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Thread: rear suspension leveling

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    rear suspension leveling

    hey guys, I tried to post this over the weekend without any success. read several threads but no info I need. question:
    1. I put the Monroe 40046 rear shocks on the caddy on Friday, I am using a manual fill kit for now, until I can get a new compressor. Where do I "level" the car out, do I actually us a construction level and put on the car, to say, or something else?


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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    It should look like this when you get done.

    Looks like pretty much level rockers

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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    ok cool....but I did not know if I leveled the car on the truck or where

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    or how many inches should the rear be off the ground

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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    I think the rocker panels should be level to the ground. If the ground is level and the rockers are level, you should be very close.

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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    The proper ride height setting is done with careful measurements at specified suspension arm points. It's tedious service manual work.

    Rear height - as in level control - is initially set at the factory when the level (height) sensors are installed and calibrated. You can set that height anywhere you want - a bit low in the rear, level, or even a bit high. Within sane limits rear ride height will not affect suspension control. Many of these cars look best with just a tad of front rake set in.

    Try to Google several car specification sites - sales dealers - pictures - of your car when new. For just you and maybe a front seat passenger that setting should be just fine. Extra weight in the trunk or back seat and you start all over.

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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    It's not all that critical. Just level it til it looks right.

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    Re: rear suspension leveling

    well, i finally got the new airline kit in yesterday, put on the caddy today and what a difference...i wish i would have taken pics...as soon as we hooked the air hose to the lines, it bumped up the rear, then we put the minimum of 25 pounds of air and the car looked like someone had kicked it in the rear and it stayed up....we laughed, but we lowered the air down to 10 pounds and that leveled the car out. Rides like there is nothing on the road, felt no bumps, curves or anything...awesome ride

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    Some don't relize the air bladders are actually part of the spring/shock rates. Mine wallowed going down the road and felt horrible until I fixed the level sensor, even braking was affected. All that weight getting a running start forward.


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