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I need to replace all four, cadillac eldorado ETC '97, shock absorbers. The question is what to use.. Monroe? acdelco soft ride suspension (FE1)? How soft is this last option?
For example linc towncar is way to soft for my taste.
What would be the best solution?

tnx
 

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Welcome to CF !!! Your question has been moved to your own thread.

Your ETC uses the RPO code F45 CVRSS (Constantly Variable Road Sensing Suspension) with active struts (front) and active shocks (rear) and the FE3 performance springs. The rear shocks also incorporate Electronic Level Control which compensates for extra weight in the trunk or rear seat - it is NOT suspension control per se.

Original "AC Delco" struts for your car are practically unavailable and are scary expensive; the shocks are fairly common. Unless you drive the car to its limits, track or autocross it, you can go to passive Monroe struts and shocks with little loss of ride or handling quality. Each active strut/shock signal pigtail must be jumpered with a 1/2 Watt 4700 Ohm (4.7K Ohm) resistor to fool the extensive suspension control system into thinking the correct struts/shocks are installed. Otherwise you get many suspension control messages and codes as well as a PCM Speed Limited To 90 MPH warning.

Either do some research in RockAuto or ask basscatt for his Monroe recommendations.

Google "cadillac forums eldorado seville deville cvrss active suspension replacement" or something close.
 

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I replaced mine with OEM CVRSS components awhile back, took a year to save up for all 4 wheels, never again. Now they're impossible to find, just one strut is $600-$700
 

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I need to replace all four, cadillac eldorado ETC '97, shock absorbers. The question is what to use.. Monroe? acdelco soft ride suspension (FE1)? How soft is this last option?
For example linc towncar is way to soft for my taste.
What would be the best solution?

tnx
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your car came with the FE3 - SPORT suspension -
consisting of stiff springs and large diameter sway bars -
THIS creates the FIRM ride -

it also has the F45 electronic STRUTS and SHOCKS -
these adjusted the firmness depending on driving and road conditions -

switching to the NON-ELECTRONIC struts and shocks
MIGHT give a SLIGHTLY less harsh - more comfortable ride -

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for FRONT STRUTS -
I would recommend the ACDELCO 505-525 - LEFT and ACDELCO 505-526 - RIGHT -

for REAR SHOCKS -
I recommend the MONROE 40046 -
 

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Discussion Starter #5
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your car came with the FE3 - SPORT suspension -
consisting of stiff springs and large diameter sway bars -
THIS creates the FIRM ride -

it also has the F45 electronic STRUTS and SHOCKS -
these adjusted the firmness depending on driving and road conditions -

switching to the NON-ELECTRONIC struts and shocks
MIGHT give a SLIGHTLY less harsh - more comfortable ride -

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for FRONT STRUTS -
I would recommend the ACDELCO 505-525 - LEFT and ACDELCO 505-526 - RIGHT -

for REAR SHOCKS -
I recommend the MONROE 40046 -
Thank You for the answer, if i use MONROE 40046 to i also need to use AK29 kits?
I read somewhere that it was not necessary..
 

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Thank You for the answer, if i use MONROE 40046 to i also need to use AK29 kits?
I read somewhere that it was not necessary..
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the MONROE AK29 is a replacement "manual-fill" air line kit -
used to MANUALLY inflate or deflate the air bladders within the shocks -

IF the other components of the ELC - Electronic Level Control - system are working properly -
you can simply plug the existing air lines into the new MONROE shocks -
 

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Hi again

Question about brake parts, mainly rotors and pads. There are a lot of different manufacturers, whom to prefer?
Who should definitely be avoided?

/James
 

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Hi again

Question about brake parts, mainly rotors and pads. There are a lot of different manufacturers, whom to prefer?
Who should definitely be avoided?

/James
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not sure what you can get in your country - but -

your car originally came with semi-metallic pads - front and rear -
if you stay with the semi-met pads - I would recommend:
FRONT - ACDELCO 17D699MH -
REAR - ACDELCO 17D714MH -

the other brand I would recommend is BENDIX -
FRONT - BENDIX MKD699K2FM
REAR - BENDIX MKD508

personally - I prefer the ceramic pads - MUCH cleaner - no brake dust -
for the ceramic pads I recommend
FRONT - ACDELCO 17D699CH
REAR - ACDELCO 17D714CH

for ROTORS -
stay away from "drilled and slotted" rotors - they are more "BLING" - and tend to crack -
and stay away from the cheap chinese units - they are very poor quality steel and pit quickly -

I prefer the "coated" rotors for the rust protection -
FRONT - ACDELCO 18A813AC
REAR - ACDELCO 18A488AC

RAYBESTOS is also good - and offer coated rotors -
FRONT - RAYBESTOS 56641FZN
REAR - RAYBESTOS 56241FZN

rockauto.com has all these parts - and they do ship internationally -
 
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