I recently purchased myself a 1992 Caprice with police options. It
seems a little tired, 200k miles, and I'm told it was an actual police
car. Seems to run good though, the problem is that it rides like
mush. Like the way my grandmother would like it to ride.
When I rev the engine the car bounces side to side for a while (one
rev), I also have a 1988 Police Caprice that has awesome suspension,
very tight, but then that was used as just a town car, not for
pursuits, even though it does have 150k miles itself.
So, I need new shocks, maybe springs if people think so, so I'm
curious what suggestions people have?
My first question is that I'm told the frame is the same between 1988
and 1992, even though the body changed, did the suspension at all
change? I mean even if my springs and shocks on my 1988 are worn out,
it's cheaper to use them and they may be good. So, did
suspension/brakes/wheel hubs change between 1992 and 1988? I know the
1992 has AntiLock, and I thought that implied full discs (my 1988 has
rear drums), but it may have rear drums still.
Most springs don't wear out that often, but if this is just shocks
they must be very bad indeed, or were crap to begin with (which I
can't imagine pursuing people like this). So, do people think I need
just shocks or both?
Also, I've heard of shocks with a small spring around them to help the
spring and raise the car a bit, any one have anything to say on these?
Or if not, what would people suggest, maybe just napa or monroe
shocks will be good (assuming the springs weren't soft and stupid to
begin with, etc).
So, basically, anyone have anything to say on my situation, my '88
needs to be retired, but I want one to ride and drive like it.