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    lowering my 2005 cadillac sts

    ok i have a 2005 cadillac sts with FE1 rear suspension, i bought B&G lowering springs and the front sits nice and so does the rear but my problem is that when the car is still or sitting awhile it sits even but when im driving the car and i stop wherever i am going the rear for some reason raises up like if it has air suspension and it looks factory height in the rear. but if i have FE1 rear shocks shouldnt it not be raising up the car?

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    They all have ELC (except maybe the V?). FE1/FE2/FE3..... can be thought of as soft ride/sport ride, sportier as the number increases. Different spring rates, shocks/struts, sway bars...

    You'll have to shorten the connecting rods on the ride height sensors to "fool" the ELC system.

    BTW,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage
    They all have ELC. FE1/FE3 can be thought of as soft ride/sport ride. Different spring rates, shocks/struts, sway bars...

    You'll have to shorten the connecting rods on the ride height sensors to "fool" the ELC system.

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    where are the right height sensors located? and where and what are the connecting rods? i also tried looking for ELC fuses and my car doesnt have any at all.

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    The sensors are in the wheel wells, the connecting rods connect them to the control arms. Not positive on the '05+ cars, but you may only have one with your passive suspension.

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    Wrong.

    Only F55 have air ride.

    Others have nivomat shocks which pump up and level out while driving.

    Spacers are needed to fix this D3 sold them.

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    I had the same problem & D3 won't sell you the shock hats by themselves if you didn't buy the springs from them. I took my rear shocks back out & removed the hats on them. There is approximately a 1.5 inch thick rubber spacer on top of the shock. I sliced it down to about a 1/4 inch thick & reinstalled. Problem solved.

    This is just how I did it, I'm not saying that its the best or the right way but it worked & I don't have any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSQUIK
    I had the same problem & D3 won't sell you the shock hats by themselves if you didn't buy the springs from them. I took my rear shocks back out & removed the hats on them. There is approximately a 1.5 inch thick rubber spacer on top of the shock. I sliced it down to about a 1/4 inch thick & reinstalled. Problem solved.

    This is just how I did it, I'm not saying that its the best or the right way but it worked & I don't have any issues.
    P.S. From what I was able to find online for images of the D3 part. It looks like that is what they did. Removed the rubber spacer & replaced it with a shortened one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSQUIK
    I had the same problem & D3 won't sell you the shock hats by themselves if you didn't buy the springs from them. I took my rear shocks back out & removed the hats on them. There is approximately a 1.5 inch thick rubber spacer on top of the shock. I sliced it down to about a 1/4 inch thick & reinstalled. Problem solved.

    This is just how I did it, I'm not saying that its the best or the right way but it worked & I don't have any issues.

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    P.S. From what I was able to find online for images of the D3 part. It looks like that is what they did. Removed the rubber spacer & replaced it with a shortened one.
    how easy is it to remove the shock? cause when its sitting and the car hasnt moved the rear wheel well is even with the top of the tire no gap or finger space and i have stock 17" rims with 235/50/17 tires and once the car is in motion and i stop somewhere the rear lifts up and from having no gap or finger space it ends up having a 2 finger gap. the front is fine its just the rear.

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    It's not too bad to pull the shocks. You have to get the car off the ground & let the rear suspension hang. There are 2 nuts inside the trunk on top of each shock & there is 1 bolt on the bottom that attaches the shock to the control arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSQUIK
    It's not too bad to pull the shocks. You have to get the car off the ground & let the rear suspension hang. There are 2 nuts inside the trunk on top of each shock & there is 1 bolt on the bottom that attaches the shock to the control arm.
    do i have to disassemble the whole back arms to get the shock out? and do i have to worry about it having pressure or shooting out? and about how long does it take to take off?

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    No you don't have to disassemble the whole thing & it does not have pressure like the coil spring. It shouldn't take more than an hour per side total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSQUIK
    No you don't have to disassemble the whole thing & it does not have pressure like the coil spring. It shouldn't take more than an hour per side total.
    cool thanks man how exactly did you trim it down what did you use?

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    I actually had a band saw in the shop, but if u put it in a vice you can do it with a hacksaw. Just take your time so u get it nice & straight.

    Here's a pic of mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSQUIK
    I actually had a band saw in the shop, but if u put it in a vice you can do it with a hacksaw. Just take your time so u get it nice & straight.

    Here's a pic of mine.
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    looks good what are those 20s? and is your exhuast coming out the middle?

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    Re: lowering my 2005 cadillac sts

    this is how mine looked when i had it on 22s with no drop at all just stock height.
    IMG_103612.jpg

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    Re: lowering my 2005 cadillac sts

    and this is how it looks for now on stocks with the drop springs on.
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