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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:57 pm 
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I was going to get my suspension done, just some new shocks, and I was wondering if I need new springs, I got a EL XR6 so I dont really want it any lower and just wondered if I also need to bother changing the springs?

Might put a caster cambeer kit in also an some new bushes were needed.
The car puls to the left and virbrates the stering wheel over 8okm/hr. Also one front tyer is worn out on the outside sidewall only.
Anyone know what causes this?
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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:23 pm 
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bad alignment, bad bushes, accident damage?

 

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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:43 pm 
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No damage, except I do take roundabouts like I am at the clipsal 500, 2 wheels in the air!

Nah Only kidding, but how bout the springs, do they get softer with age?

I might get one of those Suspensions safty cheaks from Pedders to cheak on bushes and pivot joints and control arms and stuff.
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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:57 pm 
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Mr EL XR6 5sp wrote:
do they get softer with age?


Yes. Like anything else they fatigue over time.

For example, the springs in the EB when I bought it were sagging so much that the superlows I replaced them with have better clearance over driveways & sit about the same when parked.

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:02 pm 
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In my stock 96 Fairmont, I have no tow bar, so the car obviously sits higher at the rear. When my fuels low, going over sharp bumps makes the rear light and noisy. Like the rear bumper is rattling on the body or something. Just doesn't ride the sharp bumps well at all. But if I put 40 litres or more of fuel in the tank. The rear sits a bit lower and becomes quieter over those same bumps.

Whats the go there. All my rear suspension and shocks and springs and bushes are like 174,000 k's old. Will just getting new springs and shocks all around and getting them to make the car sit evenly at both ends fix this up?
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Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:17 pm 
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kit sounds like you need to change ur shocks...
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Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:32 am 
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In a car of that age it is worthwhile doing a complete suspension upgrade, not to lower it if you don't want to, but most if not all of the bushes will be worn. Most oem bushes are rubber and as such get fatigued by oil, so if the car has ever leaked oil around the front end then that can make bushes go out. Nolothane is less succeptible than rubber, so it is a good replacement.

Middle priced shocks and good (kings) replacement coils will be worth the money spent, believe me, along with the bushes...

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Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:51 am 
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Mr EL XR6 5sp wrote:
No damage, except I do take roundabouts like I am at the clipsal 500, 2 wheels in the air!

Nah Only kidding, but how bout the springs, do they get softer with age?

I might get one of those Suspensions safty cheaks from Pedders to cheak on bushes and pivot joints and control arms and stuff.


yeah mate thats how i bent the lower control arm on my diff but that wont stop me

 

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