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my lifted 89 suburban rides like crap over bumps

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by terry504, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    hey guys, i bought a 89 suburban with a 4in lift and 33in all terrains. the ride is bumpy as hell so i swapped out for the pro comp es9000. i still have the same problem so i need a little help from you all. i know trucks are suppose to be bumpy but my girls boobs keep beating her up :dizzy:. are these good shocks or crap. any body out there got a burban with a smooth ride with some tips for me cause this is what i look like driving down the road :bluebounc
     
  2. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    What kind of lift kit is on there?? Sounds like more of a spring issue than shocks. But for shocks, the Bilstein 5100's are made for lifted vehicles. But I hope you are not looking for a cadillac ride with a lifted SFA Suburban!!
     
  3. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    i dont expect a cadillac ride from a truck however this is worst ive ever had, ive owned burbans and trucks all my life. i bought it this way to restore and will have the springs checked but dont know what kind they are. thanks for respond and will look up bilsteins as well :D
     
  4. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    How badly it do on pothole?

    Was it bounce so quick or it ride like school bus?
     
  5. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    i feel potholes big and small, michigan streets are terrible of course and if i hit a row of small potholes i literally feel like this:bluebounc. i went down a dirt road not to long ago near metro airport and had to actually stop and let traffic go by so i could go 5 miles per hour. like i mentioned before, i know i'm suppose to feel bumps like a truck should but not have to shatter my teeth out. ive checked air pressure in tires already and replaced with procomp es9000. the springs must be it. ps..i havent been on a school bus in 40years lol
     
  6. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Ok it leaf spring that are too strong.


    Only way you could remove 2 packs in leaf spring to test.


    Can you get pictures of front and rear leaf springs.
     
  7. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    okay, i will take to a leaf shop and have them see. thanks for the help:nod:
     
  8. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Your mom still drives you to school too? I thought I was the only one.:D


    I'd take it to a spring shop for sure. Let us know what they say and we can go from there.
     
  9. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    i sure will:gunsfiring:
     
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Pictures or better yet a video may just be the ticket into having someone on here realize what your problem is :mechanic:


    More than likely though, if you just bought it and depending on what you're used to driving, it riding the way its supposed to be!
     
  11. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    i'm just going to have the springs looked at and maybe replaced, the more i look at it i come to the conclusion to being the only thing causing the problem, i'm use to driving nothing but trucks and burbans all around the same year so its not me over rating the problem and since i'm rebuilding it that would be a great place to start. thanks guys for all the help:salute:
     
  12. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    ps....does anybody from michigan or ohio know where i can find a donor body i could chop off of, i need clean quarter panels and a few floor pieces. i found one at parts galore and started chopping off the quarters and went to go back the next day and the whole truck was gone :angry:
     
  13. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    There are a few junk yards out by me that have a few decent older trucks/subs. But Detroit is a haul to Painesville, Ohio!! It has to be a spring issue. I put a Skyjacker 6" lift on my 82 K20 and it wasnt that bad at all. A bit rough, but not putting me thru the roof. I also used the skyjacker shocks as well. No blocks anywhere, it was all new spring front and rear
     
  14. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    yeah i might check out skyjacker lifts thanks
     
  15. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I've got a F350 with a 6" Skyjacker lift and 37s. It rides like a truck, but for a lifted truck it rides really well IMO.
     
  16. terry504

    terry504 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    its settled then, skyjacker winsussmileyflag i'll check out prices tomorrow
     
  17. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    If ride quality is the main thing your after then look into Tuff Country. There springs have a great reputation on the old SFA GM trucks.

    http://www.tuffcountry.com/

    Also check out Colorado K5, best site out there when it comes to the solid axle GM trucks.

    http://coloradok5.com/