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Old 06-11-2018, 12:53 PM   #1
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2003 Magna front suspension parts

Yesterday I picked up my coach from Coachcraft by MacDonald in Columbus Georgia. They did a number of things for me but the most critical was a front suspension renewal.

The passenger side hub was showing some slight metal shavings so the bearings had to be replaced. Decided to replace the original adjustable shocks and the airbags on one side showed some abrasive wear so they needed to be replaced as well. Following are part numbers.

Koni-99B3234 are the EVO99 for the Dan/Kirkstall IFS each @ $236.10
AS-8782 Air spring 1R13-109 Double air stud air bags each @ $246.49

The ride was always good but these EVO99 shocks are softer than the adjustable Konis. I like the soft ride they provide.

For those of us in the southeast I strongly recommend Coachcraft by MacDonald for service. I have had all my work done there for the past few years. They are near the Bluebird plant in Fort Valley, GA and have been to Bluebird owners what our Oregon service providers have been to we CC owners. They are used to working with high line coaches and those who own them. They have always treated me well.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:07 PM   #2
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1930'sI don't remember which EVO shocks I got for my 20,000# rated (18,000# actual weight) Reyco-Granning front axle but I agree, they are softer than the old Koni adjustables it had. In fact I've found them to be a little softer than I like, but still better than the old ones. I made the change in June 2016, just before the DW died so I haven't put a lot of miles on them yet.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:10 AM   #3
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After a blowout I had in Albuquerque I replaced only the front left tire. I ordered a front right tire for matching purposes. Thinking about replacing the front air springs while the rig is in for the tire.

Thanks for the tips on air springs!

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Interesting. I believe my 02 Magna has a Ridewell front suspension. Did they change over to Dana Kirkstall in 03?

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Rich, I believe your 2002 has a 14,400 lb front IFS while the 2003 has a 15,500 lb IFS. That was the reason for the change.
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Country Coach specifications on my 2000 MAGNA rated the front end at 14.4K. The front end is Ridewell 284. The rating on the label plate and on the drawing is 18K.
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