Cattman Pedders Suspension Kit
Basing our review from factory suspension, this Pedders system uses a slightly shorter and more aggressive spring to allow the car the stance and also the stiffness it needs to handle the decreased ground clearance. The strut body is of gloss black coloring with the Pedders name stamp on each assembly. They also incorporate all the necessary brake line connections to secure the lines to the assembly. As you may have noticed these are labeled Pedders Comfort Gas Suspension, named after its Australian designers Pedders Performance. Pedders Suspension is one of the most progressive companies in the automotive aftermarket supply business, producing a vast range of arguably the best steering and suspension products in Australia.
Springs and suspension systems more often than not, exceed the performance of original equipment. This Cattman Pedders Suspension does just that while maintaining a sane and very proper drivability range. We at VQpower.com rate this suspension excellent and we would recommend this for anyone looking to improve the performance and stability of their A32(95-99) suspension without sacrificing quality and road tolerance. A+ Cattman Performance for once again proving that we have yet to reach the suspension limits of these Nissan Maxima's. We are all greatly surprised at how well this suspension is built and how well it compares to our recent Tokico Illumina Suspension Kit (Tokico Springs/Shocks) Install. The ride is just amazing, We took a ride around the city for about 20 minutes and then onto the highway in which it performed way better than we had expected it to.
Higher spring rate for a comfy but stiff ride
Impressive body stance
Superior build quality
None found as of yet.
Comparison: Cattman Spring vs Stock Spring
95-99 Nissan Maxima's
96-99 Infiniti I30s
Some parts are needed if your car carries extensive miles. *Parts listed below
Cattman is distributing in the US for Maxima's from Pedders in Australia
Cattman Performance will be the exclusive source for retail and wholesale Pedders parts for the Maxima/I30/I35 in the US
Part Number Information:*
1995-1999 Pedders Springs
1995-1999 Pedders Struts
Where To Purchase:
Cattman Pedders Suspension
Cattman: (800) 759-9920
Tools Required for Installation:
Sockets and Wrenches
Installation Process: Beginning
Installation Process: FRONT
Installation is a bit difficult. Before you begin, we would like to emphasize that this can get very dangerous, and would advise using properly functioning spring compressors, and to take your time through these procedures. ALWAYS POINT COMPRESSED SPRINGS AWAY FROM BODY!
Loosen the front two wheels enough so that when you lift the front end they are able to come off without having the axle spin. After lifting the front end of the vehicle with an appropriate sized jack make sure to engage the parking brake, as well as placing large bricks behind your rear wheels as to not have the car roll back. Once the car is lifted high enough, place jack stands in their proper locations and lower the car onto those for added safety.
Remove the two bolts connecting the strut body to the control arm. Be sure to have something to keep the arm in a relatively straight position and not to let it fall, damage can/may be done. Remove the clip that holds in the brake line to the strut using a flat head screw driver to bang it out. With hood open, remove the top three strut tower bolts, DO NOT remove center bolt. Once those bolts are removed, you may simply remove the entire assembly out from the fender and to the side.
Once you have the assembly out, you need to secure your spring compressors to each side of the spring, and tighten enough so that the lower coil separates from the assembly and relieves pressure from the top strut mount. Use spring compressor as advised in manual. When the spring is compressed enough you may loosen and remove the center nut, but please use caution when removing as the mount may still pop from pressure, be sure the layout of the components as you will need to put them back together. We reused the plastic coil seat which is attached to the lowest coil on the new springs. If yours are damaged beyond operation, we suggest going some place other then the dealer as they charge the usual arm and leg pricing for these.
Reinstall is rather simple yet confusing as we didn't have to compress the spring as much, if any, to get it to sit on the strut assembly with all components above it installed. What you have to make sure of is that the top hat "OUT" position is pointing outward when installed on the car, and the strut mount "F" position is pointing towards the front of the vehicle. (picture is not of Pedders system; ignore adjuster) Tighten the new center bolt to spec (50 ft-lbs) and reinstall into the car. Torque the top strut tower bolts to spec (30-40 ft-lbs) and torque the lower bolts to spec (110 ft-lbs). Do not forget to reinstall brake line to assembly with clip. Repeat this whole process for the other side, and continue to the rear.
Installation Process: REAR
Loosen the two wheels and replace your bricks to the rear of the front tires. Jacking up the rear is rather tricky, lift car from rear beam and place stands in appropriate positions. Lower the jack to relieve pressure from spring coils. Remove the lower bolt from shock assembly as well as the two nuts hidden away in the trunk of the vehicle underneath the trunk carpeting. DO NOT remove center bolt. Once those bolts are removed, you may simply remove the entire assembly out from the fender and to the side.
Once you have the assembly out, you need to secure your spring compressors to each side of the spring, and tighten enough so that the lower coil separates from the assembly and relieves pressure from the top shock mount. Use spring compressor as advised in manual. When the spring is compressed enough you may loosen and remove the center nut, but please use caution when removing as the mount may still pop from pressure, be sure the layout of the components as you will need to put them back together. We reused the plastic coil seat which is attached to the lowest coil on the new springs. Be sure to install the adjustment cap AFTER you reinstall the shock assembly as to not scratch the lettering away. Tighten the new center bolts to spec (80 ft-lbs) and reinstall into the car. Torque the top strut tower bolts to spec (12-14 ft-lbs) and torque the lower bolts. Repeat this whole process for the other side, when completed lower rear end and enjoy. :)
*These aren?t cheap but the value is there in the unique quality of the ride/handling combination ? as well as the simplicity of having them work perfectly right out of the box.