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i recently purchased an 88 convertible from my brother...having never owned a vette before i am finding out they are challenging to work on to say the least.. i do have a basic ?.... how do u tell which suspension is on there... z51 is identified in what way? mine is under construction, new steering rack is the current chore, but i need shocks(why i asked) and the rear mono leaf is cracked. is that a common problem? any input is appreciated thanks chad:crazy:
 

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Congrats and welcome aboard.:cheers:
Z51 is listed with the other options, if you have it. The RPO sticker should be on the back of center console lid or storage compartment lid.
I wouldn't call a cracked spring common, but it does happen. New ones are being made and there are lots of used ones out there.
 

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thats a nice looking vette and the color goes good with the convertible top welcome to dc
 

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:smack thanks for the replys... i'll check on suspension... i found a used mono leaf for 160 shipped.... right now the engine compartment looks like a blast zone.... new timing chain, all new gaskets and seals, cleaning up nasty from rack exploding, just hoping i can put it all back together... lol thanks guys i already like this site. right now i love the car and hate the car you know.
 

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Sounds as though you have your hands full plenty of work huh well good luck putting that baby back together i bet after you are done you will be enjoying it though best of luck bro
 

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it will all be worth it.

its strange how these cars just kinda suck u in..... i'm hooked already. thanks for the support guys and good luck to all. its still alot better than my turbo z car, even when i got it and it was in need of some wrench time. :partyon:
 

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:partyon: Right on! it will be well worth the work
 

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:smack thanks for the replys... i'll check on suspension... i found a used mono leaf for 160 shipped.... right now the engine compartment looks like a blast zone.... new timing chain, all new gaskets and seals, cleaning up nasty from rack exploding, just hoping i can put it all back together... lol thanks guys i already like this site. right now i love the car and hate the car you know.

I'd go with a NEW mono leaf, really, it's like buying used brake pads.
 

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i recently purchased an 88 convertible from my brother...having never owned a vette before i am finding out they are challenging to work on to say the least..
Welcome to the World of Corvette, and to DC!

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i do have a basic ?.... how do u tell which suspension is on there... z51 is identified in what way? mine is under construction, new steering rack is the current chore,
The Z51 was limited to coupes with manual transmissions in 1988. If you look at the center console door, you should find a "Service Parts Identification" sticker, and that lists all the RPO codes associated with your car. If the console door has been replaced, you can order the duplicate window sticker for your car from the National Corvette Museum (all they need is your VIN).

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but i need shocks(why i asked) and the rear mono leaf is cracked. is that a common problem? any input is appreciated thanks chad:crazy:
I just replaced my stock Bilstein shocks with a set of Bilstein Sport shocks. The Sport shocks are the ones that came with the Z51 package, and they made a big difference in how the car feels. The standard Bilstein shock for the Vette is called Heavy Duty. I'm not sure if Sports are available for '88 verts - you'll have to look at the Bilstein application guide to find out.

Where did the leaf spring crack? Any other damage that might have contributed to the failure? If you get caustic cleaning agents on the spring, it will deteriorate (but I'm not sure that caustic by itself will cause it to crack).

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thanks for the hospitality guys u rock.

Welcome to the World of Corvette, and to DC!



The Z51 was limited to coupes with manual transmissions in 1988. If you look at the center console door, you should find a "Service Parts Identification" sticker, and that lists all the RPO codes associated with your car. If the console door has been replaced, you can order the duplicate window sticker for your car from the National Corvette Museum (all they need is your VIN).



I just replaced my stock Bilstein shocks with a set of Bilstein Sport shocks. The Sport shocks are the ones that came with the Z51 package, and they made a big difference in how the car feels. The standard Bilstein shock for the Vette is called Heavy Duty. I'm not sure if Sports are available for '88 verts - you'll have to look at the Bilstein application guide to find out.

Where did the leaf spring crack? Any other damage that might have contributed to the failure? If you get caustic cleaning agents on the spring, it will deteriorate (but I'm not sure that caustic by itself will cause it to crack).

Steven
turns out the lid says z52..... and as for leaf its has flakes on the bend radious on pass side. its just peeling apart in the apex of the spring. not sure about other problems yet. i know all four shocks have leaked untill they have nothing left it appears. i'll be tackling this issue once i get motor compartment reassembled thanks for info and support.:thumbsup:
 
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