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Old 07-26-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Ok, Ok, Buicks don't handle very well but this thing rolls like a round bottom boat in the swells. I just bought a 2001 Buick Lesabre FWD sedan. This thing desperately need a bigger rear swaybar. I looked for aftermarket swaybars but couldn't find anything specific.

Do you know of any source of stiffer swaybars and or springs? I would appreciate the help.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Some here seem to think that is how a car is supposed to ride and handle.

Not me.

A stiffer sway bar will help, but it won't help the other boat-like qualities of the car. It will still float on rises and bottom on dips because the spring rates are too low and the damping (shocks) too soft.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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That is not how it should handle. Probably needs shocks.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I am replacing the air shocks in the rear because they were leaking. Is there a source of stiffer strut inserts for the front. I am also considering installing some progressive rate springs. Where do I get them.

The goal is not a super stiff race car ride but something that won't frighten me on a twisty road.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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I don't recall any "sport" versions of that vintage LeSabre. Maybe you should look into whether any factory parts from the Aurora or the Bonneville could be used as a replacement?
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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I am replacing the air shocks in the rear because they were leaking. Is there a source of stiffer strut inserts for the front. I am also considering installing some progressive rate springs. Where do I get them.

The goal is not a super stiff race car ride but something that won't frighten me on a twisty road.
Didn't you drive the car before you bought it?

IDK what's financially worse, just buying an altogether different car right now -- or spending all this money on springs, shocks, sways, etc. and probably wider wheels and tires as well (none of that will really add value, btw, so think about that before 'investing' a big % of that car's value into mods).
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Well, good luck with "fixing" the Buick, lol. As others have said, sways aren't your problem, it's the shock and springs that need attention and better tires wouldn't hurt either. The issue you have is that nobody modifies "H" body cars. You might want to try hitting up a Buick forum and seeing if there is anything out there, but most stuff is probably custom.

The one thing you may have going for you is that the Lucerne rides on a mildly modified "H" platform. The Lucerne Super came with a revised and much improved suspension. It has a stiffer front swaybar along with stiffer springs. The main magic in the Super though was the Magnaride shocks, which you simply aren't going to be able to retrofit into your car. Although there are at least some better shock options out there as even a good replacement set will be better than what you have.

If I were you I would look into replacing the shocks with the best you can find aftermarket and then swapping in the sway bar and springs from a Lucerne Super. I would vet out that this could work before buying parts. If I had to guess there is a good chance that the springs will not be an issue, but the sway bar may be.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Well, you can throw a saddle on a pig, but you're really better off trading up to a horse... or at least a burrow.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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Well, you can throw a saddle on a pig, but you're really better off trading up to a horse... or at least a burrow.
While not sporty, these cars handle fine. The fact that his suspension is behaving like a waterbed probably just means that shocks/struts are worn.
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