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Old 10-23-2020, 06:50 PM   #1
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Question Koni vs Billstein shocks

I'm going to replace the shock absorbers on my 06 Southwind 32V, but I'm not sure whether to go with Billsteins or Koni's. One mechanic told me the Billsteins were now being made in Mexico and are not as good as the Koni. Has anyone here compared the two?
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:51 PM   #2
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I tried Bilstein's. A year later I switched to Koniís (FSD) and they were night and day better than the Bilsteinís. The Koniís were much less harsh as far as the ride.
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:52 PM   #3
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2nd the better ride with the Koni shocks
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:52 PM   #4
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Also quite a bit more expensive but IMO worth the money
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:06 PM   #5
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I got a set of Bilstiens with about 30K miles on them. Swing by my house and I will give them to you. Now having said that, I believe the patent has run out on the Koni FSD design. As such, now Bilstien is kind of copying that design. Its slightly more elaborate, but follows some of the same characteristics. I don't know if they are available for motorhome use or not. While the sponsored Youtubers speak well of them, I've not seen any real comparison.
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It's usually "night and day" no matter what somebody does.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:21 PM   #7
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Another vote for Konis

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Gave up my Billsteins for Konis several years ago... One of the best upgrades I have done

Couldn't give away the Billsteins.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:56 PM   #8
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Our 2005 Dolphin on the W22 chassis rides better to us after replacing Billsteis with Koni's (FSD)
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Old 10-23-2020, 10:05 PM   #9
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I replaced my shocks with Bilsteins and several months later they came out with the Konis. There were so many positive posts about the Konis that I replaced the basically brand new Bilsteins with Konis. Konis are far better and well worth the money.
I offered my Bilsteins to anyone here on IRV2 that needed them and sent them to a fellow RVr in Florida for free.
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Old 10-24-2020, 12:23 AM   #10
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Koni worked better for me they also have a better warranty Bilsteen doesn’t like to deal with warranty if it can get away with not covering it
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Such a popular discussion point. All I can point out is that not all Koni shocks use their hydraulic system and some are low or high pressure gas shocks. Likewise, some are adjustable and others are not. I believe that is why performance evaluations will vary depending on the Koni shock available for a particular chassis. Check out the spec sheet available on Koni's web site:


In my research for shocks for a 2012 F53 chassis, the Koni shock for that model is a low pressure gas shock. I ended up going with Bilstein shocks and felt they made an improvement over the Bilstein shocks that were on the rig. But, whether Koni shocks would perform better? Who knows?

Anyone want to donate a set of Koni shocks? I'll be glad to file a report after comparing them!!
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:03 AM   #12
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I saved a technical writeup comparing the Bilstein to the Koni FSD.

The Koni FSD is a superior design to the Bilstein - whether or not you can tell the difference from the driver's seat is subjective.

Here it is (also in my link in my signature line under "History-Chassis Info"):
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File Type: pdf Bilstein vs Koni FSD - Shock design technology.pdf (116.7 KB, 3 views)
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:23 AM   #13
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Having had both, I will only use Koni.
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:31 AM   #14
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Switched out our Bilstein shocks to Koni FSD shortly after we bought our MH new and have been very happy with them over the past 3 years.
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