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Old 08-13-2003, 02:39   #1 (permalink)
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What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

Hi,

I am in the process of organising a staged process in improving the comfort of my AU1 XR6. Rather than get the Peregrine kit I have come to decide that improving ride comfort adding a bit of performance and mabye some Herrod leather would be a better choice.

In any case my first goal is to drastically improve the ride of this car which to me feels unstable and very rough. My question is do I have to look at replacing the shocks or the suspension... Or both?

This replacement will occur along with lowering as part of the first phase.

Thanks guys!

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Old 08-13-2003, 03:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

King Spring's and Koni shock's if you can afford the later,all available from herrod's,I only have their spring's but the ride is good for me,but that's the way I personally would go.
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Re: What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

Is it the HP or VCT version? If it's VCT with IRS, then doesn't matter what you do, you will always get some bumpiness when compared to a similarly suspensioned live axle car. Don't know why - it feels worse, but actually is handling better.

King superlows and Konis are definitely the way to go, (or you could go the King height adjustable coilovers on the front). I've got/had both, and both setups are great.
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Just a standard HP here bud. I feel like my dashboard is going to displace when I go over a bumpy road.

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Should I shop around or is Herrod well priced?

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Show around, and if you have the right tools you'll be able to do it yourself and save hundreds!

I can do my own car, and it'll cost less than $1000 for konis and superlow springs.

With new sway bars I am looking at around $1300 tops, to have the same thing abd fitted, $1900 on average...

The savings are there. But I also may have been ripped off in some quotes. Getting your hands dirty is enough for some to spend the extra and keep them clean.
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Re: What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

I'm in the process of pricing internal adjustable Koni shocks for my AU2 HP. I'm looking at just over $1200 fitted with a wheel alignment. I'm told by my mechanic that this is pretty good. I'm in Sydney.

I'm too old and impatient now to fit things my self.
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I don't blame you, I am still young but I am lazy, hence why I am paying someone to do my brakes for me. I could save but I don't want the hassle.
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The thing is I cannot say I am the worlds best mechanic. Mabye if someone showed me how to replace them I could do it myself... However given my experience I should probably get them done by someone.

I will spend bout 1200 first go so mabye I can only do one of the adjustments first and then the second later.

I need to find out if any of the standard XR6 stuff is worth keeping... and which is playing the greater role in making my ride a nightmare..
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Re: What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

Have you thought about wheels/tyres?

I am after a softer ride too, as I have to drive over some really sh#t roads and don't like the hash vibrations going through the car and the effect they'll eventually have on things.

Someone'll have to advise here, but say you replaced the 17" alloys with 14" steels (I'm thinking 12-slots ;-) and tyres with a higher wall to give the same overall diameter as the original setup. How much difference would this make to ride comfort if suspension was left unchanged?? I thought It'd probably help out quite a bit but I really dunno.

Just a thought anyway.
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Old 08-18-2003, 02:10   #10 (permalink)
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Re: What is causing the rough ride in my AU1 XR?

I apologise if I'm butting in on a thread here, but I think my above question is relevent to what AUboy want's too (unless you are specifically wanting to change suspension and/or not change your wheels AUboy, but I interpreted you mostly just wanted a softer ride one way or another). So if anyone out there has any experience on different tyre/wheel setups (particularly on XR's), it'd really help me and maybe another option for AUboy to consider (although I have to say Koni's sound nice either way - I'll probably still get some eventually too).

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