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I'm about to put my 96 Supreme away for the winter, but come spring I was looking to upgrade/improve/replace my front end parts to try and get a better handling ride and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what would be a good kit to buy and or what is needed. This is a 60,000 mile car with all the original parts and that includes the struts. I now have on a front shock tower brace (exclusively found on the convertibles) and this has helped IMMENSELY to improve the handling, but I'm thinking new stuff to replace the rusted original parts may help. The rear struts were replaced with Moogs. They are a bit noisy and I might ditch them or try and find out why they are making noises when going over bumps. It sounds like something is loose on both sides but I'm thinking it's just what they do.
A big THANK YOU goes out to Galaxie500 for obtaining a front shock tower brace for me to install on my (3.1) 1996 Cutlass Supreme SL. Last night I installed it (6 bolts), and the first trip to work has been taken with it in the car. Holy cow man, what a difference! I have been driving this car for 4 months now, so when I took the same trip to work, same road bends, same bumps, same lane changes on the highway, I was shocked at how much better the car is handling. In particular there is one banked bend in I-91 south going into Hartford where I always give it some gas to see how the car does. Suffice it to say it was always an unhappy bend for this car at speeds over 70, due to under-steer. No more. Today it took that same bend flat as a pancake with no under-steer, and when I looked at the speedo I was going a bunch faster than what I just mentioned. A bunch. It's really too bad GM was so cheap and only put these pieces on the Convertibles. While I see why the convertibles got them, I think they should have at least made it an option on the other cars. If any of you out there were think about getting one of these for your Cutlass, IMHO I say go for it. Tough to find as the only way you'll get one is off a junker convertible, but I surely believe it's worth the effort. [