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Old 08-14-2019, 05:09 PM   #1
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Shocks testing

How do you test shock on a 2003 monaco knight? it has 19,000 miles on it and sat up alot before I got it. Today I walked inside today and bounced up and down and it bounced at least 5 times after I stopped. The air bags were almost depleated, just wondering is this a good way to test them. Also should stay with Monroe that was oem or something else. thanks
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How do you test shock on a 2003 monaco knight? it has 19,000 miles on it and sat up alot before I got it. Today I walked inside today and bounced up and down and it bounced at least 5 times after I stopped. The air bags were almost depleated, just wondering is this a good way to test them. Also should stay with Monroe that was oem or something else. thanks
A sixteen year old coach with OEM shocks and 19k on the clock, its time to replace. Upgrade to Bilstein, a bit more expensive but just about the best shock on the market.
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How do you test shock on a 2003 monaco knight? it has 19,000 miles on it and sat up alot before I got it. Today I walked inside today and bounced up and down and it bounced at least 5 times after I stopped. The air bags were almost depleated, just wondering is this a good way to test them. Also should stay with Monroe that was oem or something else. thanks
I definitely agree, there are several shocks threads worth reading in this group but HIGLY recommend not using Monroes. Go with at least Bilsteins, shockwarehouse.com is a good place to find them.
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Why do you think a shock is bad just due to age (with such low miles on them)?

Are you saying the shock is bad due to some internal part going bad from age?

What is the cause of 16 year-old shocks (rubber seals) going bad - if so wouldn't you expect to see external leakage?

What if the shocks were new in box but sitting on parts shelf for 16 years - still bad?
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Disconnect bottom of one and compress it. Then pull down on it. First thing to fail is rebound. I don't know about your model but bilstien made an upgraded comfort version for my MH from original part# that came on it.
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I put bilsteins on mine, very nice. The old shocks looked ok, some small signs of leakage on one or two of them... when I removed them, one wouldn't change length no matter what I tried, on another the shaft just free-fell into the shock body. Yeah, I figure those were real bad. The others had resistance, but I'm not 30K pounds of motorhome. If yours bounces past once after you stop jumping, your shocks are probably bad. 5 bounces means they are real bad!

After changing the shocks on mine, the ride was vastly improved. It's not a coupe-de-ville, but you don't notice the ride. Testing before and after on the Same road showed a big improvement.
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Why do you think a shock is bad just due to age (with such low miles on them)?

Are you saying the shock is bad due to some internal part going bad from age?

What is the cause of 16 year-old shocks (rubber seals) going bad - if so wouldn't you expect to see external leakage?

What if the shocks were new in box but sitting on parts shelf for 16 years - still bad?
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thanks for the replies, I will checking on the blisten shocks!
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I replaced my shocks with the Bilsteins. BIG difference in the ride!
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When I removed the original Monroe shocks on my 2008 Knight with 35000 miles in 2018 I could compress the removed shocks by hand with hardly no effort.

Completely shot should have changed them a long time ago installed Bilstiens what a great improvement in ride and handling
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How do you get the Bilstein number for the right shock if your old ones aren't marked. Does that website go by chassis??
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How do you get the Bilstein number for the right shock if your old ones aren't marked. Does that website go by chassis??
YES, they go by chassis, enter make model and year.
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I put the Koni's all the way around on My Diplomat last year. WOW what a difference. I had Bilsteins on the front and probably the original Monroes on the rear.
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