Bolstering wagon leaf springs

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Bolstering wagon leaf springs

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Post by glenlloyd » 14 years ago

Hey all
I think the wagon rides too low in the rear. Whether the rear leaf springs are bad I don't know, but it's clear that they went to the rear coil spring suspension for a reason.

I don't know if there's any way to improve what's already there without having to refit new springs or not but I'm open to ideas here. I've thought about helper springs that bolt to the existing ones but I'm not sure whether those are going to do any good.

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Steve A
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Post by asavage » 14 years ago

My '82 Wagon has very limited rear travel too.
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Post by glenlloyd » 14 years ago

Yep, for a wagon, where the suspension needs to be able to accomodate some cargo, there's just nothing. It bottoms way too quickly.

I've thought about air shocks but I'd rather deal with it in another way. If I were to tow anything with this it would probably have to have air shocks if there was any tongue weight at all.

steve a
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89 VW Fox diesel, 92 MB 300SD W140

gir - won't the sploding hurt?
zim - silence!

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Post by asavage » 14 years ago

When I used to drive mine a lot, I seriously considered getting the rear leafs replaced, but I never got so serious that I actually called the spring shop.
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Post by glenlloyd » 14 years ago

Anyone have any new information they would like to share on this topic? I need some options, preferably ones that don't require major surgery, but my guess is the only good way of fixing this is to take the springs to a shop for rebuilding.

steve a
97 Jetta TDI, 86 VW Golf D
89 VW Fox diesel, 92 MB 300SD W140

gir - won't the sploding hurt?
zim - silence!

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Post by kassim503 » 14 years ago

I think there is spring blocks you can jam somewhere between the axle and the spring for extra height. I wouldnt reccomend it but it would be a cheap semi-temporary fix, try a franchise/chain auto parts store, it should be next to the coil spring blocks. I would reccomend getting new springs but that might be a little pricey, so its your choice.


The rear springs both leaf and coil are pretty cheap, they sag alot over the years and really dont hold any weight. Guess the springs are made in china or in some guys backyard. :wink:
'83 maxima sedan, l24e, a/t, black

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Post by asavage » 14 years ago

New OEM ones are about $190 each + shipping:

http://www.nismoparts.com/cart/?pn=55020-W3000

I don't know whether re-arcing them would be worth the effort.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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