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Old 05-17-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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2005 Safari Cheetah shocks

I'm trying to figure out what Bilstein shocks will fit this 2005 Safari Cheetah 38PDQ. I called Bilstein and they said I have a Monaco A chassis and then sent me to Source Engineering. Their prices for their "tuned" shocks is very high. I asked if I couldn't just order a stock shock of some kind and he said I could, but that put me back to searching for the right shock.

Bilstein lists 2004 shocks for this rig but not 2005. My chassis is a 2004 one, but the rig title shows 2005. It's a Raised Rail RR4R chassis.

Honestly, after a couple of hours trying to understand this I'm more lost than I was at the beginning.
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If your coach is on the RR4R chassis, you will better off with the Source Engineering custom valved shocks. Youd even be better with the Source Engineering REK. It includes shocks with the package as well as new air bags and lines and a ping tank for the front. If I can help further please let me know. I've been through all the mods with my 07 Neptune on the RR4R chassis.

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If your coach is on the RR4R chassis, you will better off with the Source Engineering custom valved shocks. Youd even be better with the Source Engineering REK. It includes shocks with the package as well as new air bags and lines and a ping tank for the front. If I can help further please let me know. I've been through all the mods with my 07 Neptune on the RR4R chassis.

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Thanks - but at $100 more a shock I think I need to keep shopping.
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I'm trying to figure out what Bilstein shocks will fit this 2005 Safari Cheetah 38PDQ.
I replaced mine a few years ago.

SDTruckspring.com is where I purchased. You might find them at a lower cost.
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Thanks - but at $100 more a shock I think I need to keep shopping.
I changed my original Monroe shocks out to the standard Bilstein shocks. About a year later I changed the Bilstein out to the comfort turned shocks from Source. IMO, if you want the cheap route out, just replace the Monroe with more Monroe. You'll be much happier with them than the regular Bilstein, and also they'll be much cheaper.

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I changed my original Monroe shocks out to the standard Bilstein shocks. About a year later I changed the Bilstein out to the comfort turned shocks from Source. IMO, if you want the cheap route out, just replace the Monroe with more Monroe. You'll be much happier with them than the regular Bilstein, and also they'll be much cheaper.

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I'm thinking that wanting to avoid spending $250 for one shock isn't exactly being cheap.
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I'm thinking that wanting to avoid spending $250 for one shock isn't exactly being cheap.
I wasn't saying that you were being cheap! My point was that the regular Bilsteins will not be a big change for the amount you will spend. I've had both of the Bilstein's and there's absolutely no comparison between the two. Ultimately it's your $$ and your choice, I was just trying to give you my $.02 worth since I've had both.

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I have a different chassis (RR8S) than the OP but I changed out my OEM shocks for the regular Bilsteins (not from Source Engineering) in an attempt to control porpoising but not stiffen the ride and the Bilsteins did exactly that. The ride is exactly what I was hoping for.
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My point was that the regular Bilsteins will not be a big change for the amount you will spend.
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For me, the Bilsteins were a great improvement to ride quality.
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Thanks - but at $100 more a shock I think I need to keep shopping.
That coach is on a RR8R chassis, not a RR4R
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For me, the Bilsteins were a great improvement to ride quality.
Mark, your coach is on the rr8r chassis which has a much softer suspension than our rr4r which with the factory airbags is pretty stiff already. The REK from Source Engineering really softens it up. It is a 100%improvement over the factory ride.
I tried the Bilstein regular shocks first trying to help the porpoising that the rr4r has. It did help with the porpoising but boy did it make the ride even harder than the worn out Monroe shocks that were on it.

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Mark, your coach is on the rr8r chassis...
No it is not.


The OP coach and mine are the same year and model.
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No it is not.


Not sure why you are saying "our". The OP coach and mine are the same year and model.
My bad, I thought yours was the rr8r chassis, I guess it was another one that posted that had the rr8r. I was simply passing along my experience with the Bilstein regular shocks. Like I said before that's my $.02 worth.

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That coach is on a RR8R chassis, not a RR4R
To which coach do your refer?
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