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Thanks to the State of Michigan, I will be forced to refresh the suspension and probably the brakes too within the next 2 years. I commute approximately 50 miles a day on I-96 and it is officially under major construction for the next 2 years as they are adding a lane and who knows what else. There is not a lane with one level surface. The center lane has 3 different surfaces and it is one big cluster****! Constant stop and go and every lane is trashed. I'm actually considering finding work closer to home because I just can't see me dealing with that for 2 years. It's THAT bad.

Granted, I only drive my G8 6 months out of the year but that's still one year of dealing with it. It's been a month and my car already does not feel as new and tight as it did. Since getting the car in late 2018, I have changed all 4 arms in front and the upper strut mounts/bearings. I imagine I will be replacing it all again and then some...struts/links, etc.

In the rear, the only thing I have changed in the suspension was the toe links. I went with BMR adjustable toe links strictly for the extra adjustability.

I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with oem stuff or aftermarket. If I do, I will still need to go with better strut mounts as we all know the factory stuff just doesn't hold up. I already have new oem fe2 rear shocks in my stash that I haven't installed yet. I'm thinking new springs all the way around as well. I'll have to research rear upper shock mounts as I do not know what is currently available.

I was thinking about Pedders also as far as springs/struts/shocks go. Does anyone have any experience with their stuff? I'm definitely open to suggestions as long as it doesn't involve coil overs or lowering anything. Thanks.
 

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Mileage? Which struts mounts are the replacements? Why replace the springs? Plan on installing the FE2 rear shocks in the stash or going with Pedders shocks?
 

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Mileage? Which struts mounts are the replacements? Why replace the springs? Plan on installing the FE2 rear shocks in the stash or going with Pedders shocks?
112,000 miles. I replaced the upper mounts with Moog which are probably not much better than stock. I was thinking of at least replacing the rear springs as the rear seems to sit a little low to me. Not sure if I'm going to go with the FE2s or Pedders. I was hoping to get some feedback on Pedders.
 

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Moog's are akin to the factory rubber strut mounts...don't ask how I know. Wouldn't replace unless the springs are broken or otherwise compromised. No personal experience with Pedders as the parts (struts,shocks,springs) purchased awhile ago were sold prior to installation.
 

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My stock 09 GXP rear looked like it was dropped/lowered. I replaced the shocks and the rear shock mount insulators. Ride height is now back to where it used to be. I replaced the rear shocks and front struts using the 2011-2013 Caprice PPV parts. This was about a month ago. At this time, I despise/hate how harsh the ride is. I've read it takes some time to break in. I'm going to give it about 1000 miles. I don't see it happening cause it is rough/bouncy on every small bumps. I literally lift my back off the seat when driving so I won't feel all the bumps.
 

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Same BS around here, the 401 between hwy 10 and hwy 25 has been under construction for 3 years now.
Probably another 3 years of work involved.
It was killing my G8, I fixed them, I retired.
 

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My stock 09 GXP rear looked like it was dropped/lowered. I replaced the shocks and the rear shock mount insulators. Ride height is now back to where it used to be. I replaced the rear shocks and front struts using the 2011-2013 Caprice PPV parts. This was about a month ago. At this time, I despise/hate how harsh the ride is. I've read it takes some time to break in. I'm going to give it about 1000 miles. I don't see it happening cause it is rough/bouncy on every small bumps. I literally lift my back off the seat when driving so I won't feel all the bumps.
If you got the 2011 ones they are more harsh than the 2012 and up. I have the later ones and I'd say it took around 500 miles or so to break in and I've been happy with them since.
 

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Hey RockinlesPaul - as per your request for input on Pedders, I did a partial suspension upgrade two years ago and added Pedders SportsRyder struts, shocks and lowering springs. As the roads sound like a bombed-out airstrip in your location, I would definitely stay away from the lowering springs as you indicated. As for the Pedders struts & shocks, the SportsRyder setup is firm, but not overly harsh. If I had to do it over again (and I might), I would go with the OE height vs the super lowering springs. Lastly, there used to be a Comfort Gas option from Pedders that was a bit softer setup than the SportsRyder series - so might be something else to check out to make your MI roads a bit more drivable.
 

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Hey RockinlesPaul - as per your request for input on Pedders, I did a partial suspension upgrade two years ago and added Pedders SportsRyder struts, shocks and lowering springs. As the roads sound like a bombed-out airstrip in your location, I would definitely stay away from the lowering springs as you indicated. As for the Pedders struts & shocks, the SportsRyder setup is firm, but not overly harsh. If I had to do it over again (and I might), I would go with the OE height vs the super lowering springs. Lastly, there used to be a Comfort Gas option from Pedders that was a bit softer setup than the SportsRyder series - so might be something else to check out to make your MI roads a bit more drivable.
I appreciate the input, thanks! No lowering springs for me. I work on lowered vehicles all the time and in general, they ride like **** and for a guy my age(57 next month), harder to work on. The roads are 3rd world country at best and lowered practically pulls you into every crack and crevice there is. Same with lifted trucks but that's another story.

I'll check into the Pedders stuff a little deeper. Sounds like it may be the way to go from what your saying.
 
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