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Old 03-30-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Time for New Shocks?

Hey All...

My coach has the original shocks from when she was built in 2002. It is a new to me HR Navigator with tag axle.

While I am not really having any issues with the shocks right now, they do not seem nearly as smooth as I think they should be.

Since the original shocks are pushing 14 years old, would replacing them make that much of a difference? In other words, would it make a huge difference or not that much?

Or is this an upgrade that I will really be glad I did?

Any/all input is appreciated as always.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:12 PM   #2
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I replace the stock shocks on my 2007 class c with 30,000 miles on the odometer to Bilstein Shocks and I noticed a big improvement over the stock shocks. Not sure how many miles your MH has or if it is equipped with Airbags, that might make a difference. I haven't decided if my class A with airbags and 35,000 miles needs a shock change or not.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:44 PM   #4
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Removed Bilsteins with less then 5,000 miles on them. Replaced with Koni, whole different moho much nicer ride no more jarring from each crack in the road.
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I'm thinking Koni here in the next few weeks. Nothing but good feedback from current users.
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Just changed factory Bilsteins out for Koni shocks at 38,000 miles. I could not believe the difference in the ride. In fact DW said this sure rides a lot better. Well worth the $$.
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In past my reading it seems that the Monaco products had Monroe shocks on them and they only lasted about 30-40,000 miles. I bought a used HR that had 69,000 on it and elected to replace the shocks as the ride was very poor. I put Koni's all around and it was like night and day. Some people like the Bilstiens, a few like Kings. Your dollar and your choice but replacement is highly recommended to keep your teeth in place.
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Here is a link to an article from MH magazine comparing shocks. I just bought a set of Bilstiens for my MH, I'll have them installed next week. Ford uses a dual tube Bilstien shock as OEM on their F53 frames. The Bilstien B6 aftermarket shock is mono-tube, different technology, different performance.

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Just curious if shocks for motorhomes age out like tires or do the wear out as the odometer clicks away? In other words can a shock that is 20 years old still function as designed with only 7,000 miles of actual use?
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David, when we bought the 2002 Windsor in 2012, I immediately noticed two problems. When going over dips in the road the "porpoising" was BAD! Also, it was very rough hitting the lines on concrete highways.

I replaced all the shocks with the Bilsteins. That stopped the "porpoising" and reduced the impact of hitting the lines in the road! I considered the Konis but after a lot of research decided they weren't worth the huge difference in cost!

Unless your shocks have been changed by a previous owner, I think you will notice a huge difference to replace them. JMHO!
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I installed the Koni FSD shocks on my new Knight at 12,000mi, should have done it sooner...
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:05 PM   #12
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Excellent information. Thanks to all! I think I will be replacing them as I continue to make the coach "mine" if you know what I mean.

It is time...they are old, have 90,000 miles on them and even though my mechanic may not agree.

Thanks again and will let you know my honest opinion as to whether or not I notice a difference.
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Removed Bilsteins with less then 5,000 miles on them. Replaced with Koni, whole different moho much nicer ride no more jarring from each crack in the road.
the bilstiens you removed were ford valved ... the bilsiens you buy are bilstien valved big difference...
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David, when we bought the 2002 Windsor in 2012, I immediately noticed two problems. When going over dips in the road the "porpoising" was BAD! Also, it was very rough hitting the lines on concrete highways.

I replaced all the shocks with the Bilsteins. That stopped the "porpoising" and reduced the impact of hitting the lines in the road! I considered the Konis but after a lot of research decided they weren't worth the huge difference in cost!

Unless your shocks have been changed by a previous owner, I think you will notice a huge difference to replace them. JMHO!
the bilstiens you bought are the better shock... I bought the konis and took them off and went with bilstien...
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