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Old 10-29-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default A Riviera Update



A Riviera really isn't proper until it has a stance. Before a liberal drop, these cars have a somewhat stodgy profile. But as soon as you get the center of gravity where it belongs, the sharked front end and hippy rear quarters start to shout at you ...

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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It may not be so bad with a slight forward rake as long as it isn't extreme. but it does look good the way that it sets.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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A Riviera really isn't proper until it has a stance. Before a liberal drop, these cars have a somewhat stodgy profile. But as soon as you get the center of gravity where it belongs, the sharked front end and hippy rear quarters start to shout at you ...
It sits very nicely... problem is.... now I want one.

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I like it a lot!! Great job lowering it.....
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #5
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Sharp.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:09 AM   #6
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Nice ride. I agree with beaner, a little forward rake wouldn't be bad if it happens that way.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:13 AM   #7
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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If anything, I'd prefer a reverse rake over a forward rake on Rivieras... But really, I think they should sit dead level. A lot of that is because of the seemingly optical illusion the rockers create... In these pictures, the car looks like it has a slight forward rake. It doesn't according to the tape measure. Regardless, I like how it sits now...

The pictures don't portray this well, but in person the car looks pretty damned low. The tops of the front fenders land about midway on my thigh. Which is good, because the positioning of the front cross member of these cars don't let you get them much lower than it sits right now...
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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Nice car. Looks like a great road trip machine. Or to the movies with a special gal.
Funny, In the pictures it looks like the nose is up a hair.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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Bitchin! Hows it ride??
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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Looks damn fine!

I was immediately reminded of Morty's Riv that I was just reading about over the weekend in the latest Rodder's Journal.







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Old 10-29-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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Looks great, Ryan.

You've got an attorney that also helps you work on your car? Cool!
Imagining a guy in a white shirt and tie, working on your rear suspension...lol.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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Perfect!

What's next?
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:32 AM   #14
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buick needs to re- release the Riviera and take a note out of Dodge's book on the modern retro styling of the Challenger....a "New" Riviera could be cool if they did it right....
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Looks great! Nice job.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #16
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Bitchin! Hows it ride??
The ride is more stiff for sure, but I wouldn't call it harsh. It just feels more confident if that makes sense. It handles 100% better. I pretty much rebuilt and rebushed the entire front end, so I'm sure that helped as well.

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Looks damn fine!

I was immediately reminded of Morty's Riv that I was just reading about over the weekend in the latest Rodder's Journal.
Morty's car is gorgeous... In every picture I've ever seen of the car it looks blue. It's actually a green car. How about that?

He bagged his which is something I didn't consider. I'm really striving for simplicity on this one and I like the idea of a static height that is LOW, but still very drivable. So far, I'm happy.
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If anything, I'd prefer a reverse rake over a forward rake on Rivieras... But really, I think they should sit dead level. A lot of that is because of the seemingly optical illusion the rockers create... In these pictures, the car looks like it has a slight forward rake. It doesn't according to the tape measure. Regardless, I like how it sits now...

The pictures don't portray this well, but in person the car looks pretty damned low. The tops of the front fenders land about midway on my thigh. Which is good, because the positioning of the front cross member of these cars don't let you get them much lower than it sits right now...

Dead level is, and always has been an unwritten requirement on a Rivi. I'm proud of you ...
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Looks fantastic.

Will the Rivi make an appearance at any of the Revolution related events?
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:35 AM   #19
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Perfect!

What's next?
Wheels, tires, exhaust... and then... some more stuff.
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Dead level is, and always has been an unwritten requirement on a Rivi. I'm proud of you ...
Thank you sir.

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Looks fantastic.

Will the Rivi make an appearance at any of the Revolution related events?
No... I'd take it out there and park it in the preferred lot, but I got too much stuff going on to worry about it.
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