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Old 08-19-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Suspension and handling checklist

Hey everyone,

I'm getting ready to do a suspension / handling overhaul on my car and realized that I'm not actually sure what all I'm going to want/need so I figured I'd get you guys to help me in putting together a checklist.

It's a stock '04 SVT that's approaching 90k, and pretty much nothing has been replaced on it yet. I decided to do the overhaul last month when the car started handling erratically on uneven surfaces - such as the grooves in freeway lanes.
In addition to replacing old and worn parts, I would also like to stiffen the chassis and improve overall handling. My desired target result is a track-able daily driver. I don't mind a stiff ride as long as it handles the daily grind safely (keeping in mind that I do have to deal with the rough condition of Michigan roads)

Here's what I have on my list so far:
(* = added after initial posting)

Motor / Tq mounts
Strut mounts*
Springs / dampers
Ball Joints
Inner Tie rods & ends
Wheel Bearings
Sway bars*
End links*
Control arms (or just the bushings)*


That's about when I got to the list of bushings and decided that I was probably going to overlook something, so we'll take it from there.
I'm not looking for information on specific brands or anything, only the lists of parts themselves - though if you have any useful information to add, I'd be happy to hear it.
I'm sure everyone's collective trial and error experience on upgrades vs drive-ability will also prove invaluable for this project, so thanks in advance for any feedback!


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add to that sway bars, better sway bar endlinks. good set of tires ALWAYS helps.
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I'd add strut mounts to your list.
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add to that sway bars, better sway bar endlinks. good set of tires ALWAYS helps.
Tires aren't part of this project. I'm already planning new rims and tires For warm weather driving, but not before the suspension and platform is finished.
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** Moved to Suspension Area **

This is a more direct area for your suspension questions and debates. Other's seeking your same question can also learn from your question here and you may also get some thoughts from other suspension people here.

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I posted under SVT performance since I was under the impression that there are at least some parts on the stock SVTf's that are not on standard SE*/ZX* models, but ah well...
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The suspension on an SVT is compatible with other early foci and vice-versa. The SVT has slightly stiffer springs, firmer shocks and larger sway bars. The main difference was the motor and transmission.

That said, I'd add ball joints to your list along with the other recommendations......(it's possibly cheaper to replace the front control arm as most come with a new ball joint and bushings).
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Ah yes, hadn't put ball joints on the list yet but had made a mental note of it then forgot.
A solid suggestion on the control arm. I'll price them out and inspect the current ones.
I do know that some components on the left side may have sustained light damage a few years back when I two-wheeled it over a dead snow-covered deer in the middle of the road. I landed her as softly as I could, but still it still gave the car a good rattling. Even in death them damn deer still try to get ya....crazy. Lol
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Honestly I don't know how expensive stock control arms are but if you have the money I would go with the cfm tubular arms. I mean if you have the money (don't know) why not upgrade. There are a few places that are making tubular rear control arms too. In my opinion why replace with factory when, sometimes, it's better to go aftermarket. Plus they already have the good bushings installed. I understand factory components have lasted this long so why fix what not broke. But my thing is I'm there already and I like to modify so save my pennies to get what I want not just compromise with factory.

Just my 2 cents.
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Yes, I have money to throw at this project, since the target completion timeline is some time in the spring. I have been looking at the tubular control arms and the front lower 4 point brace from CFM, actually. I'm still pricing out a few options and seeing what will most likely be cheaper in the long run as the car wears.
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