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Old 08-04-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Koni shocks or stay with Bilstein gas shocks

Currently have the Bilsteen gas shocks on my Allegro 32 BA Open road with f53 chasis. Like the ride the Bilsteens give but don't like the rock and roll I get with them rounding sharp turns and turning in and out of parking lots etc. Would Koni FSD shocks be a better fit for me? Would Konis have a harser ride? Would appreciate advice from those who have the F53 chasis.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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I installed Koni adjustable shocks on the front 2 years ago......best money spent so far!
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:39 AM   #3
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FWIW: shocks are not what keeps that rock-n-roll effect in check. They "dampen" the impact of up-and-down movement felt from typical roadway surface conditions. Whatever brand you get will simply smooth-out the down-the-road ride comfort & not the slow speed maneuvering "swaying" that you mention. [as an aside note: The independent front suspension of upscale coaches kills that demon altogether.] Whatever shock you seek is designed for something altogether different from your pet peeve.

Koni FSD's are great for the recurring undulating dip-and-pitch you get from heavy-warped roadways such as you encounter near bridges and coastal areas.The rebounding "jolt" you receive on such roads' "rise-n-fall" frequency is lengthened-out for a smoother sine wave ride. I second the above "best investment" comment.

Any brand shock will be design-specific for the weight class of your designated vehicle. Harshness-of-ride is more often a result of your tire pressure selection in-lieu-of what brand shocks you have installed.

Overall, I would keep your shocks and look to other methods of improving your "side-to-side" sway dilemma. Changing shocks will offer no improvement...
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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Go to the ford chassis part of this forum (f53) and look up Cheap Handling Fix.
I did it on our 2012 WB Vista and it made a world of difference in the roll and handling..
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like I will be staying with the Bilsteens for a while. Need to get the coach weighed to determine proper tire inflation. Have 19.5 tires on a 20500 chasis and running around 92 per tire. Does that seem reasonable for now?
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I have the same chassis and run 90lbs in front and 95Lbs in the rear I have Michelins and go by there recommendations/weight vs PSI.
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