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Air Shocks for the 95+ 960 (the anti-nivomat)

Lord Tentacle

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parts needed

from where ever
advance had them for $73 with tax
monroe max-air MA774 (1 kit) (92 mazda MPV 2wd)
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your also going to need some brass bushings from
www.mcmaster.com

2 of
6659K19 Metric Sae 841 Bronze Flanged-sleeve Bearing For 12 Mm
Shaft Diameter, 18 Mm Od, 20 Mm Length
and
4 of
6679K17 Metric Steel-backed Ptfe-coated Brnz Bearing For 12 Mm
Shaft Diameter, 20 Mm Length

that will run you $20 shipped to your door

the flanged-sleeve bushings need to be cut down to 14mm long
this is easily done using a vice and a hack saw

go visit lowes or home depot etc
Buy two 80mm M12x1.75 bolts. (about $3)

lift the car and support on jacks

the small bushings will slide into the sleeve at the top of the shock
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and then if you use one of the 12mm bolts to line everything up you
have a flange bushing and the shock with 2 small bushings
the flange bushing needs to be glued to the shock using a bolt to line it up to make it easier to install

the flange bushing needs to be on the SAME side of the shock as the air tube input

Remove the old shocks and the rear wheels
take the shock with the flange bushing and air input facing outwards (towards you) and slide it gently up into the shock mount hole and using the old bolt bolt it and torque to like 40ft-lbs or so...

on the lower mount
the kit came with some big washers
its going to go; trailing arm, washer with 3/4" hole, bushing, shock, bushing, washer with 12mm hole, and then the bolt you bought will slide through everything
torque it down good and tight (everything will compress right up) and it will look like this
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run the air lines into the trunk however you see fit... (i did a half assed job so don't ask me)
and then pump it up
20psi gives a nice normal ride height
30psi and its sitting a bit high
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with 500lb of crap in the back, 65psi gave me a normal ride height again...

and thus you have a non saggy 960 with some not soft as **** shocks in the ass
 
for that much money you cant beat that! great job mike, you just made your bitch even better for hauling shiz. so now how much can trunk support?
 
how much trunk can a stock support?


Nice write up dude. how do they feel for stiffness under normal load? I've been thinking of doing airbags in the back of the 745 but this + a pump may be what i'm looking for to haul stuff.
 
Bringing this back from the dead...does this allow you to run the rear end a bit lower if you use a Nivomat spring (and not have it ride like poo)? My rear gap isn't too back compared to the front and I figure I could drop the front 1.5 inches, but only need 0.5-1 on the rear to look "right."
 
Need Some Clarification

Thanks to the OP for putting this together - great idea for my V90. I've got the pieces, but am unsure of the assembly on the upper mount. I won't be doing it myself, but will have a shop do it and I'd like to be able to walk them through the suggested assembly to make sure they're comfortable making a non-stock change to the suspension.

Per the OP, lift the car and support, then "the small bushings will slide into the sleeve at the top of the shock." I finally figured out that what the OP called the "top" of the shock is, to me, the bottom. And it looks like the big washers that come with the shocks go on either side of the shock bottom one the small bushings are in. So far, so good.

The confusion for me comes with the following text found below the second pic:

and then if you use one of the 12mm bolts to line everything up you
have a flange bushing and the shock with 2 small bushings
the flange bushing needs to be glued to the shock using a bolt to line it up to make it easier to install the flange bushing needs to be on the SAME side of the shock as the air tube input

Remove the old shocks and the rear wheels
take the shock with the flange bushing and air input facing outwards (towards you) and slide it gently up into the shock mount hole and using the old bolt bolt it and torque to like 40ft-lbs or so...​

Sounds like the brass flange bushings have something to do with the LOWER mount (per bolded text), but later it sounds like they're used only on the upper mount. I'm unclear where the brass flange bushings go (relative to the shock or mount point), or whether they should face inward toward the differential or outward toward the doors. And what happens to the large rubber biscuits that come with the shock and which appear to fit in the upper shock mount? Does the upper bolt just go through the rubber without a sleeve/bushing? Does anyone have a picture or description that sets this out a littler more clearly for me?

Sorry if this is simpler than I'm making it, but I'm looking forward to doing this mod and don't want to waste trips or chats with the shop over my confusion. Thanks for any help.
 
Waking this back up!!

I have a 1993 960 wagon that I would love to do this on. This is my first 900 series and I'm not too sure what the Nivomat identifier is. Do all pre 95's have Nivomat or only certain ones.

According to Advance Auto there is a letter to look for on the data plate under the hood. I have looked and if what they say is correct I do not have the self leveling rear.

Thanks for any help.
 
Waking this back up!!
I have a 1993 960 wagon that I would love to do this on. This is my first 900 series and I'm not too sure what the Nivomat identifier is. Do all pre 95's have Nivomat or only certain ones.
According to Advance Auto there is a letter to look for on the data plate under the hood. I have looked and if what they say is correct I do not have the self leveling rear.
Thanks for any help.
Does it have a solid rear axle, or a multilink one?
If it has the solid axle, just get heavier coil springs from IPD, FCP, etc.

