2001 Buick Regal

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It already has a naturally low ride height,

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And I feel like I've lost some over the years. The suspension is stock with the exception of new shocks I installed about 6 months ago. In the interest of full disclosure I do have a trunk full of car audio equipment, subs and amplifiers, probably 100-150lbs, but I've taken it out at times (like when I replaced the shocks) and it didn't seem to make a lot of difference. I'm looking for a way to economically increase the ride height 1-2" if possible.

  • I was going to suggest something like Air Lift air bags but your vehicle suspension will not accept them. I used a set on my 94 Z28 when I was bottoming out on my snubbers (lowered suspension ~1.5-2"). They worked very well ... not going to work for your setup, though. Sep 22, 2015 at 20:50

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As you know, the rear shocks are McPherson struts. There aren't a lot of options to lift a car with a suspension like that. At least not economically.

Most obvious, would be replacing the springs with new ones. This may give you some extra ride height, as the original ones are likely sagging and the progressive resistance has diminished some.

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  • You can probably find replacements which are have a variable spring rate. That way you'd be soft on top when not loaded and more spring rate on the loaded side with the extra weight. Don't know if they are made for this model of vehicle, but they are out there. Sep 22, 2015 at 20:48
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    @Paulster2 That is a great comment. I was looking for aftermarket springs with that spec, but all I could find was OEM or lowering. Would be nice to be able to find some for a towing package, etc.
    – CharlieRB
    Sep 22, 2015 at 20:50
  • While even less economical, you can have them made if not available through normal aftermarket sources. Sep 22, 2015 at 20:52
  • @CharlieRB Just throwing this out there. You might check with some scrap yards nearby. You never know what you might find.
    – Jerreck
    Sep 23, 2015 at 1:03
  • @Jerreck FYI: This isn't my question. I don't need springs, I was looking for them to suggest to the OP.
    – CharlieRB
    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:57

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