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  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Saturn Red-line, Impala SS, GTO...

    I realize the GTO isn't under $25K, but it's only $33K. A guy I work with paid more than that for a used 350Z (he paid more than I did for my brand-new, ordered-just-for-me Aurora)...
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I have decided to blow up to $1,000 on the 95. Any suggestions??? RSM, corsa, take Pat out????
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  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I did not find the post. I tried the search feature that was mentioned but it did not come up. I think it was in eiher the "Aurora1" or "Aurora2" threads that preceded this one and they have been archived.

  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    ...I think the Corsa is $995 + install (another $250-$300). If $1k is your ceiling, I think the Corsa is out. I have heard of others putting FlowMasters or other exhaust systems on, for less than the Corsa.

    Personally, this is the #1 thing I'm waiting for once my car is paid off next April (as long as Corsa will still offer the STS system). I already know a good exhaust shop (my co-worker used them to put FlowMasters on his '69 Firebird convertible). I look at the pictures of Greg's Aurora, which mine is a clone of (black '98, though I have the stock chrome wheels), and have lust...

    who should really get back to work :-)
  • When did Zinc's Classic Aurora Website disappear?

    Is there a copy of it anywhere?

    I know that Zinc sold his Aurora Classic a while back and was not going to continue to develop the site. But it was such a great repository of information.

    I, for one, will miss it. ;-(


    1996 Aurora
    79,200 miles
    Black / Black
    Borbet Wheels / Bridgestone Turanza LHS Tires
    KYB Struts
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    I used Adobe Acrobat to make a PDF of the site. It didn't include any of the downloads, but had all of the pictures, etc.

    Unfortunately, the PDF is about 50 MB in size - a little large to email... maybe I'll post it to my web site. If I do, I'll post the URL here...

  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277

    You should've talked to Taylor before he got rid of his car. Maybe you can still salvage it from him if they didn't sell the car yet. A few bucks for the old one to get re-installed, a few bucks to ship, and a few bucks for his time and I bet you could do it under $1000...
  • Do you mean this page, or am I mistaken?

    I still have it bookmarked in my browser and visit it from time to time to get pictures and various info. Actually, I was just on there a day or two ago to get that wallpaper he had posted.

  • I have searched this forums as well as a Google Web Search for Polyurethane Bushings for 1996 Aurora. I also checked the Energy Suspension site.

    I would really like to restore the suspension on my 1996 Aurora which is about to hit 80,000 miles.

    I recently installed KYB struts in the front.

    I am about to install Bridgestone Turanza's LH-S with a forced-wheel balance and 4 wheel alignment.

    I would like to replace the front, lower control arm bushings at this time.

    Are Polyurethane Bushings available for the 1996 Aurora?
    If yes, could someone share this information.

    If there a recommended alternative to Polyurethane?

  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I dont remember why he said it but my mechanic at the dealer recommended against putting the polys on the 1995. I will have to check with him as to wht the issue was with the car to see if it aplies to the 1996.


    And Robert, I did post to Taylor saying I would buy his whole car and use it to put in the 4.6L (try anyway) but he never responded and sold the car.

    I was reminded by my "friend" that I had already blown a few thousand on the 84 Riv. Therefore, I might want to cool my jets on the Aurora since the Classic is out of warranty and known for high repair costs.

    I wish I could show you guys my toy Riviera, but I do not know how to post pictures to this board.

  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    kayaman - I really don't think those Neon SRT's are really that fast. From what I've seen of all the "pocket rockets" is that they do well if launched just right from 0 and then they give a lot back from any kind of a rolling start. Maybe the SRT is different, but I doubt it. And I really wonder about what's sent to the magazine for testing vs. what's sent to the dealer for you to drive - especially on this type of car. And yeah, any kind of power experienced while sitting on an upholstered milk crate is going to "feel" fast too.

