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Hi, have just received an up grade to our Alphard. I was still not happy with the Camber angle so decided to fit heavy duty rear springs and relovent shock absorbers. I have a few jobs to do around the farm and hope to do the work next week. I will report on progress and results when finished.

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Hi Starider,

 

Should I be considering these as I have a 15mm thick Birch Ply rear conversion.

 

I took out my 2 rear seats, not light, and added about 100kg.

 

It is not the cost, fitting them would be the issue; although I do still have (limited) access to the shock towers inside the wheel arches.

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Hi Rojie, when I have fitted these parts I'll have a better idea of how much is involved. I fitted a set if rear HD springs [due to POT HOLE damage] to my ex Suzuki Vitara 4 x 4 and each side litterally took less than half an hour. Just a reminder to everyone, any suspension springs must be fitted as a pair i.e. one each side.

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Hi, had a go at fitting the HD springs today. Everything went quite well until I tried to compress the old springs and remove them. Even though I had some spring compressers I couldn't compress them enough to free them from their seatings to wriggle them out. As the heavy duty springs have an extra coil, I certainly wouldn't be able to compress them enough either. I haven't the special equipment I believe is needed, so will have to get my/our garage to do the job. I'm not at this time going to fit the new shocks as I will have to remove the R & R bed to gain access to the top shock absorber fitting. I notice that the springs are available separately, so it can be a cheaper job. What I did notice is that the rear is approx. 1 1/2" lower than the front.

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Hi I'm after a set of heavy duty springs can you let me know where you got them from also why would you want to replace singly if heavy duty and you put one on and left the other 3 on you certainly know the difference in a bad way 

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Hi, if you read my previous posts on this subject you will see why I have decided to replace both the rear springs. When towing a trailer or caravan there must be a degree of nose weight at the hitch[i.e. downward weight] to ensure the trailer hitch doesn't try to lift off the ball hitch and also to ensure a smooth tow.This added weight will push down the re

It is certainly not necessary to fit HD springs all round and I did not imply I was only fitting one to the rear, I have been in and around the motor trade for over 50 years and would never ever fit odd parts [such springs]to each side. The rule is "fit new parts to both sides when replacing suspension parts such as springs,shock absorbers"

I also have given an ebay item number which takes you to a set of rear HD springs and shock absorbers. The same supplier will also supply just the springs.

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Hi anyone out there. Have just purchased a four wheel drive 2008 Alphard.Previously owned a two wheel drive.I am finidng the ride very different it feels like I'm in a rocking chair or a fair ride, especially going over bumps. Have had tyres,supension checked all OK any suggestions as it really feels that if I braked hard the whole body would leave the wheels !!

Thanks

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Hi, I'm at a bit of a loss to make any suggestions, usually there is little or no difference between two and four wheel drive[except in fuel consumption]. The only suggestion may be that the rear springs need replacing with stronger heavy duty ones. We never know what or how our Alphards were used in the past, all I can confirm is that fitting HD rear springs to ours  greatly improved the ride.

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