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Old 10-16-2021, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Roadtrek 190 shock absorbers

What shocks are recommended for my 2001 Dodge Roadtrek 190? A lot of people suggest bilstein's but they don't give any model numbers suitable for the motorhome. Thank you
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I went with pricey Koni FSD's for my '2011 Chevy Express, but there should be many options for your Dodge. The good news is that any new shocks will be an improvement over old, worn-out ones.
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I'm curious as to those on this forum's thinking in regard to shocks, not so much as to brands but rather how many miles on the average B until new shocks are needed and will create a noticeable difference? How many miles do shocks last before they need to be replaced?
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In my case the ride is very harsh especially driving on the Pennsylvania potholes. I replaced them 5or6 years ago and have between 20 and 30,000 mi on them. I thought it was my springs and had them re-arched and added an additional leaf but it didn't help very much. I'm currently looking at Bilstein because of the lifetime warranty but I'm open to any other suggestions.
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I really liked how the KYB Mono Max shocks worked on our now sold 2000 Chevy 200 Versatile. Nice tight control without harshness.

I just installed KYB Gas a Just on our Safari Trek as the Mono Maxs are not available. It had Konis on it that were not all that old, mileage-wise. One was no longer shocking at all and the others were weak. Much improved ride and control with the KYB's.

As a bonus, the KYB's are about half the price of Bilsteins and about 1/3rd the cost of Konis.

YMMV.
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I tried the KYB Monomax & they failed.

Ended up going with these two models from Bilstein in my 04 Roadtrek 190;

Heavy Duty 4600 (B6)

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I tried the KYB Monomax & they failed.

Ended up going with these two models from Bilstein in my 04 Roadtrek 190;

Heavy Duty 4600 (B6)

24-187435
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How did the KYB fail?
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I am not an Expert but the bushings went & they failed internally - here are some photos but as you can see immediate in comparison, the Bilsteins are just so much sturdier at each stress point. The installer pulled out the KYB & said they were junk, the wrong application for a Class B - now the installer is Weldtec Depsign who normally use FOX & made a lot of improvements to my rig.
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I just had a 4x4 conversion + 3" lift put on my Chevy Roadtrek 190, and included new Bilsteins all around plus Sumo springs on the rear. It rides like a dream.
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I just had a 4x4 conversion + 3" lift put on my Chevy Roadtrek 190, and included new Bilsteins all around plus Sumo springs on the rear. It rides like a dream.
Who did your conversion/lift?
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Who did your conversion/lift?
Advanced 4x4 in Salt Lake City.

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Advanced 4x4 in Salt Lake City.

GM 4x4 Van Conversion - Advanced 4X4 Vans
Thanks. Always good to share a source with others on this forum.

I had a 3" lift (no 4x4 upgrade) installed locally in S. Texas. It was extremely difficult to find someone just to do my job. And afterwards, they said they'd never do one again. It was a basic Supreme Suspensions/Sumo Springs install.
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Thanks. Always good to share a source with others on this forum.

I had a 3" lift (no 4x4 upgrade) installed locally in S. Texas. It was extremely difficult to find someone just to do my job. And afterwards, they said they'd never do one again. It was a basic Supreme Suspensions/Sumo Springs install.
I'm extremely pleased with Advanced 4x4 work. They did change to Chevy torsion suspension/lift. I'm not mechanical so I don't know exactly what they means, but the van rides better than ever.
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Thanks. Always good to share a source with others on this forum.

I had a 3" lift (no 4x4 upgrade) installed locally in S. Texas. It was extremely difficult to find someone just to do my job. And afterwards, they said they'd never do one again. It was a basic Supreme Suspensions/Sumo Springs install.
I know it's a drive but investigate WELDTEC DESIGN in El Cajon, CA - they would love to work on your truck & are at the forefront of Design.

Ask for Jeremy the owner.

https://weldtecdesigns.com/
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We had a 2000 Dodge Roadtrek. Shortly after purchase (used, but low mileage) I went over a hump in the road at low speed, and the van went crazy up and down, very scary. We put on Bilsteins and it solved that problem (did nothing for the handling problems). I do remember there was some ambiguity as to part numbers, but someone with a similar van contacted Bilstein to get the right numbers. I bought them myself, and had a local mechanic install them. Bilstein has contact information on their website bilsteinrocks.com, so I would just suggest contacting them.
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I'm curious as to those on this forum's thinking in regard to shocks, not so much as to brands but rather how many miles on the average B until new shocks are needed and will create a noticeable difference? How many miles do shocks last before they need to be replaced?
The factory shocks on our '01 Roadtrek 200 were so lousy we replaced them with Bilsteins as soon as we learned about them. That was circa 2003 and the shocks now have about 90,000 miles with no degradation.
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What shocks are recommended for my 2001 Dodge Roadtrek 190? A lot of people suggest bilstein's but they don't give any model numbers suitable for the motorhome. Thank you
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I replaced the shocks on my Roadtrek at about 110,000 miles 2 years ago. I replaced all four with Monrow RV shocks and they work very well. https://www.rockauto.com/fr/moreinfo...2%2FfYyg%3D%3D
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The factory shocks on our '01 Roadtrek 200 were so lousy we replaced them with Bilsteins as soon as we learned about them. That was circa 2003 and the shocks now have about 90,000 miles with no degradation.
Pretty much the same as our experience. Bilsteins at 10,000 miles, no problems with shocks from then on and we sold van at 50,000 miles.
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My 98' 190 Dodge has 116,000 miles. In 2002 at 65,000 miles the original owner installed Billstein models B46-1401 & B46-1137. Total cost including installation $465.00.Today at 116,000 miles still a smooth ride.
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