Question : SOME time ago, I remember that
there was a query about hard suspension of a Nissan C22 that is used only for
As I just got hold of a used C22 and
will only be carrying passengers, what
should I do to make the ride better.
The C22 uses a transverse leaf spring in
the front and semi-elliptic leaf springs at
the rear. In addition, there are two large
rubber springs mounted on top of the rear
As you are aware, the C22 is a multi-purpose vehicle used most of the time as a
In order that the vehicle does not bounce around when there is no cargo,
single stage leaf springs are used at the rear. These springs have a limited
load carrying ability and are relatively soft.
When cargo is loaded into the vehicle, the rubber springs come into
contact with the axle to start taking the additional load. When you have
only four or more passengers in the rear, the rubber springs are
in contact to take the additional load and
this makes the ride quite harsh.
One solution is to remove the rubber
springs completely and replace the rear
shock absorbers with higher rated gas-filled shocks.
This will give a better ride with your passenger load and at the same
time control excessive body roll due to the softer
However, remember that you now cannot load the van like a cargo vehicle.