I have recently fitted the Pedders Gas Sports Ryder struts with a set of lowered lovell springs to the front of my VS sedan. The rears have lovell springs with Pedders Comfort Gas shocks.
I also fitted all new bushes / tie rod ends & ball joints along with 30mm front & 22mm rear blade adjustable sway bars.
After a few weeks of checking & changing wheel alignment specs & bar settings, I have come to a conclusion.
The Pedders GSR struts are just to firm for the front of the VS commodore to promote good daily driver handling on country roads (which I drive everyday).
The front seems to feel like it just doesn't absorb any changes in road surface or contours.
Anyone else with Pedders GSR struts on the front fine the same feeling from them on a VS commy ?
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi .
Try some Pedders Gas Comfort they make an insert, shortend, worked ok in a vp i once had, if you want your car lowered your going to have a bumpy ride no matter what because most to all lowered spings have a firmer spring rate.
darky82 is absolutely correct,my car is lowered and I cant feel any soft cushioning in the front,I just have to run over a small rock and I can feel it
Lol this thread made me think of my ol' VS.
It had pedders shocks but the other way around. Comfort gas in the front and GSR in the back ( IRS ) and superpro Urethane bushes in the front with standard springs and sway bard all round.
The back felt good, fairly stiff , the front was softer and i wished i had put the sports ryders all round but over rough roads it was still reasonably comfortable.
I reckon you have gone too far towards sports with GSR's , lowered, and sway bars if its comfort you are after. Just depends.
The GSR's will soften up in about 30 thousand k's ( less if your on rough roads ).
Did you use rubber or poly bushes ?
It (the VS) feel like the spring to shock rate on the front is not to well matched up. To much compression & rebound dampening maybe. The earlier posters comment about the V8 engined VS being ok make sense in some ways to me.
The movement you get from most average to rough country road driving seems to give me a bump steering effect feel.
I wondered whether others out there who had the same set up in the Pedders on a VS V6 felt the same ? I have had a comment from another VS V6 owner that they were going to try the Comfort or Touring gas struts on the front because heavy sway bar settings felt to stiff with the GSR's.
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi .
Yep, I too have gas sports Ryder shocks up front with lowered pedders springs. Very stiff and bumpy ride. Everything rattles and squeaks when going over harsh road surfaces. I'm guessing there's nothing I can do about it.
I have BOGE shortened shocks in the rear with kings superlows. The rear is a much softer ride.
My VS is still definitely within the legal limit and really ain't that low. You'd have to look hard to notice it has an ever so slight drop in ride height. But it's a stocky, I try to keep her in good nick and I love it.
Last edited by Krilnik; 25-02-2011 at 10:58 AM.
My cars just got King springs lows, but combined with KYB Excel Gs in the front and Pedders comfort gas in the rear, even with SuperPro poly bushes pretty much everywhere it's still pretty comfy but handles pretty well too. Doesn't have the cool, Superlow look, but it's low, practical, comfy and handles well, so I'd recommend this set up but go KYB's all round, just ditch Pedders all together I think haha