End the ox cart ride

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by John L. Roberts, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. John L. Roberts

    John L. Roberts New Member

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    Want to soften the ride on my 79 Z28. Has anyone changed their suspension to be firm, but eliminate the bone jarring stock ride. Suggestions?
     
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    79T/Aman Veteran Member NastyZ28 Sponsor NazstyZ28 Sponsor Lifetime Gold Member

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    these cars were under sprung from the factory, and often times you will bottom out, pinion hitting the snubber, lower arm jounce bumpers, bad shock valving, firmer springs and better controlling shock valving is what is needed.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I have hotchkis and Bilstein all around on mine - it's pretty well balanced.
     
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    John L. Roberts New Member

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    Thanks C4,
    I've heard from other Hotchkis fans and will go with those.
    Thanks again,
    John
     
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    If you have KYB shocks, changing them out with a better one like Bilstein will help.
    You can use a softer spring with a larger sway bar and still handle well with a smooth ride.
     
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    +1 to the shock upgrade. I had KYB's on my car w/ the Hotchkis springs when I got it and changing to Bilsteins was a huge improvement all around - handling, control as well as ride quality.
     
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    Smooth articulating joints [ie. bushings in the control arms and leaf springs] help with the ride. You may think that factory rubber bushings would absorb harsh jolts, but they actually add to the spring rate. A smooth, greased, delrin or other hard material will let the suspension cycle smoothly and actually let the shocks and springs do their jobs more efficiently then the harsh jolts get absorbed.

    Just for kicks, next time you have the suspension apart, try moving the upper and lower control arms with rubber bushings in them by hand. My greased delrin bushings move effortlessly and act like bearings more than bushings.

    Just a few thoughts......
     
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