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ron-n-toni

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Shocks
« on: May 11, 2016, 04:30:23 pm »
Our 2016 2351 is on a E450 chassis and handles very well. BUT. Those bridge joints and badly maintained roads still send sharp jolts though out the unit. Thinking on installing Koni FSD shocks. Had a Born Free 26 ft that I put Bilsteins on which didn't help much. Then  installed Mor-Ryde which didn't make much of a difference either. Anyone actually installed Koni FSD. Or anything else. Thanks

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Polish Prince

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2016, 05:42:57 pm »
I interested in the comments on this as well.  Your setup is the same as what we will be taking delivery of in August.  That rough ride was my one concern on the 450 chassis on a 2351.
George & Jill Budzynski, Birchbark Farm

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TomHanlon

Re: Shocks
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 08:10:17 am »
Polish Prince,

    Two days ago I drove from Frankenmuth, Mi to Zeeland, Mi. The only way you are likly to get a smooth ride on your Michigan roads is to upgrade to a hovercraft.  roflol

    Boy, do I hate your Michigan left turns. For those of you that don't know what that is, instead of making a left turn at a traffic light, you have to make a right turn, drive about a half mile to a u-turn and come back to the traffic light. That way Michigan gets twice as much traffic going through a intersection/traffic light. Plus instead of turning in front of stopped traffic, you get to make a u-turn in front of oncoming moving traffic, sometimes at high speed. Lots of fun when driving a PC while towing a jeep. Maybe someone can explain why this is better than just turning left at a traffic light. They do allow left turns , just not at some traffic ligths.
pyho pyho pyho

« Last Edit: May 12, 2016, 08:13:24 am by TomHanlon »

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Polish Prince

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 08:50:25 am »
Welcome to our Michigan roads, we can't get the legislature to agree that as a "tourist" state, we and the tourists, should be able to drive on our roads without loosing our teeth.  Sorry for the ride and I can't give any reason, good or bad, about the left turn issue.  We live way out in the country so fortunately we don't have to deal with that, it's only a city thing.  Hope you enjoyed your time in Michigan.
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2016, 06:46:50 am »
Michigan roads are not made for the volume they see. You cannot turn left at a light because there is not enough lane capacity for the cars that turn left resulting in cars backing up from the left turn lane into the through lanes. It is design to reduce road expansion for turn lanes and keep traffic moving. I feel your pain because I used to pull a 30' TT and hated left turns.

Road fixes are coming as they raised our fees and taxes recently. By the way, right after raising them they said we won't see the road money for a couple of years, go figure. When they raised taxes and fees they said they had no money. Now with Detroit school and Flint water crisis money alleys are flowing from Lansing. I am looking forward to just visiting Michigan after retirement and finding my happy place elsewhere, hopefully in a PC!

Ron

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 08:02:43 am »
Shocks, people, shocks. pyho

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TomHanlon

Re: Shocks
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 04:18:39 pm »
Sorry for stealing your tread.

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2016, 01:38:13 am »
I too would like to hear of anyone who installed Koni-FSD shocks on all for corners.  I think every motor home could benefit from a smoother ride.  It seems the Koni-FSDs have a chance at making a notable difference.

In the mean time, the only other simple thing you can do to smooth out your ride is to carry a full tank of fresh water, and load the rig with everything you might need like heavy tools with the weight properly distributed.  I say this because the closer you get to a max-load condition, the smoother your ride will become.  It's like driving around in an empty box truck.  Load the truck up and the ride smooths out.

Given the situation with a 2351-E450, I would consider taking the rig to an RV suspension shop to have them research the possibility of removing a few leaf springs in back, and change the front coil springs to the next lesser-rated ones.  The rig unmodified has so much more capacity than most people would ever utilize.

A few people special order a 2350-E450 which is a more severe condition.
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2016, 01:50:49 pm »
Purchased new Koni FSD shocks from Hendersons for just over $700.  My son and I installed them in about four hours. The rears were easier to install than the fronts. He had both rears installed in the time it took me to install the right front. It took both of us to install the left front.  Results. The ride is noticeably smoother and the sharp jolts from bridge joints and potholes are better but not gone. Worth it???  Yep!!.  This is on a 2016 PC 2351 on an E450 chassis. 2o2