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I have a 95 SS and I daily drive it. I am looking for a solution to the rear springs sagging. I take my family out on road trips in this vehicle on a regular basis, and when my 3 kids are sitting in the back, and the trunk has some cargo in it, it sits too low.

Right now the stock springs are on there with Monroe severe service shocks, which I am not totally happy with... In my opinion the Monroes are pretty harsh..... and I am going to swap them out, once I find the correct springs to install ...

I know theres a lot of good experience out there in this forum, and would like to hear some suggestions for my SS. I want the car to handle well around turns and on the highway, and ride good in the city. I would like to know what springs I can use in the rear, so it wont sag as much and still ride like an SS should.
 

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Any car is gonna sag when you put weight in the back and if you buy stiffer springs to compensate for that then ride quality will suffer.

that being said I am very happy with the hotchkiss springs but the ride quality is noticeably more harsh on bad roads.
 

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Interesting, those shocks are often referred as a less costly/near same quality as Bilstein. One of the two designs of KYB (single or dbl. piston IDK which) was wimpy enough I gave them away still new and replaced with Bilstein on a FWB I had stuck SS coils on. The ones I had were white if that helps [not at all expensive from Advance] and may be a good alternate for you.

For your rears I would not as much change the springs as simply add AirLift 1000 bags and pump up a little to take extra luggage and the kids.
 

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You could grab the auto leveling system from a wagon, and install it with air shocks, or air bags. You need the system from a 94-96 wagon. The compressor is behind the driver's side of the front bumper, and the sensor is above the rear axle on the passenger's side. You need the lines, as well. You need adapters for the shocks or airbags. It should be a simple install. You can make it automatic, or install a switch to raise or lower it.
 

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Still lovin the moog 6381 springs (199lbs/in) after a year of driving. They were a bit on the harsh side with the bilsteins, but are just perfect with kyb gas-adjust for a wagon. The wagon shock is about 10% firmer and has a shorter extended length that keeps the springs from falling out when jacked up.

Also to compensate for excessive oversteer, replaced the 1.5" rear bar with the stock one.
 

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The Monroe severe service shocks suck. (I had them in my '96 RMW.) The high-speed damping is too stiff (which means an uncomfortable ride and harshness going over bumps) and the low-speed damping is too soft (which means that the car wallows in turns and floats on the highway). The Bilsteins, on the other hand, are epic--comfortable ride AND good handling. (I have them in my '94 Caprice wagon.)

I run the Airlift 1000s in my wagon with stock springs all around. I leave them at ~5psi unloaded, and then air them up as needed when towing. If your stock rear springs are weak, get a new set and install them with the Airlift 1000s.
 

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I Hope You're Happy With Yourself -

The Monroe severe service shocks suck. (I had them in my '96 RMW.) The high-speed damping is too stiff (which means an uncomfortable ride and harshness going over bumps) and the low-speed damping is too soft (which means that the car wallows in turns and floats on the highway). The Bilsteins, on the other hand, are epic--comfortable ride AND good handling. (I have them in my '94 Caprice wagon.)

I run the Airlift 1000s in my wagon with stock springs all around. I leave them at ~5psi unloaded, and then air them up as needed when towing. If your stock rear springs are weak, get a new set and install them with the Airlift 1000s.
It's comments like yours (and a couple other credible auto-x types here) that are gonna make me finally swip-swap the Konis on my FWB with the Bilsteins on my SS. After about a year of running them (first with fronts 40%-rears 0, and more recently 0-0) I've been half tempted to make changes. The Konis simply overpower the FE1 coils, even with 1 coil (1" drop) cut off the fronts. The seller said he had changed out broke airshocks a year earlier with non-air Monroe Sev. Serv. (well he said they were but no way for me to tell). Anyway I was not impressed - too floaty and I stole the bottom grommets and tossed them. And the fronts looked liked the originals.

I get a light weekend (and 2 jacks back from my son) and Ima get both cars in the air and just do it. I simply loved the Bilsteins/SS coils on my old FWB, and those old semi-sacked out 15-year old shocks with those lighter coils should be interesting to test. On the other hand, I'll start the Konis off at about 60 front-40 rear to go with the F- and HO bars and see if the garage queen SS firms up even more than it is now.

Thanks for all the extra work now Flesh- ;)
 

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Still lovin the moog 6381 springs (199lbs/in) after a year of driving. They were a bit on the harsh side with the bilsteins, but are just perfect with kyb gas-adjust for a wagon. The wagon shock is about 10% firmer and has a shorter extended length that keeps the springs from falling out when jacked up.

Also to compensate for excessive oversteer, replaced the 1.5" rear bar with the stock one.
I had these too on my 95 roadmaster. really worked for both load control and handling with the stock rear sway. gonna get a set for 96 b4u next.
 

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I went with:
Moog 7268 Front Ford 150 97-03 Dodge Van 79-80 750Lbs
Moog 5419 Rear Caprice 79-96 173Lbs
Hotchkiss bars front and rear
Bilsteins

Close to Impala ride height with the rear slightly higher. The ride is like the Hotchkiss lowering springs but more comfortable. The ride height prevents me from worrying about bad roads.

If I was loading up all the time the Moog 6381 springs (199lbs/in) might be better.
 

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I have a 95 SS and I daily drive it. I am looking for a solution to the rear springs sagging. I take my family out on road trips in this vehicle on a regular basis, and when my 3 kids are sitting in the back, and the trunk has some cargo in it, it sits too low.

Right now the stock springs are on there with Monroe severe service shocks, which I am not totally happy with... In my opinion the Monroes are pretty harsh..... and I am going to swap them out, once I find the correct springs to install ...

I know theres a lot of good experience out there in this forum, and would like to hear some suggestions for my SS. I want the car to handle well around turns and on the highway, and ride good in the city. I would like to know what springs I can use in the rear, so it wont sag as much and still ride like an SS should.
I had many set ups on my car and much depends on what you are looking for. Most everything has some comprises. Do you want a car that handles on rails and can feel everything or is it a family cruiser that you want to ride like a Cadillac yet can handle the load when the family loads up for a trip. Let us know what is most important to you and we can pin point the options
 

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The ride height prevents me from worrying about bad roads.
How bad are your roads? I was worried about installing the hotchkiss lowering springs since I already scrape the front air dam a little coming out of my driveway.

Still no problem.

I've not come across any road hazard that made my worry about my ride height though lol
 

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How bad are your roads? I was worried about installing the hotchkiss lowering springs since I already scrape the front air dam a little coming out of my driveway.

Still no problem.

I've not come across any road hazard that made my worry about my ride height though lol
I posted my hotchkiss ride height in a different thread. Stock tires. I got tired of having to use corvette driving techniques to get out of a parking lot. City pot holes 2"-4" deep and 12"+ long. Same problem on the highway. I also drive gravel roads at 50+mph. Gravel washouts can be deep and long. The air temperature in my area changes 95F summer to -31F winter. The road surfaces get much warmer.

These cars should be capable on all road surfaces. My personal view is get a smart car if you like swerving around pot holes, ramps, and bumps. There is no reason a B body should have to worry about the front air dams while driving on public roads. A stock Impala can do 0.83G in a circle test. I would like to see a side by side comparison with the hotchkiss springs.

I had to laugh a while ago. I got stuck behind a modern 4X4 truck that came to a near stop at each speed bump so he would not spill his drink. I have driven 30mph over these speed bumps with my drink in the drink holder. As others say suspension choices are very personal.
 
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