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Old 03-08-2006, 04:31 PM   #15
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Yes, you are correct on the size of the Ford shocks. But the internal design is different. The valving and tube designs are different. There is a world of difference between a stock Ford shock and a Monroe or a Bilstein.


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Old 04-03-2006, 12:31 PM   #16
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Get Bilsteins...you'll be amazed.

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Old 04-04-2006, 10:13 AM   #17
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Bilsteins, Monroes, who really knows what the best shock to use really is. I've seen people on a couple different boards saying to use all Bilsteins, then someone will say the Bilsteins are to stiff for the front so use Monroes on front, Bilsteins on the rear. I think the general overall census is that either shock is better then the OEM. I'm changing mine this spring but I still haven't got a clue as to which brand I'll use.
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:25 AM   #18
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I did change all 4 of mine to the Monroes. It did make a difference in smoothing out the ride in the front, very nice. But the rear is still a little rough. Maybe should have tried the Bilsteins?...... I am also looking for where to get Poly bushings for the stock rear sway bar. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 04-18-2006, 03:49 AM   #19
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Just wanted to pass on this discovery. I discovered that my gauge on my home compressor is reading low. I compared it with 3 other guages. So, I was over pressurizing all of my tires on all of my vehicles by 3-6 pounds. I released the pressure on all of my tires to the proper pressure and Viola what a difference! Took the motorhome out over Easter weekend and it rides awesome! So do the rest of my vehicles. Needless to say I will not go by that guage anymore. I am still impressed with the new Monroes, especially in the front. I also ordered the Hellwig rear sway bar. I will update you after intstallation and testing.
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Good to hear of your positive results.
Ordered my Monroes today. I found it difficult to get the proper part number. 2005's not listed by Monroe, yet. Anyway, I ordered Monroe RV shocks 555031 (front) and 555032 (rear). Hope it works out.
I was thinking about doing this myself until I read some comments on other boards ...think I'll let the pros handle this one.
Thanks for the post on your results, I'll pass along my comments as well.

UPDATE: Installed for $190. Ride is smoother, for sure, but a 15 mile trip from the shop is not much to go by. I'm looking forward to the next road trip.

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Old 05-01-2006, 02:29 AM   #21
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Installed the new Hellwig sway bar this weekend. Not bad except, of course the factory holes in frame were not big enough. I did get to drive it back to the storage facility and it seems to have smoothed out the rear ride some more, not near as rough on the bumps. I will have to check it out more on a longer run later.
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I just picked up my rig today after having an alignment, Bilsteins, and a Safe T Plus installed. The ride on the Bilsteins is a stiffer ride, but not to the point where it rattles or teeth or anything like that. I was expecting worse, but the ride is good. I would suggest the Bilsteins because they have a better warranty than the Monroes and will save you money in the long run because you will replace the Monroes more often.

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