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Old 07-10-2015, 11:26 AM   #1
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Shocks for 1998 Beaver Patriot

Anyone compared shocks for a 1998 Beaver Patriot with 4 air bags? If so which worked best?
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Most all air bag suspensions also have shocks, so you're question isn't clear. The air bags act as springs, the shocks then dampen the motion and reduces bounce. Koni or Bilstein shocks are the best, many websites will allow you to search shock numbers by chassis type.
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Most all air bag suspensions also have shocks, so you're question isn't clear. The air bags act as springs, the shocks then dampen the motion and reduces bounce. Koni or Bilstein shocks are the best, many websites will allow you to search shock numbers by chassis type.
Early 1998 Beaver made with 4 air bags on a Safari Chassis later with 8 air bags to clarify which model I was referring to.
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:02 PM   #4
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live in Abilene. I have a Harney coach on the Magnum 4 air bag chassis. Replaced the original shocks with Bilstein's. They rode rough and after several thousand miles started leaking. Were replaced under warranty. New one didn't last but 20,000 miles and started leaking. Threw them away. Bit the bullet and bought new Koni's. They ride so much better and have now had them on for 30,000 miles and they are like new. Not a hard job to change them and I think they were only 20 or 30 dollars more than the Bilstens. I got mine from a place in Kentucky.
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I took Bilstein's off the same make of coach as Busyguy and went straight to the Koni FSD's at 30,000 miles. Big difference in ride comfort. They say that aftermarket Bilstein's are better than those that came on the coach. I wasn't willing to try it.
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Replaced all shocks with new Bilstein's . Found out that the previous owner had put rear shocks all around and that was what was causing the problems that I was having. I had been under the unit checking the shocks for leaks but never thought about checking the model numbers. I would assume that he did it for a smoother ride since the rear shocks are much softer than the stiff front shocks but created steering and control issues.
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Replaced all shocks with new Bilstein's . Found out that the previous owner had put rear shocks all around and that was what was causing the problems that I was having. I had been under the unit checking the shocks for leaks but never thought about checking the model numbers. I would assume that he did it for a smoother ride since the rear shocks are much softer than the stiff front shocks but created steering and control issues.
And the results?
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Substantially better handling and control of unit. No more bounce up and down or leaning on curves.
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I replaced my Bilstein's on 97 Safari Serengeti with Koni's and enjoy a much improved ride.
Even my DW noticed an improved ride, and she did not know I had made the change. Quite an improvement, and I recommend the Koni's.
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