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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks in Cadillac Escalade Forums; O.K. so I'm trying to decide if I want to do away with my air shocks completely and go with ...
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    Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    O.K. so I'm trying to decide if I want to do away with my air shocks completely and go with a gas shock (so I don't need to have the compressor anymore). Has anybody done this? If you have done this, what type of gas shocks are you using. I thought the Arnott units did this but they're telling me that I'd still need the compressor.

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    I've done it. It still rides like a dream. I have Bilstein HD Front Shocks #F4-BE5-6500-H0 and Bilstein HD Rear Shocks #F4-BE5-6501-H0. Same shocks for a non air tahoe, yukon, etc.
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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    What, if any modifications did you need to make to the EXT to get these to work? I'm assuming you pulled the RTD fuse to illimate the alarm.

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    All you need to do is disconnect your battery, wait about 5-10 min, pull the RTD fuse under the hood, swap shocks, and reconnect your battery...

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    Thanks so much. I can't believe it's this easy. If they ride as smooth as the sales pages say, I surprised everyone doesn't do this. I found all 4 (front struts and rear shocks) for $235.00 with no shipping cost.

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    I imagine when my compressor craps out, I too will go this route since really I cant see the need for the air ride unless you commonly overload the back end. As long as the ride quality stays the same under normal conditions, this definitely seems like the economical way to go.

    All these ridiculously overpriced and complicated parts and systems is why these sold for twice what a normal suburban did. I realize for luxury purposes Cadillac had to do something to dress up the Suburban/Tahoe's... but seeing now, several years after the sale, how unreliable the "extras" tend to be, it sure doesnt seem worth it.
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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by roboteacher View Post
    Thanks so much. I can't believe it's this easy. If they ride as smooth as the sales pages say, I surprised everyone doesn't do this. I found all 4 (front struts and rear shocks) for $235.00 with no shipping cost.
    No idea... some people like the air ride enough to spend big money on it.

    I'm also lowered just a little so I had to remove the air ride

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    its really that easy..? ive been thinking about doing this because i want to do a 3/5 drop..

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    yup, i have a 4/5 drop and thats all you need to do to turn off your air ride...

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    I did a set of these... http://www.arnottindustries.com/part...77_gid503.html Its been 6 months, so far so good!

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by roboteacher View Post
    Thanks so much. I can't believe it's this easy. If they ride as smooth as the sales pages say, I surprised everyone doesn't do this. I found all 4 (front struts and rear shocks) for $235.00 with no shipping cost.
    Where??

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    I found the shocks and struts at http://www.eshocks.com/bil_veh.asp?M...tein&SubChar=Q . Did the install today (took me and a buddy about 40 minutes). Seems to run smoother than before. I'm interested to see how it does on the boat and trailer pull.

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by roboteacher View Post
    I found the shocks and struts at Manf=Bilstein&SubChar=Q[/url] . Did the install today (took me and a buddy about 40 minutes). Seems to run smoother than before. I'm interested to see how it does on the boat and trailer pull.
    i want to do the same thing. i went to the site but which pair of shocks do i select

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by roboteacher View Post
    I'm interested to see how it does on the boat and trailer pull.
    It should be fine, but for some reason, if your pulling something and the rear sags a little, you can always get a set of AIR LIFT 1000 Series Rear Air Spring Helper Bag Kit #60769... I have them just to have a better ride and work great. $75 on Amazon.com...

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    Re: Air Shocks vs Gas Shocks

    The part numbers were earlier in the thread ... Bilstein HD Front Shocks #F4-BE5-6500-H0 and Bilstein HD Rear Shocks #F4-BE5-6501-H0. Same shocks for a non air tahoe, yukon, etc.

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