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    Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    66k Miles on the 2003 Seville SLS and the looks like i need shocks and struts.
    OEM or after market - , really looking for a stiff ride , any recommendations will help.
    Pls let me know.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    I would recommend Monroe #71685 front struts -
    the best price is $54.99 each - with free shipping -
    http://www.autopartstomorrow.com/que...dth_class=full

    and Monroe MA822 rear shocks -
    the best price is $53.03 for the PAIR - with free shipping -
    http://www.autopartstomorrow.com/par...FYs7MgodVzYAFw

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Also give MOOG a call. They could recommend springs with a stiffer rate. New shocks/struts will only do so much.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    What is your current suspension and spring RPO ? Look on the sticker under the spare tire cover. There were several suspension options for the SLS in 2002 - 2003, and what you find/buy is dictated by what's there NOW.

    Or, you can enter your car's VIN (case sensitive) into www.compnine.com to find out exactly what's built into THAT car.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    I would recommend Monroe #71685 front struts -
    the best price is $54.99 each - with free shipping -
    http://www.autopartstomorrow.com/que...dth_class=full

    and Monroe MA822 rear shocks -
    the best price is $53.03 for the PAIR - with free shipping -
    http://www.autopartstomorrow.com/par...FYs7MgodVzYAFw
    Hi, I checked that number and it's for a 2000-2005 Bonneville and several other cars. Does it also fit the Seville? Thanks

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by ianblain View Post
    Hi, I checked that number and it's for a 2000-2005 Bonneville and several other cars. Does it also fit the Seville? Thanks
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    YES - those are the correct shocks/struts for a 2003 Seville -
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    I see your car is listed as a '99 STS -
    originally - you car came with "ACTIVE" shocks and struts - which are very expensive -
    MOST people convert to PASSIVE shocks and struts and can save a ton of money -

    the correct Monroe part numbers are -
    40021 and 40022 for the ACTIVE struts -
    or 71684 for the PASSIVE struts -

    for the rear -
    40029 and 40030 for the ACTIVE shocks -
    or MA822 for the PASSIVE shocks -

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Waking up my old thread , i am here again. , just bought a MA822.
    now at 76k miles , planning to get these in this week.,

    My Car - per Compnine and based on the printouts in the trunk, shows the following,
    This is a 2003 SLS.

    FE1 SUSPENSION SYSTEM,SOFT RIDE SOFT RIDE SUSP(FE1)
    6BJ SPRING COMPTR SELECT FRT LH SUSP(6BJ)
    7BJ SPRING COMPTR SEL FRT RH SUSP(7BJ)
    8FD COMPONENT RR LH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (8FD) SUSP(8FD)
    9FD COMPONENT RR RH COMPUTER SEL SUSP (9FD) SUSP(9FD

    Currently the car has passive on Front / Active in Rear. , confirmed with a call to dealer as well.

    I am also planning on getting some Moog components in when i do this.
    Controls Arms / Bushings / BallJoints / ConstantRate Springs /
    already have the Moog links in there, did not notice any ride difference, other than Moog's workmanship was excellent.

    Has anyone else used any Moog components and that stopped the roll ?

    My issues still are,
    >>Shimmy / Rattle at 70k miles.
    >>Excessive Roll to the point that first thread of my Michelin Symmetries are to the wall, will post pics.

    I can't believe i rode it for 10k miles the same way .. , the last time my post was at 66k miles !, 6 months ago !

    thanks

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Same issue I'm having but in an STS, not SLS.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Update, Changed the following

    1. Moog R Series Control Arms - both.
    2. Moog constant rate Springs, Front.
    3. Monroe Struts - Front.
    4. Monroe Air Shocks - Rear.
    5. Moog constant rate Springs, Rear.
    6. Moog Problem Solver - Inner Tie Rods
    7. Moog Problem Solver - Outer Tie Rods
    8. Moog Links - Front

    After all these parts in, it has not changed a lot, still there's a lot of roll.
    Car sits well, the new front struts and spring, brought the front end height up 2-3 inches,
    looks more normal now.

    >>> The shock and strut mounts are good, thinking about swapping out those as well.

    Pls let me know, if i am missing something, or should give up at this point !
    Tiebraces - do those work, if so, what parts.

    Anything else, i should do to the rear on the links ?

    @79K Miles, would like to keep her for few more years to come.

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    Part Numbers.

    Monroe Part Numbers.
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    MONROE Part # MA822 - Rear Air Shocks.
    MONROE Part # 71684 - Front Struts.


    Moog Parts Installed.
    --------------------------------
    60230 Front; Constant Rate Springs
    80659 Rear; Constant Rate Springs
    K700528 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit Front; Problem Solver - Incl. polyurethane bushings and solid metal sleeve for enhanced performance.
    K700529 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit Rear; Problem Solver - Incl. polyurethane bushings and solid metal sleeve for enhanced performance.
    RK620291 Front Left Lower; R-Series
    RK620292 Front Right Lower; R-Series


    Moog Parts Not Installed.
    --------------------------------
    K5341 Shock Mount Rear Upper
    K5337 Strut Mount Front Upper; Incl. bearing
    K5349 Coil Spring Insulator Front Lower 2
    K5347 Coil Spring Seat Front Upper; Incl. isolator 2
    K660168 Toe Compensator Link


    Reference : http://www.fme-cat.com, use your VIN Number to search for parts.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Change to 2000 - 2003 STS front and rear sway bars - mounts, bushings, links too.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Even on my 2000 STS the car had quite a bit of body roll especially compared to my old BMW 3. The sway bars will help but if you're looking for something with less roll in the corners a CTS or ATS would be better for you.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by rxr View Post
    ....Pls let me know, if i am missing something, or should give up at this point !
    Tiebraces - do those work, if so, what parts.
    I don't know what a 'tiebrace' is, but if by chance you mean 'strut tower brace' you will not believe the difference in body roll control.

    GM part # 25653157 for 1998 to 2004 Seville. The bad news is the part is no longer available from GM. But you might win the lottery and find one in a salvage yard.

    I tried to upload a photo but Photobucket is not cooperating.

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    Strut tower braces have nothing to do with body roll. They're purpose is to keep the strut towers from flexing (to maintain proper suspension geometry) during hard cornering.

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    Re: Ride too Squishy, Strut and Shocks - looking for some recommendations.

    thanks guys, anyone recommends these,


    ADDCO Rear Sway Bar Kit : Part#2015
    http://www.swaybars.com/detail.asp?ProductID=4212

    ADDCO Front Sway Bar Kit : Part#2018
    http://www.swaybars.com/detail.asp?ProductID=4185

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    I don't know what a 'tiebrace' is, but if by chance you mean 'strut tower brace' you will not believe the difference in body roll control.

    GM part # 25653157 for 1998 to 2004 Seville. The bad news is the part is no longer available from GM. But you might win the lottery and find one in a salvage yard.

    I tried to upload a photo but Photobucket is not cooperating.
    Strut Tower Brace : GM# 25653157 ( Ordered , i know this will not fix my issue, but getting it anyway ) https://www.finditparts.com - has one for $50.99, shipped free.

    thanks

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    After some searching , found these

    Energy suspension part numbers , for the sway bar bushings.

    9.5171 - Front (30mm) bar
    9.5158 - Rear (22mm) bar

    Looks like ADDCO front sway bars are not easy to install / does not fit, according to a member here.
    Note : ADDCO recommends, that you need a lift which rests the wheels when this procedure is performed.


    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-sway-bar.html

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