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    Default In search of stance: my 99 grand prix

    Hey guys, my name is David and I own a '99 pontiac grand prix. Its my first car and we've been through quite a bit (though mostly repairs) but its a never ending work in progress and I thought i'd get a build thread going for it. I hope you enjoy reading!

    Here's how it looked when I got it, ready for some offroading with that ride height haha



    First on the list was a new head unit and and sound system. I had never even heard of a sub until I got a car, but the stock cd player was broken along with 3 of the 4 door speakers. I got Infinity kappas front and back and my uncle's friend got me a deal on a sub and amp. Now I can't imagine ever having a car without good sound.

    I didn't like the messy box in trunk look with wires everywhere so i cleaned it up with this plywood pannel and carpeted it.



    I joined a few pontiac forums and got a few ideas for some cheap first mods. I got a cai and installed it, but i forgot to take pictures of it on my car. This stayed on for a while until...



    My engine spun a bearing. To this very day, my mom swears it was the intake's fault.
    So after some messing around and desperately trying to get the supercharged version from the junkyard, my parents insisted that a friend of a friend rebuild the internals because we would be able to get a warranty so I remained N/A. But I was very happy to have a practically new engine.

    I was still looking for some cheap things to make it stand out a bit. Sooo... I got some fresh tires, and after a few weeks, a paint marker




    I liked how it looked and I think it suits the car okay, and its definitely inexpensive haha. I decided to fill in the letters, but went to outlined letters.




    Next up my for a birthday present from my parents, I got some tint installed. 15% all around



    Over on the pontiac forums, its pretty common to see people rolling on mustang rims. They're absolutely everywhere on craigslist so I gave it a shot

    I also did a debadge because grand prix gt are really long and silly looking badges





    17x8 +30. They fit pretty good compared to my stock wheels, but I wasn't happy with them and sold them. And they were suppppper heavy

    These cars have a real bad tendency for the tail lights to become delaminated and then water gets in between the plastic layers and it just sucks and looks terrible. Plus in the winter, the water freezes and cracks the plastic I fixed this by drilling a few tiny drain holes at the bottom and tinted them to hide the ugly. I taped over the reflector to keep it classy and avoid the murdered out look.

    before

    after


    I just rolled around on my stock wheels like this for a while craving to go low

    Now the fun starts haha. I had been saving up for some kind of suspension and I really didn't like the idea of anything except coils, i didn't see the point in anything else. It was a really slow process saving up, but one night on the way home from a hurricanes game I got rear-ended and the insurance money put me right at what i needed for some coils

    damage on my bumper. her car was pretty messed up, but the pontiac is a tank



    Coils for this car are veryyy limited. these are basically struts with the spring perch cut off and converted into coils. I probably could have made some, but I was willing to pay for the much better top mounts that came with these. The have KYB AGX inserts with 4 levels of dampening and #400 front springs and #300 rear springs.

    My purchase




    Installed the fronts



    and the backs



    And here's how it currently sits. The stock suspension was like riding on sticks of butter, this is so much better and rides great. I occasionally hit the bump stops but theres some room for the adjusters to wind down more





    Im still rolling on stock wheels super sunk in, but not for long

    My newest purchase

    18 x direct tv remoteJ




    XXR 530 18x8.75 +20
    Toyo Extensa HP 225/40/18

    I had tonsil surgery this past monday so I'm waiting to recover so I can get these mounted
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    damn.. never thought i would see this. lol more slammage and those wheels and it should look great. great job on being different!

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    Interesting!
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    I want to see those wheels on, +1 for being different


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    This should be nice.would have been awesome to get the super charged motor...any ways good work so far

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    Cool! always wanted to see one of these done right.

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    I still don't understand why people insist on tinting their windows so dark.

    What shop in NC inspects you car again?.....

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    i've always wanted to see a slammed grand prix

    good job so far!!!

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    thanks everyone!



    Quote Originally Posted by Low Life View Post
    I still don't understand why people insist on tinting their windows so dark.

    What shop in NC inspects you car again?.....
    I've been considering taking it off lately and getting 35%, its pretty dark at night sometimes and it is a pain to get it inspected. But I got my car inspected a day before install so i've only had to find a shop once in 2 years

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    I've always thought these GT/GTPs were very sharp cars, I look forward to seeing where this goes.


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    No tint gaaaah, especially the tailights caplocks

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    I like your car dude! My buddy has a 2000 gtp supercharged but red. I have a pontiac too and i like the wheels you just got. Can't wait to see it

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    I like! My buddy jake's gf is going to love this build.


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    I used to have a 98 GTP, back when I thought the car was fast. Sold that for my old wrx..

    Keep going I always liked them

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    Poor
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    All jokes aside. Clean drop ! get them wheels fitted. You're on the right path my friend.

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    Thanks guys, hopefully these will be on early this week. I've been starting to wonder though if 225/40 is gonna be enough stretch

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    looks good but get rid of the pinstripe

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    I run 18x8.5 up front with a 215/35 and its hardly any stretch at all IMO. My rears are 18x9.5 with a 215/40 it has some stretch.

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    Have you/are you thinking about any sort of a japanese vip style treatment? I think that would be really awesome looking, taking a large American built car and dressing it up in the same style as many high end Japanese cars.

    Just some food for thought
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    I'm completely boggled at the fact someone makes coilovers for these cars.

    Those Mustang wheels were alright, I wasn't aware these had a 5x114.3 pattern. Can't wait to see it on the new rolling stock.

    One tip, if you want the car to appear lower, I'd suggest paint-matching the center portion of the lower lip to the rest of the car, itll add substance to the nose and allow it to appear raked.
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    I've been waiting for one of these to be stanced. My brother had one a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD202 View Post
    I run 18x8.5 up front with a 215/35 and its hardly any stretch at all IMO. My rears are 18x9.5 with a 215/40 it has some stretch.
    hmm well i think these will work pretty well, at least for right now anyways. my friend got them from a wholesaler buddy for me and I can't exactly return them

    Quote Originally Posted by kboers View Post
    Have you/are you thinking about any sort of a japanese vip style treatment? I think that would be really awesome looking, taking a large American built car and dressing it up in the same style as many high end Japanese cars.

    Just some food for thought
    I really do like the vip style and I've definitely thought about it, its just a pretty expensive style

    Quote Originally Posted by Daviticus View Post
    I'm completely boggled at the fact someone makes coilovers for these cars.

    Those Mustang wheels were alright, I wasn't aware these had a 5x114.3 pattern. Can't wait to see it on the new rolling stock.

    One tip, if you want the car to appear lower, I'd suggest paint-matching the center portion of the lower lip to the rest of the car, itll add substance to the nose and allow it to appear raked.
    well technically my bolt pattern is a 5x115 but its such a minimal difference no one's ever had problems. And i've never thought of painting that before, theres not really any kind of aftermarket lip kit for these so I might have to try that

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    Cant wait to see how it turns out with the new wheels

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    I got a little bit of work done today and mounted the tires. I'm gonna try and get them on the car sometime tomorrow

    18x8.75
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    Wheels looking good bro

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