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Old 05-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Bilstein shocks for Solera

Hi, anyone changed out the Solera stock shocks with the Bilstein 4600 series?

I think a little more damping could help in cross winds.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Larry,

Read up on some posts in here where Solera owners changed out the MB OEM rear sway bar with a thicker demension one. As I recall, they noticed quite an improvement in crosswind sway. Also, it seemed reasonable in price and bolts up easy. IMHO that would have more impact from sudden side wind force putting side load forces on the suspension, than a higher end shock like Bliesteins, which would somewhat dampen, but not as much as a beefed-up sway bar IMO.

Might even be cheaper than four shocks, but not sure. I recall it was around $250. Just a suggestion.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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Check this site for the sway bar: Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar 2008-2012 Sprinter 3500

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Old 06-03-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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Check this site for the sway bar: Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar 2008-2012 Sprinter 3500

I just ordered this for our Solera. Will get it installed sometime in June. I'll post and let you know if there is a difference in the handling of the coach.
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just ordered mine. plan to self install.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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I don't know about Soleras, but I put Bilsteins all around on my 06 Ram 1500, and it helped some. The factory is now installing Bilsteins as stock on Rams. The thing that helped me the most on sway was the addition of LT tires. Those "P" rated tires have too soft of a sidewall- LT's fix that very well. Also added Hellwig helper springs to the rear.
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just ordered mine. plan to self install.
As I've said before, I need a manual to change a lightbulb. Putting the swival on the passenger seat (with the help of Displaced2) was about as far as I will go installing anything!
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Flag how hard were they to install on truck?
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Hi, anyone changed out the Solera stock shocks with the Bilstein 4600 series?

I think a little more damping could help in cross winds.
I'm with 13larry on this. I did install the Hellwig Sway Bar, and the difference is really fantastic. I'm considering ordering the Bilstein shocks for the rear when I get my welfare check next month. I normally like to do my own work, but wonder how difficult the installation is. I have a good floor jack, but my jack pads are pretty lightweight and I wouldn't trust them to support the Solera. But would this be necessary? Do I need to get the wheel off the ground. Never installed shocks before, so I'm totally in the dark.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:32 PM   #10
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Bilsteins are installed.

We just took our first trip with the Bilstein shocks. It was an improvement seems to be less bothered by passing semi's and some improved on wind gusts.
Did not change swaybar. May also do that.

Shock installation was not difficult. 2 bolts on each shock. Did not need to raise vehicle only used my stablizer jacks as high as they would go. Did not raise tires off of ground. Most difficult part was compressing shock. I had my wife pump the floor jack on the bottom of the shock after top bolt was hand installed until I could position and insert the bottom bolt. Then did a final torque on both bolts.
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