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    Rear shocks - 2000 STS

    I would like low cost replacement shocks for my 2000 sts. Can I get advice on which is better between monroe MA822 (air add) and 900007 (spring assist).

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    Re: rear struts

    I was wondering about what you guys think if you had to make choice between the two monroe type I listed above?

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    Re: rear struts

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadCadSTS View Post
    Arnott?
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    one word - JUNK

    actually two words - EXPENSIVE JUNK -

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    Quote Originally Posted by stsjohn1 View Post
    I would like low cost replacement shocks for my 2000 sts. Can I get advice on which is better between monroe MA822 (air add) and 900007 (spring assist).
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    definitely the MA822 - cheaper - and a MUCH better ride -

    the coil-over type shocks SUCK -
    they "never" ride at the correct height -
    and the car will ride like a 1-ton truck -

    your car - in fact ALL Seville - Deville - and Eldorado -
    came with the rear "air-assisted" shocks -
    it's what makes Cadillacs ride like Cadillacs -
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    and for the best price - $58.07 - with free shipping -
    http://www.amazon.com/Monroe-MA822-Max-Air-Shock-Absorber/dp/B000C55T7W

    and you will need a couple 4.7K ohm resistors - RadioShack #271-1124
    to prevent the SERVICE SUSPENSION message -

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    Re: rear struts

    I installed the monroe spring over. The ride is good but on moving slow over bumps there is a spring noise. Over all so far satisfied. I didn 't want to keep filling or reduced air in other shocks.

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    Re: rear struts

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt;10598249[COLOR=silver
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    your car - in fact ALL Seville - Deville - and Eldorado -
    came with the rear "air-assisted" shocks -
    it's what makes Cadillacs ride like Cadillacs
    I respectively disagree with that statement...The air assisted shocks have nothing to do with the ride quality, the shock/strut and spring have EVERYTHING to do with it...The air bladders simply control the rear ride height, that is all...

    I can prove that as ANY F55 equipped car, any 2002.5/2003 STS and my current 06 STS, which incorporate that same air controlled leveling system, rides siginificantly different than an STS/SLS not equipped with F55...They still have the same ELC system but offer softer springs and shock/strut components to give a more "floaty" ride...
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    The shocks don't directly provide a better ride, but they allow the car to have softer springs, which translates to a better ride.

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    Re: rear struts

    Quote Originally Posted by curtc View Post
    I respectively disagree with that statement...The air assisted shocks have nothing to do with the ride quality, the shock/strut and spring have EVERYTHING to do with it...The air bladders simply control the rear ride height, that is all...

    I can prove that as ANY F55 equipped car, any 2002.5/2003 STS and my current 06 STS, which incorporate that same air controlled leveling system, rides siginificantly different than an STS/SLS not equipped with F55...They still have the same ELC system but offer softer springs and shock/strut components to give a more "floaty" ride...
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    I respectively disagree with that statement...
    The air assisted shocks have nothing to do with the ride quality,


    I didn't elaborate this particular time -
    because of the nature of the OP's question -

    I stand behind my original statement - but I will elaborate -

    your car - in fact ALL Seville - Deville - and Eldorado -
    came with the rear "air-assisted" shocks -
    it's what makes Cadillacs ride like Cadillacs


    I will even go a step further in saying that the entire rear suspension system
    is built - and designed AROUND the rear air-assisted shocks -

    the rear springs are JUST strong enough
    to support the EMPTY WEIGHT of these cars -
    to give that nice Cadillac ride -

    IF you put several people in the back seat -
    or a couple hundred pounds of weight in the trunk -

    those soft springs can no longer support the rear of the car -
    so the rear end WILL sag down - BELOW proper ride height -
    then the air compressor kicks in -
    and inflates the air bladders in the rear shocks -
    thus raising the body to the proper ride height -

    without the rear air-assisted shocks -
    the rear springs would have to be MUCH stronger -
    and THAT would obviously make for a MUCH stiffer ride -

    so - with all that being said -
    whether the suspension system is a basic PASSIVE SYSTEM -
    or the F45 - or the F55 - it doesn't matter -

    they ALL owe their Cadillac rides to the rear air-assisted shocks -
    the ONLY thing they ALL have in common -

    the air-assisted rear shocks are not only a FACTOR in the ride quality -
    they are the HEART of ride quality -
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    I can prove that as ANY F55 equipped car,....................

    OK - what would happen to your F55 suspended car -
    if you simply unplugged the air compreessor -
    and put two people in your back seat -
    and 200 pounds of stuff in the trunk -
    and took off down a somewhat bumpy/hilly road -

    would your F55 suspension ride real nice - like a Cadillac -
    or would it drive and ride like crap -

    even your super-advanced F55 suspension system -
    RELIES on the old air-assisted rear shocks -
    for the BASIS of ride quality -

    I rest my case -

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