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    toofitt is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    HI:

    Information on the differant years for cadillac applications, are differant parts than the ones on the 1997 application, it will not fit a 1994.Look at Arnott or Boston's web site they specifically list differant years & differant kits.Hope this helps, I know this is not as easy as some people think.Hope this helps.

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    hey guy, do u think you could give me any other inof about these shocks. I need them for my 91 Deville. I've already changed front struts but the rear self lelveling i need to do. I want to keep the self leveling feature because I tow a small camper with it and it worked great for this.
    Thanks. email rherrel@wcnet.org

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Hey guys, I've installed 4 Boston suspension shocks in early 2004-late 2003 my service ride controll light comes on and ride quality itself is pretty dissapointing. I'm thinking right now about changing them again but deffinatelly not from Boston suspension. One of my Cadillac dealers told me to look @ www.arnottindustries.com the whole kit there is about $600 with electronic connections. That might be my future choice.

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    FYI

    I purchased and installed Arnotts front struts in November for a 94 ETC. It cost $325.00 with standard shipping and arrived about a week after I had ordered them. I replaced them using a Craftsman Spring Compressor (Aprox $45.00), which I originally purchased to replaced the struts of a Chevy Beretta. ETC replacement is similar to the Beretta, just a few more things to disconnect from the ETC hub and of course the electronics connector.

    The connector was the most difficult or rather the most frustrating part of the whole project. It would have been much easier if the car was on a rack and both of your hands free to manipulate the connector. I broke the connector mount on one side but just snap tied it to the frame when I re-installed. Also the retaining clips for the shields in the wheel well that you need to remove to gain access to the connector ARE NOT SCREWS, even though they look like screws. After trying every size socket, standard and metric, and swearing at GM engineers for inventing a new size, I finally figured out that they were just plastic retaining clips. What I did not figure out was that if you pull out the center with a pair of pliers you need much less effort with the pry bar to remove them and they might even be re-usable. I would pick up few at the parts store just in case.

    The whole project took about seven or eight hours one Sunday but included a break for lunch, one footbal game and at least one nap. Having air tools is a plus. Use lots WD40 and mark your springs with its relationship to the strut and the top cap. Attach the compressor so that it has plenty of clearance as you compress the spring.

    The ride is much improved but I do need to replace the rears and I understand that Arnott sells rears that retain the air leveling feature.

    And most important NO ANNOYING CODES.

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    Cool Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Hello Boys and Girls:

    I can report I have purchased Arnott, and sent them back because of a stiff ride. I am not talking about just stiff, I am talking about, I think this is going to hurt my car stiff . Anyway that is my opinion on Arnott, currently I am looking for alternatives. I drive for a living, I know suspension systems. I just want my cadillac to drive like a cadillac. Still l@@king .

    Cal the Cop

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Hey cal the cop let me know when you find a good suspension system. I got a 97 deville concours and my front struts are done. i want to replace all four so i don't deal with problems in the near future. I'm confused. It seems everyone on this thread has their personal opinions. I just want my caddy to ride like a caddy without dealing with any messages on the dash and my leveling system to work perfect. any insight would be helpfull

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    I don't know about Strutmasters or Boston stuff, but I found this site. These guys have been around for a while, and I know they are big in the big rig trucking industry. For the price, I don't see how anyone could go wrong. My non-dealer mechanic said he would install all 4 for about $300. That means I can buy and have installed ALL 4 for roughly the cost of one strut or shock from GM.

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    can you post that website for all of us to check out?

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    I have been using the Arnott replacement shocks and struts on my 93 STS for over a year now and I can definitely recommend them.

    They may not be the cheapest you can find out there, but they work great and no error code problems.

    I have a Power Point Slideshow that I made when I did the rear shocks, I did not document the strut replacement though.

    The file is on my web storage site if you are interested.

    Arnott Passive Shocks

    -George

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyr
    I think it is acceptable use other than original parts. After saying that there are some things I would always use Cad/GM/Delco parts. I just didnít want to part with that much cash. I have been driving these cars for over twenty years. As soon as the new passive system loosens up a bit it will be fine. I donít believe the passive system will ever give you the ride that you get with the air. I donít spend a lot time in my cars so what I did made sense to me. ... I have read some where that some Cadillac dealers are offering a passive system.

    Ralph
    i need new air struts on my 95 SLS but the guy i took it to to check it out kept trying to get me to get a conversion kit, but i dont want a conversion kit , i do spend alot of time in my car and i want that air ride, so what are my options ? thanks
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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by bige's "95 seville
    i need new air struts on my 95 SLS but the guy i took it to to check it out kept trying to get me to get a conversion kit, but i dont want a conversion kit , i do spend alot of time in my car and i want that air ride, so what are my options ? thanks
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    You do not have air STRUTS. You have air SHOCKS.

    The Arnott passive shocks are air level equipped shocks. They just do not have the electronic valving in the shock like the Road or Speed Sensing system had. The dampening action is a conventional system, hence passive. They have a solenoid on them that provides an electrical connection so the computer will still see the proper signals and not give you error messages.

    -George

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    I had the struts installed on my STS and there is no difference in hieght but deffinatly a much better ride. Now I can feel the road smooth yet stiff for cornering. Set me back oh about $500. and change cnd. for the front Its good to know friends In G.M. though.

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Hello Boys and Girls:

    I finally ordered from Boston Suspension. I really had it with my suspension. It is in serious need of a new one, anyway I ordered the luxury suspension kit.I waited long enough, they seem to be the next best thing to stock (we will see). I already tried Arnott without success. I hope it works as good as they say. I will my post results.

    Cal the cop

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    I know this is a year later but I just read your post .I would like to have TSB if a copy is still available.
    cerviohio@yahoo.com thanks MIKE

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    Re: REVIEWS - Strutmaster Passive Replacement Shocks

    Hello Boys and Girls:

    I got my new suspension in my car, from Boston Suspension. I ordered the luxury model with air shocks. Doug was very professional on the phone when ordering, the kit came in 3 days from delivery, I live in Mississippi.

    I have to say they have excellent pictures, instructions, and it is easy to install, just follow the directions! The ride is a little harder that I would like on bumpy roads, but on the highway, and cornering it's unbeleivable really. I feel like I want to go 150mph the car feels that good, (I could get away with that in another car I drive.)

    Anyway the install was uneventfull, my mechanic had no problem putting in the after market parts, they look a little differant than the stock ones, but fit right in, the electronics had to be soldered, that took an extra 1.5 hrs. It would have been nice if they just plugged right in the existing wiring harness.

    Cost was $620.00 w/shipping from Boston Suspension. plus 3.5 hrs @ 72.00 hr. $252.00 total $872.00. But, all in all my wife and myself like the new ride we bought.
    We used it Sunday night with 4 adults it rode great! The rollercoaster ride died that day, so did all the noise. The rear shocks pumped right up and vented when the weight was out of the car. So far it looks good, I am pleased with our decision. No SRC message 99 Deville.

    Cal

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