: Lowering shims - no instructions



wildwhl
07-20-05, 01:23 PM
Some of you have received the prototype lowering kits. I didn't include any instructions...but hopefully this pic will help:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=10898

On the left is the stock Nivomat arrangement, on the right is the lowered upper mount. Basically, you'll want to use a combination of the provided rubber and plastic shims to lower the mount however much you are after - up to a maximum of about 1.25". I would suggest going with about .375" of rubber spacers below the mount, and making up the difference above the mount with a combination of rubber and plastic spacers.

There are also 4 ring size plastic spacers. When you disassemble the Nivomat top block - you'll see that you'll be sliding mount down on the inner steel bushing - and you'll be eliminating the bottom rubber piece (stock piece). That will leave a void in the bottom of the mount - those little plastic bushings go in there.

Also, look at post #26 in this thread:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41744&highlight=lowering

For more detail pics of how the top mount is made up from the factory.

Sorry for no pics yet...making $$$ is priority right now :crying2:

lasstss
07-20-05, 01:48 PM
OK, this explains it. The stock CTS rear shock has a mount that is one peice, it does not come apart.. Good find!:D

wildwhl
07-20-05, 03:20 PM
Thanks, Lasstss for the info on the base CTS shock.

It would appear from our conversation this a.m. that these method of shimming the shock will ONLY work with the Nivomats (and of course, with the other series of shocks there is no need to shim them!)...

I have another 30 kits cut and ready....but no more freebies :) $20

Dooman
07-20-05, 03:44 PM
Again, great job on the work. You do need to be commended.. Thanks..

ctsvett
07-20-05, 05:18 PM
I posted the pictures on the FAQ for everyone....

When someone writes it up, let me know and I will put up the instructions.

Thanks WildWhl!

http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/loweringshims/

Reed