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Old 11-15-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Bilstein , fox , NAPA HD or other???

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we have wanted to do some work on our suspension/handling and have been following a couple of the threats about what people have tried. we have a 2008 Chevy 3500 chassis with a roadtreck 210 popular
so, we think we're finally going to get started. Starting with four shocks all the way around. So, now it's just a question of who's. We don't mind putting a couple extra dollars into the shocks as long as it will yield a corresponding result.. We are looking at Bilstein , fox , NAPA HD or other??? does anybody have any other suggestions, or have tried the above, success?. It seems like Bilstein have been tried out more than some of the others? If anyone happens to have the correct model number for the Bilstein they have tried it would be a help to us.
It looked like one of the quotes for the Bilstein were about $100 apiece, does that sound right?
Always interested in any other suggestions.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:10 PM   #2
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Bilsteins are the best bet for most people, I think. Firm up the big bumps, softens the small ones quite well. They seem to work very well with Micheling MS2 or Defenders also based on most comments.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:42 PM   #3
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Bilstiens are the strong favorite. For my 2004 Chevy Express 3500 Roadtrek 190P I installed the only ones that Bilstein said would fit.


From the invoice:

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2 ea. 2003-2013 Chevy Express 3500, 2500 (Over 7,300 GVW) - Heavy Duty Bilstein Shock Absorber (Front) $186.90
2 ea. Bilstein 24-221948 46mm Monotube Shock Absorber $211.90

Availability on the fronts is not that good. Supplier confirmed that they had them in stock but they did not. Waited about a month. (Nobody else had them either).

I have heard of other people having trouble getting these front shocks. Hopefully Bilstien will get thier supply chain sorted out.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:00 AM   #4
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I replaced my 6 yr. old OEM shocks with Koni FSD's from shockwarehouse.com

Pricy, but like you, worth it to get desired results. I specifically did not want gas charged shocks. These improved the ride only slightly on good roads, but really control ride motions well on undulating surfaces.

I've head good things about Bilstein's as well. The good thing is any new shock is going to be an improvement.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:29 AM   #5
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Amazon seems to always have Bilstein's available, and their prices are good. Ron
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:24 AM   #6
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I went with the Bilsteins 4600 series on my 2006 Chev 3500 Pleasure Way.

Best price at that time ( summer 2017) was tirerack.com


Bilstein 24-187435 @ $91 each for front


Bilstein 24-221948 @ $86 each for rear

Just looking now- amazon has better prices on both of these




this thread has my swapping story in post #23- about 3 hours in the driveway -it's an AZ van so no rusty bolts!


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Old 11-22-2018, 02:42 AM   #7
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2015 190P just put in 4 Bilstein shocks. WOW!! Big difference in the ride... I still need to do tires and alignment, but for the first time, i can actually go down the road comfortably with one hand on the wheel...
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Old 11-22-2018, 05:07 PM   #8
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2015 190P just put in 4 Bilstein shocks. WOW!! Big difference in the ride... I still need to do tires and alignment, but for the first time, i can actually go down the road comfortably with one hand on the wheel...
Congratulations! I get the same feeling when I replace shocks, buy new drill bits, or a new saw blade. You just don't realize how much some things wear out because it happens so gradually.

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Old 11-22-2018, 05:29 PM   #9
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Default Koni FSD shocks worked wonders for me... I agree with you 1,000 percent

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I replaced my 6 yr. old OEM shocks with Koni FSD's from shockwarehouse.com

Pricy, but like you, worth it to get desired results. I specifically did not want gas charged shocks. These improved the ride only slightly on good roads, but really control ride motions well on undulating surfaces.

I've head good things about Bilstein's as well. The good thing is any new shock is going to be an improvement.
I'm not familiar with the performance of the Bilstein shocks... however, I was advised by Super Steer in Grants Pass, Oregon to go with the Koni FSD shocks... They have been in business since 1961.. attend many RV shows and work with locally owned RV shops...

In addition, Super Steer develops their own products .. and has been working for years to control and improve steering stability for the RV industry..

I purchased new shocks, their proprietary steering rear trac bar and a Roadmaster anti-sway bar that was 2/3 larger than the original sway bar on my Mercedes Benz Sprinter.....

Results were amazing.... If you are having issues....call them...speak to Dave....he will be able to answer all of your questions......

You do not need to invest in air suspension.. overkill and too complicated....
It's just a phone call....888-898-3281.....

I was very glad I did.... GOOD LUCK...

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Old 11-22-2018, 05:30 PM   #10
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We went with the Bilstein shocks. We also put an extra leaf in the back and a bigger spring in the front. There is some suggestions on Springs for the Roadtrek 210 on this site. We were looking for some extra elevation and got it plus better suspension.
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