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I recently received a lowering kit from Eibach, made for my '94 Eldo, but am having difficulty finding a mechanic willing to install them. Main issue seems to be that lowering all 4 corners 1" would set off (create error messages) the rear active strut sensors. I already have the Arnott passives in front, that very nicely bypasses the sensors (too bad they are so rigid!), but still have the original active struts in rear. Any advice? Should I get the Arnott rear passives as well and eliminate the potential problem, or is there a known workaround that makes it possible to keep the active rears?
 

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Just a simple movement of the ride hight sensor is in order. You can still leave it attached up top but where it connects to the A-frame you have to move it down some. I'm not sure how far down you have to move it though. How far is it supposed to lower the car?
 

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Krashed is right...
You need to re-orient the level sensor . Just read the output data value you have now from your DIC. Match it when the assembly is near complete.
 

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91TexasSeville said:
Krashed is right...
You need to re-orient the level sensor . Just read the output data value you have now. Match it when the assembly is near complete.
I will not be the one installing the new springs. I am hoping input from this forum will aid a local mechanic in doing this for me. I hope any mechanic worth their salt will be able to read "output data value you have now" and be able to re-orient the level sensor when new springs are in.

Since I have the Arnott struts in front, with bypass plugs, do you anticipate any issues with new front springs?
 

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I will not be the one installing the new springs. I am hoping input from this forum will aid a local mechanic in doing this for me. I hope any mechanic worth their salt will be able to "output data value you have now" and be able to re-orient the level sensor when new springs are in.

Since I have the Arnott struts in front, with bypass plugs, do you anticipate any issues with new front springs?
Any mechanic that has access to ALL DATA or a Cadillac FSM (Factory Service Manual) will be able to obtain the current information for the installation.
 

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Can you be more specific?
Left picture is an Eldorado with aftermarket wheels and tires. Dropping it an inch may cause a binding problem with the front wheels and tires when turning. The rear should be fine as long as you stay on smooth pavement.
 

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Left picture is an Eldorado with aftermarket wheels and tires. Dropping it an inch may cause a binding problem with the front wheels and tires when turning. The rear should be fine as long as you stay on smooth pavement.
Ok...thanks for your input. I told a sales guy at Eibach I would be using 18" rims with 245/45 tires and they said there should be no problem. I wouldn't have bought them if they said differently. I hope they are a company of integrity!
 

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Ok...thanks for your input. I told a sales guy at Eibach I would be using 18" rims with 245/45 tires and they said there should be no problem. I wouldn't have bought them if they said differently. I hope they are a company of integrity!
Even though the clearance may be there.....does not mean that it will always work. Since Eibach has no idea what your offset is, I don't know how they could make such an assumption. I would be very careful if I were you.
 

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Ok so I was bored and took measurements and did the math. You can't lower the part of the sensor on the A-frame like I said before, because of the way it is mounted (on top rather than on the side). According to my math and measurements you have to raise the body of the sensor .3125 of an inch, or basically 1/3 of an inch.
 

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Ok so I was bored and took measurements and did the math. You can't lower the part of the sensor on the A-frame like I said before, because of the way it is mounted (on top rather than on the side). According to my math and measurements you have to raise the body of the sensor .3125 of an inch, or basically 1/3 of an inch.
Don't tell a fabricator something can't be done!.....LOL!
 

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Ok so I was bored and took measurements and did the math. You can't lower the part of the sensor on the A-frame like I said before, because of the way it is mounted (on top rather than on the side). According to my math and measurements you have to raise the body of the sensor .3125 of an inch, or basically 1/3 of an inch.
Wow! Thanks for the effort! All I need to do now is find a local mechanic who I can pass on this info to and have him do the job.

Thanks again!
 

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Wow! Thanks for the effort! All I need to do now is find a local mechanic who I can pass on this info to and have him do the job.

Thanks again!
No problem, it was an interesting test of my math skills. lol

91TexasSeville said:
Don't tell a fabricator something can't be done!.....LOL!
Hey how'd you know that I like to fabricate stuff? lol

It's fun having stuff that you know nobody else has... :D
 

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Wait, I just realized something. My measurements are only for the back end. I'll have to take measurements on the front to see if its the same or not.
 
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