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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:23 pm 
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Make sure you check your bushes... might as well replace lower control arm bushes while your there...
What control arms? Its a bloody wagon with leaf springs, they don't have control arms.
Front suspension does . . . .
Check the rear leaf shackle rubbers, everything else check for play with a pinchbar or similar.

 

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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:20 pm 
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snap0964 wrote:
SWC wrote:
MICKYYYY wrote:
paul w
Make sure you check your bushes... might as well replace lower control arm bushes while your there...
What control arms? Its a bloody wagon with leaf springs, they don't have control arms.
Front suspension does . . . .
Check the rear leaf shackle rubbers, everything else check for play with a pinchbar or similar.


I know Snap, I was talking about the rear, as that is where the sway bar is going.
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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:54 pm 
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king spring also do a lowered leaf spring
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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:52 pm 
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SWC wrote:
snap0964 wrote:
SWC wrote:
MICKYYYY wrote:
paul w
Make sure you check your bushes... might as well replace lower control arm bushes while your there...
What control arms? Its a bloody wagon with leaf springs, they don't have control arms.
Front suspension does . . . .
Check the rear leaf shackle rubbers, everything else check for play with a pinchbar or similar.

I know Snap, I was talking about the rear, as that is where the sway bar is going.
I know you know :P :P , but the OP is correct - pays to check front end as well.

 

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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:04 am 
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So, gas shocks and sway bar fitted, finally got away for a decent drive last week, with a few days of fly fishing in the snowy mtns. The car was fantastic.
Handling is much, much improved.
It steers really well, the rear end now connected to the front (it once felt as if the the two had differing opnions of which line to take, even at legal country speeds), and taking sweeping, bumpy bends at 100km/h was now no longer a flirt with death, but a quite enjoyable experience. It tracks really well.
At one point, driving at comfortable speeds through some narrow, bumpy backroads, I even felt that feeling I had on my motorcycles; cruising through the sweepers and enjoying how the machine handled the road, i.e. going over bumps without the car getting out of shape or nervous.
It felt quite solid. Nice!

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Excellent result then.

And it now appears you may have answered your own question.

Yes, a station wagon can handle as well as a sedan.

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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:59 am 
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Posted a photo, but incorrect one. Will try later.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:43 pm 
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This was a great road - on the way to Lake Eucumbene

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 Post subject: Re: So, can a station wagon handle as well as a sedan?
Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:44 pm 
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Lake Eucumbene - Breamar Bay, Caught some great trout on the left-hand shoreline!


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Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:54 pm 
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BenJ wrote:
Excellent result then.

And it now appears you may have answered your own question.

Yes, a station wagon can handle as well as a sedan.

Cheers
BenJ


I wouldn't go that far lol!
but certainly there are significant improvements that can be made to the factory wagon setup.

 

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