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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$ in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept there will be no sag if you get ELC compatible shocks ... either passive or active ...
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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept View Post
    there will be no sag if you get ELC compatible shocks ... either passive or active

    the third option would be standard (non-ELC) shocks which cost about the same as the passive ELC shocks basscat is recommending

    nobody is recommending you go with non-ELC shocks - and that is the only way you will end up with sag
    100% understood.

    Quote Originally Posted by dennis93coupe View Post
    These will give you the ELC function you need to keep the rear from sagging, but you will have to get the kit or use resisters in the electrical harness to keep the dash light off. Shop around or use the link basscatt provided to get the best price.

    http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=61825
    Ok, so that link there includes 'the kit'.
    Does that mean I DONT need the resistors (I can go above 90mph with no modification) or will I still need the resistors?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    The rating you'd need is 1/2 watt, 4.7K ohms.
    Thank you!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    As far as the resistors, where do I put them

    you will see an ELECTRICAL PLUG - on the top of the shock -
    not the air hose - an electrical plug -
    unplug it - fold the 2 ends if the resistor down -
    and plug the resistor into the electrical plug
    that you unplugged from the shock -

    this "fools" the suspension computer
    into thinking the ACTIVE shocks are still connected - and working -

    if you don't use the resistors -
    you will get an error message on the dash that says -
    SERVICE SUSPENSION SYSTEM - or something like that -


    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept View Post
    alternatively you could canibalize the connector on the old shocks

    cut them off from the old shocks then wire in the resistor as if it was the shock
    that way you can do a proper soldering job and use a good heatshrink tube to keep the weather out

    this allows you to simply plug the two plug ends back together and if in the future you or another owner wants to get the car back to active suspension it's no big deal to just unplug the connectors
    That's a good idea.
    Thank you!


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    AGAIN......thank you guys!!!
    I can't express how much you all have helped me out.
    I'm going to get the new PASSIVE AIR SHOCKS linked above this weekend, but I won't have time for a week or 2 to install them.

    Hopefully this thread can help someone else out in the future

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Quote Originally Posted by DonRSD View Post
    Does that mean I DONT need the resistors (I can go above 90mph with no modification) or will I still need the resistors?
    Do what Chris @Rippy suggested. Cut the old harness FROM THE OLD SHOCK and solder the resister to the wires ends on the old harness. Shrink tube and seal.

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Any time you go from active to passive suspension you need to add the resistor aka "kit" to fool the system, unless you are willing to live with the "SERVICE SUSPENSION SYS SPEED LIMITED TO 90" message on your DIC.

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    So buying the passive shock "kit" doesn't mean anything as far as the resistor.
    I'll have to buy the resistors at Radio Shack and put them on or cut the active shocks and put them on the passive shocks.

    Gotcha

    I just didn't know if there was a kit that came with the passive shocks & resistors built in.

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    The "kit" IS resistors. It just costs more.

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    The "kit" IS resistors. It just costs more.
    Does the link below include the "kit"?
    If not, can you provide a link where to buy the shocks & "kit"?

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    and you won't believe the price -
    $50.98 - FOR THE PAIR - YES - BOTH REAR SHOCKS - with free shipping -
    http://www.autopartstomorrow.com/par...5-rear-max-air

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    No, those are just the passive shocks that everyone is recommending.

    Suncore makes a "conversion kit' that includes plug in resistors, it's $299.00. Why pay that, when you can buy both shocks, the resistors, and all necessary butt connectors and heat shrink tubing for less than $70?

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    As MC said, the link is just for the shocks. Those are the same ones I just put on my car and pictured in post #24. Plain old air assisted passive shocks. MC told you what resistors to buy in post #18.

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    I thought everything was understood and you were ordering the shocks -

    YOU ARE OVER THINKING THIS -

    this is not rocket science - it is 2 rear shock absorbers -

    just order the shocks and be done with it -
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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    I thought everything was understood and you were ordering the shocks -

    YOU ARE OVER THINKING THIS -

    this is not rocket science - it is 2 rear shock absorbers -

    just order the shocks and be done with it -
    The shocks seem pretty easy to put in.
    The resistors, I have no clue where to put them.......anyone have a picture of where the resistors go?

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Quote Originally Posted by DonRSD View Post
    The resistors, I have no clue where to put them.......anyone have a picture of where the resistors go?
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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    Just placed an order for the shocks from the linked website for $50.98

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    So this is a great thread... Can I put the fancy parts on my standard 2000 base deville? Or is the hookup not there?

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    Re: 2002 DTS rear shocks $$$

    No. Your base Deville uses standard (passive) air assisted shocks that are listed in Basscatt's link for $50.98. You don't have the sensors, wiring and modules to use the expensive (active) shocks.

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    Base and DHS do not have "active" shocks. Only DTS.

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