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    Question Will new shocks soften my ride?

    I have these fitted to my Exclusiv 1.9 diesel:

    http://www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk/Apex-sp...-Vectra-C.html

    The ride over speed bumps, grates, dips and such is very bad, a real solid bang sometimes that makes me think something is going to break. I avoid as many potholes as possible but hitting some are inevitable, can I improve things by fitting new shock absorbers or is my ride quality impossible to improve due to the short springs?

    If I can improve the ride with new shocks any recommendations please?

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    well the problem with lowering springs is that it reduces the travel available in the shock obsorber, so you may find they are bottoming out, if this happens then they wont last very long, they are likely to leak, sag etc so if you buy uprated shock obsorbers they will be naturally shorter than standard so you have travel available withit coming to the end so it wont appear as harsh. it will never be as soft and comfertable as standard, the sacrifice for bettle looks and handling is ride comfort im afraid but shorter shocks should help. Id buy adjustable damping ones if you can stretch then you can find the setting which suits you.

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    Thanks for that, will look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaspa View Post
    well the problem with lowering springs is that it reduces the travel available in the shock obsorber, so you may find they are bottoming out, if this happens then they wont last very long, they are likely to leak, sag etc so if you buy uprated shock obsorbers they will be naturally shorter than standard so you have travel available withit coming to the end so it wont appear as harsh. it will never be as soft and comfertable as standard, the sacrifice for bettle looks and handling is ride comfort im afraid but shorter shocks should help. Id buy adjustable damping ones if you can stretch then you can find the setting which suits you.
    The original shocks will only bottom out if the ride is lowered more than 50-60mm. That will require new shorten shocks..
    Loweringsprings will be harder to press because the travel length is shorter. That takes the driving comfort away from the car.
    35mm lowering could only cause shocks leaking if the shocks are old and rusty on the piston rod. Otherwise you willl be fine.

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