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    why is load leveling suspension bad?

    I see a lot of ppl posting they just bought/ordered a new CTS, and specifically deleted the load leveling suspension. Why? Just because it's more money to replace years down the road? Or does it hurt handling?

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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by briandors
    I see a lot of ppl posting they just bought/ordered a new CTS, and specifically deleted the load leveling suspension. Why? Just because it's more money to replace years down the road? Or does it hurt handling?

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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    Cost is under $200 savings. I do wonder the same thing. The rear Nivomat shocks aren't THAT bad at all...
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    Smile Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    I don't know where you got the impression that the load leveling is bad, I have it on my 04 sport, put three people in back and load up the trunk, and you still sit nice and level. If it was a negitive on the handleing they would not offer it with the sport package that's my take.

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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by silver bullet
    I don't know where you got the impression that the load leveling is bad, I have it on my 04 sport, put three people in back and load up the trunk, and you still sit nice and level. If it was a negitive on the handleing they would not offer it with the sport package that's my take.
    I think he got the impression from the fact that many people are ordering the PDX Sport Package on the 1SA and 1SB lately with the "no loadleveling" option (FE2 instead of FE3).

    This actually is a supply move by Cadillac. They ran into several supply problems with the Nivomat Shocks (from Sachs/Boge) and probably decided to give the dealers an option to still order the PDX Sport Package even when the Nivomats were not available.
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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    I ordered my car without load leveling. It is not that it is bad...just I don't need it. Why pay for an option I don't want? (If I could just get Stability Control, Traction control, and On-start delete I'd be happy). The "load leveling suspension" is really just different shocks that have internal load leveling. It is NOT a complete air system with a compressor, etc.

    Here is a link to Sachs Automotive that has more info:

    http://www.zfsachs.com/direkt.php?li...000000000.html

    They only other thing is that these load leveling shocks are not sold as a "performance item." I would expect shocks on the sports suspension to be more performance oriented. However, deleting load leveling doesn't mean you get performance shocks - just non-load leveling ones.

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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    "Bad" might not have been the right choices of words, but yes many people were ordering a sport suspension without load leveling and I thought perhaps it was because the Nivomat's handle poorly. 99% of days my car wouldn't be loaded, but I'd still want them if they handle just as good as the regular non leveling ones. And personally, I would be MORE likely to delete this option if it was the kind of suspension with an air compressor. When that system goes bad, you're really in trouble. With these, if/when they go bad, you can replace them and go either way.

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    Re: why is load leveling suspension bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMalibu
    I would expect shocks on the sports suspension to be more performance oriented. However, deleting load leveling doesn't mean you get performance shocks - just non-load leveling ones.
    Well, while the sport suspensions shock's aren't as performance orriented as perhaps some of todays aftermarket models from Koni or such, they certainly are much better than the shocks that come on the soft-ride CTSs (non sport). They are indeed monotube gas charged.
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