Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 2007-2014 Discussion, Help me drop my escalade on 26's please ! in Cadillac Escalade Forums; hi guys,
here it is, my escalade is now on 26's when i put them i need to mold a ...
here it is, my escalade is now on 26's when i put them i need to mold a bit my fender with a heat gun to be sure to avoid rubbing because there were slightly rubbing when i installed them. Also my electric running boards was also a problem, because the front wheel was not clearing completly when the running boards was close so i need to cut them i think.
My question now is : I want to put a lowering kit on the truck, not air bags but only springs or coils or anything else that will do a clean job, and that will ride almost like a stock ride. I want something that will look hot and the most important point is : I dont want to need to do major mods to be able to install the kit ( cutting and etc ).
Let me know what kits are the best please, and look at the picture for an idea of my truck look.
I have 26's on my truck and i also lowered it. If i were you i would lower it first then use the heat gun on the inner wall to limit the rubbing. I went with the eibach kit, spindles on the front and springs on the back.
SUSPENSION MODIFICATION LIST:
Belltech spindles 2 inch drop (front)
Belltech 3 inch lowering springs (rear)
Shock extensions (rear)
Energy Suspension 1 inch bump stops (shaved original bump stop bracket)
Eibach anti-sway bars front and rear
SPOHN adjustable panhard rod (rear)
1 - how tis the ride feeling ? Is it like the stock ride or you are feeling like bowser riding into a land full of mines ?
2 - This kit is easy to find ?
3- Easy to install ? Here in montreal, its not all the shops that are up to date with lowering kits so i dont want to have a kit that only specialised shops can install, i dont mind paying an extra to have it install correctly and to have the perfect kit but i need to know if it can be possible here in my area ....
The ride would have been affected by your wheels and tires more than the ride heigh would. If you don't mind the ride with 26's on Montreal roads, I don't think lowering it 2/3 will be a problem for you.
Order it online. Ebay has these kits available as do many online retailers (autoanything.com etc).
Any automotive shop can install this stuff. Nothing special about it. Spindles in front and springs in rear are direct replacement of your stock units. Most of this stuff comes with instructions too but it's straightforward. Make sure you get an alignment afterwards...that, is something you may want to reserve for an alignment shop who has done lowered vehicles. Some of them shy away from lowered cars.
I'm really wanting to do a drop now since I installed my 26's but its already rubbing like crazy! I just HATE the off-road look. There are so many people that say "cut away" but I don't like the idea of cutting pieces off of my $70k truck! Is there a lot of cutting required for the 2/3 drop with 26's?
Ok guys thanks a lot, and for sway bars is it really necessary ?
I am also not sure how many cutting it could be needed for my truck after and where ?? It could be nice to see a picture with a truck that have the cutting mod done to see if ita really major or minor.
Sway bars are an option...you don't need to do it to lower the truck. There is pretty much no way you are going to ride 26's lowered without trimming or at least heating and moulding the fender liners. The wheel offset and tire size has a lot to do with how much rubbing you have. Any trimming you do though is not major bodywork and will not damage anything. Believe me, I was leary about hacking up my car too. I don't like doing that kind of stuff just to make wheels work but when I saw what was in the wheel well and I realized that it wouldn't damage anything, I went for it. It is a bit of trial and error to get it right and you will spend some time. If you don't liek the isea...don't lower it. Sometimes, lowering it will make it rub less as the wheels are pushed up beyond that area inside that makes contact. It dfinitely is not a carefree, effortless process though. You want that, get 22s and lower it. Shouldn't have problems with that set up.