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    Hey everyone,

    When I bought my car, it was already lowered and I love the way it looks... but now im getting a bit fed up of being able to feel every bump I go over.

    Me and the Mrs got a taxi the other night... and it was a 57 Vec C... 1.9 CDTI, The ride was SOOOO smooth and the roads we were taking we're in pretty poor condition and it was great. If it was my car, I would feel EVERYTHING and it goes through me!

    I have a 03 Vec C SRI 2.2 non-direct.

    Can someone tell me if standard suspension makes a huge difference? Is the ride pretty smoothish or quite hard? Also is it possible to get decent suspension which will allow me to lower the car and still have a nice smooth ride?

    Thanks

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    I think the SRI suspension is the one to go for ideally. The only problem is the springs a common for breaking which is why alot of members have replaced them. Standard Vectra suspension - well the shocks - are too soft and allow a horrible pitching/rolling effect I find.

    btw why have you posted this twice? Each has different titles?

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    Sounds like the shock absorbers are nearing the end of their life and need replaced
    Once they have failed they go solid

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Sounds like the shock absorbers are nearing the end of their life and need replaced
    Once they have failed they go solid
    nope the car bounces 1.5 times roughly - sign the shocks are fine Been like that for years so if they were on the road out they would have went for sure by now.

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    lol my own fault... I went back to the General Chat section... and it wasn't there... so went back through my browser to copy my text and posted it again...

    But thanks to m8internet he pointed it out to me lol

    Sorry, don't understand what you're saying.

    I'm not sure if I have 3rd party suspension on my car, dunno what been done to it before me tbh...

    For example, if I was to buy a new set of suspension for my car and shock absorbers... can anyone recommend some and also anything else needed for me to do this so that I can have a nice smooth ride and also have some lowering too?

    I am a novice when it comes to suspension and stuff... so sorry for asking these questions

    Thanks

    Lewis

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    lol my own fault... I went back to the General Chat section... and it wasn't there... so went back through my browser to copy my text and posted it again...

    But thanks to m8internet he pointed it out to me lol

    Sorry, don't understand what you're saying.

    I'm not sure if I have 3rd party suspension on my car, dunno what been done to it before me tbh...

    For example, if I was to buy a new set of suspension for my car and shock absorbers... can anyone recommend some and also anything else needed for me to do this so that I can have a nice smooth ride and also have some lowering too?

    I am a novice when it comes to suspension and stuff... so sorry for asking these questions

    Thanks

    Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by lew1984 View Post
    I'm not sure if I have 3rd party suspension on my car, dunno what been done to it before me tbh...
    On the front shock absorbers there is a bolt and brackets
    Opposite this bolt is a bracket and it should be T-C shaped
    On the nearside there are two clips, the second is for the brake sensor
    Take a look at all the clips, if any have been strapped to the shock absorber rather than the clips, then they are after market shock absorbers
    At the top of the shock absorber will be the VX part number label, normally always clearly visible, clean the dirt off if required
    Finally, look at their colour, the OE parts are black, many after market parts are other colours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    nope the car bounces 1.5 times roughly - sign the shocks are fine
    As posted a few weeks ago
    It was confirmed my front offside shock absorber had only recently failed
    It was completely solid with virtually no movement, hence all the banging experienced over bumps

    I too had performed the traditional bounce test by hand and found nothing wrong
    It was only when it the vehicle was raised on a ramp the failure was obvious

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