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Old 06-02-2012, 04:54 AM   #1
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Smile Shock Absorbers 2001 Fleetwood Expedition

Hi Everyone, looking to replace the shocks on my 2001 Fleetwood Expedition on a Freightliner Chassis. The shocks that are on it are the ones that came from the factory, they are marked freightliner. I don't see any leaks, but in the words of "Ed China", Directv 281 Wednesday evenings, 8pm Central, yeah I love the show, the bushings are "perished"

My Chassis is spring only, no air ride, darn it. And I have looked all over under this rig and I can't find a anti roll bar anywhere, am I wrong

The front axle is solid and it does tend to wander a bit, not bad but I think new shocks would help to tighten her up a bit.

If you can, respond with the type of shock you recommend and the part number or the place I can get them.

Also any other tips you might have run across for this type of chassis, I believe it is the XC type.

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:17 AM   #2
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Well, I have purchased and installed (myself) Big YELLOW Monroe shocks. These are the heavy duty shocks that Freightliner is installing on the over the road chassis. They are gas charged and are larger than the old (12 years) freightliner shocks that came on the unit.
The installation was not a problem, put the unit up on its jacks and used my Jack stands as added insurance. The nuts on mine are 1 1/8 so you have to have a serious socket set to tackle the job. I also used an 18 inch breaker bar for leverage in loosening the bolts and nuts.
Also the night before I began the project I sprayed each of the nuts and bolts with PB Blaster which helps to remove rust and loosen the bolts.
The job was pretty straight forward on the passenger side, however on the drivers side with the large slide, the metal box that enclosed the slide motor had to be removed.
The screws holding the box on had been coated with undercoating and it was a real pain to get it out. Once removed, I noted that the box was about an inch and a half larger than it needed to be. If it had been constructed correctly it would not have had to be removed to install the shock.
So I re-enginered the box and now it is connected correctly to the appropriate metal braces as it should have been.
This is why I like doing my own work.
I'll post my driving experiences with the Big Yellow Shocks, as we are headed to Branson in 15 days
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