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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-23-2014, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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FE5 Ride Quality?

I've heard mixed reviews so thought I'd ask...looking at suspension upgrades.

I know I want front and rear anti-sway bar(going with FE5 front and progress rear) along with moog endlinks.

The end goal is good handling and ride comfort. I've heard across the board that FE5 Shocks and Struts improve handling, but mixed reviews on the ride quality vs FE1.


Wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts/suggestions.
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The end goal is good handling and ride comfort.
This means you're looking for a compromise. One is usually achieved at the expense of the other. My advice is do a ride-along with someone in an SS in your area. And remember that no production car (in the Cobalt's price range) has extremely stiff stock springs

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This means you're looking for a compromise. One is usually achieved at the expense of the other. My advice is do a ride-along with someone in an SS in your area. And remember that no production car (in the Cobalt's price range) has extremely stiff stock springs
Fair enough, lol. Ride quality wouldn't be a major issue except My dad has a back injury among other things and on occasion I need to give him rides to doctors apointments and other things.
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What ever you do don't get Munroe Sensatrac. They are garbage.

I just ordered FE5 shocks and struts for my 2010 but I can't give you an opinion until I have them installed. FE3 would be your middle of the line.

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The end goal is good handling and ride comfort.
Those two together are opposing. FE1 struts are soft vs FE5's are stiff. I didnt know of an FE3. Ride comfort=softer suspension, good handling=stiffer suspension. See where I am going?

I have the Fe5's rear completed. Just waiting on the front parts, but so far, instant respsonse on control, but bumpy on hard roads.
The moog endlinks wont really do much in your case. Instead of it dry rotting, you just put grease in it to keep it lubricated. You should hold on for a few days and I can give you my best response to the FE5 build overhaul I am doing.

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Those two together are opposing. FE1 struts are soft vs FE5's are stiff. I didnt know of an FE3. Ride comfort=softer suspension, good handling=stiffer suspension. See where I am going?

I have the Fe5's rear completed. Just waiting on the front parts, but so far, instant respsonse on control, but bumpy on hard roads.
The moog endlinks wont really do much in your case. Instead of it dry rotting, you just put grease in it to keep it lubricated. You should hold on for a few days and I can give you my best response to the FE5 build overhaul I am doing.

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Alright, sounds good to me, look forward to it.
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Fe1 Fe3 and Fe5 suspension will ride soft. Shocks and struts dont affect ride quality nearly as much as the springs do.
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To be honest, I didn't feel that much of a change after the swap. The ride felt "tighter" to me, not nearly as sloppy as FE1. The comfort was neither increased nor decreased.

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Same. I swapped shocks and springs from stock and the ride really didn't suffer too much. It is stiffer but nothing too drastic or debilitating. Handling characteristics did improve by quite a lot, and for that reason alone it's worth it.

Also, dropped me about 1.5", which isn't bad either. You'll only bottom out on aggressive speed bumps and if you're carrying too much weight/passengers. I say do it.

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Good feedback - I think I'm going to go with the FE5 shocks and struts, maybe go with the springs as well...but shocks and struts for sure.

Thanks for everyone's feedback on this.
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