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RoughNecks17
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PostSubject: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 4:06 am

Hey Everyone,
So, this is my new ride.
I bought this Riviera from my neighbour to sort of have a project. I don't want to do a whole heck of a lot to it, other than just puuuurdy it up a bit. I was thinking maybe a cold air intake and a better exhaust for performance wise. But I mainly want to turn it into a loud music head turner. Non-competition though. Right now I have rear 6x9's upgraded (Alpine Type-R), front 5 1/4 (Alpine Type-R, tweeters soon to follow), and the deck, which was a bitch and a half to install (Alpine CDA-117). Next will be a Alpine mono block amp for the subs, Type-R subs (dual 12), and then an Alpine 4 channel amp for head unit and speakers. I'm also gonna dynamat the crap out of the truck and modify where the 6x9's are. Do something so they stop rattling against the top.

I apologize for the poor lighting
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Thanks for looking! Looking forward to hear what you all think happy
Also, any suggestions as to what I should do? Engine performance? Suspension? Exterior - paint, rims?
Jordan.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 9:38 am

smile Welcome To The Group and Congratulations On Your Riv. I am liking that generation more all the time.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 10:44 am

ghpcnm wrote:
I am liking that generation more all the time.

I was a little hesitant on purchasing it cuz I thought it was rather ugly and for "old people" but the more I drive it, the more I enjoy it. Some things are really annoying, like the signal light chime, oh my, it just makes me wanna shoot myself.

Thanks for the welcome. happy
Also, don't make fun of the rust razz our cars up here do see snow every winter, so rust is very common. and there is very little rust on this thing especially for the year
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 10:47 am

Pretty sure you can make that chime go away with a little experimentation. wink

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'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 10:49 am

but then that involves tearing shit apart and im really not a big fan. plus, electrical, im really not that good at it.
if it was as easy as removing a fuse? then sure. rolleyes
fill me in? haha
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 11:04 am

FYI, we tear a lot of stuff apart around here. Think of it this way - it should be easy enough to find!

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'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO • 85k miles • 0-60: 4.8s • 16.9 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun


'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe • 116k miles • 455 Rocket V8
Because cool


'95 Celica • 152k miles • 0-60: yes
Because free
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 11:15 am

well, as do i. I installed that head unit myself, which was an utter bitch i tell ya what. and, i had a double DIN unit for this car, cuz it looked like it would fit. well. that was a no. so i had to go to single and then i had to heat up the metal frame and widen the thing so it would fit in properly. and the very bottom is a terrible place for the deck. the gear lever is in the way! but hey i did it. also, i rewired my whole car and installed the speakers (rewired the speakers and got it read for subs)

and im not quite picking up what youre layin down on the whole it should be easy to find. but keep in mind, i just worked a 12 hour shift and ive been up for 18ish hours. lol
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 11:45 am

My 87 Buick has a black chime box the size of a cigarette pack that controls the chime #25524794. On my car it is under the dash near the steering column. Good chance that the part is the same knowing GM because it is correct for the Park Av of those years.. Easy to disconnect it.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 2:01 pm

Welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 2:05 pm

Hello, welcome to the forum! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 4:47 pm

Wow, it's nice! I think you should restore to it's original fashion, and maybe tweak it a little bit, here and there, if you know what I mean. Defenitly get a new engine though, to outrun those idiot 17 year olds in Hona Civics... lol! surprised
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 8:25 pm

96riv wrote:
My 87 Buick has a black chime box the size of a cigarette pack that controls the chime #25524794. On my car it is under the dash near the steering column. Good chance that the part is the same knowing GM because it is correct for the Park Av of those years.. Easy to disconnect it.

thats seems just to easy. Cuz you know, this is GM.

Thanks for the welcome guys. cheers

I think ill keep the engine and just fancy it up a little. ill still be able to beat those rice rockets. maybe lol
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 8:52 pm

Welcome to the forum. I have to say that I like this generation Riv....I currently own a 92 that just won a Senior Gold award (396 points out of a possible 400) at the 2011 BCA National Meet in early July.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 8:58 pm

just a show n shine meet?
thanks for the welcome.

When my stero is done, I think rims are next.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 9:55 pm

Do wheels soon,even put some hub caps, over those ugly steel rims.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptyWed Aug 10, 2011 10:31 pm

The hub caps are sitting in my trunk. As you can see, I only have one on the car right now. That's because I can't get the damn thing off! Stupid GM and making stupid stupid STUPID plastic tools! Like WTF!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptySat Sep 03, 2011 11:21 am

The shifter console looks really cool on this generation! The wood grain looks of better quality than the newer rivieras.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1989 Riviera   My 1989 Riviera EmptySat Sep 03, 2011 10:09 pm

Thanks, I'll take some better pictures and in the daylight instead of some poor parking garage light and post them up soon.

Well! There stereo is 95% done! All I need now is a separate 4 channel amp to power the speakers, so more power can go to them. Also to add another battery. Ill get pictures up ASAP! I should have done a write up on this.
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