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Old 06-02-2016, 10:56 PM   #1
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FYI - Changing front air brakes and shocks

I just wanted to pass on a few things for people who want to change brakes and shocks. I have a 2004 FL Damon Ultrasport. The brakes were making a clunking sound during normal stopping. The clunks were independent of each other and when the clunk would happen, the coach would pull towards the side of the clunk. With only 28k miles, I figured the brakes were old and damaged, but not worn out. I also figured the shocks were shot being 12 years old.

My buddy came over with the big tools. Even with the time of finding the correct size tools, we changed the driver's side brakes and shock in about an hour. Passenger side was about 25 minutes for brakes and shock.

We found the brakes had plenty of stopping material left, but had many cracks and the material was coming off the backing plate. The shocks, well, were totally shot. I could push the shocks together with 2 fingers and after pushed together, they never did extend back out.

I ordered the shocks from Bilstein - KYB - Rancho - Monroe - KONI Shocks and Struts - Shockwarehouse.com and bought the drums and shoes from FL parts. I ordered (2) Bilstein shocks, #24-234498 for a cost of $179.68 (free shipping). Right about $300 for (2) drums and (2) shoe kits.

Leaving Monday from Ohio to Yellowstone. Hopefully, the ride will be amazing with the new shocks! Guess it's probably time to order the rear shocks too!

With big tools, it's an easy job. Small shop I called wanted $450 just for labor to do what we did. I didn't test drive yet, but sure it'll be much better.
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Remember to re-torque the lug nuts , 450 ft.lbs on my coach, after about 50 miles of driving.
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Remember to re-torque the lug nuts , 450 ft.lbs on my coach, after about 50 miles of driving.
Good idea. Thanks!
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