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Old 04-20-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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hey guys, i have a stock 2009 manual trans SE. im lookin to upgrade the suspension a bit for a better ride. i dont wanna lower it or make it a race suspension. was looking to get some ideas on how to make the ride smoother and quieter. i.e. sway bar end links, etc.

any suggestions are appreciated!


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Old 04-21-2014, 09:18 AM   #2
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The smoothest suspension is going to be the OEM one, most aftermarket springs shocks/dampers are going to be more stiff and lower the car.

How many miles are on the suspension now? Where are you hearing noise at now? Describe when it happens and where it is coming from.
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My mechanic found both stabilizer link ends loose in my 09, so I'll have to replace them. Wondering if I should get OEM or some other brand, so I'll follow the replies here closely.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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As stated, OEM would be the best ride because they use the softest, spongiest materials and components. Most aftermarket is either modeled to be similar to this feel or would provide increased performance but, to many, a reduced ride quality. A stiffer strut can improve your handling but you'll feel the bumps more and it won't be the smooth ride you're looking for.
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Aftermarket greasable end links for the front are adequate. The heavier weight isn't a noticeable change & they're much cheaper.

Moog is popular for higher quality, I cheaped out with lifetime Auto Zone units and they worked fine (tighten well, one of four bolts loosened on me). Others reported no issues with whatever bargain brand was avail. in their area. Double nut is one option for security if loosening is an issue. Grease gun to lube would be needed, and mine needed the zerks installed (came in the pkg. loose).
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If you do not have one already the rear sway bar that came in the SE Deluxe package makes a big improvement in handling.
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i thought the poly bushings will last long and make for a better ride just because it has better materials its made of

i have just under 60k on it now. its not so much of hearing noises but i just want an overall better ride. for example, i live in michigan, just north of detroit. our roads or HORRIBLE. you hit potholes on purpose just to avoid hitting bigger potholes. so i figured that would wear all my suspension out early and my suspension could be old and tired already so its not working as well.

though in the winter, there is one noise i hear and it bugs me. when i hit a sudden bump, like a speed bump or a bump in the road and the tires have to come up quickly, it sounds like a crunching sound. almost like the passenger side tires are botteming out, but they arnt. it only happens in cold weather. anyone have any idea?
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Poly bushings will last long but they'll also transfer vibration more and be stiffer. Poly is not as soft as rubber, therefore the ride isn't as soft with poly bushings. With under 60k on the suspension it's hard to say what could be worn out.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:16 AM   #9
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hmm...alright well than would anyone advise me to change out the strut/shocks? or is it too early and would just be a waste of time?
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I'd change out your dampers, w/ the niles you have. Don't forget to have a alignment done after wards. What dampers you get are going to dictate what kind of ride you get vs performance= a soft oem style strut is going to give you a smooth ride, but you'll lose handling around corners vs a performance style of damper, where you lose some smoothness of ride. What you have right now is the smoothest ride your going to have. IDK what your feel for smoothness is vs mine, I didn't buy this car for smoothness. My wife yrs ago bought a new '98 STS Cadillac & that was smooth riding & could corner pretty good for what it is.
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