Originally Posted by jergeod
Yes the somo's are expensive but add up the cost of a track bar and safety steer. You would be amazed at what the sumo's do for the F53, not just one thing as the track bar or dampener do.
I am not sure why you think Summos offer any of the advantages of a track bar or Safety Steer. Summos, particularly the Solos, are useless for the forces that the track bar and Safety Steer address.
The track bar ties the chassis to the house using a steel bar, which nearly eliminates the side to side movement that leaf spring slop allows. Summo Solos do nothing for this since they are not even tied to the bottom frame! The Maxims may do a little but they are not designed for shear strength so they would be minimally effective to useless for side to side. In fact, I would venture to guess that using Maxims in a non-track bar equipped F53 might damage or prematurely wear them out by stressing them with side to side forces they are not designed to handle.
I am also really puzzled as to why you think Summos eliminate the need for a Safety Steer. A Safety Steer will absorb side to side forces on the front wheels. When a front blow out occurs, the Safety Steer greatly reduces the sudden jerk caused by the blown out tire.
I stand by my recommendations, CHF, tire pressure, track bar, and safety steer. If still unhappy, consider Bilsteins or Summos. The reason I am beginning to lean towards Bilsteins is that the mechanical damping that both systems provide are in the same axis and handle the same forces. This of course only applies to the Maxims, the Solos only handle compression.
If the Summo Maxims are simply a better shock absorber, would it not make sense to get a better shock? I spoke to Bilstein on Friday and they confirmed that the RV Bilstein shock is valved differently than the aftermarket one so I think I will go that route first.