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Old 09-23-2013, 09:37 AM  
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Air Shocks

I will readily admit I am mechanically stunted. Never learned to work on a car, never learned to build anything. Just awful.

So a few years ago I bought a GMC Envoy Denali. I has the rear air shocks. For the first few years I was pretty happy with my car, but the past two years have been awful. I noticed that the ride in back began to get lower and lower. If I parked it, it would drop completely, and then raise back up when I started it. not knowing jack nor shit about cars, or even what an "air shock" was, I figured it was kinda normal...until it started raising more and more slowly...and finally stopped raising at all.
About 18 months ago, I finally replaced the airbags in it, and it rode back to normal, and I was back to being happy. But over the summer it started dropping again and not raising. I took it to Firestone, and they said the bags had pin holes in them. So I took it back to Christian Brothers, where I had gotten the new bags, to have them check them, since they were only a year old. they said the bags were fine, and the compressor (s?) had gone bad. Either way, it was far more expensive to fix than I could afford. Of course, a couple of weeks ago, a student of mine brought up a point I had (stupidly) never thought of...

Why not just replace the air shocks with standard shocks?

My question is, is this possible? I just looked online and found "conversion kits" that seem quite a bit cheaper, but I don't know where I'd take it to to have it done. Anyone have experience with this? Advice? Funny quips making fun of me for having a funny haircut?
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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what kind of anti-freeze are you running?

and the size of the ball bears would be useful to know as well
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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They are not really air shocks, they are air springs. You have to convert it over to standard springs/shocks:

http://www.strutmasters.com/GMC-Envo...-p/-enb-r1.htm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GMC-ENVOY-AI...-/181206641986

The great thing is you do this once and you are done.

There is a different kit if your model is an "XL" or longer version, but it's still about the same price.

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Old 09-23-2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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They are not really air shocks, they are air springs. You have to convert it over to standard springs/shocks:

http://www.strutmasters.com/GMC-Envo...-p/-enb-r1.htm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GMC-ENVOY-AI...-/181206641986

The great thing is you do this once and you are done.

There is a different kit if your model is an "XL" or longer version, but it's still about the same price.

DT
That's pretty much what I found. So that'll work?
So I buy that kit, and can i take it somewhere, or just hope I can find a friend that has some know-how/tools and equipment?
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Check the fetzer valve.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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Check the fetzer valve.
All outta 3-in-1 oil and gauze pads
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Check the fetzer valve.
It's all ball bearings these days...
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:11 AM   #8
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I mean, Fletch is a good movie, but the reverence some guys hold it in is absolutely unmerited.
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You'd probably Feltch
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