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Old 08-22-2016, 09:57 AM   #1
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New Bilstein shocks or SumoSprings?

I'm tired of cursing and/or using the Lord's name in vain every time I hit a bump in the road or one of the millions of potholes in CA. Has anyone changed out their shocks to Bilstein and/or added SumoSprings? Worth it? The F53 chasis is built for commercial trucks, so it feels like a commercial truck ride. 1 1/2 years, getting kinda old.


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Old 08-22-2016, 10:19 AM   #2
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I'm tired of cursing and/or using the Lord's name in vain every time I hit a bump in the road or one of the millions of potholes in CA. Has anyone changed out their shocks to Bilstein and/or added SumoSprings? Worth it? The F53 chasis is built for commercial trucks, so it feels like a commercial truck ride. 1 1/2 years, getting kinda old.


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Antone you and I have the same rig. I changed my factory Bilsteins to Koni FSD's and found it to make a big difference in the ride. You and I drive the same CA highways and frequent some of the same places. I also did the CHF, added a Roadmaster steering stabilizer, put two new motorhome Michelins on the front and got an alignment. Each was an improvement to ride and handling. However I've also been curious about the Sumos. Best wishes for your future ride.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:33 AM   #3
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Thanks leisurelarry. I'll look into those too. My local shop does the Sumos, so I'll probably price the options out and go from there. I'm adding the steering stabilizer next month, might just do it all in one shot so I can enjoy the ride for the ride, not just knowing the destination.


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Thanks leisurelarry. I'll look into those too. My local shop does the Sumos, so I'll probably price the options out and go from there. I'm adding the steering stabilizer next month, might just do it all in one shot so I can enjoy the ride for the ride, not just knowing the destination.


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Old 08-22-2016, 08:49 PM   #5
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We did the CHF first and that made a huge difference. We then upgraded to Konis and that really helped the ride. Not perfect, but definitely better. Would love to hear a review on Sumo Springs.


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The 53 already has bilsteins. Get the Koni after the sumo.
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I added the Koni's and steering stabilizer also. Huge difference!
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:40 PM   #8
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Don't inflate your tire more than necessary. Weigh your FR3 then check inflation tables.

Sumo springs work well.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:47 PM   #9
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Same here Koni FSD's Safety Plus steering stabilizer, big difference in ride.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:14 PM   #10
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I've been meaning to add the Sumis' to my Solera. I'm also in So Cal & the Carson/ Reno NV areas regularly (no one in the Eastern Sierras that I'm aware of.) Can anyone make a recommendation for a business who can install them?
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