S suspension bottoming out - need suggestions

Bill C Dec 20, 2018

  1. Bill C

    Bill C Test Drive

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    Hi there, I'm brand new here and new to Xterra's. I bought a 2015 Xterra S 4x4 a few months ago and have noticed the suspension, especially rear suspension is very mushy. The rear suspension bottoms out with any decent sized bump, even on pavement. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best remedy?
     
  2. Bushnut

    Bushnut Bought an X

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    Sounds like you need new shocks. Whether you go with stock replacements or if you are looking to upgrade, depends on what you want to do with your truck. Just remember you get what you pay for.
     
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  3. Bill C

    Bill C Test Drive

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    Thanks for your comment. My understanding of shocks (admittedly limited) is their purpose is to mainly control rebound, not control the initial shock. Is this incorrect? However, I do plan to purchase shocks, either Rancho, which I have used in the past, or Bilstein, which I have never used before. I was wondering if my springs need replacement or supplementing.
     
  4. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Moderator Supporting Member

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    The stock leaf springs are mushy from the get. You have a few options.
    1. Helper springs. No added lift. Added load capacity.
    2. Timbren bump stops. Does nothing aside from not feeling the harshness
    3. Add a leaf. Adds lift and weight capacity.
    4. Replace leaf pack. General springs make a good stock and hd replacement pack. If you're looking for lift and articulation, Alcan is the way to go.
     
  5. Bushnut

    Bushnut Bought an X

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    Springs hold the weight of the vehicle, shocks control motion. If a vehicle is “bouncy” chances are that the shocks aren’t to working at their best.
    The rear springs on the X (both gens) are on the soft side in order to give a truck a car like ride. This is ok if you never load your vehicle but if you tend to haul lots of junk or tow a trailer it can be a pain. As it causes the back end to sag. The post above has some good options.
    As far as brands of shocks go...that’s a conversation that could start a bar fight.
     
  6. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Moderator Supporting Member

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    Ha!
     

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