Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, 22s on 96 cadillac in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Does anyone know if 22s will fit on my 96 cadillac sedan deville with out using a lift and if ...
Does anyone know if 22s will fit on my 96 cadillac sedan deville with out using a lift and if i do have to lift it does the air ride suspension have to be swapped out for regular suspension please help thanx
Automobile(s): 2002.5 F55 STS/64500mi, 2004 Ford F150 SuperCab4x4
MD Eastern Shore - Kent Island
Re: 22s on 96 cadillac
Your Deville does not have "air ride". It uses an Automatic Level Control to compensate for extra weight in the rear seat or trunk - defeat it and the rear sags. ALC/ELC is separate from the suspension control.
Let's say that your original tire size had a 27" outside diameter. As long as you keep that tire OD you can put any size wheel on the car and suffer no suspension problems as long as you're careful with treadwidth and section width to prevent fenderwell rubbing in turns.
Going to excessively large wheels creates a problem or two: With 16" wheels and a 27" tire OD there is 5.5" of air/rubber between the wheel and road. With 22's there is 2.5" of air/rubber between the wheel and the road: ride and handling suffer. Go to a larger OD tire to recover a bit of ride comfort and the larger tire diameter changes speedo readings, engine load management and transmission shift points.