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Old 06-03-2011, 12:03 PM   #15
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Not only did the Koni FSD's give a better ride they also took away most of the sway my coach had. It used to feel like a boat in rough seas. Just make sure you buy Koni FSD's and not the regular ones.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:55 PM   #16
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Just finished first 1000 mile trip with our new Koni FSD's They are a little better than the original equipment Bilsteins, but worth the money, the jury is still out on that! (They are expensive!)!
I second the results, hard bumps are still hard bumps, just not quite as harsh. If I had to do it over again, I would look into aftermarket Bilsteins and save a ton of cash. I have 1,500 miles on the Koni's at this point.

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Old 06-03-2011, 03:24 PM   #17
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Koni shocks who has them

Have a 2004 Dolphin, model 5355, on a W22 WH. Read a lot on this site about the Koni s. Have 26,000 miles now on my coach and getting ready to head west from Florida on a 9,000 mile trip. Heard the OEM shocks giving out @ low mileage. Sooooo thought I would try the Koni s even though the price was high for my budjet. Google Koni and found them for $163 each, no tax, with FREE shipping (saved about $35 with that shipping deal).

Replaced the shocks myself (retired diesel mech) and was pretty straight forward. Used a 1/2 inch impact, made it real easy.

Tested the OEM shocks and the fronts seemed to have good rebound pressure, however the rears were gone, having very little rebound pressure. Soooo it is good I did replace them, as I pull my 24' Pace race car trailer and it seemed that on my last 6,000 mile trip last year that the rear of the MH was bouncing up and down more than it should. After installing the Koni s I took a 380 mile round trip from my house to Jacksonville, FL (without trailer) to have new Michlen tires installed and there was a great improvment. Noticed entering and leaving overpasses where very smooth, with very little, if any bounce. Also, the coach does not seem to "shock or vibrate" when hitting rough road like it use to in the pass! I am very pleased as I know the Koni shocks will help make my chassis and body last longer and have less fatige.
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My only regret about the Koni shocks is that I didn't install them years ago. I put up with the Bilsteins for way too long. I'm not sure why dons2346 said Koni's are not good for a heavy coach. My street weight is 32K. Rear axle is at 20K and the front axle is at 12K. My Koni's made a world of difference in ride and I am very pleased with them.

Road King's are really nice shocks. Price Koni and Road King. Then make your decision.

When the front Koni's were installed, I had them put at the softest ride setting.
We now have a 14,600# axle under our DSDP thanks to Newmar. I went through five sets of Bilsteins and they finally sent me me a set of FSD's for a lighter unit, they didn't work at all so they sent me a set of adjustables and I put FSD's on the rear. They even changed out the front air bags. I have the front KONI's set at the middle setting but will change them to the lightest and see how that works before we head out next time.
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Just make sure you buy Koni FSD's and not the regular ones.
Unless they don't make FSD's for your rig like our front axle. Have to use the adjustable ones there.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:25 AM   #20
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Thanks everyone for input on the koni's. Owning a business helps, I talked to Kia at Koni's today and I can buy them at whole sale price of 132.50 each for the FSD
Let us know how you make out with them. We are closing in on 50,000 miles with our '06 35E and still have the original Bilstein's. So shocks are probably somewhere in our near future.

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I personally don't see the need for them on our coach. The Bilsteins are just fine. Drove a friends coach of the same size who had Koni's and will admit they do soften the ride a bit but not to reflect the cost of having them put on. When we need shocks again they will be Bilsteins.
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I personally don't see the need for them on our coach. The Bilsteins are just fine. Drove a friends coach of the same size who had Koni's and will admit they do soften the ride a bit but not to reflect the cost of having them put on. When we need shocks again they will be Bilsteins.
Bilsteins are preferred by Reyco-Granning, but unless they build special shocks (5 sets for us) you mgiht have a harsh ride. The final Bilsteins they sent us were something like 30% less compression than standard. They would have been OK except then they sent us the Koni's (at no cost). They worked better even though I don't have them set to the softest compression.
If the Bilsteins work for you then no need to change. But most folks prefer the Koni's after they have tried both like I have.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #23
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I had Bilsteins on our 2008 Safari Simba W22 chassis. The ride and handling was so bad we had to do something if nothing else for safety issues. We add the Steersafe plus te Davis TruTrac which fixed part of the problem. These mods fixed part of the problem. I talked to Brazel's in Centralia WA and they suggested that I add a rear stabilizer as well as the Koni shocks I would see a marked improvement. They also noted that I should have started from the rear forward. But that's another issue.
That being said. The difference is unbelievable. It's like riding on a cloud vs. a courdory road.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:37 AM   #24
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Just did my first long distance run with mine, not really a lot of rough roads but I really noticed a difference, Koni's made a believer out of me!
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After reading this thread and checking out some other feedback regarding the Koni's, I've decided to order some to replace my original Bilsteins. Hope they're worth the $$$. So far Koni's site is the cheapest at $175.00 (each) for the front plus shipping. I'll do the rears after I see the results.
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Here is the best place to buy them. Free shipping too.

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well I just got off phone from ordering my Koni shocks, should be in next Tuesday. Once I get them installed and text drive the motorhome I will let you all know ya or na on Koni's.
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