: Fleetwood Lift



Daz77
04-02-11, 09:31 PM
What's the best and easiest way to lift just the rear of a 95 Fleetwood about 2 1/2 to 3 inches?? I'm installing 265/35/22's and don't want the back to rub. Compressor stills works, but I don't want to rely just on that.

AirLift 1000
Coil Spring Spacers
or Other ways

Any guidance would be appriciated.

brougham
04-02-11, 09:38 PM
The shocks aren't made to hold up the car anyway and can damage the car if that's relied on. Get different springs.

csbuckn
04-02-11, 10:08 PM
Spacers under the springs. Whatcha running up front?

Daz77
04-02-11, 10:34 PM
I'm running the same size up front. What kind of coil springs can get and from where?? Will I have to use strut extenders???

csbuckn
04-02-11, 10:49 PM
I dont think you'll have to change anything, you just wont have the suspension travel you have now. I've been using my shocks to support the back of my car, no damage yet but I would like to know how it would damage the car. I had a one inch spacer on another caddy and they worked nicely.

jayoldschool
04-02-11, 11:21 PM
Why not just run the right size tire and leave it at stock height? Tucked 22s look good...

Daz77
04-02-11, 11:27 PM
So that's a 1 inch spacer on top of the existing coil sping. And you didn't need to adjust any other part of the suspension???

csbuckn
04-02-11, 11:34 PM
The rear of my caddy was sagging because of the sound system. The shop put in Stock height cargo springs and a 1" spacer and left the stock shocks. It raised the back end about an inch but nothing else was done. I would think you could get one and a half inch spacer with no problems, maybe a 2".

Daz77
04-03-11, 01:20 AM
Why not just run the right size tire and leave it at stock height? Tucked 22s look good...

I fell ya Jay, I just don't want to be on the highway and a shock goes out. Now I'm stuck on the side of the highway looking crazy, lol.

Daz77
04-03-11, 01:25 AM
I really think I would have to use a strut extender if I use 3" coil spacers. Aye csbuckn, after you installed the coil spacers did it ride like a Cadillac or did it feel like military truck????

csbuckn
04-03-11, 02:10 AM
It felt like a cargo van. The recoil was viscous. If I went over a big dip, the subs would catch air. The cargo springs were a little much so you could use your stock springs with some decent shocks.

Daz77
04-03-11, 03:31 AM
Can I just use the factory shocks and springs, then add the spacer to the coil spring.

csbuckn
04-03-11, 09:53 AM
If you add a 3" spacer, I think you'll have to change the shocks but you can use the springs. 3" in the back only?

CadillacPimpinNOLA
04-03-11, 12:22 PM
that size tire on a 22" rim wont rub. you can lower the car 2" and it still wont rub, so no need to lift it

Daz77
04-03-11, 02:54 PM
Would the car look too jacked up in the back with 3" spacers??? How will it look??? Anyone have any pictures????

jayoldschool
04-03-11, 09:19 PM
It will look like it is on The Dukes of Hazzard. In other words, ridiculous. It's your car, though... do what makes you happy.

Do you have the tires mounted up on the wheels already? If yes, put them on and see what they look like without jacking it up.

Angry Matt
04-03-11, 10:34 PM
I don't think '22's are big enough to need the lift. I've seen many '20's on those cars with plenty of room for more wheel. Imo, if you're going to lift it, tru's, vouges and chrome buckles are the way to go...

intragration
04-03-11, 11:03 PM
I don't condone lifting any Cadillac, but if you're gonna do it, I wouldn't use the shocks to do it. You're going to be putting stresses on the shock mounts that they weren't designed for.

Daz77
04-03-11, 11:21 PM
I have some 3" coil spring spacers, but I'm going to send them back for some 1 1/2" so I won't have to use strut extensions. I definitely don't want the Bo and Luke look, lol. Thanks for the info everyone. The wheels (22" 5-stars)should be here in about a week ready to install. I'll post pictures, yall know I post pictures of everything, lol.

csbuckn
04-03-11, 11:31 PM
What size tires? Just look on youtube for caddys with 22s and see what look you like.

Daz77
04-04-11, 09:54 PM
The tires are Yokohama 265/35/22, the ratings were pretty dam good for ride comfort and road noise.

CadillacPimpinNOLA
04-05-11, 01:21 AM
as i said before you can lower your car with that tire size and it wont rub so factory height you wont have any problems

Daz77
04-05-11, 11:07 PM
Thanks for the advise everyone. This is another good thread for the next man to use.