Originally Posted by astock165
We've never had an issue (yet) of having to replace rod ends, especially since we use Teflon lined (dry lube) rod ends and typically recommend use of the protective boots.
However, should something need to be replaced our kit breaks down into a number of pieces and associated hardware so you only need to replace what you need to.
Exactly. Thats a rear toe assy worth having
Whether anyone has ever needed to replace parts in the aftermarket toe assy's ...I dunno.
The fact that they CAN.....was my point.
Again, the stock toe assy is throw away. I've seen many hit the lid on the dumpster as they were tossed inside..
If the rod gets loose enough that it cannot stay where you move it, its junk. Not worth your life when the inner socket allows the rod to separate and come apart.
Regarding the rear stiffness/harsh ride. The toe assy has nothing to do with the ride quality. Thats 99% rear mono-spring and 1% quality shocks.
if you have '84 Z-51 that is the hardest/harshest/fastest spring rate of ANY year model C4. The spring rate got softer each and every yr after that,. and the hard spring had to be special ordered in later yrs. Your Z51 spring is 499 in/lbs of misery. For example, a 92 rear spring is around 270 in/lbs.
There are several softer springs available that will fit your car. Look at the TAG on the top side of the spring, right side. There is a code there. Get the code list by a search here to find the code for something in the 300-375 lb range for a much much more comfortable ride. It will not be soft or sloppy, just comfortable. Toss the cheap shocks and invest in the Bilsteins. Bilstein is the factory performance shock because it has "progressive dampening" that makes the 1st inch of travel firmer for sport driving, and the remainingtravel of the shock gets softer the further it moves so the bumps get absorbed better. AT $80 each....the Bilsteins are well worth it. Best part is they are completely rebuildable and you can order your shocks set up any way you want them. Try that with the parts store brand ! or even KYB.
Your spring will cost about $250-400 more or less. Depends on new or used and where you buy it. Plenty out there. Easy to do. 30 minute job.
Look on FleaBay for used springs ad the usual Vette catalogs...all you need is the code for what you have now, and the chart that shows what replacements are available. The toe assy will make the car seem more "sure-footed" and stable but not softer.
if you;ve become used to the ride of the '84 with Z51....a different spring will feel like you;re in a TownCar.