I Replaced My Shocks..But The Ride Is Still Bumpy


82CapriceClassic
03-13-2009, 08:39 PM
its not as "tight" as it should be..I thought replacing the shocks would fix the problem..but it hasn't..what else would I need to replace to not have such a bouncy ride?

j cAT
03-14-2009, 08:55 AM
its not as "tight" as it should be..I thought replacing the shocks would fix the problem..but it hasn't..what else would I need to replace to not have such a bouncy ride?

shocks are not equal...what shocks/model # did you install...

using a double action shock/sport shocks are what I perfer...

82CapriceClassic
03-14-2009, 03:01 PM
shit i dont remember..i just bought them from advance auto and gave them to my mechanic to install..they felt solid for about the first few weeks..not im starting to notice the bumpy "cushiony" ride...

j cAT
03-14-2009, 06:45 PM
shit i dont remember..i just bought them from advance auto and gave them to my mechanic to install..they felt solid for about the first few weeks..not im starting to notice the bumpy "cushiony" ride...

with your sales receipt get replacements that are higher quaity performance shocks...

Warrantee is on this item...

82CapriceClassic
03-15-2009, 05:32 PM
ok...but what did you mean by that the shocks are not equal?

j cAT
03-16-2009, 08:06 AM
ok...but what did you mean by that the shocks are not equal?

the internal design and materials used...

so again what shocks and # did you use ?

Blt2Lst
03-16-2009, 05:07 PM
Try some KYB gas adjust shocks.
These will take the bounce out of your ride..

82CapriceClassic
05-21-2009, 10:44 AM
i still have the bouncy ride, havent taken/replaced the shocks that were put on back in march...thinking of taking them off and putting on new ones because when i turn i dip into the turn, and my braking is off because of the bounciness...i told my mechanic and he said i should buy some springs, but everything "symptom" that i read it says I have bad shocks...and not springs

so should i buy some new springs, have them put on and if the ride is still bouncy should i just replace the shocks again with a more high performance ones?

j cAT
05-22-2009, 09:11 AM
i still have the bouncy ride, havent taken/replaced the shocks that were put on back in march...thinking of taking them off and putting on new ones because when i turn i dip into the turn, and my braking is off because of the bounciness...i told my mechanic and he said i should buy some springs, but everything "symptom" that i read it says I have bad shocks...and not springs

so should i buy some new springs, have them put on and if the ride is still bouncy should i just replace the shocks again with a more high performance ones?


earlier I asked what shocks did you use in this vehicle...you did not reply...manufacturer and part number....

these vehicles do have front spring problems.....are these springs original ????best replace front springs if so...when this is done you will need new shocks,new front stabilizer links, and frame bushings on the stabilizer bar mounting...

the shocks to use would be bilstein shocks,,,,I use these shocks they are heavy duty double action lifetime warrantee....part number f4-b46=1104-ho.....

you probably used the monroe granpa shocks....
sounds like you don't work on you vehicle,,with your lack of feedback..
If you rely on a repair shop to do your repairs,, they will put the cheapest parts in, and still charge the maximum....then these parts fail and your back soon to give them more cash.........

82CapriceClassic
05-25-2009, 04:27 PM
no i dont work on my car personally, i just purchase the parts and take them to my mechanic for him to put them on...i believe i purchased some monroe shocks, but i will be purchasing some front springs within the next month and see how that makes a difference..

j cAT
05-26-2009, 09:00 AM
no i dont work on my car personally, i just purchase the parts and take them to my mechanic for him to put them on...i believe i purchased some monroe shocks, but i will be purchasing some front springs within the next month and see how that makes a difference..


how do you think I guessed correctly you used the monroe shocks????
seen this before...they do not last....and with old springs they are useless..

you replace the parts as I recommended and then you might feel its too tight...because your very much used to that sloppy ride you have now...

82CapriceClassic
05-26-2009, 10:35 AM
man this sucks because i just purchased them in march, dont have the receipt but i probably couldnt even return/exchange them since they've been on so long

guess i'll just have to replace the springs AND buy some new shocks...grr..tough on a college student budget

but thanks

j cAT
05-26-2009, 08:36 PM
man this sucks because i just purchased them in march, dont have the receipt but i probably couldnt even return/exchange them since they've been on so long

guess i'll just have to replace the springs AND buy some new shocks...grr..tough on a college student budget

but thanks

I only buy lifetime warrantee on most parts..the bilstein shocks are very solid and with good springs will last 5-6years...2 years ago I replaced all 4 for free...because I keep all my receipts in a folder...this is how you can save some money long term....since 1967 I've only had 4 vehicles buy new and keep forever....with proper maintanence and fixing issues fast will minimize greater damage and expense..

