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Wagon Leaf Springs vs. Sedan Leaf Springs

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Hi, all,

 

My subject heading is misleading, because I realized some things while typing my original post. Here is my real question:

 

Can anyone characterize the difference in ride between the 4-leaf spring pack (which my sedan has) and the 5-leaf spring pack?

 

My sedan rides really smoothly, and my wagon kinda pogos down the road. The wagon has ancient shocks, but I'm wondering if it's the springs?

 

Best,

 

Jesse.

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Generally speaking, ''pogo'' is caused by lack of dampening, too much spring causes a harsh ride even with good shocks. New shocks may make a large difference in your case.

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Swap the shocks between sedan and goon to get a good idea. Generally the added springs increase the carrying weight. They will feel a bit more firm but good shocks are the key to comfort and handling.

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Since were on topic of suspension. Has anyone found sway bars for the 411 yet ? I feel like I'm on a Tilt-a-Whirl Ride when I turn a corner.. :w00t:  

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There is no aftermarket parts for the 410/411 besides MKlotz front disk bracket and what you can make with a welder. I'm assuming you have installed new high(er)-performance shocks already?

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Find a factory sway bar and put it back on. It will make a world of difference.

 

New shocks will help too. Factory spec are the best riding. Aftermarket often make the car lose traction on bumpy roads, but are much better than worn-out shocks.

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Sears has gas loaded shocks for the 411.  They look like Monroes with a different paint job.  The main difference is that Sears has a lifetime replacement warantee if they do the installation.  Just keep the original bill of sale that shows they installed them.  I did and the manager shit his pants.  No one keeps an original bill of sale for 35 years.  I did!

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I've got 

Monroe Sensa-Trac - Shock Part # 58273 for the Front &  Monroe Sensa-Trac - Shock
Part Number: 58568   For the Rear .
I Picked them because of the Heavier Motor & Tranny
I road Great for like a month after I installed them, But after that month it went back to "rock-a-by Dummy"
I've used warranty 4 times in 2 years & it's getting old ..

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So, I finally got around to replacing the shocks in my wagon, and that improved the ride significantly. I used new KYB 343127 gas shocks in the front and NOS KYB K3087 in the rear. I didn't mean to mix gas and non-gas shocks, I just didn't realize that the rears were NOS non-gas until they arrived. Probably not ideal, but still way better than what I had before.

 

Jesse.

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Non-gas is best for a smooth ride. Gas shocks are only better on washboard surfaces.

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