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Old 03-14-2018, 04:39 PM   #1
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shocks replacement

I have a 2006 Coach House 261 XL and am looking to replace the factory shocks. Looking for a better ride. Any advice!
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Koni, Koni, Koni.

And that's also the number of motorhomes and times we have installed Koni.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:33 PM   #3
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Koni have nice dampening specifically for rv's, just replaced mine and went with monroes as their a third the price of the koni shocks and much better ride than my worn out shocks.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:41 PM   #4
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I replaced the 27,000 mile OE shocks on my 2006 Coach House 230SD with Koni. Got rid of the harsh thump in the ride, seems better. A lot of folks around here swear by the gas shocks, but I have not acquired a religious affiliation about that. Well, not yet anyway, but I can hang around here and develop one.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:58 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Bilsteins...

After a lot of research I went with the heavy duty Bilsteins on my 24' 2012 E-350 Nexus. Spoke with the folks at Bilstein and shock Warehouse and they both agreed that since we usually run fairly heavy, near GVWR, and often tow my Harley the heavy duty models would give the best ride and handling.

At 33,000 miles I replaced with the HD Bilsteins and could not be more pleased. Ride and handling improved dramatically and for a lot less than the Koni's {which I am sure are fine shocks but a tad overpriced}. After 15,000 miles the Bilsteins are nothing but awesome, two finger steering, a smooth {but firm} ride and passing trucks have little to no effect whatsoever.

As always... Opinions and YMMV.

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The price has come down substamtialy on these. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009FU7IOM...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:22 AM   #7
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Bilstein's , Bilstein's , Wasted money on the koni's

And that's the number of MH's and times I've installed them ..

Not at all impressed with the koni's !

Sometimes I think people feel hey since I paid more they must be better !!..
In this case No the koni's were not better !

But like Capt Steve has at the end of his post

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I just replaced my shocks with Bilstein's and the ride is terrific.
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Shock absorber posts are like tire brand posts, gas vs diesel, class a vs class c. You will get many opinions.
I researched shocks and went with HD Bilsteins, they are good shocks and cheaper than Koni's. If we were full timers on the road a lot, I might have sprung for the Koni's, but the Bilsteins work just fine for us.
I don't think you can really go wrong with anything you buy, as anything will be better than your old worn out shocks.
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I want to agree with Baraff's comments, any time you change your worn out shocks the ride will get much better, even if you replace with the oem's.
Funny how the term "HD" impresses people, what are HD shocks,, what makes them HD . Is there an HD standard ? No matter what shock you buy there are variables ,, vehicle weight, speed, road conditions, compression rate, rebound rate, suspension design . Cost isn't always the factor.
Ask any NASCAR team what they go thru to get the best shock performance.

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I want to agree with Baraff's comments, any time you change your worn out shocks the ride will get much better, even if you replace with the oem's.
Funny how the term "HD" impresses people, what are HD shocks,, what makes them HD . Is there an HD standard ? No matter what shock you buy there are variables ,, vehicle weight, speed, road conditions, compression rate, rebound rate, suspension design . Cost isn't always the factor.
Ask any NASCAR team what they go thru to get the best shock performance.

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IIRC, Bilstein offers "Comfort" shocks and "HD Shocks", which supposedly offer a firmer, steadier, ride, although a tradeoff with a bit harsher ride. I went with the HD shocks on the advice from some RV friends. Haven't really noticed any harshness to speak of.
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IIRC, Bilstein offers "Comfort" shocks and "HD Shocks", which supposedly offer a firmer, steadier, ride, although a tradeoff with a bit harsher ride. I went with the HD shocks on the advice from some RV friends. Haven't really noticed any harshness to speak of.
Plus with the Bilstein's the MH won't dive down when you go through dips in the highway , unlike the koni's where the front end dives right down and up like a boat going over a wave !

My past experience now with 3 different MH's and using Bilstein's first two then last MH went with the koni's,,, don't waste your money on koni's !
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Bilstein Heavy Duty, a thing else is a waste of money
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:08 AM   #14
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I went with Koni

I have not made a trip yet but the small sample of driving on the Koni is an improvement over the stock Ford shocks. I have noticed a smoother ride and a very slight lean initially entering a turn. Not significant but noticeable. I still have to install my Helwig sway bars. I believe this will also be an improvement.
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