Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Trying to source OEM Rear Air Shocks in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Hello,
I'm in need of two rear OEM air shocks for my '03 EXT and Arnott is sold out of ...
Yes you will have to do that. I have them and personally think they ride better than OEM's. No issues with them throwing bad codes or anything. They are also warrantied for life! OEM's aren't warrantied at all. I think Arnott give you a 30 day satisfaction guarantee also. There are only two wires to splice. I saved the old plugs in case I go back to OEM, but that wont be happening.
I'm asking Arnott how long before they start selling re manufactured OEM shocks since they collected cores on all of the new shocks they sold. They have done this on the Lexus shocks I used and hope they do the same for the Escalade shock.
After reading all the threads I can find I don't really understand what functionality I'd be bypassing with the Blistein shocks. Can someone explain that for others who are going to be in this same predicament when they go to source rear shocks?
I have the Arnott shocks and I can say they are better than the factory ones, it does suck though that you have to cut the factory plug and wire in the little black module. To answer the question above, I don't believe you lose any functionality, you just have to wire in the little black module thingy. I believe there is another thread somewhere on this forum that describes what it does. I don't even think the instructions really said what it does, I do know it has something to do with you not throwing a service ride message due to the plug not being plugged into the OEM shock.
I'm quoting member "SK7" here from a very long thread. "There's a solenoid in the OEM shocks that is controlled by the SCM that vary the damping according to road conditions (readout on speed, yaw sensor, steering input, and level sensors). This device is not in the Arnotts replacement shocks, so you need to fool the SCM into thinking that all is well with the solenoid."
I hope no one minds me doing this because that information was buried in a post that didn't rank well in search results. So that seems to be the deal about the functionality of the OEM shock vs Bilstein.
From what I've read the Bilstein owners are a happy bunch...
You have done your homework in searching this subject! I replaced mine with OEM's only because I was in a hurry. If I would have to do it all over again, I would go with the Bilsteins. I got my shocks at my local auto parts store, it says monroe on the box but it looks identical to the OEMs, and got a lifetime warranty. As far as I can tell the bypass is only to supply 5V reference to the SCM, and maybe provide some kind of load for the scm to apply voltage to the non-existent solenoid. Arnott should make a connector so that this bypass is plug-in.
Caution - Arnott rear air shocks are NOT REBUILT - shocks can't be rebuilt - only the air bag is rebuilt. The shock itself is just someone else's old worn out core - not rebuilt in any way. OEM electronic controlled mag fluid shocks are made by Monroe and are available from many sources. Amazon and Rock Auto have about the best prices I have seen at $225-235 each. Still not cheap but way better than a GM dealer's $600 each price.