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Cadillac Escalade ESV: Cant find front shocks in stock today

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Cant find front shocks in stock today for my 2004 cadillac escalade ESV (premium suspension) at any auto parts store in my area. Why cant I purchase a non-premium shock for the same year truck (like a suburban 1500) or any similar GM truck? What would be the difference? I have an emergency and need to change a front shock today.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cadillac
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.
Hello. My name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today.You can use a regular shock for one without the premium suspension. It will just be a slightly rougher ride.
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.
Be sure to replace both. Do that either way.. never replace just one suspension part. Do both sides on that axle.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I bought the replacement KYB Monomax shocks but the replacement is considerably longer than the OEM. Do need to compress them?
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.
Yes you have to compress them when you install them. The actual body and ram shouldnt be longer just your old ones are partially compressed.
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.
Actually I just looked at your picture.. your old ones are completely compressed. LOL Those were doing anything for you. Your ride will certainly be a whole lot nicer.
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.
You dont need any special tool or anything. Put the bolt through the bottom and pull it downwards from the top. Theyre stiff but its doable.