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VS HSV Automatic ride height adjuster?? wtf?

Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by Cobez, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. Cobez

    Cobez LS-EXUAL

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    Hey guys, something just reminded me of something my mechanic told me a while ago. He reckons on my VS Senator, it has something like an automatic ride height adjusting system or some crap like that, and when i jack it up to avoid it automatically adjusting the ride height, i should pull the pin on the compressor that's under the car somewhere.


    Wtf is that? Never heard of it on early model HSV's, i thought it was something on later model Holdens / HSV's etc.


    Anyone shed some light on this, or is my mechanic just getting old and seenile? :D
     
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    we had an old fairlane that had standard air bag suspension. and it used to adjust itself to a certain ride height. it was an ed model equivalent fairlane.(i dont know what those were called)
     
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    STEALTHY™ So Wet For You!

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    Toms Senator sig has it, and i know for a fact VR Clubby wagons and VS Manta wagons get it, not sure about sedans tho.

    Its just called self leveling suspension.
     
  4. Cobez

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    Hmmmm, am i right in saying the compressor (if it has one) is located around the back of the diff housing somewhere?
     
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    GAMBLR More trouble than u think

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    it was (afaik) an option on models with IRS. it basically uses pump up air shocks to raise the rear end when it is under load ie. towing, full boot etc.
    commonly found on the statesmans and caprices in the VR/S range, but obviously HSV must have had some installed as well. as to where the compressor is located, i have no idea, but around the rear end would sound about right. ill see if i can dig up some more info on them
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    I've recently installed Level Ride to my WH but I reckon the components will be in the same place on a VS. The compressor is at the rear on the passenger side, sort of up beside the diff. The height sensor is on the driver's side with one part connected to the control arm and the main part of the sensor is bolted to the chassis. I think your mechanic meant for you to disconnect the sensor when jacking up your car. Pull the link thing that goes to the control arm off.
    If you have level ride suspension I'm surprised you haven't heard the compressor cutting in (or mine might be excessively noisy) or noticed the air shocks.
     

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    Awesome thanks guys! Been a huge help!!

    I'll get under it and have a look properley today, so drivers side beside the diff and around that area i should be looking? Can't say i have heard the compressor make any noise, i can hear the fuel pump buzz but that's about it when i turn the ignition on. Can't say i have heard any other noises out of the ordinary.
     
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    The compressor is on the passenger's side and the sensor is on the driver's side. Just stick your head under and see if you have air shocks.
    My compressor is pretty loud but I bought it second hand on ebay so I don't really know how much noise they should make.
     
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    Well i know i have Pedders shocks front, so if i have them on the rear, i realistically DON'T have the set up for the ride leveller in my car.
     
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    utes have a ride leveler standard i think, i think the best benefit for this is if u have a think of fat chicks
     
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    LOL. Good call, yeah i don't need it then lol.

    Well i'll post back with what i find later on :thumbsup: Cheers guys.
     
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    Ok guys, there are Pedders shocks in the rear, and what look to be stock shockers in the front.

    Does the ride leveller only apply to the rear, or the fronts as well? With Pedders shocks in the rear, that means the ride leveller wouldn't affect the rear am i right?
     
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    V-Josh-R. NEED PACEMAKERS.

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    Maybe. What kind of pedders shocks are they but? because when they were installed they could have been set up to still incorporate the levelling system from the stock suspension?.
     
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    Pretty sure its only on the rear.
     
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    Yes it is only for the rear. When you are towing or have a lot of weight in the back it just raises the back up to normal height.
     
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    Thank **** the stupid system had been taken out. Really couldn't be assed with it.
     
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    You are 100% correct. I have it on my VS Senator. Components located as you stated and yes, the compressor is noisy. I'm just trying to see if there is an adjustment as I think that mine is too sensitive and doesn't take much of a load at all to start jacking it up.
     

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