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    Default 96 Impala SS | lowering the daily

    I've been working on my suspension for about 6 months now, here's some pics of the original to the progress so far.

    Here was the stock stance. You can see it with my first modded exhaust system (wrap around tips)



    A couple years later (after I learned a thing or two) I decided to get this car road course and auto-x ready. Needless to say, 16 year old suspension and steering components were far from track worthy. First thing was to redo the entire steering up front. Next were the Monroe SS shocks on all four corners (stiffest on market, other than coilovers). Last step was to install the PPM 1" DD series coil springs. Chose these because they have a linear spring rate, and had a stiff spring rate in the rear (most springs are generally soft in rear for this car).
    This was the look I had:




    As you can see, the level in the front of the car was much higher in the rear. As it turned out, the rear settled ~2" lower then stock. The front settled to the claimed 1". This called for some customization on my part. After talking to some custom car shops and gathering some opinions from people who have dabbled in this kind of customization, I decided to get about 3/4 of a coil of the bottom two coil springs in the front. The stance I ended up with was this:



    ^As you can see in the photos above, the wrap around exhaust tips are now gone. But more on that later...

    Unfortunately for me, I still wasn't satisfied with the stance. While the gap between the front and rear wheels looked equal, the car still had the look of a sagging rear end (common with boats ). So through a few more cuts and changes in the front, I am finally settled with the ride height in the front.




    Being that it's my daily, I don't want to go too low just yet. I have a complete suspension overhaul in the future, but I need to plan it out a little more before I can make that happen. Planning on upgrading my four link in the rear to a 5 link suspension. I'm going to do this by adding a panhard rod. This is the reason I can't run an over the axle exhaust anymore. I just won't have room with the 5 link in the car. Unfortunately there isn't a kit out there because most people don't recommend this mod on this particular car. The main reason being, the frame is like a wet noodle. It really needs to be reinforced. This is what I'm currently planning out. All input and suggestions are welcome.

    While my suspension upgrades have looks considered, the primary goal is performance. I still have a lot of work to go before I can take this big ole boat out on the road course, but so far it has performed beyond expectations at all auto-x's (especially with such crappy tires). Here's a video of the SS at one:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhy452BGdTE&feature=plcp"]Grissom Aeroplex Auto-X | 1996 Impala SS | Run 4 (Best Run of Day) - YouTube[/ame]
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    That's a really clean impala. You don't see them like that very often


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    Dump it. VIP. Golden.
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    Man, I love these cars! I had a 96 SS I lowered and beat the shit out of daily about 10 years ago, and even though I never gave that car any real love, I truley miss having one to do burnouts in. I would love to buy another someday soon and actually build it up nicely. I will be watching your thread ont this.

    Here is a pic i dug up of mine from 2002-ish

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    I will always have a soft spot for bigass cars. And this is one of them.

    Looks good, I'm interested to see what you do for fitment later on.
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    good start. I always loved these for some reason. I know you want perfrmance, but a good fitment and big wide wheels would be tits IMO


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    I love these Impalas, just please don't put 22"s on the car.

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    I love how you evened out the gaps.

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    OMFG this should be epic! I have always wanted to see some one due a LT1! (second car was a 95SS!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by milano_red View Post
    That's a really clean impala. You don't see them like that very often
    Quote Originally Posted by coconutt View Post
    I love how you evened out the gaps.
    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by MrDanguy View Post
    Dump it. VIP. Golden.
    Is that in reference to my dumped exhaust? Or a direction on where I should go with the car? lol i'm sure i'm way overthinking it but this car will eventually be lower (need to tub out the front wells first).


    Quote Originally Posted by BADwayz View Post
    Man, I love these cars! I had a 96 SS I lowered and beat the shit out of daily about 10 years ago, and even though I never gave that car any real love, I truley miss having one to do burnouts in. I would love to buy another someday soon and actually build it up nicely. I will be watching your thread ont this.

    Here is a pic i dug up of mine from 2002-ish

    That thing is awesome! Almost looks like you went with the sprint springs (f2"/r3") but that's hard to tell with one pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by MommysLittleMonster View Post
    I will always have a soft spot for bigass cars. And this is one of them.

