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850 T5-R estate - squatting down at rear

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Old Mar 18th, 2024, 20:47   #1
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Default 850 T5-R estate - squatting down at rear

Iím just pondering the rear stance my 1994 T5-R has.

I bought it a few months ago and itís not been on road yet.

It seems to squat at the rear - when engine running thereís no change so Iíd suspect self levelling suspension (if it has it fitted).

Itís been off road a few years so wonder if itís springs have sagged ??

I understand they are a little lower at back but this seems very low - unless previous owner has had no standard springs fitted.
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Old Mar 18th, 2024, 22:25   #2
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when engine running thereís no change so Iíd suspect self levelling suspension (if it has it fitted).
Eh? Engine running has got nothing to do with self-levelling suspension on these, it's passive.

Does it have the right stance after a drive? If so, then sagging Nivomat shock absorbers.
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Old Mar 18th, 2024, 22:58   #3
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In order for the self leveling to do its thing you simply need to drive a few metres. I've done this many times when I did some tip runs with 20 odd sacks of rubble (I know, how could I do this to my car but I couldn't get a skip because property was right next to a bus stop and didn't want to wait 'n load).
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Old Mar 19th, 2024, 06:23   #4
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Ah right - thought with engine running it would operate the ďcompressorĒ if fitted.

Iíve an Alpina 5 series estate that rises slightly if been stood a bit once the engine starts up.

Iíll take a measurement and then drive up and down a bit then take another measurement

Will report back
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Old Mar 19th, 2024, 08:54   #5
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If its on original suspension its highly likely they are shot
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Old Mar 19th, 2024, 18:18   #6
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its also possible that someone may have replaced the nivomat shocks with ordinary shocks the springs that are used with nivomat shocks are very soft and cannot be used with ordinary shocks this results in a very low rear end. check what shocks are fitted.
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