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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Rear shocks in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hello again everyone. I need to swap the rear shocks on my '90 Brougham. I live in a neighborhood where ...
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    Rear shocks

    Hello again everyone. I need to swap the rear shocks on my '90 Brougham. I live in a neighborhood where the roads are atrocious, and the hill sare steep. I was thinking about buying these guys:

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...022_6880_7413_

    Would anyone recommend them? Or not?

    Is there a set that anyone could recommend? I was going to go with the basic shock, but the previous owner disconnected the electronic leveling system. I thought I'd keep it disco'd and put in a stronger shock. Bad idea or good?
    Thanks in advance!

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    I'd get the air adjustable shocks and route the air line to the back bumper with a schrader valve. That way you can adjust the ride height and stiffness to you liking.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    The hi-Jackers? Is that a difficult install? I'm not too experienced, never swapped shocks before. But I might be interested in those, if it's not too complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Kaka
    The hi-Jackers? Is that a difficult install? I'm not too experienced, never swapped shocks before. But I might be interested in those, if it's not too complicated.
    I installed air shocks on my safari van...they're not too hard to plumb up. I've also removed shocks from junkyard B/C bodies....not that hard unless the shocks are rusted in place (in which case, bust out the sawzall)

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Not the hijackers, a set for a cadillac or caprice of the same year. I'd search for 90 caprice air shocks and see whats out there. Install isnt too bad as long as you can get in tight, awkward spaces.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Do yourself a favor and get Gabriels. The "Delco" air shocks you get these days are Gabriels painted blue. The air line kits are all compatible with Gabriels. My brother made the mistake of putting Monroes on his BRMW and is having a helluva time getting them to seal up because the o-rings are smaller on the Monroes. I think the lines might be a bit smaller too.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    The reason I'm partial to the load carriers is because I use the trunk for a lot of things. I haul a lot of wood to my house for burning, and I've moved some heavy equipment for people. The back might be a little jacked up, but I don't see that being an issue.

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    The regular air shocks will work perfect for you then. I've used them for many years and they get pretty stiff when you put enough air in them, probably perfect for your needs. I've never used hijackers but they will probably be just fine, the name just sounds like an off road type of brand. If they have something that works for your car(able to sit at the right height without a load), then they will probably work just fine for you.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Personally I'd recommend the Monroes. The Gabriels are garbage and wear out fast. I burned through 2 sets of them. I love the Monroes. The delcos are just gabriels in a delco box and are not the original delcos that came on these cars. Another thing is the gabriels are made in venezuela. The Monroes are still made in the good ole USA. I've never had any problems with the o-rings like the other guy mentioned. I went with the Monroe MA751 Shock Kit. This is the same set that Napa carries and repackages under their name. Monroe also makes an air line adapter kit like the gabriels do to retrofit them to your air lines. The p/n of that kit is AK16.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    I bought Delcos from RockAuto for my wagon. They were black, not blue. They were terrible. I took them off after a few months and switched to Bilsteins.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Yup those were the gabriels. They're white in the gabriel box and painted black when put in the delco box. The ridequality definitely is not that good with them. Plus they come with a spring that comes with the kit that you have to put in the compressor. I think they use it to raise the minimum pressure from the factory pressure. I think they're the only brand that requires that spring. Where did you find the Bilstein's at? I might have to try them whenever I need new shocks.


    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    I bought Delcos from RockAuto for my wagon. They were black, not blue. They were terrible. I took them off after a few months and switched to Bilsteins.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    I found them sitting on my parts shelf. I bought them awhile ago for my SS, and decided to use them on the wagon because I was sick of the ride.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood472 View Post
    Yup those were the gabriels. They're white in the gabriel box and painted black when put in the delco box. The ridequality definitely is not that good with them. Plus they come with a spring that comes with the kit that you have to put in the compressor. I think they use it to raise the minimum pressure from the factory pressure. I think they're the only brand that requires that spring. Where did you find the Bilstein's at? I might have to try them whenever I need new shocks.
    Oops they are black. Any brand "requires" the spring to raise the stock pressure. The aftermarket shocks require higher pressure to maintain the stock ride height. I still have the spring - I never installed it and the stock compressor works fine. The ride does suck with them, but I had assumed it was because they're air shocks not because of the brand. They're pumped up pretty high to maintain the stock ride height on my limo. More air = harsher ride. If my springs were in better shape they might feel better, dunno. As soon as I scrape the cash together I'm switching to air bags and "regular" shocks anyway. I'm hoping that switch will vastly improve the ride.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    Is this the right Monroe shock?
    http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...earchTerm=5802

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    These are the Bilsteins that I found;
    http://www.allshocks.com/bilstein/ht...ear=%271990%27

    Which one is better? I'd like to keep a nice smooth ride, but I want a good sturdy shock.

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    Re: Rear shocks

    That's not true. Gabriels come with the spring in their kit because they require it. Monroes do not. I thought the same thing about ride height stiffness until I swapped out the gabriels in my fleetwood to Monroes. Monroes ride a lot nicer.


    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Oops they are black. Any brand "requires" the spring to raise the stock pressure. The aftermarket shocks require higher pressure to maintain the stock ride height. I still have the spring - I never installed it and the stock compressor works fine. The ride does suck with them, but I had assumed it was because they're air shocks not because of the brand. They're pumped up pretty high to maintain the stock ride height on my limo. More air = harsher ride. If my springs were in better shape they might feel better, dunno. As soon as I scrape the cash together I'm switching to air bags and "regular" shocks anyway. I'm hoping that switch will vastly improve the ride.

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