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 Post subject: Shock/ Spring set up
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:22 pm 
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Hey guys first of all i want to replace my suspension as it is on its way out... I dont want to go a suspension so stiff that there is no shock absorption, but i also dont want to go so soft that it doesnt hold through corners. Can anyone suggest a spring/shock set up that gives me a overall great balance between stiffness, shock absorption and steering? thanks Corey
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 Post subject: Re: Shock/ Spring set up
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:34 pm 
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Pedders have a range of shocks to compliment their springs that are a comfort gas as opposed to the harsher sports ryder and harder again black ones (which I can't remember the name of) I have Pedders and am happy with it so it might be worth a go :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shock/ Spring set up
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:39 pm 
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I have talked to Pedders they suggested there 8000 series comfort shocks but they were unclear on my springs anyone have any idea what I should go with with these particular shocks
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 Post subject: Re: Shock/ Spring set up
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:34 pm 
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AFAIK they only have one type of spring so the choice is easy! :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shock/ Spring set up
Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:57 am 
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The guys on the XR6T forums seem to favor a Bilstein and King spring setup for the B-series. Claim you still have comfort and reasonable control.

Factor about $1500 + fitting for those from Wholesale Suspension in Sydney.

But 90% of your comfort comes from the heavily voided and s**t bushes Ford fit to these cars, they allow ALOT of movement. If you've done over 50,000km, chances are all the main control bushes are dead.

Replacing them with something urethane will give you a massive lift in steering, handling and brake response at the cost of added NVH and a fair bit of comfort.

Replacing springs and shocks will just stop the body roll and the wallowing whale feeling when cornering quickly. They are a very heavy car. But you probably wont get that nice steering response you might want.
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:54 pm 
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Try FULCRUM for Bilstein prices - when I did mine (was 10 years ago) Fulcrum were MUCH cheaper than the actual Bilstein local dealer / importer - who I think was Suspension Wholesalers. Was something like $80 per shockie!

Also - use SUPERPRO bushes etc. rather than Nolathane - superpro ones are tough but more pliant than Nolathane and less prone to disintegrating (first hand experience talking here).

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:55 pm 
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Greenmachine wrote:
Also - use SUPERPRO bushes etc. rather than Nolathane - superpro ones are tough but more pliant than Nolathane and less prone to disintegrating (first hand experience talking here).


Funilly enough my mates workshop no longer use SuperPro bushes as they had too many fail now they use Nolathane only! Go figure!? I myself have never used SuperPro but have had no dramas with Nolathane!

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:05 pm 
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Bugger! - that's amazing! - I've had Nolathane bushes fail in trailing arms and sway bars a number of times but no dramas with Superpro. In that case I guess it comes down to trying and seeing what works.

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:10 pm 
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I also think its more a matter of how well they were greased during installation. People seem to have different interpretations of how to grease these things.

And also how well they are maintained and greased as time goes on.
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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:58 am 
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I was going to say exactly the same thing! - yep, I agree entirely and indeed the Nolathane stuff I've had fail was all fitted by mekanix whereas most (not all tho) of the Superpro gear I fitted myself.

 

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