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Old 10-14-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Could someone please tell me the difference between Koni and Bilstein shocks, which is best, and the best place to purchase. The tires on my 2000 American Tradition were cupping and I was told it was caused by the bad shocks. They are the original bilsteins. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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Could someone please tell me the difference between Koni and Bilstein shocks, which is best, and the best place to purchase. The tires on my 2000 American Tradition were cupping and I was told it was caused by the bad shocks. They are the original bilsteins. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2006, 04:08 PM   #3
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I've currently got Bilsteins on our Freightliner chassis. Most likely in the next year or so, I'll be changing them and when I do, I'll most likely go to the Koni's. From what I've heard, the Koni's are a little softer to absorb the jarring, but still provide good control against porpoising.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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Google, both Koni and Bilsteins. The last time
I did AJUSA.com had the best price for my MH.
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Old 10-15-2006, 06:11 PM   #5
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I installed a set on my former F-53 chassis motor home, and just installed a set on my E-150 conversion van. I love 'em!

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Were you having problems with your coach rocking side to side. I have a 1998 Santera 35" abd it seems to rock pretty bad. Any suggestions.

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I installed a new set of Bilsteins on my class A but then changed to the Konis for a firm but softer ride.
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About how many miles are you guys replacing your shocks??
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Old 01-22-2007, 02:26 PM   #9
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I suspect that our shocks were bad the day the former owner drove it off the lot because they were way undersized for the weight. We bought at 27K miles and knew something was wrong but couldn't figure it out until around 32K miles when we put the new shocks on. What a difference. We went with the Monroes for our chassis just because noone had ever tried the Konis on it, Koni only makes front shocks for our chassis and Bilstein does many any shocks for our chassis. I knew that the back shocks were in worse shape than the fronts and wanted to replace all 4 with the same maker.

For side to side, we just had anti-sway bars installed at 47K miles. Again, the difference was almost unbelievable. We went with the Freightliner bars because we again could not find anyone with experience on our chassis from any other maker.
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The B'steins have an as-long-as-you-own-it warranty. Found one blown out on our Dynasty (second owner, no warranty coverage) and went to Monroes (same warranty). Pleased with how it rides and handles, but have no way of comparing them to Konis. Everything is relative. I did note that the Monroe shocks gave a much "softer" ride. Oh, and they cost less than half what the B'steins were going to run me. It's a DIY task if you're so inclined too.
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I have a Workhorse W22 chassis and I have had three different sets of shocks on it. The factory shocks were not very good so I switched to Bilsteins. The Bilsteins solved several problems but they rode very hard, felt every bump in the road including the tar strips. I now have Koni FSD shocks and they are superior to all the others. They provide a firm controlled ride without the harshness. I do not feel the small bumps and tar strips in the steering wheel or in the coach like I did before. A large bump or pothole you will still feel but I think any shock would. The Koni shocks have a lifetime warranty to original purchaser.
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