'01 R/T rear suspension shopping list advice

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'01 R/T rear suspension shopping list advice

Post by Artes340 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:37 pm

I'm looking to assemble my shopping list of replacement parts to freshen up the rear suspension and would like your input. This is my daily driver and I don't plan to race or track the car.

I was looking into the Prothane complete kit and wanted to verify it does not include the R/T size sway bar bushings 22/19mm sizes?

Strut - (2) Tokico Blue
Coil Spring - (2)Eibach Pro
Strut Mount - (1) OEM 5272459AB/5272458AB or (2) Moog K7372?
Sway Bar Cushion - (2) Does the Prothane 19mm universal bushing bracket style 'A' work? Otherwise Mopar OEM?
Sway Bar End Links - (1) Prothane 19-413
Lateral Arm Bushings - (1) Prothane 4.304
Tension Strut Bushing - (1) Prothane 4-1206
Jounce Bumper and Dust Shield - Is there a Prothane universal part for these? Otherwise Mopar OEM? or (2) Moog K90460-Rear
Coil Spring Isolator - (2) Mopar OEM? Did not see one from Prothane.
Anything else I should consider?

I appreciate your guidance with this.
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Post by Boyscoutgonebad » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:43 pm

when I bought the Prothane kit a few years ago it included the ones for the R/T.
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Post by D-Railed_Neon » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:03 pm

The complete kit comes with everything you will need in regards to the sway bars. I have em on my car. Curious as to what you are running for the front struts and coils? The Blues and sports seem to be the best combination of control and comfort in a traditional mcpherson setup. :thumbup:
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Post by Artes340 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:12 pm

Thanks for the information on the prothane kit gents. I think this will be the first order of business and then we'll move on to struts and springs.

I think it might be the factory setup. I pulled a tag off the front coil with p/n 05272295aa. Tomorrow, I'll try and identify the strut.

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Post by Artes340 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:55 am

Received the complete Prothane bushing kit. It comes with 24 and 20mm front sway bar and 17, 14, 12mm rear bar bushings. For an R/T, I would use 22 and 19.

I don't see these sizes referenced in the Neon/PT section of Prothane's catalog. Would like to confirm if Prothane's 19-1118 (19mm) and 19-1121 (22mm) universal sway bar bushings will work?

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Post by Artes340 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:37 pm

It's time to pick out the strut and spring pieces. I'm wondering if the extra money is noticeable enough on a daily driver to purchase Tokico Blue struts and Eibach Pro springs compared to a original ride quality Moog strut assembly?

I guess it would be more than $140 in cost since I would need to add the strut mount, jounce bumper and spring isolators on the Tokico/Eibach setup.

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Post by occasional demons » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:15 pm

You can re use the jounce bumpers if needed, but when I replaced the Eibachs, I actually used new jounce bumpers, and half of the old one. Screw cutting them like they recommend. I found more is better. Definitely helps on those holes you can't avoid.

Have you checked the bolts that go through the rear cross member? They have a habit of not coming out very well. But I don't believe your car has seen too much snow, if any, so that may be a plus there. Use plenty of antiseize on those when you re install. Be sure the toe adjusters are working freely also.

The Blues should last a very long time. Mine have many miles and lots of abuse, and they are still like day one. But in all honesty, if you are replacing everything to make a new assembled spring/strut like I did, (25% off list Mopar parts back then) you are nearly in coil over pricing. If I had to do it now, coil overs would be on the car.
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Post by Artes340 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:02 pm

If I'm looking into a coilover, the general consensus is spend the extra money and go with BC for ride adjustment and lowering ability?

Modern Performance is showing the BC Coilover Suspension & Rear Camber Plates 00-05 Neon/SRT-4 for $1080.00.

Would these be the G-02 and I assume they slotted for a sway bar connection?

With this, I wouldn't need other strut tower parts?

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Post by D-Railed_Neon » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:42 am

I have the BCs on my car from modern performance. I got mine without rear camber plates but, yes they are slotted and set for sway bars front and rear. Ride quality is so so. not as smooth as stock but, much much more responsive.
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Post by Artes340 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:35 am

Ride quality would be a concern if it's average since this car is only a daily driver. I need to weigh the cost vs benefit.

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Post by D-Railed_Neon » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:21 am

Honestly, I believe the BCs are a bit rough for daily duty. Mopar S3s are the best if your gonna track or autoX the car while still driving it daily but are expensive. If you just want to get low and have a somewhat responsive handling but nothing super stellar I would recommend the raceland kits. They are like half the price of the BCs and from what everyone is saying, they are much more comfortable. Handling wise they are the same as to slightly better than stock but with the ability to raise and lower the car, and adjust camber. Honestly, if I didn't track this car I would be running the racelands but, its hard to beat the performance of the BCs for the price. Hope that helps :thumbup:
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