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Old 06-29-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Have Gillig under a Dream, Shock question

I have a 1997 American Dream with a Gillig chassis.

My front end seems to float to much and in a dip sometimes bottoms out.

I was going to have the front shocks replaced but was told that they are Koni adjustable shocks, $300.00 each and an hour to put them in.

I thought I would ask them to try adjusting them before replacing and am told they have to be removed to adjust and they want an hour a side to do that.

Not sure that makes sense?
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Extra time would be for the care to avoid damaging the shock during removal and the adjustment process.
A mechanic can rip shocks off, in a hurry if he knows that it's just going in the dumpster.
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Watch this video it explains how to adjust Koni's
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I have a 1997 American Dream with a Gillig chassis.

My front end seems to float to much and in a dip sometimes bottoms out.

I was going to have the front shocks replaced but was told that they are Koni adjustable shocks, $300.00 each and an hour to put them in.

I thought I would ask them to try adjusting them before replacing and am told they have to be removed to adjust and they want an hour a side to do that.

Not sure that makes sense?
you might want to contact more mechanic who knows what he is doing. i am in the process to get my front shocks replaced so i dug on this and know a little more now. my front is koni fsd (gold color) which is not adjustable. the replacement is about $150 apiece from koni website. call them to find out details for your coach.
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With a couple of wrenches you can remove and adjust them yourself. I replaced all the shocks on my coach in about an hour. Use a good penetrating oil on the bolt threads, let it sit a while then remove them. I used a 1/2" breaker bar but really didn't have to pull too hard.

Also you might check ride height on the air bags and tire pressure. They all can make a big difference in ride and handling.
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With a couple of wrenches you can remove and adjust them yourself. I replaced all the shocks on my coach in about an hour. Use a good penetrating oil on the bolt threads, let it sit a while then remove them. I used a 1/2" breaker bar but really didn't have to pull too hard.

Also you might check ride height on the air bags and tire pressure. They all can make a big difference in ride and handling.
bob, did you need to take the rear dual tires out so to access rear shocks? maybe different chassis, i found my chassis requires that step. front seems like diyable.
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No, laying underneath the bolts were accessible on the inside of the duels.
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thanks bob. i will give a try...
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thanks bob. i will give a try...
CountryFit, do you have a tag axle ? I don't think Bob does. Could make a big difference, an access.
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On my OLD Gillig Chassis I had Two Bilsteins installed on an angle which also prevented proposing. These were in addition to the "normal" shocks. Also put on front and rear Chrome Moly Sway bars. Made a HUGE radiance. Take on and off ramps like a sport car. deSanford
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With a couple of wrenches you can remove and adjust them yourself. I replaced all the shocks on my coach in about an hour. Use a good penetrating oil on the bolt threads, let it sit a while then remove them. I used a 1/2" breaker bar but really didn't have to pull too hard.

Also you might check ride height on the air bags and tire pressure. They all can make a big difference in ride and handling.

My understanding is the bus needs to have the front wheels suspended to remove the shocks.

I guess I could use the front leveling jack to pick it up and set it on jack stands, but I do not have jack stands heavy enough to support the bus
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I used a 1" ratcheting tie-down strap to shorten the shock so I could fit it into place. I didn't have to raise the RV. I do have HD jack stands and can lift with leveling jacks or 12 ton bottle jack, but it was easier and faster to leave it normal height.
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CountryFit, do you have a tag axle ? I don't think Bob does. Could make a big difference, an access.
hi skip, i don't have a tag axle.
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