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Old 04-09-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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How can I tell if I need new shocks. I have a 2004 Allegro 31DA
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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How can I tell if I need new shocks. I have a 2004 Allegro 31DA
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:34 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Frank Dumlao:
How can I tell if I need new shocks. I have a 2004 Allegro 31DA </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Frank,

That is a tough one that quite a few are seeking an answer to as you can't just bounce the bumper a few times like you can on an automobile and see the results.

One rule of thumb we used to go by was if they are over 5 years old you need new shocks.

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If you have experienced a sudden change in ride characteristics you may need new shocks.

If they are leaking or seeping oil you need new shocks.

If they are badly rusted you need new shocks.

If the rubber bushings are deteriorating you need new shocks.

If the piston rods are pitted or scored you need new shocks.


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If you don't have Konis you need new shocks.


Are you experiencing a problem or just trying to be proactive?
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If you don't have Konis you need new shocks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I like my Koni's, a lot. Replaced the OEM's, Mon/Bil, I don't know which, at 20,000 miles.

If you decide you need them, Go Koni...
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Frank Dumlao:
How can I tell if I need new shocks. I have a 2004 Allegro 31DA </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Frank, If you are feeling a vague sense of control as you're driving down the road, chances are pretty good that your shocks might have gone away on you.

Koni FSD shock absorbers are probably the most talked about shock absorber on iRV2.com and for good reason. They improve the quality of your ownership experience. They are indeed revolutionary and they will give you back the sense of control and handling which you might feel is absent at the moment.

I encourage you to go and read all about it on KoniRV.com



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Old 04-11-2008, 03:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for your help. What about if my passenger side is about one inch lower. I had air bags installed and 50-100 lb air limit on the bags. drivers side has 40 lbs and passenger side to make it level i need 90-100 lbs. i was wondering if it could be shocks. i would like any comment to this. Frank
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Sounds to me like you have other problems than just shocks if your passenger side takes 90-100 psi just to level it out. That is probably 1-3 inches lower? when not inflated on psgr side? Have you checked your springs, broken, ride height to ground on each side?
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Frank:

On the past two gas coaches I owned and one my FIL owned, we have had to add an extra leaf spring or two/three to one side on the front of one of the coaches as it sat lower due to engine offset. We first pulled both sets and checked them for cracks and even curvature but they were fine.

Some coaches have different weight distribution issues that can only be resolved this way. I have also had to add leaf spring blocks to a rear axle (cheaper than re-arching or adding too many leafs and preserves ride quality by not becoming too stiff) to level the sagging rear of the coach. We have always checked the frames for cracks, bends etc.

Your coach is fairly new but being a FE gas coach, these are still possibilities. The air bags you added wll give you a bit more control over final ride height and some suspension cushion when loaded BUT they should not be unequally inflated. My FIL has bags on the front of his restored Vogue to help with a very heavy 440 engine but they have an equalizing valve so they inflate at the same rate and pressure.

Get the coach weighed at each corner and overall and then start measuring the frame to ground clearances at each corner near each axle spring pad. I would bet that if all parts re NOT broken, you could add a spring leaf or two to the lower side to level the chassis, then adjust the bags for fine tuning.
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Is there a way I can check myself to see what the problem is. I live 90 miles from the nearest MH or Workhorse shop. I live Columbus, Georgia. How much damage do I do by not repairing this now? Thanks Frank.
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