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Old 05-24-2018, 10:45 PM   #1
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New Shock Suggestions

I have a 39' National Tradewinds on a Freightliner chassis with CAT 3126 engine and am thinking it just might be time to install new shocks. Looking for suggestions as to which shock and any thoughts as to cost for them and installation.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:35 AM   #2
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Personally I like Koni's. Here's a link to where I purchase them. Installation cost depends on the hourly rate your installer charges. Shouldn't be more than 2 hours labor time. Cost of shocks depends on their price but they're expensive.

https://shox.com/
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I vote for Konis as well. Just had 4 installed on my 1998 / 1997 Tropi-Cal. The price will obviously depend on what matches your chassis and what flavor you choose but my 4 cost about $600.
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Thanks for the info. Another question, did you see any improvement on riding down the road??
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:30 AM   #5
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Yes, substantial improvement
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My rig came from the factory with Koni's, rear were FSD's and front were the older adjustables. I put the new EVO 99's on in June 2016. Yes, I installed them myself. Much better than the adjustable ones on my 20,000# front axle.
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My coach came with Koni's when it was new in 98. I installed new ones myself last December, and the ride is much better and comfortable. Same for me it was about $600 US.
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How difficult is it to change the shocks? Any special equipment, tools nessesary? Does the coach need to be on jacks? Sorry for all the questions just always thought this was outside the DIY spectrum.
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I watched a few videos in you tube. Doesn't look too terrible. Gonna try to change them out on my 99 daybreak on the Chevy p32
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Dick Jr, an air impact gun would be helpful in loosening the bolts.
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Shocks

I installed Koni reds adjustable on the front and EVOs on the rear of my short diesel replacing Bilstiens. Didnít have much choice on which Konis to use. Put 3k miles on them and am happy. Just did a run on I 80 to Washington. The biggest difference I have found is the side winds donít push me around as bad. Always will have wind issues on a shorty but had high winds that would have stopped me before that I continued to drive pass this trip.
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