82CapriceClassic
05-27-2009, 08:41 AM
yea i have most of my receipts regarding my car but for some reason I cant seem to find that one, hopefully if I try to return the shocks advance will have the purchase on file because i paid over $100 for them...hopefully i can get them to exchange them for me..

im off to get my springs now..and hopefully to put my car in the shop..

j cAT
05-27-2009, 08:50 AM
yea i have most of my receipts regarding my car but for some reason I cant seem to find that one, hopefully if I try to return the shocks advance will have the purchase on file because i paid over $100 for them...hopefully i can get them to exchange them for me..

im off to get my springs now..and hopefully to put my car in the shop..

don't forget the stabilizer bar these when working correctly will reduce sway...the rubber bushings fail after 5 years then the sway bar lossens and you get a tire wear problems with the sway...also the bar moves so much it can even scrap the tire when the wheels are turned fully right/left..

82CapriceClassic
05-28-2009, 11:35 PM
i dont think stablizer bars are sold at auto zone..do u know where i could get one?

j cAT
05-29-2009, 10:20 AM
i dont think stablizer bars are sold at auto zone..do u know where i could get one?

THE BAR IS NOT REPLACED,,,,THE BUSHINGS AND LINK BUSHINGS ARE....

AUTO ZONE should direct you to the correct size ......as the bars have different diameter.....

the bar itself can crack,,,,this I have seen,,if the springs are very bad and the shocks as well the bar flxes so much it gets damaged to the point where it will snap...

82CapriceClassic
06-05-2009, 09:37 AM
just now seeing this, the springs did make the front sit higher and i can tell a small difference, but the steering does still feel a little odd when i am turning the wheel and its coming from the front

the bushings you said to replace, are they technically called control arm bushings? because thats whats showing up on the auto zone website

Blt2Lst
06-05-2009, 12:24 PM
i dont think stablizer bars are sold at auto zone..do u know where i could get one?

If you are looking for sway bars, check out Hotchkiss brand.
I have them on my wagon (front and rear) and they really make the car corner flat. Jegs has them but they are not cheap. There are other brands also that are less expensive. Beefier sway bars are a necessary addition to almost any stock car IMO.
As far as the sway bar end links go, I would go with urethane instead of the stock rubber. They offer better steering response than rubber. Energy suspension has them and you can usually find them at pep boys or at jegs.com. They are not that expensive.

Al :smokin:

j cAT
06-06-2009, 07:20 PM
just now seeing this, the springs did make the front sit higher and i can tell a small difference, but the steering does still feel a little odd when i am turning the wheel and its coming from the front

the bushings you said to replace, are they technically called control arm bushings? because thats whats showing up on the auto zone website


no this is the sway bar bushings and the links that hold this sway bar in place....the control arms are where the springs are held,,,you have upper and lower control arms.....on each side...

you only have one sway bar in front two bushings ,these hold the bar on each side to the frame,,,and 2 links connected to the bar ends with a long bolts and 4 small round spacer bushings..

advance auto parts moog sway bar bushings kit 2 pieces part # k6459 $16.50/////moog link kit part # k6630 $11.50..

lifetime warrantee..

j cAT
06-14-2009, 11:16 AM
did you do any work to address this issue ?

Manic1888
06-14-2009, 02:22 PM
Coil springs need changing/fitting perhaps?

82CapriceClassic
06-16-2009, 07:27 PM
my car will be in the shop next week...im going to replace the front shocks, and get the bushing and link kit..my old shocks are still under warranty, but im getting heavy duty shocks this go around..the part # is 58263 at advance auto..

then hopefully in another 2 more weeks i can do the back shocks..i just dont have the money right now

j cAT
06-16-2009, 09:05 PM
my car will be in the shop next week...im going to replace the front shocks, and get the bushing and link kit..my old shocks are still under warranty, but im getting heavy duty shocks this go around..the part # is 58263 at advance auto..

then hopefully in another 2 more weeks i can do the back shocks..i just dont have the money right now

MOST LIKELY the rear shocks are good..with worn springs the shocks take a beating...with the stabilizer bush/link kit you will see a big improvement..

DO NOT GET THE ALIGNMENT DONE UNTIL YOU PUT 500-1000MI ON THE VEHICLE...this will ensure that the alignment will not change as the springs WILL settle down a bit,,,so if it at first looks toooooo high don't worry it will drop...then alignment..

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