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I have a 2018 Nissan Armada SV with 78000+ miles on it. I'm trying to stabilize the ride quality, it had a bouncy ride....kind of wallows going down the road. I know there's not much available in the aftermarket for the rear suspension due to the factory air ride, and I've installed a set of Firestone Coil-rite air bags in the rear coils hoping it would help...it did not. I'm beginning to think it's the front I should be looking at, and with almost 79,000 miles maybe it's time for shock/spring upgrades. I've got to do something....my passengers are getting seasick. Any suggestions?
 

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This is the only thing I see popping up doing some quick looking.


I put in 2020 because that is what I have. Should be the same.

Interested if someone else knows of other options. I am at 63k but so far the ride feels fine. It rolls more than my 2010 Sierra, but takes the bumps so much better. Its a trade off for sure.
 

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Sounds like worn out shocks. The previous Gen Armadas had the same problem...well, it's not really a problem, it's just plain ol wear and tear that requires occasional maintenance. The factory air shocks may very well still work fine for ride height adjustments, but internally they still have a traditional shock absorber that wears out just like any other standard shock.
 
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After driving mine this am and analyzing what it happening, I think I may need front shocks. I get a shutter in the steering wheel but not on the brake pedal. I had thought I needed pads and rotors, but not feeling it in the pedal means it is probably suspension. And it also dives when braking and the front lifts a good bit when you first hit the gas...so most likely they are worn.
 

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Here you go guys:


I'll also add since doing that DIY/upgrade mod years ago, to date, I've put close to 60K miles on them and still rides great.
 

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Yeah, the more I read about it, the more it sounds like worn parts considering the age and mileage.

I just ordered a Strutmasters Rear Conversion Kit to eliminate any future issues.

Now I'm searching for Front Strut assemblies....again not a whole lot available.

I did find this available from GSP North America Item # mpn4678096690....anyone have experience with these?

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Good luck with that strutmasters kit. They use rebranded Monroe or even lesser quality shocks and definitely not an improvement over the OE rear air leveling suspension. There is a reason why they have to resort to using an additional set of coils on the rear shocks. To compensate for the lower quality parts that results in a terrible ride.
 

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No personal experience as I would never use subpar products from strutmasters. I've seen their kits first hand from people I know personally and have regretted spending their money on them. Awhile back, a forum member even posted the Monroe shocks they were using on the first gen kits. Nothing wrong with Monroe as a last minute, only choice OE replacement, but strutmasters and arnott rebrands them and marks up the cost as well.
 

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No personal experience as I would never use subpar products from strutmasters. I've seen their kits first hand from people I know personally and have regretted spending their money on them. Awhile back, a forum member even posted the Monroe shocks they were using on the first gen kits. Nothing wrong with Monroe as a last minute, only choice OE replacement, but strutmasters and arnott rebrands them and marks up the cost as well.

Thanks for your input, I'll let you know how I make out.
 

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Do either of you get the front end lifting when you first accelerate or diving when braking? I am trying to judge whether it is more normal on a super soft and plush suspension and shock set up or if mine are worn. I did a quickie bounce test and they seemed to dampen the bounce fine. But I am curious if the lifting when you first accelerate is normal. Of course, how much can be somewhat subjective I suppose. My main vehicle is a 2010 Sierra and it rides more stiff, I feel every bump and there is little lift or dive with acceleration or braking. I love how smooth and soft the Armada is, and dont want to throw over $500 at it for front shocks/struts if it does not need them.
 

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Do either of you get the front end lifting when you first accelerate or diving when braking? I am trying to judge whether it is more normal on a super soft and plush suspension and shock set up or if mine are worn. I did a quickie bounce test and they seemed to dampen the bounce fine. But I am curious if the lifting when you first accelerate is normal. Of course, how much can be somewhat subjective I suppose. My main vehicle is a 2010 Sierra and it rides more stiff, I feel every bump and there is little lift or dive with acceleration or braking. I love how smooth and soft the Armada is, and dont want to throw over $500 at it for front shocks/struts if it does not need them.
I experienced this on my '13. I tried the bounce test and had pretty much the same effect you described. But I suspect that the weight of the Armada, under acceleration or braking induced all kinds of forces we cant do with a simple bounce test resulting in that lifting and diving. I first replaced my front shocks first as I was avoiding touching the rear air shocks. The front shocks helped, but turns out the rear shocks really were my biggest culprit.
 
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