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Old 09-05-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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Koni Shock Upgrade

A trip to Long Island tested the suspension on our 2013 31SA. I am seeking improvement to the drive. Have already done the CHF front and back. Will Koni FSD shock make a significant improvement in ride quality? Is this a hard install?
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Shouldn't be any harder to do than a pickup truck and maybe easier. You might need larger tools though.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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I e-mailed Tiffin about bad handling on freeways. passing semis were blowing me all over the road. their answer was to upgrade my shocks.; this was on a 34tga with 3000 miles on it. talked to roadmaster and they said put an aux. anti-sway bar on.. did this and problem solved. it seems that Tiffin has this problem so roadmaster has geared up a special braket for the v-10. I asked Tiffin and Ford for reimbursement and both ignored me.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:14 AM   #4
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I installed a Safe T Plus steering stabilizer, it made a tremendous improvement over factory set up! There is another post paralleling this post too, with loads of recommendations.
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I did the CHF front and rear, put on a rear trac bar and 4 Koni shocks at 700 miles. Threw the junk Bilsteins in the river with 700 miles on them. The CHF helped with sway and the trac bar helped with the tail waggin the dog syndrome. The new shocks helped with the pounding bad ride on bridges and expansion joints. Drives pretty good now. I don't want or need a steering stabilizer. The 5Star tune helped with the downshifting and power. Have pulled trailers over 8K and it pulled and handeled like a champ. The trailer and toad we pull now is a tick under the 5K limit, unless I take the Jeep then we are a little heavy. It is what it is.
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I installed a Safe T Plus steering stabilizer, it made a tremendous improvement over factory set up! There is another post paralleling this post too, with loads of recommendations.
Did you do any other mods like the CHF and the rear trac bar and shocks. I was going to do the Safe T Plus but after the other mods I don't think it would help much. The rear trac bar took most of the side to side wondering out. My next mod may be a 600 Cummins setting 40 feet behind me.
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Note mine is 37' with lots of rear over-hang, which exacerbates the wag-your-tail effect.

I these one at a time, and in this order:
  • Steer-Safe - improved tracking and less steering wandering, safety in case of a tire blow-out is the forte of steering damping type units.
  • CHF - made a substantial difference in overall coach stability
  • Rear track bar - biggest improvement to overall handling, greatly reduced the tail wag, wind and passing truck push, greatly reduced steering correction needed.
At this point I am pretty satisfied with the handling.

I have 5-Star tune planned to install this weekend.
My ride quality is ok, may consider to install Koni's on the front first then maybe the rear.
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Nope Safe T Plus only... it drives and rides nice..this is the best investment I have made. Have over 6 thousand on our unit since June, its actually comfortable to drive. Everyone will have an opinion and I am sure what works for them can work for someone else. For us, the Safe T Plus works from coast to coast and down into Florida!!
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SCS did you install the Safe T Steer yourself and how expensive was it.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:32 AM   #10
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yes, both the plate and the steering stabilizer. Fortunately I have a concrete pad and had pulled the motor home straight on to it so no fine adjustments or tweaking required. I was a chore but I think its because I am getting older and in my 60's I don't slide around like when I was younger! Chore???? Desert temperatures!!
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I have tiffin bus 33'with bills-teen shocks on it and they shot after 7000 mile I am going to install Koni shocks on the front and see if stop walking all on the road, and install the safet t stablelizer on thr frot
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If you would like, I can give you a fix for this problem that won't cost any money.

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first what is CHF? and second how do i tell if the coach has a rear sway bar? I have a 2006 34 XB on freightliner ( its a FRED) i have replaced the front sway bar connector bushings. That helped a lot. I know I need to punt Knoi shocks on and will do that this spring? DO i need a rear Stab ? I think the Shocks will pretty much fix things.
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A trip to Long Island tested the suspension on our 2013 31SA. I am seeking improvement to the drive. Have already done the CHF front and back. Will Koni FSD shock make a significant improvement in ride quality? Is this a hard install?
Did you ever do this?
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