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Old 10-11-2018, 06:33 PM   #1
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Bilstein shocks

Ordered new Bilstein shocks from SDTRUCKSPRINGS.com for my 2002 HR Neptune diesel pusher. Had to wait for them as they were back ordered. Put fronts on and its a whole new Motorhome.
Had Monroes with 50,000 miles on them but fronts were really dead.
Best $400 I ever spent.
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We installed 8 on our RR8S chassis a few years back and they did make a big difference since we also had to re-weld a couple of broken rear shock mounts.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:06 AM   #3
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Bilstein shocks

I put a set of 4 on my super C a couple of years ago. What a improvement! Like a different motorhome. They took care of a lot of sway and semi trucks no longer made the rig swerve when it passed. This was with just four shocks.

I have a new (to me) holiday rambler endeavor 40. I'm saving up to replace the eight shocks. I'm hoping that there will be a twice as good improvement with eight vs four upgrade! This coach with the eight airbag suspension ought to ride like on a cloud.

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Ordered new Bilstein shocks from SDTRUCKSPRINGS.com for my 2002 HR Neptune diesel pusher. Had to wait for them as they were back ordered. Put fronts on and its a whole new Motorhome.
Had Monroes with 50,000 miles on them but fronts were really dead.
Best $400 I ever spent.
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How did you know your shocks were bad? I have 05 safari with 53,000 on it, I think the shocks are bad, but no leaks, or rubbing on the shocks. I have read where some say the Bilstein didn't help..
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Blistering Shocks

My HR is 31 ft with 40k on it. Shocks were shot. Since yours is over 50k I know they are shot. If there is any leaking they are shot, only sure way to tell is remove them and then compress by hand. If
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I would be cautious installing Bilstein shocks on the front. Many Monaco and Newmar owners have reported a harsh ride with new Bilsteins on the front.
I installed new Bilsteins on the rear, but have held off doing the fronts.

One of our members (Vanwill) tried several different brands of shocks on his Dynasty and reported the least harsh ride with no shocks on the front. Yes, he actually removed the front shocks and test drove the coach. He finally ended up using inexpensive Monroe shocks on the front.

The Newmar folks are reporting good results with Koni shocks on the front, but they are twice the price of Bilsteins and most Monaco coaches need four front shocks.
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My HR is 31 ft with 40k on it. Shocks were shot. Since yours is over 50k I know they are shot. If there is any leaking they are shot, only sure way to tell is remove them and then compress by hand. If
Thank you for the info..
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I would be cautious installing Bilstein shocks on the front. Many Monaco and Newmar owners have reported a harsh ride with new Bilsteins on the front.
I installed new Bilsteins on the rear, but have held off doing the fronts.

One of our members (Vanwill) tried several different brands of shocks on his Dynasty and reported the least harsh ride with no shocks on the front. Yes, he actually removed the front shocks and test drove the coach. He finally ended up using inexpensive Monroe shocks on the front.

The Newmar folks are reporting good results with Koni shocks on the front, but they are twice the price of Bilsteins and most Monaco coaches need four front shocks.
Thank you vito.a, I thought I read something about shocks problems on some motorhomes. Mine has two shocks on front. I could see a lot of problems putting 4 stiff shocks on front of a motorhome for a softer ride. I'm thinking about the super steer motion control for my rigs also. Some times going around a corner, or interring a fuel station, even going slow, sounds like my rigs is falling apart. I have safari 40 ft, it's not the best riding rig, I have ever owned.
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I have not seen it mentioned here and I have no personal experience with the shocks yet. My understanding is that if you have an 8 bag/shock road-master chassis and you are going with Bilstein shocks, you want the "comfort ride" series for the front for sure. I think these are specifically valved softer for the RR8 series chassis from what I have read.
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