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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys & Gals..

I feel like these questions may have been answered indirectly elsewhere.. or maybe I'm just not comprehending all of the data that I am reading.

I have a 2008 Chevy Cobalt LT. Stock suspension and steering components. Coming up on 125,000 Miles. Have the usual suspension rattles - I suspect strut mounts & intermediate steering shaft. Lower control arm bushings are intact. I need to make sure the moog endlinks are tight, but idk why they wouldn't be. Also swapped to moog swaybar bushings.

To the point of this post. I am an everyday commuter. I don't race the car.. just looking for smooth ride. Is is really worth it for me to upgrade to FE5 components?

I would like to only replace the struts, shock absorbers, front strut mounts, bellows, spring seat and the strut insulator. I would like to keep the stock springs, unless I decide to lower it.

Is there any benefit to switching to FE5 struts and shocks if I am keeping all LE1 control arms, sway bars, etc? I am toying with the idea of buying SSC springs to drop the car a little bit.. at which point I will need the shorter end links..

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Alright so if you are looking for comfort I wouldnt recommend switching to Fe5 suspension and lowering springs. I would just get new Fe1 parts but if you want a sportier drive and better handling I went with brand new everything with Fe5 suspension and went with B&G lowering springs. The ride will be stiffer definitely but I believe it was worth it. I just used the stock sway bar endlinks because they were not damaged but definitely jack up both sides of the car if you stick with the Fe1 endlinks because they were a pain to get on. Hopefully all this info helps.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. Did you swap the control arms & sway bar out for FE5 parts as well?

I suppose I could go out to a scrap yard and find FE5 sway bar, bushing brackets, and maybe control arms.. although I'd be weary about them being bent.
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Keep your stock sway bar

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Nope kept everything else stock : )
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 07:39 PM
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I would disagree with the people who say keep the stock sway bar, because my old one made a lot of noise when moving around in the bushing on a turn of the wheel, but the new one doesn't. My new sway bar is the FE5 LNF 23mm bar and I could tell the difference immediately after the install. The steering wheel felt alot smoother when I turned and I felt more in control of the car when I gripped the steering wheel, if that makes sense. I would consider that a plus. But the upgrade to the sway bar took me around 5 hours to do it including the time it took to put the car back together. I do feel a slight amount of understeer though with the new front sway bar in, nothing to complain about at all though.

The day after the sway bar upgrade I upgraded to mostly FE5 parts, except control arms(I have Moog FE1 solid bushing control arms), on my front suspension and upgraded to FE5 quality shocks and rear springs on the back.
The feel of the car feels firmer after the upgrade to mostly FE5 parts.
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I don't have the front swaybar but have every other part the very best you can have. Powell XXX rear swaybar, Koni's front and rear, YYZ springs, LSJ FE5 control arms with both sets of Powell CAB bushings and Powell rear twist beam bushings. Still have the stock front swaybar and no issues, the bushings wear on both front swaybars so that shouldn't be used as a reason to switch.

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