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Old 12-08-2022, 11:44 AM   #1
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Shock Absorbers - Creek Side 20FQ

Good morning all -
Since we have gotten some great responses from y'all in the past....
I need a recommendation for replacing the shocks on our '14 20FQ. This little task is waaayyyy overdue. The originals are now 9 years old with a ton of miles on them. It's one of those things we had not thought about much, but there are some things ending up on the floor recently after a day of towing - pavement for the most part, but some less than pristine roads to out of the way places.

Any thoughts? Specific recommentations? Brands to avoid?

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Thanks to the site moderators for moving this to an appropriate thread!
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Old 12-09-2022, 04:15 PM   #3
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Older trailers used Monroes IIRC, newer ones use Bilstein and they are said to be better...

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I thought ORV switched to KYB from Monroe. At least thats what it says on there web site,
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I just had KYB's put on mine. They weren't pre compressed so I'm glad I didn't attempt it myself. The mechanic had to lift the trailer and then use the weight of the trailer coming down to compress them.
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I thought ORV switched to KYB from Monroe. At least thats what it says on there web site,
Sorry, I got the truck and trailer mixed up; yes, KYB not Bilstein.
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I just had KYB's put on mine. They weren't pre compressed so I'm glad I didn't attempt it myself. The mechanic had to lift the trailer and then use the weight of the trailer coming down to compress them.
Do you happen to have a part number for the KYB's?
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Sorry, I got the truck and trailer mixed up; yes, KYB not Bilstein.
Kinda wondered LOL Bilsteins would be cool too.
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I'm going to say if you're way out over due for the shocks, then you need to inspect all of your suspension. Pop the shackels off one by one and replace the bushings, bolts and plates, as they almost surely compromised. Then do the springs to replace the bushings and bolts. Then do the equalizer. My 20fq is a 2015, we did the springs and stuff at about 30,000 miles and they were pretty well due. I upgraded to a MorRyde 3000 equalizer, bullet proof shackel plates, wet bolts, bronze bushings and new shocks, well worth the effort and $$$$.
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do you happen to have a part number for the kyb's?
kyb kg5514
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Old 12-12-2022, 09:27 AM   #12
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Replace the rubber bushings with polyurethane before you install them.
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Vintage 465,
I appreciate your reply and suggestions, thank you.
Now I have a follow-up question - what specific things should I be looking for to determine that replacement is warranted?

Ah, thought of another question, how did you go about finding the right sources for parts and identifying that you have the right ones? Who are the better suppliers?

I have never been told that the inspection is needed for the bushings and bolts for any of my vehicles, unless they were cracking or obviously moving around. I am not so much disagreeing with you, but I have not seen this advice before.

I am not sure how many miles we have on our trailer, but it is not insignificant, as it is 9 years old. Mostly shorter weekend stuff and not a lot of those (however, the annual ORV Wallowa Lake gatherings were 800 miles round trip when we were in WA...they are longer now from MT). As we are planning more miles and trips these days, I need to be more proactive. Our trailer has done very well both mechanically and cosmetically. But I expect I will be doing some significant maintenance items this off-season to ensure that this kind of dependability continues.

Again, thanks for the insight and input!
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Who is a good source for polyurethane bushings? Thanks!
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