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

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

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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