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Old 05-15-2018, 08:05 PM
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I have to haul around a lot of stuff all week so I was looking into what I could do to keep my car level. Someone told me these wagons came with a system called Nivomat. What can anyone tell me about this? What is it, how can I tell if my car has it, how does it work?
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you can google Nivomat for an explanation. They are easy to spot - standard shocks are straight metal tubes - Nivomats are fatter. I wouldn't bother looking to add them in - but considering your car is 20 years old, you can consider replacing the rear springs. You can check out IPD USA for their rear "overload springs" for $129 a pair (great price) or replace your old springs with new OEM quality stock springs. YOu should also consider HD shocks
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It looks like the Nivomat system is just shocks that self adjust. That's a neat idea. If I just need to replace them then OK, if I go with overload springs then the suspension is a lot stiffer when I take all the stuff out of the back. Still looking at all the options though.
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It is neat, in that the shocks pump themselves up using suspension travel, so it's all self-contained. I've never had one so equipped. I suppose the shocks are so expensive that nobody converts a car to Nivomat, but that would be cool. The old fashioned adjustable solution in the USA at least was air shocks. You could adjust them, but it takes a little time. I don't know if anybody makes an air adjustable shock that would fit it.
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I started out looking for air adjustable shocks but they are hard to find. I found this site that lists the Nivomat shocks. I tried to call them but no answer yet.
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