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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, 2003 DTS Electronic Struts in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE Mmmh good advice yeh i would like a little more comfy ride, i remember when i ...
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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE View Post
    Mmmh good advice yeh i would like a little more comfy ride, i remember when i first got the DTS and i drove it i thought to my self i dont remember caddys having such a hard ride use to ride in them when i was younger, that was before i know the DTS had the sport ride insted of the classic caddy soft ride i still wanted A DTS though because for my age a regular deville is more for older people hence "The old peoples car name" yeh was just wondering because i was going to go all out and replace all with the active acdelco struts and shocks but now im thinking passive might be the way to go and ill get a more comfy ride too (just didnt know if i should swap the springs aswell with the regular deville ones) though then my other half tells me it wont be a DTS no more
    I know what you mean. When I test drove my DTS, I went down a road that was in pretty terrible shape, and the car didn't glide over the bumps like I expected a Cadillac to do. However, I also noticed that the car handled way better than any Deville has ever handled before.

    If I were you I wouldn't listen too much to the other half of you that says it's not a DTS anymore, because there is alot more to a DTS than active struts and shocks. There's the center floor shifter, bucket seats, 300hp engine, 17" wheels/tires and several other features that make it a DTS.

    Although I can say that I went through the same thought process as you at first, thinking I have to have the active suspension since it's a DTS, I am much happier with the smoother ride now in the back. The active valving in the struts and shocks are meant to keep the tires firmly plant on the ground, and also minimize excessive body movement, but the consequence is a firmer ride .

    You can look it this way too, that if you don't like the passive struts and shocks, you can remove them and sell them since they are pretty inexpensive. Then you can install the active struts and shocks to restore it to it's original state. It all depends on what you really want.
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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Thank you black i really appreciate u writing that it changes my thought about it not being a DTS without the active shocks now im more interested and most likely go passive when the time comes as i can use the money saved for other parts i need as im restoring my 04 DTS littleby little, shes has alot of little annoying things that need fixing like a dropped rear left window some dashboard cluster and steering lights out and broken rear ashtray covers

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE View Post
    Thank you black i really appreciate u writing that it changes my thought about it not being a DTS without the active shocks now im more interested and most likely go passive when the time comes as i can use the money saved for other parts i need as im restoring my 04 DTS littleby little, shes has alot of little annoying things that need fixing like a dropped rear left window some dashboard cluster and steering lights out and broken rear ashtray covers
    I' ve also got a broken rear ashtray cover, I've already spent $2000 replacing burnt out LED switches on the instrument cluster and steering wheel, and I also just noticed excessive wind noise coming from the passenger side rear door. I even have a leaking oil sending unit, but my first priority is making my DTS ride like a DHS.

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Can anybody supply the design specifications for the DTS springs?

    Vernon

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