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Old 08-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Bilstein or Koni Shocks

I need to replace the shocks on my motorhome. I only have 5500 miles
on it. I just returned from a trip and now I am ready for some more traveling. I have found though that driving this can be tiring. I feel the shocks are definitely in need of replacement. I have done some reading on this site but I would like to know whats best for this motorhome.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:11 PM   #2
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Howabout some specifics on what type of motorhome you have, chassis, etc. Maybe we can help.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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Many Workhorse Chassis owners have replaced the factory Bilstein's with Koni's and seem to be very happy, I know I am.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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I have a 2003 Pace Arrow, 36B Floor plan, W-22 workhorse chassis.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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Koni's provide a better ride over Bilsteins. They also provide good handling characteristics. I would also suggest looking into front and rear sway bars.
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I would suggest self adjusting mono tube hydraulics. I went with Koni FSD's all the way around. Make sure they are matched to you coach' s weight rating. Might be a good time to get a for corner weight and alignment.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:14 PM   #7
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Koni's provide a better ride over Bilsteins. They also provide good handling characteristics. I would also suggest looking into front and rear sway bars.
I did both on my ford and it made a world of difference, koni's, rear auxiliary sway bar and track bar. Now it's 75mph and one hand on the steering wheel no more fighting the wheel.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:48 AM   #8
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I seriously doubt that a factory installed Bilstein is going to fail in under 100K miles just like a Koni will not. If they have failed or are giving a bad ride and are yellow in color they are most likely Monroe shocks. I doubt that you can tell the difference in ride bewteen a Koni and a Bilstein shock.

I would suggest you read this lengthy post
Monaco Factory Installed Bilstein Shock Information

And read this Motorhome Magazine shock comparison test
http://www.irv2.com/forums/attachmen...5&d=1297008469
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I put Koni FSD's all the way around on my MoHo and I love the ride and the handling. Well worth the price.
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Thanks for the review article. It looks as though Bilstein did best for my major complaint and that is rough road ride. Yet, there is a lot of traffic on iRV2 forums regarding jumping FROM Bilstein TO Koni. The consensus in those posts seems to favor adjustable Koni forward. Those removed Bilsteins also appear to be a model other than what may be a newer Comfort Trac model in this review.

I was about to go the Koni Adjustable route, but after reading this I am undecided again. An objective comparison like this article that includes the adjustable Koni would be nice to see.

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[QUOTE=Mike Canter;944895] I doubt that you can tell the difference in ride bewteen a Koni and a Bilstein shock.

Have to RESPECTFULLY disagree on that one Mike.

I hated replacing new Bilsteins w/ the KONI's but with the difference we experienced since then, I'm sorry I waited a year to do it.

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Jack, read the test report. I have Bilsteins on my MH and they are great. I know a lot of people that use Bilsteins and they say they are great also. I say that you cannot tell the difference between a Bilstein and a Koni if you had the luxury of doing a side by side test and theat test article agrees with me. Not saying it is so in your case but most people look and see that they have yellow shocks and assume they are Bilsteins where in fact they are the terrible Monroes. Bilsteins always have a blue plastic or rubber upper dust cover and the Monroes have a tellow metal dust cover at the top. Both shocks have a yellow bottom cylinder. See the picture in my previously referenced article.
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Hi Mike, saw that MH comparison a while back.

I thought the OP was asking with regard to experience replacing Bilsteins w/ Koni on workhorse W-22 chassis. Obviously a light, sprung chassis not the heavy, airbag (I'm little jealous there) Monaco Sig series you are driving. Obvious big difference.

The MH magazine comparison says they are doing theirs on a Freightliner XC chassis, clearly different from the WH. If the article comparison used my WH-24 and also was more specific about how they decided "it was clear these (Bilsteins) were significantly less harsh than the KONI's" I might be more convinced. Without that 2 point hit, they are equal. Sounds as subjective an opinion as mine....

I drove the same 50 mile loop test before and directly after installing the KONI's and my subjective opinion is there was significant improvement.

GLAD I got the Bilsteins off.

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I have driven a motorhome the same size as ours and close to yours with the Koni shocks. Yes the ride is a bit better but for the price I'll stick with the Bilstiens I now have when it is time to replace them. JMHO
Just to add I have a hard time believing that the shocks could go bad in 5500 miles. I have just over 30K on this rig and they ride fine. Maybe you might try readjusting how you have the moho loaded. That just might help the situation.
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