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Old 01-03-2003, 07:17 PM
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Sagging rear suspension ?

I have a '92 Buick LeSabre and the rear end is starting to sag. The car is too old, with too many miles, to sink a lot of money into. I saw on a NASCAR show how they insert spring rubbers into the rear springs during pit stops to stiffen the car up (quickly). My last car, a Grand Prix had the same problem and Moog made a rear spring helper kit for the tranverse leaf spring, it worked great! This car has separate struts and coil springs on rear the independent suspension. Does anyone know of a "helper" system (possibily spring rubber) manfacturer or source?


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I just found this site today and it is VERY informative.
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Old 01-03-2003, 09:00 PM
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the bag thing looks nice that you talked about, but after awhile they blow out like a balloon, you can buy a helper coil spring I've seen them on jcwhitney.com and hellwig, one type of coil helper is a leaf spring attached with U-bolts to the axle, the other I've seen was another coil spring that U-bolts on the axle and rests on the frame on the car.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:00 PM
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NOTHING "repairs" sagging springs, NOTHING.
The rubber inserts you ask about takes away spring action. In other words, the about of compression a spring has is removed with the inserts. Thus, when the spring should compress, the car substains a shock, or bounce instead. Now keep in mind, a race track does not have ruts, pot holes, and other various road conditions that suspension was designed to absorb.
Have you seen the way the low rider trucks just bounce all over the road? Same results......
The reason NEW springs, shocks, and other parts are sold is because old parts wear out. If the car is worth driving, it is worth driving SAFELY.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:25 PM
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it doesn't take much time to replace springs and they are worth replacing if for nothing else your safety. worn/bad springs can cause accidents by swaying and thus affecting steering during hard cornering or swerving to miss something. adding bandaids to fix a problem should be temporary at best.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:28 PM
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That's right towtrucks, a race track and the road you drive on everyday are very very different. Buy everything new if it's worth it.
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is it a rear wheel drive

I was just wondering if it is rear drive? JC whitney does have new springs that are at used prices. If you are looking for additional lift a lot of people use station wagon springs on non-wagon cars. I am not sure if your car is front wheel drive, but if it is the the rear springs take only about 1/2 of a hour to replace and most of that time is spent jacking up the car and throwing the jack stands under the frame, use a small bottle jack to lift the rear axle up and unbolt the shocks, one at a time and the worn out springs will almost fall out when you back off the bottle jack, the new springs will really show their worth when you drive it the first time, most of the fixes do not work and just waist your money, time and you still wont have the ride that you get with new springs. If it is a front wheel drive, ignore my post. lol
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Mr. Gasket sells rubber inserts for coil springs.

Here's the URL: http://www.mrgasket.com/pdf/Suspension.pdf

(You'll need Acrobat Reader to view the page.)

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Now that is what you call help. Posting of sites and thoughts of saftey are both very helpfull.
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