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08-31-2009, 06:54 AM
I've had my stock 87 GW for about 5 months. It has 55k on the clock. I recognize this type vehicle has a stiff suspension but it seems like the rear suspension is stiffer than I expected though I don't have experience with other GW rides.
The vehicle sits well (doesn't sag) so I was wondering if it is normal that the rear end takes bumps pretty hard. I don't have any bounce so I think the shocks are good, just seems to be a harsh ride...much moreso than my F150. My tires are new and not off road type. Any thoughts or is this just normal...not a complaint, just an inquiry. Thanks
08-31-2009, 07:52 AM
You sure you don't have air shocks or some other extra springs?
The factory-equipped Wagoneers I've driven have been very smooth.
08-31-2009, 08:03 AM
I don't have air shocks. Possible the leafs could be beefed up. How many layers in a rear spring is stock?
08-31-2009, 09:04 AM
The helper springs are usually thicker then the stock leafs and are put between the axle and leaf pack.
It might also have an AAL or been resprung...
08-31-2009, 11:27 AM
On every Grand Wag I have been in, the rear seems to be smoother than the front. Your rear springs should have four leafs per spring.
08-31-2009, 11:39 AM
I suspect something has been beefed up. Will give a look tonight..thanks
08-31-2009, 11:45 AM
my 84 has four leaf springs, but i recently parted out an 87 that had seven leaf springs. i thought it must have been part of a factory towing package or something, as the 87 also had an auxiliary transmission cooler. i would imagine it might be stiffer with the extra springs.
08-31-2009, 04:57 PM
My '89 has 7 in the front, 5 in the back. It has a towing package, VERY stiff and you can feel every bump. Front definitely seems stiffer.
08-31-2009, 04:58 PM
checked and I have 5 leafs in the rear. If I push down on the bumper i'm lucky if I can get 1 1/2" of play....sounds like it has been beefed up.
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