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Old 03-26-2014, 03:33 PM   #57
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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.... :(
That is odd that they are that hard to get off. I use a 3/8" air impact to get those bolts off. But as said above heat it up and spray it with PB blaster. It should come off. Most dealers should charge an hour per set for shocks. These shocks are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY easier to replace than Econoline shocks.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:26 AM   #58
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i agree it was a 1/2 impact and a 3/4 breaker bar. drivers side had lots of rust in the bottom bolt
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:35 AM   #59
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Well Don Davis said "we'll look at it before we give you a price."

Will see!
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I may have missed it, Kent which shocks did you decide on?
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I may have missed it, Kent which shocks did you decide on?
I went with the Monroes. Best suited for my situation, cost, weight, etc....
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I put Monroe on my 64 caddie, weights almost as much as my MH
If I don't sell it this spring I'm replacing them with something, Not happy with them at all.
I'm still going for the Koni's on the mh. torque wrench? I have never seen any shop use a torque wrench when they are installing on a Auto why on a MH
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I put Monroe on my 64 caddie, weights almost as much as my MH
If I don't sell it this spring I'm replacing them with something, Not happy with them at all.
I'm still going for the Koni's on the mh. torque wrench? I have never seen any shop use a torque wrench when they are installing on a Auto why on a MH
So that they're not over tightened to the point of fatigue or breaking off, I guess, but I never use one and just wing it along with some good sense. Many shops use an impact wrench with limited torque extensions for getting it right or close enough.
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Don Davis just called and told me my new Monroe Gas Magnum shocks weren't the right size, the ones I ordered from Shockwarehouse.com specifically for the 1995-2007 F-53 MH chassis.

I told him there were two different model numbers one for the front, one for the back set. He said he'd call me back.

ITMT (in the mean time) I sent an email to Shockwarehouse freaking out that they were the wrong shocks, then I found the website for the Monroes I bought and called Don Davis back and he said they figured it out and that these shocks will work, its just that they are SHORTER than the OEM.

Why would that be?

Anyway, crisis averted, they are installing them as I type....

Dave? Any ideas?

http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/p...Monaco-Chassis
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Kent the shocks on your Rv are some of the longest I have ever seen the monroes were long also when you pick it up ask how much shorter I think your fine as long as Monroe said they fit. How much for labor?
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Will know when I pick it up. He's authorized up to 1.5 hours at 115. Being that its a dealer it will probably be around 200 or so.... :(

But they first said 'oh its 6" shorter, and they are too short. I think they had the wrong ones (trying to put the rear on the front) and didn't know there were 2 different sizes. Anyway, he said when I called him back they were shorter but that they would work. I told him I was getting ready to have a cow since I was darned sure those were the shocks. Anyway, I'm sure if I'd had the OEM replacement shocks it would have been far more expensive than the 260 I paid for the 4 Monroes....

Why would those shocks be longer than any others on an F53 chassis? I thought they were the original Bilsteins? I know this, there is no shock absorption when hitting bumps or bruises in the road, it's like driving a creepy crawly
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Picked up KC yesterday about 3:00 after the inspection, LOF, new shocks installed from Don Davis, I think they had some trouble getting them off, and it took more time than we all thought...

Took it out for a spin with the new shocks on to see if I can tell any difference. The bumps and potholes in the road are no where near as invasive and 'shake' the coach a lot less, but what I was amazed at was the remarkable increase in stability in the side winds on the highway. Certainly the ride is noticeably better as well.

As much as the CHF and new tires helped all that swaying these shocks made another marked improvement in the handling in the wind. I guess I didn't think about the damping affect of the shocks going both ways....

The old OEM Bilsteins were indeed shot and of course, after 10+ years, they were due to be replaced.

Can't wait to get on the road to Colorado and enjoy it!!
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Good to hear told you so
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Yes you did Dave! I didn't know it was going to affect driving in the wind so good though!

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After seeing and feeling yours I'm buying for mine also mine have maybe 25000 miles on them getting 2 tires soon
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