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I recently went on vacation, and a slight anomaly caught my attention.

A bit of detail before we get to the point. I'm a homebrewer. I brew my own beer. I then take this beer to various and sundry events for myself and my friends. This past event was the Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance in Amelia Island, FL (side note - what a freakin' awesome show). I brought 5 minikegs of beer, each with approximately 5 gallons of beer for a total weight of about 225-250 pounds or so. This does not include any of the weight from our clothes, suitcases, cooler, food, etc, but provides for a significant amount of weight in the trunk of the car.

All the weight in the trunk practically had the fender lip resting on the rear wheels. I might have had a finger's width of space - maybe. Frankly, the weight distribution was altered so heavily that A.) I felt like I was now driving a tank and B.) the car no longer nose-dived under heavy braking - the entire car squatted. Now, I've also noticed that when I pack the back seat with 3 friends, the same thing happens. Occasionally, taking a corner hard (as I certainly often do) causes rubbing. So do large bumps.

But it's not just my car. I have two other friends who also own Gen IV Taurii, and they have he same problems - though, they don't drive their cars as hard as I do mine.

So I guess my question is two-fold, and this is why I am cross-posting this between Maintenance and Suspension, Handling, and Brakes:

1.) Is the car REALLY supposed to be this way? If not, why is it, and what can I do to fix it?

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2.) I've been seriously considering moving to Eibach springs and KYB struts. My understanding is that the new springs will lower the car, but that they are progressive rate springs, meaning that the more they compress, the harder they are to compress further. If I make the move to Eibachs and KYBs, will I still have the same problems? Because if so, that's a serious waste of money.

Question, comments, and wild-a** guesses are welcome.
 
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Tauruses are known for saggy butts, lol. I would have to say about 80% of Sedans comparable to the Taurus sag in the back when loaded down, from what I've seen anyways. So I'm pretty sure it's normal. The rear end of my Gen 4 sits so the edge of the wheel well is about 1/2 inch above the tire. The rear of the car sits like it was lowered. I have probably at least 75-100 lbs in subs/amp/box in there plus other junk at all times though, lol.
 

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I have Roush springs & stock shocks on mine, and also about 125lbs of stereo equipment in the trunk. Mine only sags when I have people in the back seat. If you look at any of the G4 Taurus' they have less wheelgap in the rear than in the front bone stock, and the springs are softer in the G4 than in other generations, so the extra weight over the rear axle is going to immediately cause a saggy butt look.
 

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Ditto. I have 2 Gen 4's. The wagon is the worst though. It has almost no load carrying capacity. The car sags with just groceries in the back. My sedan however is to new to know how bad it sags. I haven't put anything in it yet, but it feels stiffer than the wagon.
 

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My 02 sable sags big time i mean real bad been trying to figure out how to stop it as my tires do rub since i added a 1/2 to my wheels when i got new wheel i went with 16x8's. That has been giving me trouble for a long time i was thinking maybe spring spacers would work the kind that give 1/2" to 3/4" lift. anyhow one day i'll figure it out.
 

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Not just G4s, I think it's all gens. My G2 Sable has a flat top in the opening in the rear fenders. When my friends pile into the car (even with no luggage), the top of the wheel arch is about level with the top of the wheel's rim.
 

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my 96 gl always sags in the back...i have subs and other things but didnt seem to lower anymore..it gives it a nice stance...but if you look at the wheel gaps it looks like the frount is higher then the back
 

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So we've all concluded that the saggy a** is a feature, not a bug, of the Taurus. SNAFU.

Now what about aftermarket springs? Same thing? I know of a guy that custom manufactures progressive rate springs - is it possible that he could fab something up that would stop the sag, or am I stuck in a pipe dream of decent rear suspension characteristics?
 

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lol speaking of air bags. My gen 2 was owned by a moron friend of mine who didnt evan know it had a air filter,,,, but anyways my car had bags on it with swiches and all) lol it was crazy. i have a video here somewhere i am trying to find. of us playing with it. but then hewas selling and took everything off. and i meen everything(. but its ok hee\he he didnt hert nothing so its in my good hands now)
 

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I would be very interested in a reasonable solution if one is available for the wagon. The problem I possibly forsee is that there would be compromise in ride comfort for increased weight capacity?
 

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I have the same problem with my '96 lx. Rubber spring spacers would probably be a cheap fix, but with a firmer ride.
 

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my subs pull the rear down a good 1.5" I'd say they weigh 85 lbs each, there are two of them. plus 3 amps and a few other things, I like the look, looks like I have lowering springs in the back. kinda funny with stock ride height up front, so I had FPS drop my struts for a slight lowring of the front suspension while I was down there a week ago. looks nice, but I want springs!
 
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