Aaron Z
 
I am assuming this will work on my '95 960 Wagon. Hope so. I bought all of the parts as described. That was the easy part. Should this work?
 
I am assuming this will work on my '95 960 Wagon. Hope so. I bought all of the parts as described. That was the easy part. Should this work?
You MIGHT need the MA818 kit. On my '97 V90, the MA477 kit was too short (the OP had a sedan).
I was close to 70PSI just to get the MA477 kit to start to pick the tail end of the car up.
The MA818 kit is used on the 4WD 1989 - 1998 Mazda MPV and is ~2" longer than the MA477 kit, I just haven't had time to pickup the MA818 kit and try it out yet.
Specs:
MA477: http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/MA477
MA818: http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/MA818

Aaron Z
 
You MIGHT need the MA818 kit. On my '97 V90, the MA477 kit was too short (the OP had a sedan).
I was close to 70PSI just to get the MA477 kit to start to pick the tail end of the car up.
The MA818 kit is used on the 4WD 1989 - 1998 Mazda MPV and is ~2" longer than the MA477 kit, I just haven't had time to pickup the MA818 kit and try it out yet.
Specs:
MA477: http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/MA477
MA818: http://www.monroe.com/en-US/e-catalog/MA818

Aaron Z

Thank you for the heads up. I just initiated the return of MA477. I will be ordering the MA818 kit. Ebay purchase via Pep Boys made it easy.
 
Any updates?

Aaron Z

Sorta waiting for Pep Boys to credit my debit card purchase. If they stall much longer I will use Rock Auto. Fortunately a good buddy of mine is a pro welder fabricator and says he will make it work if I can't. I will snap some pix along the way. I am through with a priority project as of yesterday, so I will get on the Volvo project Monday. Going on a long motorcycle vacation 2nd week of October, so I would like to have this shock thing done before I go in case I have to do any towing.
 
Sorta waiting for Pep Boys to credit my debit card purchase. If they stall much longer I will use Rock Auto. Fortunately a good buddy of mine is a pro welder fabricator and says he will make it work if I can't. I will snap some pix along the way. I am through with a priority project as of yesterday, so I will get on the Volvo project Monday. Going on a long motorcycle vacation 2nd week of October, so I would like to have this shock thing done before I go in case I have to do any towing.
Any updates? :D

does anybody know if this will fit for my 1989 Volvo 760 Sedan
What rear suspension does it have, a solid rear axle, or independent rear suspension (aka IRS)?
If it has IRS, check if the shocks cross over between them (see someplace like Volvo Parts Webstore that has diagrams to look them up or FCP who lists "this also fits")
If it has a solid rear axle, check someplace like Monroe and see how the ends, collapsed length and extended length compare to the ones that they list for your car.
If the holes in the MA818 or MA477 are too big, you can always shim them like the OP did. Not so easy to do if they are too small.

Aaron Z
 
Any updates? :D


What rear suspension does it have, a solid rear axle, or independent rear suspension (aka IRS)?
If it has IRS, check if the shocks cross over between them (see someplace like Volvo Parts Webstore that has diagrams to look them up or FCP who lists "this also fits")
If it has a solid rear axle, check someplace like Monroe and see how the ends, collapsed length and extended length compare to the ones that they list for your car.
If the holes in the MA818 or MA477 are too big, you can always shim them like the OP did. Not so easy to do if they are too small.

Aaron Z


Reordered from Rock Auto. $ 53.00. MA 818. They will be here by Thursday 10/13/16. Definitely have it done by this weekend. Will post results.
 
Reordered from Rock Auto. $ 53.00. MA 818. They will be here by Thursday 10/13/16. Definitely have it done by this weekend. Will post results.

Starting the install.

Dilemma #1.

Is there a correct orientation for up and down on these? Never mind. They will only fit one way.
 
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Drivers side install.

Tools used so far;

1. Floor jack
2. Jack stand
3. Air gun wrench
4. 17 mm socket

Check out how low car was sitting w/ 2 blown out rear shocks

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Rear tire removed and inner fender shield dropped. Exposed upper bolt mount behind inspection plug. Lower bolt mount is obvious. 17mm and air gun used. Old shock/strut literally fell out of suspension mount. Short bolt on top mount, long bolt on bottom mount.

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Slight difference in size of OEM part and Monroe MA 818. $ 53.00 Rock auto includes air line kit and bushings/hardware. Used the reccommended bushings and sleeves from McMasters/Carr. $22.00 delivered in 2 days.

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Finally determined orientation of unit for install. Air valve out and down.

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Plumbed air line and left dangling for now.

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I am tired. Will finish passenger side tomorrow. Now that I have it figured out, it should take half the time. I will post the test run results tomorrow if anyone has interest.
 
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