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    96sts. put in resistor on 1 front shock. no more codes. is shock default to soft or firm or what now? will i notice a difference in ride on rough roads from left/right side of car? i don't see any difference. should i put a resistor on both sides to make struts react the same?

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    Re: using resistor to fool computer

    Your STS has active suspension control for the front struts and rear shocks. If you defeat one side you MUST do the other. Default is soft - there's no longer any valve restriction control so the fluid flow is wide open. The front end will now handle like an SLS, not an STS, and the struts will NOT "react": they're now passive.

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    Re: using resistor to fool computer

    yes, sub i know shock is passive. so 1 shock is soft and 3 are firm at speed? define firm after 125k miles/15yrs? new struts would be great but $2k is pretty steep for a slight improvement in handling. has anyone on this board ever changed all 4 struts with OEM stuff on a 95-97 vintage car?

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    Re: using resistor to fool computer

    Quote Originally Posted by stoveguyy View Post
    yes, sub i know shock is passive. so 1 shock is soft and 3 are firm at speed?
    (1 strut/shock is passive and 3 are controlled at speed. Depending on road conditions the changes from soft to firm are constant and infinite.)


    define firm after 125k miles/15yrs? (That's anybody's guess)


    new struts would be great but $2k is pretty steep for a slight improvement in handling. has anyone on this board ever changed all 4 struts with OEM stuff on a 95-97 vintage car?
    (Unknown, but that is the ONLY way to retain the original handling control as designed.)

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    Re: using resistor to fool computer

    What type of resisters were used. I need to do the same on a 99 sts. Can you post a pic of the resisters and how you installed them also a part #

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    Re: using resistor to fool computer

    The resistors are 1/2 Watt carbon types - $1 a 5-pack at Radio Shack. Look for JimD's posts on the subject. You simply jumper the connector with a resistor. 4.5 KOhm, I think. Insulate and waterproof well.

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