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1999 Avalon Upgrades & Reviews
Picked up this car with 87K miles. Upgrades as follows:
New Brakes. Brembo rotors and Akebono Ultimate pads. Outstanding combo! $400 all parts and labor.
New Tires: Michelin Primacy MXV4. Nice on stock wheels. $475, after discounts from America's Tires.
New Struts: After much research on the forum, I chose the Sen-Sen units. Four struts and strut mounts. Front boots noted in catelogue, did not fit...used old ones.
Also got some parts from Rock Auto: MOOG lower spring Insulators and Cargo Coils for rear.
Just had installed. Ride hight is taller in rear...not sure how much..forgot to measure. Car rides much harder/stiffer. Seem to feel all road variations...more like a sports car. My hunch is that the struts are very firm, especially compared to the old rears which were shot and very bouncy. Not sure how much the new springs are contributing to the ride experience...likely not much, mostly the struts.
Will ride on this setup for a while and see how it goes.
From a cost standpoint, I spent about $725 parts and labor, including the alignment.
Grand total for above $1,600.