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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Having a Little Trouble Understanding...

So, basically, I'm looking to upgrade my suspension, as another fun, relatively cheap project. I've been reading the FAQs here, but they seem to be written for people who already know the whole part of a suspension. What I'm wondering is, when upgrading a suspension, what are the main components? I know what the struts and shocks are, but I see people talking about front and rear sway bars as well. What exactly are those, and how hard are they to replace? Are they neccesary to change?

I'm not looking to totally drop my car, either. I just want better handling and a slightly different stance than every other cobalt I see on the road.

tl;dr: noob asking 'Effing suspensions, how do they work?'


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Just get some springs, Follow the how-tos and your golden there very easy. Swap bars help keep the car planted when corning, there not needed for a drop.
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^Yep. Sway bars basically reduce body roll. A rear bar is really easy to put on - two bolts. To replace your front bar is more difficult. I'd say a rear bar is worth it; I love mine. I'm not lowered though...
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struts springs and shocks are easy if you have some basic mechanical knowledge and follow the how to's. id do them all at once if i did it again. did springs, then about 2 mo's later had to take it all apart again for the struts and shocks...
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Easiest thing is to replace the strut assembly as a unit; that way when you want to go back to OEM at some point you can just throw the originals back on.
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