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Old 11-15-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
Randy G.
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Re: springs again

"John Robertson" <johnnr@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

>Can some one please tell me is it possible to fit the springs of a wagon
>into a sedan in an effort to tighten up the rear end on my 1990 turbo ?.Its
>not sagging just seems soft handling .As well with my wife son and myself
>,an 82 litre tank full, its a bit low to the ground .Did the front end with
>gas shockers back one are fine just those springs dont seem taunt enough .I
>put 225 x50x 16 inch tyres on and they do a good job as my older Pirellis
>seemed to be hard with age as well as low on tread .The Fulda extremo at 38
>psi seem to grip well .Incidentally the Pirellis were 205x 55x 16 .
>


No free lunch when it comes to suspension. If you set the rear end to
handle better AND handle the load, when empty it will sit high and run
stiff. That is why Volvo did the Nivomats for some wagons- it allowed
a level ride regardless of load. Sure, there are better handling
shocks, but you can't have our cake and eat it as well. Air shocks
might be an option, or air assist springs.

38PSI might "seem" to handle well, but logic would seem to indicate
that it probably would not handle as well as would 33-35 or so. At 38
they won't heat up as well and will offer a smaller contact patch.

Adding a stabilizer bar (anti-roll bar) would probably be the best
start. Keeping the car level on corners is critical for handling.


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Old 11-15-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
Dick Brown
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> Adding a stabilizer bar (anti-roll bar) would probably be the best
> start. Keeping the car level on corners is critical for handling.
>


Sorry to hijack the thread, but do the 240 Wagons have these stabiliser
bars on the rear as standard? If not, can they be retro fitted like the
700's?

Cheers.




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Old 11-15-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
James Sweet
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Re: springs again

Dick Brown wrote:
>>Adding a stabilizer bar (anti-roll bar) would probably be the best
>>start. Keeping the car level on corners is critical for handling.
>>

>
>
> Sorry to hijack the thread, but do the 240 Wagons have these stabiliser
> bars on the rear as standard? If not, can they be retro fitted like the
> 700's?
>



Yes all 240's have swaybars standard, the turbos have somewhat thicker
ones that can be put on any 240 for a signficant handling improvement.
IPD sells aftermarket bars that are even better.
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