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Username Post: 2013 Magnetic Shocks        (Topic#375265)
drew1987 
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drew1987
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06-28-24 03:39 AM - Post#2871303    

Hey all

So I grabbed my wife her dream car for her birthday. Black on black 10th gen LTZ suburban 2013.

I, being a small dealer that specializes in clean southern stuff, snagged it one very meticulous owner in Virginia. Maintenance records and literally perfect other than the hood paint is faded and the door handle is mushy

I tested it for a good while and was very impressed so I brought to her and did the surprise.


Brought it back to the office and waited for the title. Immediately ordered a RANGE disable to keep it V8 all the time (same as her old Odyssey) and brought it home a few days later


She loves it - but I noticed it has a shudder over bumps even with the new Michelins it came with. Quick research says likely the magnetic ride, but I cannot help but wonder if it’s somehow connected to eliminating the DFM?


I’ve always owned Toyotas. My tundra rides about like a 90s 3/4 ton and it is what it is but the suburban I expect to ride perfectly




So that’s the back story - and here’s my questions:

Could the RANGE disabler affect magnetic ride?

Next, is there aftermarket magnetic shocks that have proven themselves to be good long term? I don’t mind spending a chunk but I’m not paying for OEM which leads me to my third and most important question: if I get good shocks/struts; adjustable rancho or KYB or Bilstien or whatever, and disable the magnetic ride, is it going to ride at least as nice as the 2008 1500 Silverado I got for my brother in law? That’s a pleasant ride. But on 16 or 17” wheels with small tires and not 7,000lbs wafting down the road


This is my first post here, though I’ve spent over a decade on the 49-54 forum. I still have my 50 and 54 but no time to enjoy them. Too busy paying for and maintaining suburbans and all they come with lol if this doesn’t get many views/replies I’ll copy it to a suburban specific forum. I’d like to keep this thing on top shape and get my 300,000 from it


Thanks all





Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Shepherd 
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Loc: Lake George, NY
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06-28-24 09:43 AM - Post#2871313    
    In response to drew1987

One option. https://www.1aauto.com/chevrolet-gmc-cadilla c-fron...



Edited by Shepherd on 06-28-24 02:19 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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07-02-24 05:02 AM - Post#2871388    
    In response to Shepherd

I appreciate this! But check out the reviews =( This is the issue I think everything aftermarket is letting people down. The original was not that long lasting. That's why I am conflicted. For way less money than OEM magnetics, I can get her adjustable high-end off road stuff that can be tuned for nice soft road use. It wont be as "nice" as magnetic, but she's truck girl anyway. At one point she, she wanted an f250 after driving my father in laws. And she likes my trundra. I but this suburban with square wheels and no tires rides better than my tundra hahaha


So I am perplexed. It's not a big rush, but I want to get it right and not throw away money

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Shepherd 
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07-02-24 05:15 AM - Post#2871389    
    In response to drew1987

Yeh, hard to to be sure the ride/handling is what you want. No turning back once you do the work.



 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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07-02-24 05:28 AM - Post#2871391    
    In response to Shepherd

I do have an idea to try before I buy

It is pretty guaranteed that something like a bilstein or adjustable high end external reservoir shock etc is going to Rides substantially better than the plain shocks and springs that came with the LT model, right? So I was thinking of grabbing an LT from auction just to see how it drives. It will sell quickly at work; where I live these trucks are all extremely rusty. But I buy in Virginia, so it would be a blessing for whoever ends up buying it. Win-win.

I did buy my brother-in-law a 2008 Silverado LT and it rides very nice. Nice enough that if her suburban road like that, I wouldn’t mind at all. So if a less equipped suburban does in fact that nice, then at least I know anything I do will be an upgrade from what I already find acceptable



Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Shepherd 
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07-02-24 06:21 AM - Post#2871395    
    In response to drew1987

Wow, you are not fooling around here. Lol. Weight distribution of the Silverado vs the suburban would favor the suburban for a more balanced ride feel.



Edited by Shepherd on 07-02-24 06:21 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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07-02-24 06:25 AM - Post#2871396    
    In response to Shepherd

Lol no I’m not. Remember when I was building my 1950? If I had two dimes to rub together, they would be very thin and very hot.

I have by no means made it, nor has my ship come in, but things are not as tight as they were back then. The issue now is time, more than money. She stays home with our four children who seem to have been born yesterday, but are now nine, seven, 4 1/2, and 2 1/2. So the last thing I want to be doing is working on our family vehicle After hours when I’m done working on all the units for the office!

I’ve always been the type to buy a family vehicle and drive it into the ground. Her old car, 2007 Honda Odyssey 217,000 miles has nothing wrong with it except the fact that it wasn’t making her happy, and she certainly makes a lot of sacrifices to be the best mother and wife possible, so this suburban was her birthday gift. Contrary to my normal approach of driving things into the ground, this one will be in service until retail value is close to but still above the wholesale value I paid for it. I will then get out of it into another one with a couple grand, and I will repeat this until she is something under factory warranty. And repeat and repeat.

Goes against my mechanical, enthusiast, and financial norms, but it’s a good product, it’s very safe for my family, and the smile on her face is worth it

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
elcamino 
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07-03-24 11:14 AM - Post#2871420    
    In response to drew1987

  • Quote:
Could the RANGE disabler affect magnetic ride?


NO The Range just stops it from engaging, has nothing to do with suspension. I been using a Range on my GMC trucks since 2008 and have one on my 2021.

My 2015 Sierra Denali had the Magnetic Ride shocks replaced under warranty around 33,000. Front 2 were leaking so dealer warrantied all 4 out of the goodness of his heart. I convinced him the others were not far behind in failing. They are a expensive repair, $1000's.

Mike
2021 GMC 4WD Sierra Denali Ultimate 6.2L/10-sp
2022 Polaris RZR XP 1000 Ride Command
2017 John Deere X738


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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07-03-24 04:49 PM - Post#2871431    
    In response to elcamino

Good to know!

Yea I’m sold on running my cars on the number of cylinders it came with - I’ve always been against deactivation in any vehicle.


As for the magnetic, if they are going to be a major problem
They’ll get bypassed. It’s much better since I aired down the tires to what’s written in the door

Thank you



I have to imagine there are decent aftermarket but maybe not?

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
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