    Looks good, I'm interested to see what you do for fitment later on.
    Quote Originally Posted by DannyE32 View Post
    good start. I always loved these for some reason. I know you want perfrmance, but a good fitment and big wide wheels would be tits IMO
    Fitment will be interesting. My suspension is based for pure performance, but a good fitment requires the right spacing for rims and tires, so it kinda leaves me open to options. Expect a deep lip on the rear, with the rim just reaching the top of the well.. Hopefully



    Quote Originally Posted by Chigga View Post
    I love these Impalas, just please don't put 22"s on the car.
    Haha no way man the most I'm gonna go with is 20's. And those would be for fitment only, 18's will be taken to the track with slicks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob&co View Post
    OMFG this should be epic! I have always wanted to see some one due a LT1! (second car was a 95SS!)
    I'll do my best! All advice is accepted, I don't want just a lowered ride (like i have now...) I want something fitted and perfected for both street and strip.
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    ^hahaha glad glad i'm not the only one
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    Ahh Grissom...my stomping grounds. Did you run there this year? I was driving an 04 STi in STU all year.

    Cool car, as long as it doesn't end up on bags and Daytons or 22"s I think I'll like it haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by brum View Post
    Ahh Grissom...my stomping grounds. Did you run there this year? I was driving an 04 STi in STU all year.

    Cool car, as long as it doesn't end up on bags and Daytons or 22"s I think I'll like it haha
    you have a pic of you're ride? i was at two scca events they hosted at Grissom this year and one event hosted by the fort Wayne Corvette club.. no bags, no 22s, no worries!
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    Thank you for coming on here and actually knowing what you're talking about. Your car look ridiculously clean. Looking forward to seeing where you go with it from here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rod View Post
    Thank you for coming on here and actually knowing what you're talking about. Your car look ridiculously clean. Looking forward to seeing where you go with it from here!
    Thanks man! And i'm no expert, that's why i'm here! To learn about proper fitment and styling. Mixing the form with the performance. I've got a great start, and i'm learning more everyday. My current major is motorsports engineering, so this is definitely my thing
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    zr1 wheels now! 18x9.5 and 18x12 i think they are!
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    Moar Low LOL.Nice car, ready to see it when your finally done with fitment!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob&co View Post
    zr1 wheels now! 18x9.5 and 18x12 i think they are!
    I've been looking into it, my dad just bought ZR1 replicas for his '85 vette (road course ready). I love them, but they set him back a grand, which is cheap for those. I just don't have that kinda cash right now. Still looking though!

    Quote Originally Posted by hondarida5 View Post
    Moar Low LOL.Nice car, ready to see it when your finally done with fitment!
    haha if I could go lower I would, trust me! Problem is with the front wheel wells on, you can't go much lower than what I already have. I'll need to tub out the front to get the real fitment I need on this car
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    More or less this is what it looked like. I know the owner of the car Austin was there every event. I missed the first few due to some girlfriend requests...



    It's on black chrome Rota DPT's

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    Nice 7th gen impala, the last of the RWD. i havent seen one slammed, cant wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brum View Post
    More or less this is what it looked like. I know the owner of the car Austin was there every event. I missed the first few due to some girlfriend requests...



    It's on black chrome Rota DPT's
    I'm sure i've seen that one at least once, Subarus tend to be a hit at the SCCA events though so it's hard to remember them all. You should be seeing me a lot more next season, i'll actually be registering and attending the majority of the solo events.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueJ_Fish View Post
    Nice 7th gen impala, the last of the RWD. i havent seen one slammed, cant wait!
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    You'll catch us next year at the top of the PAX results every event lol. We have a set of Ohlins ready to go on but think we'll be getting some custom valved AST's for next year...then proceed to hopefully win STU at some national events.

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    ^^I'll keep an eye out for ya!


    I've started to get prepared for next track season already by getting new tires. Had my SS fitted with 275/40r17 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZR tires. Just from driving it home, I can already tell a HUGE difference in traction through corners. The smaller sidewall size gives me a little better steering bite feel with my custom alignment. Can't wait to take them out and really see what they can do!
    Before they were on the car. Notice my car in the background, with the HUGE amount of travel up front.


    My friend commented "It's amazing how wide the tires look BEFORE they're on the car"... he's not wrong haha


    The size of the tire is smaller than the one previous one so I had some more fender well gap, which allowed me to put the fender trim back on. Also gives me room to lower the car up front even more!
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    I clicked on this thread expecting to see 3" of lift and 24's, I'm so relieved. These are one of my favorite cars, you're going in the perfect direction with it too. I'm hoping to flip my Volvo and have one for the spring, I'm trying to do a VIP build.

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