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Hi Guys I am hooked on the ride tech kits and have decided this is the company I am going to go with. I am ready to pull the trigger for the suspension kit but now have some questions

I do not know what kit to get. StreetGRIP or the Complete Coil-Over System

I don't race the car and have no plans to. I take the car on weekend cruses and to car shows. I do step on the gas some times and I do take it on the highway

I know the Complete Coil-Over System would probably be a bit over kill for what I do but will it make a big diff rents in the drive of the car vs the street grip kit

I am also going to add the Borgeson Street & Performance Quick Ratio GM Power Steering Box, 12.7:1 Ratio

I have all new bushings and mounts, new steering kit, new control arms uper and lower ready to install once I get the new kit

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Why are you hooked on Ridetech? Had their full Coilover level 2 setup with TruTurn on a 69 Camaro convertible. Ride was harsh, sold the car because of it.

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Streetgrip yields a nice ride.
 

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IROC quick ration steering box at O'Reilys for $123, if you want to save some money. Installed that a dozen times with happy clients.
 

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Streetgrip yields a nice ride.
Your experience was an A body which in my experience always ride nicer than an F body. Not saying the F body doesn’t ride nice, just saying the extrapolation to an F body may not be entirely appropriate....

Ridetech completely botched the Streetgrip package I installed in a 71 Cutlass. It was a disaster. Just sayin YMMV....

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Yes. My Chevelle was an A body. The front is the same as the F body but the rears are coils with control arms.

I know a couple of guys that I’ve done Street grip on F bodies and have been pleased with the results
 

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Hi,

I am in the same boat and was about to pull the trigger on the coil-over suspension, tru-turn, and brake package within the next week or so, along with a 6 speed. I originally built my 69 with the same basic idea (components) as the Street Grip except it came from PST if I remember correctly. I replaced the entire steering system, sways front and rear, poly bushings, Hotchkis cut front springs, derched multi-leafs, and KYBs. I also put the close ratio from an IROC on it. Overall, it sticks the corners and drives like crap. Albeit, I live in a City, every bump, hole, and deviation is heard and felt throughout the whole car. Plus, bump-steer. Is the coil over package not worth it? I am going to change out the brakes and control arms either way. I was also told that the tru-turn system will alleviate bump-steer. When I last checked here, everyone seemed to rave about Ridetech and steered me away from the air-bag setup. (Thank you) This system is expensive to me and I don't want to throw good money after bad after bad. I want a daily with track possibilities.
 

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Hi,

I am in the same boat and was about to pull the trigger on the coil-over suspension, tru-turn, and brake package within the next week or so, along with a 6 speed. I originally built my 69 with the same basic idea (components) as the Street Grip except it came from PST if I remember correctly. I replaced the entire steering system, sways front and rear, poly bushings, Hotchkis cut front springs, derched multi-leafs, and KYBs. I also put the close ratio from an IROC on it. Overall, it sticks the corners and drives like crap. Albeit, I live in a City, every bump, hole, and deviation is heard and felt throughout the whole car. Plus, bump-steer. Is the coil over package not worth it? I am going to change out the brakes and control arms either way. I was also told that the tru-turn system will alleviate bump-steer. When I last checked here, everyone seemed to rave about Ridetech and steered me away from the air-bag setup. (Thank you) This system is expensive to me and I don't want to throw good money after bad after bad. I want a daily with track possibilities.
I recommend you find someone who has the suspension you are interested in and take a test drive. It’s really the only way to know for sure if you will like it since everyone has different goals and standards. Ridetech shows up at a lot of shows including Goodguys and you can usually get a test ride. Of course that assumes that car shows are happening again at some point.

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Hi,

I am in the same boat and was about to pull the trigger on the coil-over suspension, tru-turn, and brake package within the next week or so, along with a 6 speed. I originally built my 69 with the same basic idea (components) as the Street Grip except it came from PST if I remember correctly. I replaced the entire steering system, sways front and rear, poly bushings, Hotchkis cut front springs, derched multi-leafs, and KYBs. I also put the close ratio from an IROC on it. Overall, it sticks the corners and drives like crap. Albeit, I live in a City, every bump, hole, and deviation is heard and felt throughout the whole car. Plus, bump-steer. Is the coil over package not worth it? I am going to change out the brakes and control arms either way. I was also told that the tru-turn system will alleviate bump-steer. When I last checked here, everyone seemed to rave about Ridetech and steered me away from the air-bag setup. (Thank you) This system is expensive to me and I don't want to throw good money after bad after bad. I want a daily with track possibilities.
Change out those KYB shocks and you will see a world of improvement in ride harshness. Viking and Ridetech are good options imho.

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Very happy with my streetgrip on my 69 SS 396 L78 4 speed. Anything else would be way overkill on a street car IMO
 

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Change out those KYB shocks and you will see a world of improvement in ride harshness. Viking and Ridetech are good options imho.

Don
Yup. If they are KYB Gas-A-Justs the harshness is ridiculous. The KYB factory replacements provide a softer ride.
 

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street grip kit is orderd along with new steering kit and the new steering box, draglink, and all new bushings and body mounts

this car is going to have a new suspension now I guess
 

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street grip kit is orderd along with new steering kit and the new steering box, draglink, and all new bushings and body mounts

this car is going to have a new suspension now I guess
If you didn’t get it order their bushing removal and install tool for $100. Well worth it if you don’t have a press to do the job.
 
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They are KYB Gas Adjust. Do you think that my existing springs are comparable to the Street Grip or would you get the whole kit and not just the shocks? I've not seen Ridetech at any show near me, and others won't let me ride in their pristine rides. Go figure. Thanks for the advice. Adam, let us know how it works out. I'm ordering my T56M tomorrow and will be talking again with Ridetech.
 

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If you didn’t get it order their bushing removal and install tool for $100. Well worth it if you don’t have a press to do the job.
I used that tool to install my Global bushings and it worked like a charm. Sold it to another member on this forum about a year ago.
 

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If you didn’t get it order their bushing removal and install tool for $100. Well worth it if you don’t have a press to do the job.
I got it while it seems nice, I did manage to bend the thread all that is used to apply force. Pretty sure I was trying to get our 50 year old bushings and I was incapable of doing it by hand so I hit it with an impact wrench. My fault, but I wasn't watching as closely as I should have an I got it in a bind and bent the thread all. I may contact Ridetech for a new one but I doubt it. Most local parts store will lend you a tool to do the job.
 

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Your experience was an A body which in my experience always ride nicer than an F body. Not saying the F body doesn’t ride nice, just saying the extrapolation to an F body may not be entirely appropriate....

Ridetech completely botched the Streetgrip package I installed in a 71 Cutlass. It was a disaster. Just sayin YMMV....

Don
Hi Don - Could you expound on this statement? What did not go right?
 

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Hi Don - Could you expound on this statement? What did not go right?
A body specific things. Wrong lower control arm bushings twice and the rear springs were 2” longer than the ones that were in the car and it sat too high. Ultimately had to use non Ridetech control arm bushings and rear springs. How something that should have been a simple job became such a hassle is a mystery to me. Had to email Brett directly to get some help and reimbursement for the parts that didn’t work.

Don
 
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