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 Post subject: Shock absorbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:14 am 
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Location: New Hope, MN
I've got almost 100k miles on my coach and figure it's time for new shocks. I'm trying to decide between Bilstein or Monroe.

Available at RockAuto:
$47.79 MONROE 555010 Magnum RV Load Adjusting Rear
$48.79 MONROE 555031 Magnum RV Front
$91.79 BILSTEIN 33176840 Rear
$91.79 BILSTEIN 33187563 Front

Bilstein are highly rated but cost almost twice as much as Monroe. Anybody have experience with Monroe shocks and are Bilstein worth twice the price?

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2005 24' RB
Towing 2013 Smart car
New Hope, MN


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 Post subject: Re: Shock absorbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:54 pm 
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Location: Chico, CA
I have just had new shocks installed on our 2007 24RB. From what research I did, my choice was either Bilsteins or Konis. From a number of sources, including several mechanics, I learned that while the Bilstein is a great shock, it is stiffer than the Koni and better suited to large trucks. My brother-in-law has had Konis installed on his 2006 BFT and is quite happy with them. To date, I am also. The ride is definitely an improvement on the stock Ford shocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Shock absorbers
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:57 am 
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Location: Eden, NC
Replaced ours at appx 80,000 mi. with Bilsteins. Makes it a real joy to drive, & could not believe the difference!

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 Post subject: Re: Shock absorbers
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:57 am 
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My main concern is ride quality. Here's a link to a test comparison:
http://www.motorhome.com/tech/diy/shock-therapy-rv-shock-absorber-test/

The test was done on a Class A and is a bit dated. The test states that the Koni FSD shocks were a harsher ride than the Bilstein. Right now I'm leaning toward Bilstein on the front and Monroe on the rear. The Monroe rear shock has an added coil spring. I think that my leaf springs have sagged a bit over the years so the added spring may help.

I'm in Florida right now and I'll tackle the shocks when I return home the first week of May.

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2005 24' RB
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