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PostSubject: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:54 pm

I have had it for a year and a half now. I have cleaned it up a lot and done a few things to it. I want to do some more but don't know what to do. I am open to suggestions and any ideas you may have please pass on to me.













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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:08 pm

got dam, that's a fine specimen you have. Please take good care of it, whatever you do..

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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:17 pm

charlieRobinson wrote:
got dam, that's a fine specimen you have. Please take good care of it, whatever you do..

agree
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:07 pm

NICE
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:24 pm

Nice Ride!
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:50 pm

Zach, welcome and know you have one fine looking Riv.hi
Please tell us more, where did it come from, what's it's back story, did you add the spoiler, paint the hood insulator, how many miles??? Turn lenses are sparkling clean.    

Careful who you listen to nono for future mods it looks great as is. clap
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:52 pm

Is it white metallic? or just plain white!
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:40 am

Hey Zach, I'd recommend having a body shop paint your grille gloss black. Just be sure to scuff up your grille first with some 400 grit sandpaper to enable the paint to stick. It would definitely give your Riv a little more attitude. Nice spoiler by the way! I have the same one.

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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:18 pm

I think it looks good as is! Imo, blacking out a white car cheapens the look. #ChromeForLife
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:12 pm

Leave that car alone! It's clean and purdy.....
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:29 pm

Leave her stock bro.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:46 pm

it has 130,000 miles and i got it from an older gentleman that needed room for a car he had just bought for his wife. I have added the spoiler, HID's, I painted the hood insulator, and the engine cover black with white trim. I have a 3.4 pulley, shift kit, a tune, and am working on exhaust. it has 12% tint all the way around. and new tires but looking for a little bigger chrome wheels. i like the clean chrome look. I cleaned the corner lenses with the 3M head light restoration kit and alot of time and patience. The interior is spotless and look as if it was never been sat in. I love this car and would not sell or trade it for the world i hope it is one i will on day pass down to my future children
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:35 pm

what do you guys think of these wheels 18s and 8 wide

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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:23 pm

zach123 wrote:
it has 130,000 miles and i got it from an older gentleman that needed room for a car he had just bought for his wife. I have added the spoiler, HID's, I painted the hood insulator, and the engine cover black with white trim. I have a 3.4 pulley, shift kit, a tune, and am working on exhaust. it has 12% tint all the way around. and new tires but looking for a little bigger chrome wheels. i like the clean chrome look. I cleaned the corner lenses with the 3M head light restoration kit and alot of time and patience. The interior is spotless and look as if it was never been sat in. I love this car and would not sell or trade it for the world i hope it is one i will on day pass down to my future children

Yo Zach, how did u feel the shift kit improve the ride? Looks pretty sick imo
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:24 pm

It definitely stiffened it up. It shifts harder almost to that of a power glide trans in an old Chevy. I like it though. It doesn't take an hour and a half to change from 2nd to 3rd anymore. smile
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:05 am

Nice definitely gotta get 1 on here. I'm liking these rims



I can't remember where I got this pic
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:05 am

Is it a members car on here?
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:04 am

i like the 5 spoke rimes i am just worried about spending the money to change them and then i not like the look once i have already bought and payed for them
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:27 pm

zach123 wrote:
I love this car and would not sell or trade it for the world i hope it is one i will one day pass down to my future children
Zach, your hopes & wishes can come true, I'm adoptable. joy
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:02 pm

Have you decided on the rims? What are your plans for the factory chrome set? Willing to sell?
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:31 pm

have not decided on the wheels yet. I am still doing my shopping. I think i am going to hold on to the factory chrome though incase i ever decide to go back to stock. i will definitly post them on the forum if i do decide to sell them though.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:57 am

Ok. I totally understand. If you decide to sell, keep me in mind. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:55 pm

I want to lower the riv 0.5-1 inch and don't want to cut the springs I want to use lowering springs. Has anyone done this before or know what springs to use?
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:43 pm

Might be difficult since you have a 97. The 97 uses 95-97 springs and top mounts, but the strut is unique to 97. You might be able to swap over to 98 struts and use Grand Prix lowering springs (what I did). Theoretically they should bolt up to your knuckle and then you reuse the existing top mounts, just need the lower rubber isolator for the new struts. For the rear you're going to need to make something custom like I did. Eibach did make a set of springs for the 98-02 STS which work on our cars as long as you have the 98 struts up front, but they are virtually impossible to find. As far as the rims go, that picture Chi linked is my car and you can sort of see the coilovers peeking through behind the rim.

Threads to read through:

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t7854p135-custom-adjustable-front-coilovers-for-all-years-fabrication-required?highlight=coilovers

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t265p510-faq-aftermarket-lowering-springs?highlight=springs



The rear springs off of the GP look similar to the front springs on 95-97 cars. I have no idea if they would fit or how they would do since they're not designed to handle the weight of the engine. I have a pair since I only needed the fronts but had to buy a whole set, 30 bucks shipped and they're yours if you feel like experimenting.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the forum 1997 Riv   Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:42 pm

Okay cool I will check into that! What do you guys think about exhaust? I want a low tone. NO RICE!!!!! I like the Borla sound but don't know what would fit nicely under the riv
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