    As for the expensive stuff - well, just wait and get one slightly used. Save 5 figures in $$, and look hard for a nice one. It's amazing, but there are a lot of people that buy something and then change their mind of whatever for something else. These people are great. They can pay for up to half of your new car.
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    Henry - you can get it and always switch it to that 99 you say you might buy someday.

    Anybody getting a Corsa exhaust for the classic, just let me know and I'll e-mail you pictures and a description of what the guys did to make it work on my 98. The only thing I'd do different is have the connection between the converter and the resonator welded. I'm going back to have this done. It's loose now. No biggie, it still sounds the same and performs the same, and isn't going anywhere but I want it solid.

    Make sure you find a shop that can weld 304 stainless steel.

    Also - keep in mind that it's difficult to get the tips just right. Mine are exactly the same height from the floor or the bumper, but they are angled just a tad different (in the vertical axis) which makes one seem "low". If you are exactly behind it at the right height, and look for it, you can tell. But it's very minor. It's tough to get it just right as they do have to make some adjustments to make it fit the Aurora - just so you know.
  • nne3jxcnne3jxc Posts: 134
    The address changed a while ago. It seems to be available on Fortunecity as well as here:
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Bushings exist to absorb some vibration and harshness and to have some give instead of having metal on metal attachments. Polyurethane is a much harder material than rubber, and while it will likely last a lot longer, it won't do as good a job on small vibrations and such. I would stick with rubber on a car like the Aurora if I were you. I don't think you want a buzzy car just to improve the handling a tad. I mean, it's an Aurora after all...
  • My 1996 Aurora has 79,500 miles (70% is highway miles). I recently (about 6 weeks ago) replaced the original MacPherson struts with new KYB struts and boots.

    The ride is now much firmer AND the high speed vibration (between 72 and 75 MPH) is much MORE noticeable.

    I will be replacing my Pirelli P6000 Sport Veloce (after 40,000 miles) with Bridgestone Turanza's LH-S. According to my research and discussion with my tire dealer, the Pirelli P6000 Sport Veloce have a rather stiff side wall which results in a somewhat stiff ride.

    I chose the Bridgestone Turanza LH-S tires because they are supposed to be a much smoother riding tire than the Pirelli P6000 Sport Veloce's. - - nts=y&commentStatus=P&tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=- - - Turanza+LS-H

    The LH-S's will be mounted on Borbet Type E wheels that I have had for the past four years. - - r=Choose+Color&filterSize=16&filterFinish=All&filterS- - - pecial=Pricing&autoMake=Oldsmobile&autoModel=Aurora&a- - - utoYear=1996

    The tires and wheels will be "forced balance" of on a Hunter GSP9700 machine:

    Based on information in this forum and at the Aurora and Cadilac forums at, it appears that the forced balance of the wheels and tires is the most likely fix for the high speed vibration problem on these cars.

    Here is how you can find a local shop that has a Hunter GSP9700 that can do a forced four wheel balance.

    Since I have made the investment to improve the ride of my Aurora, this seemed to be an appropriate and logical time to renew/replace the bushings in the the suspension. After all, my Aurora is (7) years old (mfg. date April 1996) and has approximately 79,500 miles.

    This is the reason for my interest in polyurethane bushings for the suspension on my Aurora.

    I welcome your thoughts and comments on this topic.

  • For the New Classics has anyone else reported on the keyhole? Here's what I observed:

    2001 V6 - There's a keyhole in the front passenger door handle.

    2003 - There is not a keyhole in the front passenger door handle.

    What about the other New Classics?

  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Hmm, I thought the 2001's didn't have the passenger keyhole either. My car doesn't. I think it's pretty cool. Gives a nicer look to that side.

    New Classics? Don't you mean new Aurora's vs. classic Aurora's?
  • I think that a car has to be relativly "old" to be called a classic. My Grandmother's 1950 Buick might be getting to that age sometime soon. But the first generation Aurora is still a bit too young for that.
  • So, what we have so far is:
    2001 V6 keyhole
    2001 V8 ?
    2002 V6 ?
    2002 V8 no keyhole
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