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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 12:45 PM
tomcat2063
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Fleetwood lovers, I'm assuming that your cars came from GM with the ride leveler. I looking at installing a kit to level it out. it sits way to low for me. I'd appriciate any positive input so I can lift the ass end up a bit. thanks guys Tom
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 05:06 PM
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you could probabley get the air pump, lines, and shocks and I think that should do it. Or you could get the redneck shocks that you manualy use a bike pump on. Im not to sure tho man?
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 07:14 PM
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Anything could be done. Didn't roadmasters come with level ride also? Or least as an option. My level ride was disabled before I even bought my car. Its all still there except for the shocks. Let me know if you could use some thing or a pic.
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 07:22 PM
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If it's sitting too low, it's almost always a sign of worn out springs (if stock, that is).

That's the issue with our '93 I believe, as the level ride is constantly running too much, and once loaded, it can't ever overcome the lack of the springs strength and ever get pumped up enough. Been that way for over 3 years, though, so we just left it and ignore the slight droop (noticeable when my '95 is parked next to it).

But springs are to keep the car up, and you don't want that role to be mainly on the shocks...they're just there as helpers.
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 10:03 PM
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ok, if I bought new springs OE or SW? I just installed kyb police pkg shocks in june 06.
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 03:22 AM
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just add some air lift 1000 air bags inside the springs and call it good! I did that in my caddy cuz it was saging in the rear. Plus, I could lift it up when I wanted a big "rake" or super stiff springs like a 1 ton dually!
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 03:28 AM
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they cost like 65 bucks, and you put the air port where you want. either individual(for drag racing) or togeter(for loading, or just lifting). plus, they take 10 mins-30 mins to install!! I loved mine. in the sig, you can tell my red caddy was sagging(right when i got it), due to the compressor blowing fuses, but after the airlifts, and chopped off air shocks, it rode nicer due to the actual shocks(installed Menroe SS's, and I could raise it to where I wanted. Plus load the suspension up for "almost Posi" launches! When i would put air in just the passengers side, it would rais the whole rear, load the tire for 2 tire burnouts, but be softer than if both were full. Plus, they are easier to install the springs. all you need is a jack and a thin stick of wood/tire iron. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 06:38 AM
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Cadys springs were designed to sit the car low thus 'forcing' the RL to function and stuff a few pounds of air to keep positive pressure in the system to bring it up to correct ride ht. If you look at a Cady OEM spring you see wind upon wind of real skinny coils. Cady's "signature ride" is based on real weak spring rates but comparatively firm shocks.

If you keep running the system all the time trying to satisfy the sensor, then the 10-year old compressor will eventually burn up. There's either a leak in the line or the sensor arm is out of adjustment. Again, the whole car is a decade old so is all its pieces.

I replaced my compressor once with one from a mini-van (they're almost all alike but small variations - $40-75 seems the going rate), but it burned up too and the comp. plugs got real corroded so I yanked it all and did Airlift bladders and real honest to goodness Bilstien shocks and noticed quite the diff. in handling.
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 10:32 AM
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my caddy was an FE2 car, and is quite a bit firmer than the buick. The rear coils do still look thin, but not as thin as a standard one. I figured It was a line, but this was the third caddy. All with rear air shock issues. So, I just rip them off. [img]smile.gif[/img] (sorry to thread jack!)
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 12:40 PM
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If it was my car, I'd also add Airlift 1000 bags. I did this to my Caprice because my trailer hitch would ALWAYS scrape my steep driveway approach.
After the bags (only $65 as mentioned) I have no issues whatsoever scraping.

But if you want to retrofit the Caddy air ride leveling system to your Caprice, then maybe this article will be of help. It has some factory service manual excerpts.
http://www.badbodies.com/tech/fwadjustarm.htm
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