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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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I was given a 1998 base v6 firebird as a wedding gift from a church member who was the original owner. It had 260k! Obviously well maintained. I live on a mountain with potholes and I want to drive this for as long as possible being as it is a gift. With that being said I'm going for maximum clearance, now that I'm married looks be damned. I have ordered the bmr 1 inch shock spacers for the front, once installed I will measure for the appropriate rear coil spacers. 2" possibly 3" as the suspension is old and bottoms out with rear passengers on the highway from time to time.

What are the biggest tires I can run on stock rims, or if need be purchase steelies. Wheel spacers optional
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 07:44 AM
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I don't have your answer for tire size, but welcome to the forum.

For bottoming out problem, I'd recommend new rear heavy duty springs. And good shocks. The springs and shocks won't break the bank, and are pretty easy to instal.

To help with the install, go to the following link & download the 98 service manual. My Files

I'd say change the front struts and saprings also, but they cost more because of their type. However, you could check out the prices on Ebay, & auto parts stores. You might find a good deal on a complete set of struts with springs.

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Thank you for the greeting and advice, I actually found front struts and rear springs/shocks for 260$ on Amazon. Seems reasonably priced. Do you think I should add the rear coil spacer considering I have the 1" for the front? And if so what size
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 04:46 PM
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I'd hold off on the coil spacers. I'm thinking the new springs, shocks, & struts will make a big diference in cars ride & handling. If you want to help the 20 year old suspension, new bushings would be the way to go.
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