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I know there's been a lot of topics on sagging rear ends, but i'm really lost as to what i should do. I just recently installed subs and noticed that it's sagging a little. I have a GEN3 sable and i'm looking to keep it sitting tall especially when i add people in the back seat. I just feel like my car looks worn when the rear sits sooo low. Will replacing the struts fix this problem or do i need to replace the springs? Also, what should i buy(bigger springs? struts?)? If anyone has any help or a link i'd appreciate it.
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The spring is what will effect the ride height. With more weight, you'd wan't stiffer springs to hold the load up. But you would lose some ride comfort. I do not know if they make stiffer springs for the Gen 3 Taurus, and if they do, I don't know how their availability is or what they cost.

I have a Gen3 and it sags really low in the rear. It turned out that my rear springs were both broken at the top. I don't know when this happened. There's so many big bumps and pot holes in Massachusetts it's rediculous. You can only weave around so many....

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You need to go to a shop that understands what your problems are and install the correct strut/spring combination. And to push the rear a little further you can mount the strut further down on the pinch bracket. If your current strut/spring combination is older than 50K+ miles its time to replace these cheap bastards.

For station wagons they make a special load kit that allows you to handle another 1000 lbs via air springs and coil springs, IIRC.

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Get new springs and then raise the strut in the knuckle.

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Yes I did both and I'm very happy with the car now.

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I know there's been a lot of topics on sagging rear ends, but i'm really lost as to what i should do. I just recently installed subs and noticed that it's sagging a little. I have a GEN3 sable and i'm looking to keep it sitting tall especially when i add people in the back seat. I just feel like my car looks worn when the rear sits sooo low. Will replacing the struts fix this problem or do i need to replace the springs? Also, what should i buy(bigger springs? struts?)? If anyone has any help or a link i'd appreciate it.
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The topics pretty much all say the same thing, the easy way to go is to get quickstruts from Rock auto. I don't think they're as expensive as the front. Also the springs do seem a bit thicker than the stock ones and they do restore the normal ride height, at least on gen4 anyway.

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Just to simply things.

1) Check for leaking struts.
2) Check for broken springs.

Replace one or the other. If both, like the guy said about, get some Monroe Quickstruts from ROck Auto and use the TCCA discount.

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Just wondering in regards to stock height. How do I know if the location of the knuckles on the strut is at stock level?

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Just to simply things.

1) Check for leaking struts.
2) Check for broken springs.

Replace one or the other. If both, like the guy said about, get some Monroe Quickstruts from ROck Auto and use the TCCA discount.

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Get new springs and then raise the strut in the knuckle.
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Just wondering in regards to stock height. How do I know if the location of the knuckles on the strut is at stock level?
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Where you set your height is a personal decision. I set mine to the bottom of the strut. This might be a little too high for some people but I like it. When loading with luggage and people the car doesn't sag. Has far as being level I would use a tape measure or similar device.

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Just wondering in regards to stock height. How do I know if the location of the knuckles on the strut is at stock level?
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Look at it or feel around. There is a metal bracket on the strut that should go in the slot of the knuckle. The pinch bolt goes through the hole in the bracket.

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/inde...howtopic=51289
you can see the bracket at the old position in the one pic.

Is this what you are asking?
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Gen 3 SHO springs are the same spring rate but longer.

http://www.v8sho.com/SHO/Taurus%20Spring%20Codes.htm

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