonight!
Finally got to drive the car today and take it to a local show.
First impressions of the ride quality and difference: Awesome.
Much more responsive and exact now. Car tracks straight and is stable and flat through the turns. Even though I went with the larger bar in the front I can still kick the rear end out predictibly and control it with throttle.
The rear spring rate seems fine. Firmer than the Eibach's but drivable and not too harsh.
Steering is pretty light and not too heavy.
Overall, way better than stock, and leaps and bounds ahead of the worn out crap I had on there. Can't wait to drive it again tomorrow. I get the side scoops painted next Monday!
Dougie, I'm getting the scoops painted at Champion Motors, its east end of Toronto area. I'm getting them done on Monday. He's giving me a bit of a deal because my father had his Corvette worked over there.
So I just wanted to go over a few things that were done to the car as well that I don't think I mentioned:
Dog bone mount rewelded after I had cracked it.
Exhaust rewelded and now properly supported with hangers:
Front wheels rebalanced.
"Winglets" added to front chin spoiler... I don't know if I'm going to keep them yet.
Can't wait to get those side scoops painted! They stick out like a sore thumb in white
and skuzz, maybe you feel like you've seen it because I took a very very similar picture that I think is on a previous page in this thread. My car was parked approximately in the same spot, and I took the picture at the same angle too. Might be why!
Thanks for the offer, I forgot about the steering shock! I think I'll pass on it at this time. Mine seemed to still be in decent working order and my home made battery box requires me to remove it if I want to remove the steering damper. I kind of don't feel like taking anything apart on the car again for a while. Thanks though!
Car just went into the paint shop today. Should have it back by the end of the week with the scoops painted and a couple stone chips touched up. I can't wait for it all to be the same colour again. Should look sharp. Until then, I obviously can't get any pictures of anything else. Lets keep our fingers crossed for no over spray! (pet peeve of mine)
Ordered some LED bars from ebay. Got them for real cheap. I'm going to try and fit them under the stock turn signals and see how it goes. If they don't work, no big deal, just a couple bucks. I might wire them so that they are always on, kind of like day time running lights, seeing as how our cars don't have those.
Counting down the days until the paint is done on the scoops!
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Hey now, calm yourself. I don't think everything needs to be chopped either, some Fiero's would look good with it and some wouldn't. I just thought that it would look good with doublec4's Fiero because of its stance and lowered look. I don't want one myself because I barely have headroom with a sunroof as it is. I was also kind of kidding, because I'm pretty sure he doesn't want one.
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It might look good with my car. I've never seen a chopped notchie with a whale tail. However, I don't think it will ever be chopped. I enjoy my headroom as it is and I'd rather put the thousands of dollars into more performance oriented modifications rather than a choptop Just personal preference.