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Old 03-07-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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How does one know when to replace Bilstein shocks on an F-53 chassis? Mine have been on my 2001 Itasca Suncruiser RV for approx 5 years and I have 102,000 miles on it that include two trips to Alaska. How does one check them without removal?
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How does one know when to replace Bilstein shocks on an F-53 chassis? Mine have been on my 2001 Itasca Suncruiser RV for approx 5 years and I have 102,000 miles on it that include two trips to Alaska. How does one check them without removal?
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Hi Dick,
I'm not sure if this is still valid. The old timers check is to push down hard on each corner. If the corenr rebounds to its' rest position and then stops, all is well. If it moves up/down any additional times the shocks should be replaced or at leased checked.

In addition, if your tires have some miles on them and there is even wear, the shocks should be in good shape.
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Shocks are the same on any vehicle.
If they no longer stop the bouncing within a couple of bounces when you go over a bump, it's time for new ones. There's no rocket science about it!
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Can't exact;y push down on a corner on somethng as big as a MoHo. Just notice on the smaller dips and such on the road, the coach should dip and rebound and that is all. Any additional up and down...shocks a shot.

At 108000 miles, I'd replace them anyway.

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I think Bilstein shocks have a lifetime warranty. you might want to check their website.
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