May 19, 2009 update to the Dodge Neon ACR project car

New Neon Suspenders

The Neon goes up on the jack again for some suspension work.
These KYBs set us back about $45 apiece.
When it comes to rallycross, Hotchkis springs for the SRT-4 match well with the lighter and older first-generation Neon.

We replaced the original Arvin struts on our ACR last night, as they were leaking and felt worn out. We chose to replace them with budget-friendly KYB GR2 struts. While the KYBs don’t have the stiff damping of the ACR-spec Arvins, they will work better on loose surfaces.

We also replaced the springs with Hotchkis pieces for the the heavier SRT-4. The progressive sport springs are meant for a 2800 pound SRT-4, which means that they actually raise our 2300-pound ACR about an inch. That will give us both a stiffer spring rate and more ground clearance. Perfect!

While we were in there, we noticed that the left-side tie rod end was worn out. We’ll have to replace that when we get the car realigned.

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chknhwk
chknhwk HalfDork
5/21/09 1:51 a.m.

It's amazing how inexpensive parts are for certain cars! It's such a far cry from what I usually run. :)

parker
parker Reader
5/21/09 6:18 p.m.

I'm interested to see what you think of the KYB's. My impression of them is that you get brand new worn out struts.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter PowerDork
5/22/09 6:35 a.m.

I hated the KYBs on my Neon. I found them to be far inferior to the stock R/T struts.

Maybe with the uprated springs they'll work better.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/22/09 9:13 a.m.

they seem ok so far. Better than blown Arvins. I guess that's damning praise.

Jaxmadine
Jaxmadine Dork
6/1/09 8:28 p.m.

Kybs are a heck of a lot cheaper than the mopar ones.

loroku
loroku
8/16/09 5:58 p.m.

i hate to break ur bubble but the stock acr's struts are made by koni

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
8/17/09 8:55 a.m.

Actually, the 1995 and early 1996 ACRs had struts made by Arvin. After mid-1996, they were made by Koni. I'm not sure what 'ur bubble' is, but not to worry, it's not broken.

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