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Old 12-27-2008, 07:44 PM
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what to do with stock suspension?

the title says it all, what am i suppost to do with the rear stock suspension on my 1974 nova?
it has the air bag suspension on it but it dosnt work and is old, someone point me in the right direction please...
also can i just go buy some shocks and springs or is it more complicated than that?

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Never ever heard of or saw a STOCK Nova of any year with air suspension. Are you sure this is what you have under there? There are no leaf springs? All Novas I've ever seen have either single leaf springs on each side or multiple-leaf springs.
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i agree never seen a nova with stock air ride, and had leaf springs been around nova's must my life, had a 1963 it had leafs and my 1968 had leafs and my friends 1976 had leafs, now does yours have leaf springs?, or someone had to change over to a triangler system if you don't have leafs, you may have air shocks, and someone installed a air ride system from a cadillac, is there a air compressor under the hood or mounted any where on the car?.
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i was told by the person that i bought the car from that the rear air suspension didnt work any more and it really dosnt work anymore, there is leaf springs in the rear and the "air suspension" on it does look like any regular shocks but they have lines hooked up to them probably to fill them with air...i guess ill get under there and check it out ill try to post some pictures if i can later
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we went up to pepboys today and just replaced them with shocks
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You had "air shocks" that's all. No big deal, replace them with regular shocks and you are done. However, it is likely that the springs have settled a little and that is why it had the air shocks on there, to lift the rear up to normal ride height. So replacing springs may be needed. But some good gas shocks on there may be all you need.

The air shocks are kinda "old school" for lifting a car a little when towing a trailer, that sort of thing as well.

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yeah i guess they were the "skyjackers" and we messed around with them and the drivers side one had a leak so me and my brother messed with it and pumped them up so the back end was crazy high then e watch it slowly come down on the drivers side, lol
were just replacing them with some shocks
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