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    replacing nivomat

    Can you replace the nivomat by regular shocks ? I am far from ready to change mine but I'm just curious, btw the nivomat are reliable or not ?

    thanks guys

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    You cannot. The vans spring rates, brake rates and so on are all calibrated for them. LIkewise you should never put them on a van that did not come with them.
    They are VERY reliable. I am at 189000 miles on one of my vans with them and no problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by underthehood View Post
    You cannot. The vans spring rates, brake rates and so on are all calibrated for them. LIkewise you should never put them on a van that did not come with them.
    They are VERY reliable. I am at 189000 miles on one of my vans with them and no problems

    wow thats great to see something that expensive being reliable , thanks !!

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    Volvo has used Nivomats for years on their independent rear suspension wagons. They last about 130,000 miles on these applications, but the shocks DO wear out eventually.

    As was mentioned, you can't put regular shocks on a Nivomat vehicle since they are designed-in and supplement the regular springs. Several Volvo parts houses sell conversion kits with new rear springs and regular shocks, as the replacement Nivomats ARE expensive.
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    There crap 97 town and country 100 KM broken
    2001 Town and country 100 K broken
    cheap too 595 dollars, then you need new springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan2 View Post
    There crap 97 town and country 100 KM broken
    2001 Town and country 100 K broken
    cheap too 595 dollars, then you need new springs.
    Ummm, what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stan2 View Post
    There crap 97 town and country 100 KM broken
    2001 Town and country 100 K broken
    cheap too 595 dollars, then you need new springs.
    You don't need new springs when you change Nivomat shocks (meaning, putting new Nivomats on a van that already had them). You can get them for $500/pair typically, if you look around.
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    nivomat

    Have them on our 2004 and they seem to work well . I hook up my 18 ft boat that probably has a 250-300 lb tongue weight and it keeps it pretty level. Expensive , yes . Never get them at the dealer they will be be over $400 a piece . If you search around the web or even ebay motors they will always be less then $250 a piece or less . Not cheap but a lot less than the dealer.
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    Yes you need new springs! Putting on new shocks will not carry the weight, removed from the Nivomat failures. I have had 3 vans with these "cheaply made" shocks Nivomat, and every one of them showed severe spring fatigue at the end of the life of the shocks which all crapped out at 100KM. Very noticeable when you fill the van with more that 3 people. This time around I am going to improve the springs first. For 700 a pair and new springs, it would be much cheaper to buy a complete rear end and purchase other types of shocks. Leave them in volvo's get them out of our american cars.

    Add up my purchases of Nivomat shocks 6 sets over three vans and I could by a truck.

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    2004 you say, you have 1.8 years to save up 700

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