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    replacement shocks nonnair ride

    looking for shocks to replace factory ones but I don't want air ride ...normal shocks

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    With "normal" shocks, the rear will sag with any weight in the car. The coil springs are soft, and were never intended to work without the ELC system.

    There are shocks with "helper springs" but they're expensive, the car will have a harsher ride, the rear will still sag under heavier loads, and they can be noisy.

    Why don't you want to use ELC compatible shocks? They're really not expensive. If your compressor isn't working, I'd suggest getting ELC comparable shocks, and a manual fill kit.

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    Re: replacement shocks nonnair ride

    Quote Originally Posted by eddielnordman View Post
    looking for shocks to replace factory ones but I don't want air ride ...normal shocks
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    you can't use "normal shocks" -

    Cadillac uses fairly weak rear springs -
    JUST barely strong enough to support the empty weight of the car -
    and incorporates special shocks with built in air bladders - part of the Electronic Level Control system -
    to raise the body of the car - to compensate for added weight in the back seat and/or trunk -

    that is what gives us that Cadillac ride we all expect -

    if you tried to use "regular" shocks -
    the car WILL bottom-out over every little dip in the road -
    even without anyone in the back seat - and nothing in the trunk -
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    with that said - your only other choice is coil-over rear shocks -
    which would be a BIG MISTAKE -


    note the big - heavy duty coil spring wrapped around the shock -

    they ride very hard - more like a 1-ton truck than a Cadillac -

    they are noisy -

    ride-height will never be correct -
    the rear will ride too high with the back seat and trunk empty -
    and will ride too low with a loaded back seat and trunk -

    did I mention they SUCK - compared to the regular air-shocks -

    if you are still convinced this is what you want -

    the Monroe 90009 kit is the best one -
    the best price is $116.11 - with free shipping -
    http://www.justsuspension.com/monroe...kit-90009.html
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    a is MUCH better solution -

    assuming your Automatic Level Control system no-longer works -
    you can install a manual fill kit - and preserve that Cadillac ride -

    if the rear shocks are shot -
    Monroe 40046 - these are the correct rear shocks for your car -
    $108.56 each - with free shipping -
    and the Monroe AK29 manual fill kit - $12.95 -
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    THIS would be the proper way to do it -
    the only difference will be you must manually inflate - or deflate the rear shocks
    as your load changes -

    if your load does NOT change often - you won't have to mess with it -

    at least you Cadillac will still ride like a Cadillac -

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    Re: replacement shocks nonnair ride

    I installed regular struts in the back of my 89 fleetwood, and it sets about an inch lower than i'd like. And thats just with a 15" woofer and an amp in the trunk.

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    Re: replacement shocks nonnair ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot9878 View Post
    I installed regular struts in the back of my 89 fleetwood, and it sets about an inch lower than i'd like. And thats just with a 15" woofer and an amp in the trunk.
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    yep -

    you need the Monroe 71798 rear struts -
    $60.17 each - with free shipping -
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1ATZ3MAARQNEF

    and if the Auto Leveling Control is not working -
    I believe the Monroe AK18 manual fill kit will work - around $10 -

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    Re: replacement shocks nonnair ride

    thanks all I will stick with the cadi ride.....

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    Re: replacement shocks nonnair ride

    I used those Monroe shocks for my rear and there OKAY the car rides more like a Chevy Impala then a Cadillac

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