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#1 wigelywoo

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:04 AM

My first Picasso, in fact my first car with steel suspension, after 18 Yrs on Citroens fluid suspension.

Now I find the suspension a little on the soft side and being torsion bars, I see no way to beef up the suspension for towing.

Am I worrying unnecessaryly. The nose weight will be kept to 80 Kgs

I have not towed with this car yet.



#2 tomron

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:57 AM

Hi Wigelywoo.

 

Other members who tow have used spring assisters.  These fit in place of the rear bump stop rubbers, and are progressive in their stiffness.  The company that make them are called " MAD Springs ", the drawback is the cost of new at about £150.  I bought some for £20 off ebay, but gas shockers were all I needed, so resold the springs back on the bay.

There is an article in the forum here, that gives you the suspension height check, may be worth looking at that first to ensure your ride height is correct. Just to mention, some insurers need notifying of suspension alterations.  HTH

 

 

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#3 Bornagainbiker

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:25 AM

I used this type of thing in the past, on a Carina E:

 

http://www.towsure.c...pring assisters

 

You need to jack the car up and measure the gap between the spring coils about halfway up/down. 


Current vehicles: 2004 Citroën Picasso 1.8 Desire (owned since 2008), 2004 Ford Fiesta 1.2 Finesse (owned since 2009)
Previous vehicles (in approx reverse order of ownership): Ford Galaxy (2000 1.9TDi), Rover 200 (1999 1.1), Toyota Carina E (1993 1.6), Toyota Previa (1992 2.4), Peugeot 309 (1990 1.3), Renault 5 (1990 1.1), Austin Montego (1986 1.6), Fiat Tempra (1992 1.8), Renault 5 (1989 1.2), Lada Riva (1986 1.5), Vauxhall Cavalier SRi (1983 1.8), Lada 1200 Estate (1984 1.2) - what a lot of cars!
Also owned the following bikes (reverse order): Yamaha Radian YX600 (1986), Honda CD175 (c.1970s), Yamaha YB100 (c.1980s), Honda C50 (c. 1980s)


Should probably change my forum name as I sold the Radian a while ago! Currently get my thrills co-driving a friend's 914.


#4 wigelywoo

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

I used this type of thing in the past, on a Carina E:
 
http://www.towsure.c...pring assisters
 
You need to jack the car up and measure the gap between the spring coils about halfway up/down. 


Picasso hasn,t got coil springs.

#5 Bornagainbiker

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:52 PM

Good point - only on the front. I'd forgotten that  :blush:


Current vehicles: 2004 Citroën Picasso 1.8 Desire (owned since 2008), 2004 Ford Fiesta 1.2 Finesse (owned since 2009)
Previous vehicles (in approx reverse order of ownership): Ford Galaxy (2000 1.9TDi), Rover 200 (1999 1.1), Toyota Carina E (1993 1.6), Toyota Previa (1992 2.4), Peugeot 309 (1990 1.3), Renault 5 (1990 1.1), Austin Montego (1986 1.6), Fiat Tempra (1992 1.8), Renault 5 (1989 1.2), Lada Riva (1986 1.5), Vauxhall Cavalier SRi (1983 1.8), Lada 1200 Estate (1984 1.2) - what a lot of cars!
Also owned the following bikes (reverse order): Yamaha Radian YX600 (1986), Honda CD175 (c.1970s), Yamaha YB100 (c.1980s), Honda C50 (c. 1980s)


Should probably change my forum name as I sold the Radian a while ago! Currently get my thrills co-driving a friend's 914.


#6 kevinmorris963

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:43 AM

hi all

 

does anyone have any of the MAD spring assisters for sale ???

 

looking for some for my xsara picasso 2.0hdi exclusive

 

regards

 

KM