it depends on which bilstiens you got. there are two sets: the 1516 and 1517s are a little softer feeling than the older, 1104 & 0929s. i have the 1516/17s and intend to upgrade the front to the 1104s. this is not to say that the 1516s are bad -- they are not -- they just FEEL softer because of their valving. i have had all four wheels off the ground more than once with the 1516/17s installed and did not even come close to bottoming out . however, their floaty feel, as you put it, "really makes the caprice feel like a 4,000 pound car". regardless, either choice is FAR superior to the stock 9C1 shocks.