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Old 03-24-2014, 10:27 AM   #43
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The Koni shocks for the bigger class A MH with heavier axle weight are more expensive as they are adjustable and is done by the technician for the weight of your axle. Koni also makes a less expensive self adjusting shock that is used for all vehicles that are below a certain axle weight. It can be a situation where the more expensive adjusted shocks are put on the front and a less expensive Koni shock on the rear. That is the case on my 40 ' diesel pusher. The front is what takes the most pounding. If your axle weight will allow the self-adjusting shock, that is what you would buy. They are all excellent shocks. It is just a matter of what shock your MH requires. I would guess that if you are able to buy the shock in that $300 range, it is the self-adjusting shock. If it is for the adjustable shock, that is a very good buy.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:51 AM   #44
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An article compairing shocks that may help.
Myself and others have read that article, very well written. However, the number of very satisfied people that have installed them in on various chassis's convinced me to try them. Bilstien does not make the Comfitrac for my chassis and others, according to their on line fit guide. I believe the many satisfied owners, especially with gas rigs is a good testament for the cost of the shock.

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He got them just over &100 each can't remember if it was here or my email kent I'll get them on
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I don't have any experience with Koni's, but when I had my 53 chassis I put on Bilstiens and couldn't believe the differance. My DP has Bilstiens and I have no problem wih them or the ride. Maybe Koni's are better I just know how the Bistiens made a big differance. Jim
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Just so people know, I have nothing against Bilstien shocks. I have used them on all my vehicles for years, that's why I put them on the MH. Never could see paying the price for Koni's until seeing what Autoplicity was selling them for. Figure $239.80 for the two front isn't bad to try them out. If Bilstein made the Comfitrac for my chassis I probably would have bought them.

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I just ordered two Koni's for the front on my F53 from here Autoplicity.com Best price I have seen with free shipping. They also have the 8805-1019 (rear ones) for the same price, just have to search the site. Koni shows on their web site they fit the 99-14 F53 chassis's. The picture on the web site is incorrect, P/N is correct. Going to replace the Bilstein's on front that have less then 10k on them. Got the web site from another member on the CHF discussion.

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Just out of curiosity, does the tag on your F53 have a set of shocks of its own? Making two on the steer and four on the rear.
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Just out of curiosity, does the tag on your F53 have a set of shocks of its own? Making two on the steer and four on the rear.
Yes it does, replaced them with ones I brought direct from Mor/Ryde. Wanted to replace them with Bilstiens even called Bilstein and was told they don't make any for it. I suspect the ones I got from Mor/Ryde are Monroe.

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Myself and others have read that article, very well written. However, the number of very satisfied people that have installed them in on various chassis's convinced me to try them. Bilstien does not make the Comfitrac for my chassis and others, according to their on line fit guide. I believe the many satisfied owners, especially with gas rigs is a good testament for the cost of the shock.

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Chuck,
I had a 36' 2000 Monaco LaPalma on an F53 chassis and had a porposing problem. I replaced the Monroe's with Bilsteins...problem solved.

I had Bilstein comfort shocks put on my Diplomat before a 7K trip last year and am very happy with them. There are alot of happy Koni users also.
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Just received the front Koni's from Autoplicity, took one week to get them. Don't have time put them on till next week, in the middle I kitchen remodel.

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Well, Super Dave came over with big mega tools and wrenches and even an impact wrench, penetrating oil, you name it and they are just too darned rusty and stubborn (thanks for trying Dave!)

So I'm gonna take it in to my local Ford big truck service for its annual inspection, LOF, etc and have them change out the shocks.

Any dibs on pricing from Don Davis Ford?

I'll bet it will be a couple hundred dollars or so.... :(
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Just received the front Koni's from Autoplicity, took one week to get them. Don't have time put them on till next week, in the middle I kitchen remodel.

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Priority's man.... get your priority's straight!!

Of course the wife's priorities usually trump mine.
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Now were they tight wait tight is not the word
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Priority's man.... get your priority's straight!!

Of course the wife's priorities usually trump mine.
Yeah, I need to at least get the new base cabinets and sink in, really a pain without them.
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Well, Super Dave came over with big mega tools and wrenches and even an impact wrench, penetrating oil, you name it and they are just too darned rusty and stubborn (thanks for trying Dave!)
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Apply some heat to the nuts and try removing them, don't need to make it glow. A propane torch will work just take longer. If that doesn't work, spray threads several times with PB Blaster as it cools. They will come off, I used an electric impact to remove and reinstall when I put the Bilsteins on. The torque spec is 260 lbs ft.

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