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Old 04-21-2014, 08:17 PM   #2157
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Do you have a front track bar from the factory?? Our 2014 does have it and I'm sure it makes a big difference. Since it came from the factory I don't know what it's like without it. I do know the difference the rear track bar had and it was significant.

Our coaches are very close in length and size and the only difference is we do have the steer-safe installed. I can comfortably drive with one hand 95% of the time. I do have to be careful when the semi's pass from behind but never any problem on 2-lane with approaching semi's.

When semi's do pass on the interstate there are so many variables it's never the same. It depends on how close (side to side) to our MH they are how fast they approach. The faster ones move more wind and quicker so that moves the MH even more. The direction of the wind outside before they approach has an effect. Their tractor and trailer shape effects how much wind they are pushing and moving around.

One has to be vigilant while driving and not allow a semi to sneak up on you like they have on me. That's when it gets tense. While going through the cities I try to keep it around 50-55, stay two lanes from the right and just let the traffic flow around me. If you stay in the far left lane (passing) you hold up traffic. If you're in the far right lane the entering/exiting traffic is always cutting in and out.

For the most part I am happy. I'd like it better but it's comfortable and not at all difficult to drive. I've added a steering shock dampener and am interested how it will effect the driving. The last item I might add will be air bags front and rear. There's not much else I can do, except change to Koni shocks but I won't until the Bilsteins wear out.

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:16 PM   #2158
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Do you have a front track bar from the factory?? Our 2014 does have it and I'm sure it makes a big difference. Since it came from the factory I don't know what it's like without it. I do know the difference the rear track bar had and it was significant.

Our coaches are very close in length and size and the only difference is we do have the steer-safe installed. I can comfortably drive with one hand 95% of the time. I do have to be careful when the semi's pass from behind but never any problem on 2-lane with approaching semi's.

When semi's do pass on the interstate there are so many variables it's never the same. It depends on how close (side to side) to our MH they are how fast they approach. The faster ones move more wind and quicker so that moves the MH even more. The direction of the wind outside before they approach has an effect. Their tractor and trailer shape effects how much wind they are pushing and moving around.

One has to be vigilant while driving and not allow a semi to sneak up on you like they have on me. That's when it gets tense. While going through the cities I try to keep it around 50-55, stay two lanes from the right and just let the traffic flow around me. If you stay in the far left lane (passing) you hold up traffic. If you're in the far right lane the entering/exiting traffic is always cutting in and out.

For the most part I am happy. I'd like it better but it's comfortable and not at all difficult to drive. I've added a steering shock dampener and am interested how it will effect the driving. The last item I might add will be air bags front and rear. There's not much else I can do, except change to Koni shocks but I won't until the Bilsteins wear out.

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The Bilsteins were wore out the day you got the rig. You just don't know it yet. I changed ours with 700 miles on them. They are junk the first day when you drive home. When you put on a set of Konies you will see what I am talking about. Wish I wouldn't have waited so long.
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The Bilsteins were wore out the day you got the rig. You just don't know it yet. I changed ours with 700 miles on them. They are junk the first day when you drive home. When you put on a set of Konies you will see what I am talking about. Wish I wouldn't have waited so long.
700 miles and you wish you would not have waited so long. lol I also am pretty sure I have the Bilsteins that came from the factory and my chassie is a 2003 model and motor home is 2004. But how would you tell if they are Bilsteins? Do they have the name on them or certain color? I am the second owner and first owner died and the wife sold to dealer.
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The Bilsteins were wore out the day you got the rig. You just don't know it yet. I changed ours with 700 miles on them. They are junk the first day when you drive home. When you put on a set of Konies you will see what I am talking about. Wish I wouldn't have waited so long.
You talked me into it. Ordered the front ones (239 shipped) and if it makes a difference I'll get the rear.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:37 AM   #2161
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700 miles and you wish you would not have waited so long. lol I also am pretty sure I have the Bilsteins that came from the factory and my chassie is a 2003 model and motor home is 2004. But how would you tell if they are Bilsteins? Do they have the name on them or certain color? I am the second owner and first owner died and the wife sold to dealer.
They were blue and yellow, and said Bilstein on them. Very nice looking shock. But you felt every crack and seam on the road, accompanied by a loud bang. I had read so many good reviews on irv2 about Konies that I just ordered all four and put them on. What a difference. They absorb every crack and make very little noise. My sun visors would come down about every 50 miles from the pounding with the Bilsteins. Now stay up all day with the Konies. And the sun visors have no adjustment screw on them, so nothing was changed but the shocks. Much softer and quieter ride now. We have a 13 Newmar on a 12 F53. It felt like the Bilsteins weighed about 4 pounds, the Konies about 10 pounds. The Konies are hydraulic only shocks, and the Bilsteins are gas I am thinking.
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You talked me into it. Ordered the front ones (239 shipped) and if it makes a difference I'll get the rear.
Where did you order the shocks from??
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OK,OK,OK, kscrude,
We've talked about your undying support for the Koni's and I'm almost with you on them. I just don't have an extra $500 to shell out just yet.

