I want to thank those who run this site for their dedication and for keeping this site going through the years. To have a really good Regal GS, one has to have an extraordinary level of dedication to the car that includes a long-term commitment to it, and not just a passing fancy. Similarly, to the people that keep this site going through the years had to have a similar level of dedication and commitment to keeping it going. I just want to tip my hat, pay my sincere respect to this level of commitment, and say thank you. I will try to contribute what I can. I know that these cars are 20+ years old now and a lot of people have moved on from them, but I want to be counted as one of the ones that stuck with them for the long-term. I hope to see others that love their Regals be active here in this site, and for the Regal community to support each other. Count me in.
Ya, most of the original wave of active members have changed vehicles to something (probably) less mod-friendly, with the occasional person in an LS or Hemi that they do some bolt-ons to. Kinda sad that forums faded.
ZZP just hinted at a new suspension product release for 3800/W-body folks soon (guessing either more coil-over items, control arm upgrades again, or even better), so hopefully that along with some things they fell behind on re-stocking from their fabricated parts are available as spring/summer rolls around.
Sorry for thread hijack, feel free to continue original chat..
Rant below to reply (in agreement), cuz I've been monitoring this since my time at Kettering back in 2001 (GM engineering school in Flint) and tinkering with 3800's from their birthplace there since 2002-3.
The larger vehicles always surge while gas prices are decent, and we've been back at $2.xx/gal for a while (the 2008 market crash causing it to get ~$4/gal shifted things the other way... people have goldfish memories when spending tens of thousands, unfortunately). GM is always behind the wave chasing sales trends (sport compacts, affordable V8 RWD cars & releasing their retro pony car, and other things you can probably review).
I've never bought new, and now in a position where I could, they have continued to prove they won't be my 1st choice despite my fandom/experience with mostly GM things for ~30yrs since being able to recognize brands as a kid. Heck, my mother just got a new Chevy crossover and it's already coming out of a little 3yr warranty, so even GM doesn't stand behind their prone-to-fail products. The 3800 was too simple, solid, and could be upkept/improved with minor tweaks, so it had to die (see Grand National and now LS's). The 3.6 and new LT direct-injection engines are good overall successors as technology will always have to move forward, but the complex nightmares of maintenance and pricey/narrow upgrading paths will deter modification for all but those who aren't as invested beyond surface-level. I know I could figure out how to tinker with them, and may do it someday (already digging into my EcoBoost 3.5L truck's similar tech), but most will go back to the consumer-level of buy/sell/repeat & appearance mods will again rule the day.
Ya, a friend in FL was able to get some Intense parts this summer, but it seems like John R. isn't putting much into it anymore (bought it from Scott C. 5+yrs back). Sad, because ZZP has shown they're willing to continue pushing the platform (Zoom's stroker M90 build, new Stg 2.5 I/C and Bosch pump modification), but that won't continue for long if there's not a strong market to make them earn it. I know they're hunting for the next platform to battle for, since the smaller GM 4cyl stuff isn't as passionate/long-term as 3800's always have been.