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Old 08-10-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Soooo....my fancy new Denali is having serious suspension issues. The autoride air shocks and compressor have all failed, and I need to do something about it ASAP before the shocks compress fully and I start tail-dragging.

I need a shop where they know their stuff for trucks. I want to disable and replace the autoride system (it's $2300 to fix) with normal heavy duty shocks, but need someone who knows fitment and mods. These aren't standard shocks or brackets, so they either need something fabricated or some sort of adapter kit to work with standard shocks.

Anyway....name me off some 4x4 shops, places who specialize in lift and suspension, whatever. I can't think of any at all.
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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Quadretec, rustys offroad. mostly jeep things but you can find some real good thingss!! good luck!
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thanks, man. I do appreciate the help, but perhaps should have mentioned I need someone locally....
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #4
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:01 PM   #5
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They need a "DUH" emoticon.

I hadn't even thought of them. Thanks.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:46 PM   #6
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Try Custom Truck and Accesory on Old Seward. It's right next to the Mazda dealership.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:51 PM   #8
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Thanks.

I did go down and see Jeremiah at Underground, and he thinks they can hook me up for pretty cheap. He's doing some research, cause these stupid airride suspensions are a pain, but I think it'll be a go with them.

Still may go talk to another shop for ideas, though.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:35 PM   #9
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Did u tell them when u were wanting to do it I heard they were really busy. Don't let I deterr you they are worth the wait.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:54 PM   #10
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Fish, those due suck. Im willing to bet the sensor for the rear is stuck, broken or dead. I know that GM hasnt changed air ride setups since 77. I know that thing well, had to re-install it in my dad 78 Caddy custom classic. If you look on the drivers side typically (unless Canadian, then its on the pass side) you should find the little box with the arm. You can take a dvom and see if you have anything running to it, if not then its either the circuit breaker or the fuse. GL with it. Hope this might help you.

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Old 08-11-2009, 03:56 PM   #11
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I'd hit the Tahoe forum. There's a post with instructions there. It's a matter of removing the junk, getting good shocks, and reprogramming the BCM (Body Control Module) to remove the air ride codes.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:02 PM   #12
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I found (got pointed to on tahoeyukonforum.com, really) some Bilstein direct replacement gas shocks, even come with a little error cancelling module that you plug in. It's a matter of figuring out how to get them from Florida to here the cheapest way. Jeremiah is trying to get ahold of the company in partnership with Bilstein to see if he can find a West Coast distributor to ship to him.

Retrac, are you having car issues as well? I hope not....
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:25 PM   #13
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Sweet deal with the Bilsteins. From what I hear the ride usually feels the same or better after the swap.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:59 PM   #14
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Supposedly the ride is better, more smooth. I wasn't that impressed with the air shocks. They didn't have much give to them...for a rig like the Denali, I'd like a little softer, smoother ride. It just fits the overall cushy feeling of the truck better....lol.
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Do you have a link or a price on the swap? I have another buddy who's thinkin about ditching the air-ride.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:35 AM   #16
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Do you have a link or a price on the swap? I have another buddy who's thinkin about ditching the air-ride.
Ask and ye shall recieve:

http://tahoeshocks.html

Price: $379/pair. + Shipping
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:04 AM   #17
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Make sure that you price check when shopping at Underground. I thought I was getting a deal when I got a front sway and endlinks there... I got ripped off.
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Thanks fish, ill pass it along.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:34 PM   #19
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Thanks fish, ill pass it along.
You have to click on yhe link to get the actual addy...I shortened it.

Thanks Marshall...I'm getting another look from another shop today.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:15 PM   #20
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Dome...

I wasn't 100% accurate about those shocks. I just called to get shipping rates and got some other info on them. They are still air shocks, meaning they still need the compressor, but they aren't electronic like the standard GM/Chevy ones. Apparently, the OEM shocks are both electronically adjustable (that supposedly makes for a smoother ride by automatically adjusting the shock by road condition), and air adjustable, which has more to do with your load weight then road conditions.

So, the Bilstein shocks still need a compressor to function. Jeremiah at Underground says that he's done complete conversions just using Rancho shocks, so I'm not sure at this point what I'm going to do.
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