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Old 09-11-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Shocking Question

Now that I have your attention...

My new to me `04 Sea Breeze 1311 with 15k on it came with Bilstein Shocks. My buddy with a Breeze LX says my F53 did not come stock with them.

The ones on it now are part numbers 3C34 18045 AA front and 3C34 18080 BA Rear. He also said the parts manager at CW told him to save some money and get Bilstein instead of Koni; He wouldn't notice the difference.

Are these pretty good shocks for my MH?
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There are some coaches that do well with Bilstein's and some do well with Koni's. I think I would call the chassis mfg. and see what they recommend. I've even heard some say that Monroe's have made a difference in ride and handling.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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If you're talking about calling National, they went belly up.
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We have a Ford 2007 F53 chassis under our 2008 35' Windsport. Installed Koni shocks and really don't notice any better ride. Our 2007 chassis has a front trac bar standard from Ford mfg, that may help
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What shocks were on it? Have you seen the anti-sway bar mod?
I did it on both front and back bars. Haven't tried it yet, but the OP of this thread has over 20,000 miles on his MH after doing the mod with no problems.

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I haven't owned an F53 chassis in quite some time, but the one I had was equipped with Bilstein shocks.

You can contact Ford about the proper shock part number for the chassis. If its a Ford part number, Bilstein will surely have a cross-reference for it.

And yes, Bilstein makes a good shock. Some prefer Koni's, while others feel they are too stiff.
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I'll do that. Thx.
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To quote a comercial ( It's your money use it the way you want to.) My 2004 Workhorse chassis came with bilstein shocks and don't have a reason to replace them with anything differant.
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Thanks for your input. If I used it the way I wanted, I wouldn't have any left. I just don't like paying for a name if I can get something just as good for less. I don't know how many of those 15,000 are on them. How long should a set of shocks last on a MH? I have over 100,000 on the Deutsch Tech shocks on my Dodge Ram 1500.
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I'd say 100k miles is outstanding shock life. On a heavy rig like a motorhome, probably half or two-thirds that? It depends on so many factors that there really is no meaningful answer.
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Now that I have your attention...

My new to me `04 Sea Breeze 1311 with 15k on it came with Bilstein Shocks. My buddy with a Breeze LX says my F53 did not come stock with them.

The ones on it now are part numbers 3C34 18045 AA front and 3C34 18080 BA Rear. He also said the parts manager at CW told him to save some money and get Bilstein instead of Koni; He wouldn't notice the difference.

Are these pretty good shocks for my MH?
Your friend is wrong. Ford started in the early 2000's furnishing Bilstein shocks as standard equipment.
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They look like they could be that old(2004, 15K). I won't tell him.
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Your friend is wrong. Ford started in the early 2000's furnishing Bilstein shocks as standard equipment.
I have a '97 F53 that came equipped with Bilsteins. I just recently replaced them with Monroe gas Magnums, at 51k miles. While I'm satisfied with the softer riding Monroes, I was tempted to re-install the Bilsteins as they showed NO indication of failing when they were removed. No leaks, and they were still extremely strong. I installed Firestone air bags at the same time as the shocks, and wish I had tested the ride with the air bag/Bilsteins setup to compare with my present air bag/Monroe shock combination.
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