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Old 05-11-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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I had a rattle in my front end. Sounded like it was right under the co-pilot seat. The track bar bolt was loose. While under the coach I discovered that my left Bilstein was leaking. I'm thinking about replacing with Koni's. Anyone tried them?
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Old 05-11-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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I had a rattle in my front end. Sounded like it was right under the co-pilot seat. The track bar bolt was loose. While under the coach I discovered that my left Bilstein was leaking. I'm thinking about replacing with Koni's. Anyone tried them?
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Old 05-12-2005, 04:52 PM   #3
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My Bilsteins leak too. The dealer for Bilstein I talked to said it was normal and to keep riding until you could feel the difference. I have heard good things about the Konis and it will be my next choice.
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Old 05-13-2005, 08:47 PM   #4
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Hello Tom & Patti:

The Bilstien's should have a life time warranty. I would contact Bilstien directly 1-858-386-5900 and they may give you a free replacement.

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I concur with Dave. The Bilstiens should have a lifetime warranty and you should be able to get them replaced free of charge. However, many RVer I have communicated with prefer the Konis and are replacing their Bilstiens even if they are working fine. The Konis, they say, give a much smoother ride. Konis also have a lifetime guarantee.
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I have what I feel is too much rebound. I'm not sure if it is the because the shock is leaking, or normal. But I would like to eliminate some of it and I've read the Konis will. I will call Bilstien and talk with them.

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Rebound is typically a "shocks" issue. However, Bilstien's are recognized as being a stiffer shock and would be (IMO) more likely to cause less rebound than Konis. In any case, I suspect the Bs are bad and need replacing.
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:45 AM   #8
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HAD A BILSTEIN SHOCK LEAKING ON LEFT REAR. The parts dealer said
bilsteins as OEM were not guaranteed. But if you buy them they are "guarnteed" for life. What is with that? Since warranty was out with WRV had to buy them for the rear.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:11 PM   #9
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Tom....What did you decide to do about your shocks (Bilsteins or Koni's)??? Are you going to change them when you get tires? Have a great trip...2 weeks I'm jealous. Is Kayala and Abby goin??

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Hi Tom, (and Patty!)

Just spotted this looking for info on a rattle in my 2000 36' Alpine. You say your trackbar was loose?

I've got a rattle I can't find and have been thinking maybe it's the Joey Beds rattling but it's got a deeper 'tone' if that makes sense. I've had my frontend checked out twice and no joy but will look at the trackbar. When I bought my '98 Jeep Wrangler I had a trackbar rattle that was somewhat elusive and now thinking about it the noise is similar.

Did you find it yourself or did a shop find it? Mine is most prevalent at around 35 - 45 mph, even on pretty smooth roads. What other symptoms did yours exhibit?

Any idea what the torque should be on the bolt? I know I had to torque my Jeep trackbar bolt well beyond specs to stop the rattle and eventually replaced the trackbar with an offroad HD one from Rubicon Express.

Thanks much for the input and triggering what was a vague memory!

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Hi Mark,

Welcome to iRV2. Be sure to check out the links Dave F posted on the other thread. We all learn so much when we get together.
Our coach had a pretty substantial rattle. It sounded like it was under the co-pilots seat. It made noise when the coach shifted from side to side, and at low speeds also. I never felt it in the steering wheel or the coaches floorboard.
I took it to one of my customers who is in the commercial tire business. They work on suspensions of over-the-road tractors all day. The bolt on track bars left (drivers) side was loose at the axle attachment point. It was loose enough that the bolt was easily moved by hand.
Hope I have helped.
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