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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Should I Put Monroe Strut?? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Okay, good info here. Though I'm sure the Monroes are good units, I also see KYB also offers SLS replacements ...
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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    Okay, good info here. Though I'm sure the Monroes are good units, I also see KYB also offers SLS replacements for front and rear. I would think these would be a more performance oriented replacement. Anybody here used them yet?

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    KYBs do tend to be a bit stiffer.

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    Quote Originally Posted by centaur View Post
    Okay, good info here. Though I'm sure the Monroes are good units, I also see KYB also offers SLS replacements for front and rear. I would think these would be a more performance oriented replacement. Anybody here used them yet?
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    there are several different brands of struts and shocks -

    KYB struts and shocks SUCK compared to Monroe -

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

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    there are several different brands of struts and shocks -

    KYB struts and shocks SUCK compared to Monroe -
    How so? Do you say this from experience having used them on our cars? Good to know if that is the case, I will stay away from them. Worked just fine on my 4x4 pickup though.

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    Most Panther platform guys like KYBs, and hate Monroes, noting not only mushy ride quality (even for a Panther), but very short service life.

    The only complaint I've seen relating to KYBs on these cars is a stiff ride.

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    Quote Originally Posted by centaur View Post
    How so? Do you say this from experience having used them on our cars? Good to know if that is the case, I will stay away from them. Worked just fine on my 4x4 pickup though.
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    Do you say this from experience having used them on our cars?
    YES - my shop was offered direct WD pricing if I stocked KYB units -
    we tried them on several/many - cars - and a few vans/trucks

    most owners complained about the harsh ride immediately -
    I replaced them with Monroe -

    others got real soft/worn out in less than 10,000 miles -
    I replaced those with Monroe also -

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    bottom line -
    with very few exceptions - I recommend Monroe -

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    Previous owners replaced my rears on an F55 sts about 3 years ago. When I purchased the vehicle it has the service suspension system on DIC. I popped in the resistors as recommended by Bass and it rode fine. About 2 weeks ago I took the car into the shop and replaced front and rears with monroe and the car drives like a dream. Only problem is I popped the resistors in the pigtail on the fronts and for about 20 mins cleared the service suspension light. Shortly after it popped back on the DIC. Any insights gentlemen? I haven't had time to fiddle with them. I used heat shrink and insulated everything well, can't figure out why the error popped back up. Any guesses cadillac geniuses?? On a side note I'd highly recommend the Monroe's they are phenomenal and I was able to purchase mine with a 40k warranty!!

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    How can you tell what system you have?

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    Most SLSs are passive, some are F45. Look for the RPO code on the label on the underside of the spare tire cover. Or, look for wires running to the shocks/struts.

    All STSs are Active. Built before 2/15/02 - F45. On or after 2/15/02 - F55.

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    I have 125,000 miles on mine, and am not sure if my F55's need to be changed. The suspension is not as tight as it used to be, but everyone loves the way it drives, to this day.

    Can you tell me what to look for, to verify that I need to replace my struts and shocks.

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    The suspension not being as right as it used to be is one thing to look for.

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    I bought a set of the Monroe for the rear end of my 2001 deville. Just haven't had time to put them in. My question is, should I replace anything else while I'm putting in the Monroe's? Like the springs?

    Thanks.

    Mike

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    Re: Should I Put Monroe Strut??

    Quote Originally Posted by dantemoravil View Post
    I bought a set of the Monroe for the rear end of my 2001 deville. Just haven't had time to put them in. My question is, should I replace anything else while I'm putting in the Monroe's? Like the springs?

    Thanks.

    Mike
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    sure - IF your springs are weak - or broken -
    and they are NOT expensive - or hard to replace -

    I highly recommend MOOG 81011 - $64.47 - with free shipping -
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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    Thank you very much I will check those out

    Mike

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    Haven't gotten around to doing the shock job yet on my car. my next question is if I do get new springs will I need to use Spring coil compressors or not? I have looked at a few videos on the web and some cars you don't need to compress the springs and other ones you do. I have a 2001 deville base model.

    Thank you.

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