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Just got it in the mail today from Amazon for my 2006 ESV. Any installation lessons learned outside of the old one being hard to break loose? I'm not planning on jacking the car up. Just crawling under and swapping it out.
 

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The key word above is PENETRATING oil not WD40, PB Blaster works the best! They are small bolts and will snap off easily.
 

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godsdiablo said:
How'd dorman workout for you huddy? I was thinking Delco but there price is always nuts
Tell me about it(Amazon is where I will get my next compressor and shocks)
I like you also want to know how it's working out for him
 

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Haven't installed it yet as I'm traveling. Will do so this weekend and let you guys know.
 

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I installed this compressor without changing the leaking air shocks, and it ran and ran and blew up. Got another and installed with new shocks, and has lasted well over a year now. The old compressor blew because the shocks start leaking and getting the rebuilt shocks has better rubber so they don't leak. Got the shocks on E-bay and the compressor from Amazon.
 

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grayparatrooper said:
have a link to one you bought?
Here you go. Still haven't installed mine yet. Trying to do it when wife doesn't need the truck for a few hours. The OEM one works, but leaks out air after the truck is shut down for 30mins or so. So I'm not in a rush. Will let you all know how the install goes and how it holds up.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A23V5EU

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grayparatrooper said:
i also need new shocks at least maybe compressor. Have a link to shock you bought?
Installed these on the rear, but they are passive for the air ride. I still have the OEM ones on the front. These saved me half the cost, as I didn't do the install and the dealer and other auto shops wanted $1400+ for the OEM rears. You can find Monroes or OEM ones for a bit more on Amazon if you are going to install them yourself.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00N4UHXYE/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1427314550&sr=8-1&keywords=bilstein+as-2700
 

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Well I hooked up the Dorman compressor and it functioned fine. Issue is that the mounting bolts stick too far out so I can't tighten the two closest ones. Guess I need to get some washers to tighten it up? Not so plug and play. Ha
 

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Huddy said:
Well I hooked up the Dorman compressor and it functioned fine. Issue is that the mounting bolts stick too far out so I can't tighten the two closest ones. Guess I need to get some washers to tighten it up? Not so plug and play. Ha
Hmm that's odd
 

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the cadillac man said:
Hmm that's odd
Yeah the upper bolt is fine as that snugs up to the frame as you tighten, but the two "easy" access bolts aren't snug. I sent an email to Dorman to ask WTF. Not sure it was designed that way to accommodate a variety of vehicles?? But definitely not the same spacing as the OEM one I pulled off. I'm sure I can figure out a way to jerry rig it.

Looking at it again, maybe I should have to hammer the bolts down abit to reduce the spacing?
 

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Got my answer from Dorman. I figured that would snap the bolts. Who knew?

"The 2 studs will pull in once you tighten the nuts on the back side.
They are sticking out so that you can get them into the mounting holes to hang it.
Then you tighten the nuts on the opposite side."

There is nothing else needed on this.

Jim Squiccimara
Dorman Products
 

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Well I FINALLY got the Dorman Compressor installed. Too much traveling. Was really truly plug and play, except for the PITA trying to get that plastic piece off of the gasoline intake. Was held there by a plastic barbed bolt. Once I got that off and figured out that you just have to tighten up the mounting bolts to pull them snug to the frame, I was all set. Unit works great, and my new AS-2700 Arnott rear shocks now hold air without any leaks! I took some pic of the old OEM compressor for the part number (I also am keeping it just in case something goes weird with the Dorman), as well as, some pics of the shocks. I also included a picture of the PITA plastic bolt. I will let you all know how the unit holds up. So far so good!
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Huddy I know how you feel on the intake of the shock compressor

I have planned on making a remote intake for it to relocate it in the engine bay
I want to make so both water and dust can't get into the system
I have also seen on here and on other forums where water was a factor in the compressor failure hence why I am designing it to prevent water ingress to the compressor

I plan on making it but haven't got around to designing it(any help would be great if your good with cad)
 

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I plan on making it but haven't got around to designing it(any help would be great if your good with cad)
Ha! No I'm just a simple salesman. Imagine it wouldn't be that hard if you bought the rubber tubing and ran it up to the engine area. Concern would be the effect of heat from the engine.
 

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Huddy said:
Ha! No I'm just a simple salesman. Imagine it wouldn't be that hard if you bought the rubber tubing and ran it up to the engine area. Concern would be the effect of heat from the engine.
I also am looking for people to help with the testing of it after I get it done
I already have two escalades to try it out with(my 03 and my mom's 02)
I will make a thread about it when I am ready though
 
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