Originally Posted by 73shark
I am just looking for something that will reduce the rear Lounge from launching people when hitting a bump.
I only installed the Spring Assist Kit (install was over a year ago); I will say it was WELL worth the money for the upgrade. The drive is much more enjoyable. But it didn't do much for the rear bounce. May even have made it stiffer.
Short of the Airbags I don't know of any satisfactory fix for the rear ride.
There is only the wife and I on trips so we ride up front.
I upgraded to reduce the heavy rock & roll out of my (and many fuel station) driveways. When the coffee maker is banging around in the cabinet the rocking was a little crazy.
With the stock kit the van rocked 3-4 times left to right & left when pulling out of a drive over a curb; and when I pulled up a little to close to the back of a semi tractor trailer (or they pulled in my lane a little too soon) the van would wobble from the wind turbulence caused just behind the truck.
With shocks / sway bars & spring assist - all of that is gone; rear end just rides like an empty F350 pickup.
That said; I recently hauled a load of motorcycles (close to the 5,000 lb max trailer) and the back rode better than ever.
So maybe the real secret here is to haul a trailer all the time. (was thinking of getting a toad so the wife will have something to drive while we are parked for longer periods; but since all 4 on the ground (no tongue weight) that probably wouldn't improve the ride.
- Although the motorcycle on the hitch rack should a little (see my Avatar).
Either way - I love the van; some because of the $$ I spent on it; but always because it beats the heck out of the Suburban and Escalades I used to drive cross country on family & work trips.
My wife summed it up on our first trip from IL to NC in the van last year when she realized that she could finally drink as many sodas as she wanted on the trip because she didn't have to wait for me to pull in 4 hrs later for the pit stop!