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Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:49 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Having put my EL Wagon on LPG I now notice the difference with the extra weight, having done some research it looks like polyair additions are a good option, anyone have experience with these?

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Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:47 pm 
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Hi, and welcome to Fordmods

RE the polyair, no it would seem not.

Do you have a link to any info?

If you do, please add it to this thread, which you may also find of interest.

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/lowering-for-my-wagon-t72547.html

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Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:47 pm 
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Oddly enough I don't want to lower the car, mind you a sway bar would be great if I can get one from the wreckers.

BenJ wrote:
Hi, and welcome to Fordmods

RE the polyair, no it would seem not.

Do you have a link to any info?

If you do, please add it to this thread, which you may also find of interest.

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/lowering-for-my-wagon-t72547.html

Cheers
BenJ
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Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:36 pm 
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Polyairs are ok but i personally think the extra leaf option is still the best, i have done this to my vehicle and loved it, find a good spring works in your area and have a word.

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:08 pm 
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I did that, to have the springs reset and an extra leaf added is $360 per pair, plus the car is off the road for 4 days, when empty the ride will be harsh, I can get a set of polyairs for $300, ride is then adjustable and they only take 4 hours to install. Note that I don't want the car lowered, just adaptable from empty to full.


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Polyairs are ok but i personally think the extra leaf option is still the best, i have done this to my vehicle and loved it, find a good spring works in your area and have a word.
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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:57 am 
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prof_rabbit wrote:
I did that, to have the springs reset and an extra leaf added is $360 per pair, plus the car is off the road for 4 days, when empty the ride will be harsh, I can get a set of polyairs for $300, ride is then adjustable and they only take 4 hours to install. Note that I don't want the car lowered, just adaptable from empty to full.


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Polyairs are ok but i personally think the extra leaf option is still the best, i have done this to my vehicle and loved it, find a good spring works in your area and have a word.


WOW 4 days, normally one day job. The ride does change a little with extra, but to degrees, if they use 7mm,8mm, 10mm plate and so on. Be aware though the ride will change with the bags as you MUST keep a minimum air pressure in them. Air shock an option ?? Also the polyair wont be a full seal unit, they leak down and air must be maintained constantly eg. every week or so to maintain minimum pressure, hope this helps.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:54 am 
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WOW 4 days, normally one day job. The ride does change a little with extra, but to degrees, if they use 7mm,8mm, 10mm plate and so on.
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That would be a new set of springs, even more expense, to reset and add a leaf the springs must be removed, sent to the spring makers then returned and refitted, hence the 4 days quoted

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Be aware though the ride will change with the bags as you MUST keep a minimum air pressure in them. Air shock an option ?? Also the polyair wont be a full seal unit, they leak down and air must be maintained constantly eg. every week or so to maintain minimum pressure, hope this helps.
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I did consider air shocks but they really don't add to the supported suspension, yes, I believe 5 psi is a minimum but the current springs are a touch soft so that will not be a problem.

Thanks for the tip about let-down, I will keep a check on it when fitted, I was considering the electric pump option but could do that with a cheapie air pump kept in the back for the purpose I guess.
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