1995 Roadmaster Wagon Daily Driver/Highway Triper Suspension Upgrades?
I’m trying to get as far away from that “driving a big waterbed” feel with loose steering, as possible without compromising comfort too much on highway road trips with my '95 RMW daily driver.
I own a kiteboard shop & school so this Roadmaster is my Woody Wind Wagon work vehicle and is spent chasing wind up and around 300 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, Spring-Fall. In the Winter, 225/15 Blizzaks go on the stock wheels and we run around snowkiting.
I’ve never had the opportunity to ride in anyone else’s wagon who has made any suspension or steering improvements. The only thing I’ve done up to now, suspension & steering-wise, besides keeping everything in good repair, is add a set of Bilsteins, add 245 Summer tires on 18x8 Boyd Coddington wheels all the way around and hook up airbags to the rear load leveling. The shocks & tires haven’t even come close to where I’d like it to be with feel.
From reading here and talking with a couple helpful members, this is what I've been contemplating;
Beefing up the front sway
Adding a front frame brace
Adding a rear sway and whatever I have to do to the rear arms to prevent binding and have a good attachment points for the sway (haven’t figured out exactly what that is yet)
Installing Global West front & rear arm bushings
I would also like to lower it slightly in the front, more in the back to even off that rake, give it a more aggressive look and hopefully tighten up the ride (haven’t figured out that solution either).
From there, drive it for a while and if the steering itself still feels loose, consider sending the steering box, and possibly the PS pump, off to Steering Technology Group to give it a spec tightening-up, appropriate for a daily driver.
What are the experiences here? Will the sways, brace and bushings tighten up the ride feel without making it feel too aggressively, "hard-core purpose built race car" rigid?
Has anyone done a lowering on a highway street car wagon (not more than an inch up front and a little more in back) but the car was still decently comfortable and road-trip drivable?
'95 Roadmaster Wagon almost 300K miles
'94 Roadmaster Wagon low 100K miles
...both burgundy woodgrain!
Last edited by WaWaZat; 01-17-2017 at 04:46 PM.