Need info on suspension-shocks,springs

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Old 01-20-02, 10:14 AM
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Need info on suspension-shocks,springs

I have a 1995 Pontiac TransSport mini van w/30,000 miles. It rides very stiff and hard. In order to get a softer ride, what would be necessary. Replace the springs or shocks or both. On the rear it has load leveling air shocks. Are these as good as oil filled shocks and could these be the problem for the poor ride?
 
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Old 01-21-02, 05:37 AM
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You could probably get away with changing the struts and shocks (whichever it has as a combination, I can't recall).

At 30k, depending on how you drive and the roads, they are probably shot already.

If you have too much air in the shocks, they will make the suspension at the end of the travel. It will make it ride like a bus.

Gabriel and Monroe make shocks and struts with "road sensing" ability that dampen at varying rates depending on road conditions.

Aftermarket springs are usually consolidated as far as the listings GM originally showed, so that won't help. GM might have 10 spring #s for this vehicle, Moog might have 5, combining all the hard ones together for example....

It will help some, but the design of the suspension and the fact it IS a van has a lot to do with the ride.
 
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