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Old 05-06-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Changing shock absorbers

Some of you may know replacing the tranny cooler is VERY VERY expensive. That's what I'm having done.
This means we'll be keeping our 05 Allegro 32BA.
All the shocks are the originals. The ride is ok unless there are sudden variations like raised joints in the road. They seem to be transferred right through the coach.
I'm thinking that practically any new shock will improve the ride quite a bit. This means we may not spring for the $$$ Koni shocks.
My question is: If you were to change all four shocks on a Workhorse w20 chassis, what would you get?
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:43 PM   #2
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Koni's Worked For Me

Hi Tim,
Tim here from the other side of the CT river. I went with Koni's and am very pleased with the difference.
Sorry to hear of the problem with the cooler but it may be worth it to stretch the distance for a proven suspension upgrade.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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With shocks that old, I'd say its time....you probably won't recognize the ride as your MH when you change them..If you are spending the $$, might as well spring for the Konis
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Bilsteins are total junk when new, and a total waste of money to buy. I junked mine with 700 miles on a new rig, and went with Konies. Any shock, or no shocks at all will ride good on a velvet smooth road. It's the bridges and seams in the road where you need good shocks. Konies made a world of difference. Bilsteins are junk when new, or old. How do I know, I had them.
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Some of you may know replacing the tranny cooler is VERY VERY expensive. That's what I'm having done.
This means we'll be keeping our 05 Allegro 32BA.
All the shocks are the originals. The ride is ok unless there are sudden variations like raised joints in the road. They seem to be transferred right through the coach.
I'm thinking that practically any new shock will improve the ride quite a bit. This means we may not spring for the $$$ Koni shocks.
My question is: If you were to change all four shocks on a Workhorse w20 chassis, what would you get?
If you dont spring for the Konis... I can tell you it will be a HUGE mistake. Your options are limited anyways.
I dont agree the Bilsteins are junk. They can be revalved. Only problem is getting the corner weights and data Bilstein needs to set the shims in the shock.
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Shocks and handling

I have a 2011 Allegro 32BA and the ride is very rough and hard to handle at highway speeds (55-65mph). Can putting new shocks on make a difference...keep the coach from swaying so much? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Jo Ann,
I just changed the original shock absorbers to Konis on our 05 Tiffin Allegro 32BA.
I noticed quite an improvement on the short ride home. I'm going to drive on that awful 84, 684 section of roads on the NY to Connecticut route to really test them.
The Koni shocks were ~$165 each. Can't find the work order for the labor When I do I can update the info.
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Jo Ann,
I just changed the original shock absorbers to Konis on our 05 Tiffin Allegro 32BA.
I noticed quite an improvement on the short ride home. I'm going to drive on that awful 84, 684 section of roads on the NY to Connecticut route to really test them.
The Koni shocks were ~$165 each. Can't find the work order for the labor When I do I can update the info.
Spartan had a deal on Koni last fall at $149 and free shipping. Had two front installed when I had my annual service done and they charged me an hours labor which I thought was fair. Left them on the Factory setting and found they made a Huge difference in handling and ride. No more Porpoising crossing bridges etc. Tracks much better.
Only mistake was not getting the two for the rear. Maybe this fall.
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I don't own your brand of motorhome, but on our old P32 chassis, (chevy) the front Koni's I installed are AMAZING !!! I wish I had them in back too. Our last trip home from Arizona to Arkansas we got caught in a bad storm,,, 50+ mph wind gusts in the side,,, sure I slowed down,, but the handling difference was Fantastic !!! (I drive a truck so I'm used to things) Worth every penny.... If you put many miles on your mh,,, I'd really consider it.... (we aren't rich, but ....)
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I have a 2011 Allegro 32BA and the ride is very rough and hard to handle at highway speeds (55-65mph). Can putting new shocks on make a difference...keep the coach from swaying so much? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I respectfully remind all that "shock absorber" is a misnomer because the purpose of them is to retard the rebound of the suspension after it is compressed. As such, they "may" have some effect on ride quality, and most everybody who has changed to Koni brand shocks has reported satisfaction with their purchase. However, I doubt many here will claim replacing the SHOCKS will "keep the coach from swaying so much". That is a task more related to installation of a rear trac bar, or perhaps "sway bars" designed for that purpose.

Since you mentioned rough ride & hard to handle, have you already had the coach weighed and set the tire pressures accordingly? That costs almost nothing, and "can" make a huge difference. Do that first and then consider your other options, all of which will cost MUCH more.

Is your Allegro on Ford or Workhorse?
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You guys are the best!!!

Thank you so much for all the feedback. We haven't had the coach weighed yet, doing it this week. Will set the tire pressures accordingly and see how it rides. If that doesn't help much will consider other suggestions made.
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