...more or less lol. Darn compressor for the rear air shocks went out, was told a new one would cost $700. Haven't had much time to do any digging but i figured thats quite a bit. Maybe its time i upgraded the shocks to something newer/differnt? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thank you very much.
Post by Toronado3800 on Apr 28, 2014 13:45:36 GMT -6
Curious, how low do these sink? is it undriveable? I also have a MarkVIII. They have four wheel air ride. The conversion on that to springs helps handling on ramps thanks to this weird lowering on the hwy the Lincolns do.
97 Aurora Autobahn w/145,000+ miles and a shorty belt bypassing my locked up A/C compressor.
You've got a couple options; 1. A line kit. One with a tire valve in the middle. 2. New or junkyard compressor. Don't spend $700, check ebay. 3. Monroe 90007 air to load assist conversion kit. 4. Custom coil-overs. 5. Bags.
I am sure many of us have just bypassed the air pump and put in a manual fill valve (tire fill valve ). It takes only 25 to 30 psi to get to reg ride height. I pump mine up to 50 psi when trailer towing (1 - 2 tones). The kits are only about $ 10 and I put the fill point in my trunk. The kits are very easy to install. On the early aurora's the pumps were installed on the rear sub-frame and the salt just ate them up. My 99 has the pump tucked behind the passenger rear bumper and I made a extra cover to shield it from the elements. My 95 aurora's pump only lasted about 8 years up here in Buffalo and even then a new pump was to expensive. Good luck, Rich.
Go with salvage, a lot of newer cars have the same setup as the Aurora. The posts below are from '07, so newer Lucernes/Cadillac air pumps may also be useable.
"06-07 BUICK LUCRENE AIR SHOCKS
They bolt right into the stock location, using stock hardware and airlines. Boasting a larger diameter shock cylinder, aluminum bladder guards, and matched to the buick springs. This shocks will provide a better overall ride for your classic, reducing the chop we get sometimes over washboard surfaces.
This shocks are the perfect compliment to buick lucrene rear spring upgrade, which is also a bolt in affair." -Speed Neon
Springs are also easy to change, when you unbolt your shock, push the control arm down, the spring falls out, no pressure.
"06-07 BUICK LUCRENE REAR SPRINGS
While your factory springs will work with the buick air shocks, they are tuned to the spring rate of the buick springs. the buick springs are a progressive design that offer good ride quality and above comfort. And combined with the buick shocks, this setup will nearly eliminate the classic chop, and your rear passengers will thank you.
These are a direct replacement for factory springs." -Speed Neon
"06-07 BUICK LUCRENE ELC COMPRESSOR
GM decided to complete enclose the elc compressor this time and installed a better compressor head. So feel free to upgrade your aged or failed compressor with this handy bolt on upgrade. A few washers will be needed to space it properly from the body, but not a biggie. Uses factory airlines and electrical connectors without modification." -Speed Neon
A few different suspension setups on the Lucernes though. Soft ride FE1, firm ride and handling(F41), sport FE3 and special FE4. Personally I would get the FE3 or FE4. So, "shocks will provide a better over all ride quality" is subjective IMO depending on ones preference. So, run the VIN for what you are after if ya can. Going from Aurora 'FE3' to FE1 is not gonna be a good time!
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