I'm returning to this board having recently purchased an XJ3.4 (Se.2), although I also run an X308R as my daily driver and had previously owned a Se.1 XJ6 for more than 20 years up until May 2017.
Anyway, I have a question concerning ride height: my Series 2 sits conspicuously high at the back, yet to my eyes it doesn't look abnormally low at the front. Having checked underneath I can see that all four rear road springs look new; the fronts look much older, and are quite possibly the originals. I have checked the tyre pressures to ensure that these are correct.
Could it be that the front springs are worn, or possibly that the rear springs are actually too strong for this application? Are there different rear road spring lengths/strengths available for the Series XJ? On the road the car handles well, although when stationary you can sense from the driver's seat that it's sitting high at the back.
Any suggestions on the best way to address this issue?
1979 XJ3.4 (Se.2)
springs tend to ride high when first replaced and then settle down with a few miles, I would first run the car for a month or so and see if it settles? I would also think the front will be low if the original springs are now worn. I'm not really familiar with that model Jaguar so opinions for other owners about ride height would be useful?
The rear ride height is checked by similarly measuring the distance below the plate (its flat face) below the differential to the ground. This distance should be 7.45" plus or minus 1/4". Mike.
Alec - I will run the car for a bit to see if it settles onto its new rear springs - and they do look very new!
Mike - I shall get my tape measure out and check those measurements.
Phil - I'll also take a closer look at the front suspension to check for any corroded / broken components.
Ultimately, with International Spares Day coming up later this month I'm just trying to get an idea what parts I should be looking out for.
But thanks again!
1979 XJ3.4 (Se.2)
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