Have I mentioned that Uncle Sam hit us with a 10-K tax bill??? Gotta to give the libs more $$$$$ to squander.

For now the Bilsteins will have to do!!
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Found the CHF thread last June & posted that I couldn't get it done.
Been following it ever since hoping someone else may have ran into the same problem, but so far nothing!
Was changing the oil this weekend & once again got frustrated that I couldn't give the CHF a try.
Not sure if I'm missing something, so snapped a couple pics hoping that someone might be able to give me some tips:

My rig is a 2000 GBM 29.5' on a 1999 F53 chassis - no leveling jacks.
The bolts are in the upper holes right at the level of the leaf spring, preventing the bolts from being able to come out.
Any comments/suggestions greatly appreciated!

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Found the CHF thread last June & posted that I couldn't get it done.
Been following it ever since hoping someone else may have ran into the same problem, but so far nothing!
Was changing the oil this weekend & once again got frustrated that I couldn't give the CHF a try.
Not sure if I'm missing something, so snapped a couple pics hoping that someone might be able to give me some tips:

My rig is a 2000 GBM 29.5' on a 1999 F53 chassis - no leveling jacks.
The bolts are in the upper holes right at the level of the leaf spring, preventing the bolts from being able to come out.
Any comments/suggestions greatly appreciated!

Pics:Ours was like that also. Jack the coach up by the frame in front, and you will get enough clearance for the bolt. You may need a jack since you have no leveling jacks.

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Old 04-22-2014, 02:41 PM   #2166
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The Konies are hydraulic only shocks, and the Bilsteins are gas I am thinking.
KSCRUDE, tell us how you really feel about Bilstein shocks.

Bilsteins are gas over hydraulic. Nitrogen is usually used to keep the oil from foaming when going through the valves.



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Found the CHF thread last June & posted that I couldn't get it done.
Been following it ever since hoping someone else may have ran into the same problem, but so far nothing!
Was changing the oil this weekend & once again got frustrated that I couldn't give the CHF a try.
Not sure if I'm missing something, so snapped a couple pics hoping that someone might be able to give me some tips:

My rig is a 2000 GBM 29.5' on a 1999 F53 chassis - no leveling jacks.
The bolts are in the upper holes right at the level of the leaf spring, preventing the bolts from being able to come out.
Any comments/suggestions greatly appreciated!

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I don't see why you can't do it. Remove the two bolts, move the link to the rear hole, and flip the Z bracket around. You won't even need to jack the truck up. You many need a small jack to lift one end of the sway bar in case the hole doesn't line up on one end.
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What he's saying is, as it sits, the bolts would hit the springs. He needs to jack up the frame to get the bolts to clear the springs.



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If it's to difficult to raise the frame equally on both sides at the same time try removing the top link bolts first.
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Nautique, I think if you can jack the front up to take some of the weight off the front springs you will find you can get the bolts out. Jacking both side up equal may help.
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