Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Strut Replacements in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; The struts on my 97' Eldo just went out and I found out that the OEM replacements are a grand ...
The struts on my 97' Eldo just went out and I found out that the OEM replacements are a grand per tire if I take it in and about half that if I do it myself. I was just curious to know if anyone is familiar with the conversion kits? They are much cheaper but I also don't want to compromise the "Cadillac" ride. Does anyone have any experience/insight on these struts?
I got my 94 sts with arnott shocks and struts on it. JUNK JUNK JUNK both my rear shocks do not hold air (the boots have rips in them)The kit is like 5 years old. And for the "lifetime guarantee" that is void if the car is sold so good luck. I talked arnott they will "give me a discount on a new kit" WOW thanks a lot. Dont put lifetime guarantee all over your web site if it is not true
Wow iJAC, I have a full set of Arnotts on a lowered Eibach'd 98 ETC that I installed myself 2 years ago for $1200 including all 4 corners, a set of Eibach springs, new front strut mounts, all new rubber isolators and boots. There are ways to do i cheaper for sure but Arnotts are not 'junk' and I've had nothing but good experiences with them.
Just go to gmpartsdirect.com and order some passive (w/o realtime dampening) AC-delco front struts, they are only $96 each for the front and $103 each for the rears (air suspension still works, the realtime dampening is all that doesn't - basically your just using SLS shocks)...and its AC-delco.
You can then go to radio shack and for 99 cents get the resisters you need to make it so you don't have to pay that ridiculous amount extra you do to have those 'conversion kit struts.' Radio Shack item #217-1124, (4.7K Ohm, 1/2 watt) is what you need. Just plug them into the connector that you unplug from the old struts and the computer is tricked. No codes. Pretty easy. You should def. replace your strut mounts when you do it too.
I disabled the Service suspention light and replace my struts with some Ac Delcos I got on discount from rockauto. Rides a little on the stiffer side still smooth but not as comfy as say my '85 Park Avenue.
oem strut prices way outa line! i bought set of front struts for my 01 STS from strutmasters for 400plus 30 ship. they came with new springs &strt bearing. i was happy with the ease of install and hav no probs with dash lites because the included resistors. watch your statements tho i got double charged - they were happy to fix that the day i calld. if i were you id buy kit i got- no screwing around w spring compressrs or ten year old parts
I guess I really just wanna know what the difference is between an active strut and a passive strut???
Simply worded explanation:
Think of a passive (normal) shock or strut as two balloons filled with thick oil connected by a little tube with a crimp in the middle. When the strut moves up or down, one or the other balloon is compressed and the thick oil it contains has to move through the tube and crimp and expand the other balloon. This takes time and the movement is dampened.
An active strut or shock is the same thing except the crimp is a simple digital solenoid valve opening and closing at rapid, timed pulses. Since the thick oil hasn't changed, the effect of the rapidly opening and closing solenoid valve is to change the time that it takes to squoosh from one balloon to the other and the damping (time) becomes variable. While the change in time is fast, it takes real time to make a change--and the bigger the change the more time, because the solenoid can only cycle; not instantly vary its size.
The latest active stut or shock changes the "thickness" of the oil. It's called magnetorheological fluid. Literally a moving (log), runny (rheo), magnet. The crimp stays the same and with magnetic fluid it responds exactly to the control frequency no matter the magnitude of change.
I have had the Arnott replacements on my car for a week now and I have no complaints whatsoever. The ride is firmer, but not uncomfortable. The rear air shocks retain all of the factory level control and the dummy sensors included have eliminated the service ride control messages. I am very pleased with them thus far.