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Im narrowing down my choices for a set of 26" wheels on my 07 Escalade. After looking at pics of other vehicles online with larger wheels it looks like perhaps a 2" drop would compliment the finished look. I don't want to go too low and I want to maintain or improve handling if possible. In the past when Ive lowered a vehicle I have needed to replace the shocks so they are not bottomed out or kicking on any "Suspension error" lights. But I noticed some kits don't come with shocks, some come with sway bars, and the prices jump all over the place depending on what you buy. After spending over $4K on a wheel and tire package the last thing I want is to be wearing our tires due to alignment issues or suffer from poor handling. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.....
 

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I started off with a belltech 2/4 but it ended up lowering it more like 3/5ish. My wheel wells are 33" from ground. I dont think 26's would fit now but 24's would look good on mine. Im thinking i may go with the 24" replicas.
 

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I contacted norcalss and told him what I currently had and what I want to do and he hooked me up with the kit that I need to get where I want
 

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Here's where my 2/4 left me on my ESV. Grooving the front shocks, and playing with the air ride link lengths out back gives you an additional inch of variance.

 

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Hope everyone is okay... so today I got my '08 Escalade quoted for Ground Force - 2"/3" Drop for air ride ($750.00), 5 hrs labor ($95.00 an hr), Alingment ($150.00)

Total: $1816.86 w/ taxes.

I am located in NJ... Seems reasonable? Too expensive or just right? Please advice. All labor & parts has full warranty. Hope everyone has a good night.

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You able to wrench yourself at all deron? 5hrs of book time is a bit much. It's not more than 3hrs worth a work for a slow rookie. 250-325 is going rate for labor. 2/3 drop can be had for 500-525.

If you have a NTB nearby, they do excellent with alignments for right about 100-110 here locally.
 

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Brother, thanks for responding! The issue is I forgot to mention that I'm dealing with 26" rims. Also, I am not too much of a "do it yourself " when it comes to heavy work like that. I had a hip replacement a couple of yrs ago, (long story; US Army) & doing it myself is out the door. NTB does not have the capacity to do 26". (I checked & they go up to 22"; 24" special requested & sent somewhere else)

Yes, the labor seemed very expensive to me as well. He told me he had to do some cutting, melting & in the front, he had to cut some of the actual metal & smooth it out in order to prevent rusting & rubbing. I'm trying to get him down to 3-4 hrs labor, which is what I've been hearing. I also want him to do it right the 1st time. The company is Imagine Audio. (Hainesport, NJ). Lemme know what you think...

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Ive never heard of any one mention ground force as a lowering kit it seems all you hear about is belltech and mcgaughys Id be interested to hear what you have to say if you pull the trigger
 

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By machining incremental snap ring groves you can net an additional 0 to 2" up front with no additional components.
 

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ground-Force-9856-Complete-Lowering-Kit-/310407288838?fits=Year:2008|Make:Cadillac|Model:Escalade&hash=item4845b75806&vxp=mtr

This is what it looks like... He is charging me $730.00 from his "distributor" with warranty. I've been to two different shops and believe it or not, that seems like the going rate over here. One shop quoted me $2200.00 and the other $1950.00

So far, the one I chose (which have already done work on my truck) seem like the cheapest and the only ones who want to warranty the work. I will check with NYC to see if I find a shop up there, but might be going with my original. Plus talked them down from 5 hours to 4 hours.
 
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