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Old 03-24-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Broken Shock

While crawling around under my motorhome today I found that the front right shock was broken. Pretty ugly. Pictures attached.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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that could be dangerous

Bilsteins are one of the best shocks around too - since your Motor home is a 2008 and probably not under factory warranty I would call Bilstein and see if they will replace it - am almost certain it has a lifetime warranty on those shocks

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Yea, I looked up the warranty. Bilstein does not warranty OEM shocks.

$218 after tax for two new shocks via Amazon Prime with free shipping. I have no plans to drive it again until the new shocks arrive and are installed.

Forest River sprayed foam all over the back of one of the shock towers. So getting the nut off might be fun. We shall see.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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$218 for two shocks isnt bad at all - when I bought the set for my Dodge truck (before the lift) I got them from shox.com - was like $60 a shock - might be diffrent since your's are RV but might be worth a try by calling them and asking.

Not sure if your shock has this but from what I remember they have a Allen key in the top of the shock and then use a wrench to get the Nut off - this is where ther ratchet wrenches come in handy.

PB Blaster (Break Free) will eat just about anything maybe try spraying some of that on the bolt before attempting to take apart if you cant get it apart
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PB Blaster (Break Free) will eat just about anything maybe try spraying some of that on the bolt before attempting to take apart if you cant get it apart
OMG PB Blaster. I love that stuff! It's amazing. Spray it on, wait a while, wipe the bolt off and it looks new. Crazy. I own many cans of it and always try to have it within reach.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Here are the shocks I bought:

Billstein B6 46mm
B6

Part numbers for various applications in this document:
http://www.bilsteinus.com/uploads/tx...rhome_0811.pdf

1998-2011 Ford F53
- Front 24-187039
- Rear 24-187046

I'll post if they fit or not.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #7
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Here are the shocks I bought:

Billstein B6 46mm
B6

Part numbers for various applications in this document:
http://www.bilsteinus.com/uploads/tx...rhome_0811.pdf

1998-2011 Ford F53
- Front 24-187039
- Rear 24-187046

I'll post if they fit or not.
I take it you have a Ford Chassis then
hopefully they will work without issue - I know the part # is on the side of the tube of the shock or atleast they used to be.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:56 PM   #8
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I changed out the front shocks today. It was a bit of a job. Wow those are big bolts. I needed two 1-1/8" sockets one for the bolt and one for the nut. And I only had one and no wrenches that big. Plus I couldn't move the things. My largest impact wrench wouldn't move them at all. And my long breaker bar didn't get me enough room to work, I needed a ratcheting one.

A trip to harbor freight and I brought home a large ratcheting breaker bar and a set large shorty impact sockets. It took a lot of force but I got all four of the them. The bottom driver's side bolt is partly blocked. I had to hold the nut on that one with a very large crescent wrench, but it worked.

I've never seen a breaker bar bend like that. It was scarey, but I got it.

Did you know that harbor freights hand tools are warranted for life? I told the lady that I might break the long ratcheting breaker bar and she just shrugged and said, "If it breaks bring it back." Pretty cool. But it didn't break.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:17 AM   #9
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glad to hear you got it fixed
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