Suspension and shocks upgrade
We're talking the Itasca Horizon on a FL Custom Evolution chassis, Independent front suspension. The shocks are Sachs and probably OEM. The do not leak but ride characteristics have developed that I partially attribute to them. Push; When I am passed by a semi or such, I get an initial cab push to the right which of course comes back to the left when I make the correction. Ride quality is OK but needs to be tightened up and I suspect that after this amount of time, new shock absorber are due. I have read past posts about the various offerings, Koni, Gabriel, Monroe but also read of different rebound characteristics due to the valving. Some primarily absorb the stroke and others the rebound. When dealing with a 34,000# coach, which action is best for ride comfort and stability?
I do much of my own work, have 6 ramps to raise the coach 6", have several lengths of 6x6 that I can make appropriate frame support/jack stands. In other words I can safely work under the coach. Smooth concrete pad. I have not researched shocks brands or models or availability.
Steering Suspension; The tie rod ends, 4, are the permanently lubed type that have torn deteriorated boots. I got a needle adaptor for the grease gun, hand pump, and "hand pack" the fittings to get some lubrication into them. Not the best solution but no way to lube them with no Zerks on them. Last servicing at an independent truck facility I asked them to check the tie rod ends and they said they were good. (Last 3 years running) . Figure time to replace them but want ones I can lube regularly. Last year I checked with the local FL service center and they had the ends but I didn't ask if they had the zerks. I also have not researched appropriate model numbers for the parts. Figure I'll need a hefty pickle fork also.
After all that I'll take to the local Michelin dealer for a modified tire rotation, balancing and alignment. Plan to take the steers and put on the inner duals, same side. No sense messing with the others. Tires are 4.5 YO so while off I'll have them inspect the tires.
So the questions, which shocks would be recommended for my application? Any better source of tie-rod ends other than FL?. I'm going to get me a short adaptor for the pressure washer and really clean the suspension of old grease/dirt. Any additional suggestions for refurb while under there? I follow the FL charts for lubing. I figure to also leak test the air suspension front and rear, clean under the engine/transmission, etc. (no known air leaks)
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