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Old 09-05-2021, 06:07 AM   #1
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Koni shocks on new V8 Chassis

Has any one went with new Koni shocks and If so are you happy with the results?
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Old 09-05-2021, 06:26 AM   #2
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I replaced the Koni shocks on our Safari Trek with KYB Gas a just units. I do not have the records for how long the Konis were on there as we bought the coach used with 69k miles on it. One of the rear Konis was actually totally shot, no damping at all and the others were quite weak considering the weights that they had to control.

Much improved handling and ride control, verified on I-40 in eastern OK.

And a lot more frugal.

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Was wondering the same thing. I read many posts on the Koni's and you get 2 different impressionns of them. Some say the ride harsh, some say they don't. Some say night & day difference, difference from what ? looking for a comparison from new factory ride. Also curious about difference between them and Blistiens. We always want a smoother ride, if its a dramatic difference, but at what cost.
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Have a 2020 Newmar Canyon Star 3710 on an F-53, 26,000GVWR chassis with a V-10, not the new V-8.

Test drove it at Newmar (160 miles) in its STOCK configuration.
Then took it to the Ford Dealer for them to install the KONI shocks, Ultra-Trac rear track bar, & Saf-T-Plus steering stabilizer, along with Sumo front springs.

Picked it up & before I got out of the lot, could tell a HUGE difference! What an improvement! No sway, shock damping improved probably 90%, no wandering, no porpoising, & very little lean & roll! Was 100% happy with all the additions. Might have left of the Sumo's, but am sure there is some benefit on bridge transitions.

I have to believe that the new V-8 chassis would experience just as much improvement!
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Have a 2020 Newmar Canyon Star 3710 on an F-53, 26,000GVWR chassis with a V-10, not the new V-8.

Test drove it at Newmar (160 miles) in its STOCK configuration.
Then took it to the Ford Dealer for them to install the KONI shocks, Ultra-Trac rear track bar, & Saf-T-Plus steering stabilizer, along with Sumo front springs.

Picked it up & before I got out of the lot, could tell a HUGE difference! What an improvement! No sway, shock damping improved probably 90%, no wandering, no porpoising, & very little lean & roll! Was 100% happy with all the additions. Might have left of the Sumo's, but am sure there is some benefit on bridge transitions.

I have to believe that the new V-8 chassis would experience just as much improvement!
Thanks Jabber Jaw, I have done the rear Track bar and Saf-T-plus and both have made drive ability much better. Now thinking Koni's to smooth out the road.
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Thanks Jabber Jaw. Now thinking Koni's to smooth out the road.
You will see a big improvement ! Better damping, shock will compress & rebound only once; and also damping rates are such that it will feel vastly improved when driving down the road!

Good Luck, enjoy the "RIDE"!
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Finally changed the shocks with Koni's. Hugh difference in smoothing out the bumps very happy with the upgrade. Installed myself not that hard. I think I am done with Chassis upgrades. Previously done the Safe t plus and rear track bar
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Good to hear the feedback. Curious, what weight chassis and house length?
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Glad to hear you are happy with installing the Koni shocks! With you other changes, you should get about as good a ride as you can expect.

There is a suspension system available from Liquid Spring that is really impressive! I drove the "Demo" coach, and it impressed me to the point that I'm going to bite the bullet & spend the money to have Liquid Spring suspension installed front & rear!

I'll find out in December after the installation is complete!
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