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Old 01-07-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
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Koni vs bilstein

I have a 1997 HR Imperial on a Mountain Master Chassis with solid front axle. I want to replace the shocks on both front and rear and want your opinion as to which shocks give a better ride. Koni's or Bilsteins? I notice the Koni's are quite a bit more expensive. What does everyone think
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I can only chime in on the Koni's since that it what I replaced my original equipment shocks with. We have been satisfied with them and I have over 10,000 mile on them.

Best of luck with your decision.
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I replaced my Bilstein's when my coach was 3 months old with 3K on the clock. Went with Koni's all around. Much better ride and handling. It's a waste of time and money for Ford to even put the Bilstein's on the vehicle. When you hold one of each shocks in each hand the Koni's weight twice as much. There is nothing to the Bilstein's and they ride like it. Like no shock at all.
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I agree with the Konis. Had Bilsteins - harsh ride. Koni smoother but still ride well, much like my air ride now.
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Koni only makes one shock for our front axle and Bilstein used to, but doesn't now, have anything so it's the older Koni adjustable ones on the front a FSD's on the rear.

I'd like to try the Bilstein Comfort ones, but no longer made for our front axle. Guess I'll muddle along with the Koni's
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Hi slemnah,
I've had both brands. Koni's win and Bilstein should not even enter the race. You are correct. The Koni's are more expensive. They are worth every penny.
Bilstein = harsh ride.
Koni = smooth ride and excellent control.
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Just ordered Koni's for My FRED, I did a lot of research, and I have experienced what everyone says about Bilstein's first hand on my Crew Cab Dually, they handle Great but ride very hard over cracks in the road or expansion joints.

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I have a 1997 HR Imperial on a Mountain Master Chassis with solid front axle. I want to replace the shocks on both front and rear and want your opinion as to which shocks give a better ride. Koni's or Bilsteins? I notice the Koni's are quite a bit more expensive. What does everyone think

I noticed your post regarding shocks on another forum and was just wondering if you've reached any conclusion as to which brand would work best on your coach...

Good luck with your decision and safe travels..
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It looks like Koni's win so I will be purchasing. I will let you know how much difference they make!
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It looks like Koni's win so I will be purchasing. I will let you know how much difference they make!

Thanks for the feedback, if they work on yours like they did on mine, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you get the Koni "FSD" series shocks as the other type of Koni shocks may not give you as comfortable a ride.

Looking forward to hearing whether they help smooth out your ride.

Again, best of luck and travel safe..
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It looks like Koni's win so I will be purchasing. I will let you know how much difference they make!
Keep in mind that any good, NEW shock will probably make a HUGE difference after installation. Keep that in mind and think about posting your thoughts after a few thousand miles.

BTW...KONI FSD
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I'm sure glad this post came up now. I was just ready to pull the trigger on Bilsteins but now I'll wait 'til I can afford the Konis.
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Keep in mind that any good, NEW shock will probably make a HUGE difference after installation. Keep that in mind and think about posting your thoughts after a few thousand miles.

BTW...KONI FSD
Your absolutely correct, but at the same time Chassis builders cut corners on shocks to increase profit margin, they also can't design a shock that will work with everything that gets put on that chassis.

I should be able to give some good feedback as mine only has 10,000 miles on it and will be changing them the end of the month.

My coach rides very good when I first start out, as the shocks get hot they fade and it rides hard from there on out.

I don't expect the FSD's to Fade.
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