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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Seeking critique on my parts list

Hi all,

I am nearing a 150k soon and want to give my 08 sedan a freshening up of the suspension, bushings, and motor mounts. Every update and upgrade I want to do is ride and handling focused. I bought it at 116k now i'm at 145k and i'm assuming none of the parts have ever been replaced before I got the car. I have koni fsd's in there now with about 15k on them and rear shock mounts with about 20k on them.

-New Moog front lower control arms w/ bushings and ball joints
-New Moog front sway bar end links
-New Moog front strut mounts
-Used sway bars bought from forums, have a potential buy on set of hotchkis front and rear bars w/ like new bushings, and comes with rear endlinks, and in the same deal I would also be getting a used AWR 70 durometer RMM.
-New adjustable Moog rear camber arms
-New Moog toe arms, non adjustable
-New Moog rear lower control arms
-New Moog trailing arm bushing
-New JBR passenger motor mount (I'm open to suggestions, but they have free shipping)
-New Moog Transmission mount (I would assume it should be replaced, idk. Its a 5-speed in case it matters)
-New Moog tie rod ends


Is there anything else i'm forgetting that would be good to replace while everything is apart? Also I have the option to put back togethor with stock springs or racing beat springs? Which would work best for this setup? Would it be better to get adjustable toe arms, like the JBR ones, or would stock non adjustable arms be ok? Is the passenger mount worth the extra money or would a oe equivalent be just fine? Right now when it drives you can feel every crack and it bounces on bumps. Would replacing these parts eliminate that and make it as good as original if not better?

I would love any and all input on my list.

Thanks

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Hi all,

I am nearing a 150k soon and want to give my 08 sedan a freshening up of the suspension, bushings, and motor mounts. Every update and upgrade I want to do is ride and handling focused. I bought it at 116k now i'm at 145k and i'm assuming none of the parts have ever been replaced before I got the car. I have koni fsd's in there now with about 15k on them and rear shock mounts with about 20k on them.

-New Moog front lower control arms w/ bushings and ball joints
-New Moog front sway bar end links
-New Moog front strut mounts
-Used sway bars bought from forums, have a potential buy on set of hotchkis front and rear bars w/ like new bushings, and comes with rear endlinks, and in the same deal I would also be getting a used AWR 70 durometer RMM.
-New adjustable mevotech rear camber arms
-New Mevotech toe arms, non adjustable
-New Moog rear lower control arms
-New Moog trailing arm bushing
-New JBR passenger motor mount (I'm open to suggestions, but they have free shipping)
-New Mevotech Transmission mount (I would assume it should be replaced, idk. Its a 5-speed in case it matters)
-New Moog tie rod ends


Is there anything else i'm forgetting that would be good to replace while everything is apart? Also I have the option to put back togethor with stock springs or racing beat springs? Which would work best for this setup? Would it be better to get adjustable toe arms, like the JBR ones, or would stock non adjustable arms be ok? Is the passenger mount worth the extra money or would a oe equivalent be just fine? Right now when it drives you can feel every crack and it bounces on bumps. Would replacing these parts eliminate that and make it as good as original if not better?

I would love any and all input on my list.

Thanks

Why not just rebuild your stock suspension bushings with poly bushings? Whiteline, PSB and Prothane sell stuff for our cars.

Everything else seems OK except the Mevotech stuff. Not sure about the quality of those. I had some mevotech busihngs go bad about 2 years into a install. Not sure about the adjustable stuff as I cant comment onit. never used it. Good luck.
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Why not just rebuild your stock suspension bushings with poly bushings? Whiteline, PSB and Prothane sell stuff for our cars.

Everything else seems OK except the Mevotech stuff. Not sure about the quality of those. I had some mevotech busihngs go bad about 2 years into a install. Not sure about the adjustable stuff as I cant comment onit. never used it. Good luck.

I am more inclined to replace the whole part that has the bushings, like the control arms. Mostly for the avoiding the hassle with swapping out bushings, but also because I would like to remove old parts with rust on them.

I wasn't sure about mevotech quality either. I will probably avoid those parts and try and find moog parts instead. Thanks

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I bought while line rear control arm bushings n they just slide in n out of my control arm cheap enough to replace the whole thing

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cheap enough to replace the whole thing
Thats kinda what I was thinking
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