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Old 06-06-2016, 02:33 PM   #1
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KONI Shocks

I know this comes up all the time - but here goes again. When we traded the Bounder for a DP several months ago, I liked the improved ride but thought it should be a little better. We had changed the shocks on the Bounder to Bilsteins at 17k miles and replaced the sway bar bushings, which made a huge difference. So I bit the bullet and had the shocks replaced with KONI's last week at Alliance. Only 23k miles on the Camelot, but the shocks were original. At over $2,000 for the 8 shocks and installation, it was an expensive gamble. Fortunately, the gamble went my way and the ride is remarkably better - far less side sway and rocking. We didn't have a big porpoising problem but the coach now settles down quicker and is less affected by rolling heaves in the interstate - just seems calmer. A pleasure to drive now.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:16 PM   #2
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I had a set of new Konis installed on our 36' Rexhall Aerbus. I thought it rode pretty nice before installing the new shocks but I was amazed at how much better it rode after the Konis. Very happy with my decision.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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After 10 years of reading results on here and another forum, it seems the Bilsteins do the best on gassers and the Koni's worked better on DP's. I changed out the shocks on my 2005 Diplomat to Koni's and loved them. The biggest improvement was the elimination of the short chop we were getting in the front end, causing the overhead cabinets to shake.
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With our 2002 Dutch Star and the new 14,000# front axle that Newmar had Spartan install to replace the too light 12,000# unit I went through at least 5 sets of shocks and two sets of air suspension bags. Even tried KONI FSD's. Ended up being a tie between the KONI adjustables they sent last and a set of Bilstein Comfitrack ones. When we traded the rig off it had the Bilsteins on it.
A couple months ago KONI came out with EVO series 99 shocks for our rig. They are supposed to be like the FSD so no adjustment on them. Haven't had a chance to take the rig out yet.
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After 10 years of reading results on here and another forum, it seems the Bilsteins do the best on gassers and the Koni's worked better on DP's. I changed out the shocks on my 2005 Diplomat to Koni's and loved them. The biggest improvement was the elimination of the short chop we were getting in the front end, causing the overhead cabinets to shake.
did you try both on the same coach at the same time??
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