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Old 05-22-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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Georgetown came with Bilsteins and curious if any upgrades available maybe to help some of the sway. Iíve heard Koni # 2 are better but interested in other opinionís
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:31 AM   #2
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Georgetown came with Bilsteins and curious if any upgrades available maybe to help some of the sway. I’ve heard Koni # 2 are better but interested in other opinion’s
Shocks do not control sway.
An anti-roll bar or a "sway bar" will.
Look under your Georgetown, you might already have them.
I believe thicker or larger diameter bars are available.
Motorhomes have a high CG, some sway could be inherent in the design.
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Agreed, shocks do not affect sway. Also, I've had better results with Bilstein than Koni.
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Thanks. I have added a front steering stabilizer & rear stabilizer as well as a trac bar. No movement now with 18 wheelers. Thought maybe the shocks would help smooth the ride a little more.
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Thanks. I have added a front steering stabilizer & rear stabilizer as well as a trac bar. No movement now with 18 wheelers. Thought maybe the shocks would help smooth the ride a little more.
There is a lot of misunderstanding on what "shocks" actually do. In this country we call them "Shock Absorbers" but in Europe and other countries they are referred to as "Dampers". Their purpose is to dampen the compression/rebound cycle in springs, nothing more.

If your vehicle porpoises, rocking front to back after hitting dips in the road better shocks may help. Likewise if your vehicle wallows, rocking back and forth after a gust of wind hits it, again better shocks may help.

They are not designed to smooth roads and in reality, the better a shock does in damping in the above scenarios, it's possible that they can make the ride more harsh.

Another fact believe it or not from the manufacturers of both vehicle AND shocls. Shocks do not wear out as often as people think. Unless they are broken (internally with the piston coming loose from the rod, or leaking oil) chances are the shocks are still working and accomplishing their design purpose.

People feel a different ride when replacing but often only because they are now aware of the new shocks.
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Georgetown came with Bilsteins and curious if any upgrades available maybe to help some of the sway. Iíve heard Koni # 2 are better but interested in other opinionís
After adding rear sway bar, steeering stabilizer and doing front CHF I added sumo springs front and rear and that finally fixed the sway issue for me.
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After adding rear sway bar, steeering stabilizer and doing front CHF I added sumo springs front and rear and that finally fixed the sway issue for me.
Wow! Sounds like a complete suspension rebuild! Maybe the manufacturer should take notice and correct this problem on their end.........
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I upgraded to KONI while they do look good.
They have NOT improved the ride at all.
The ride has always been good but I let all
of the hype about how much of a improved
ride I will get with KONI.


I have already traveled over 4,000 miles since my install and
I am 100% sure they have not improved the ride quality at all.
I am always hoping that all money spent will have a positive effect,
so in this case I guess I have to be happy with how nice they look.
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I upgraded to KONI while they do look good.
They have NOT improved the ride at all.
The ride has always been good but I let all
of the hype about how much of a improved
ride I will get with KONI.


I have already traveled over 4,000 miles since my install and
I am 100% sure they have not improved the ride quality at all.
I am always hoping that all money spent will have a positive effect,
so in this case I guess I have to be happy with how nice they look.
Thanks for sharing this. I will put this on the back burner now
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I upgraded to KONI while they do look good.
They have NOT improved the ride at all.
The ride has always been good but I let all
of the hype about how much of a improved
ride I will get with KONI.


I have already traveled over 4,000 miles since my install and
I am 100% sure they have not improved the ride quality at all.
I am always hoping that all money spent will have a positive effect,
so in this case I guess I have to be happy with how nice they look.
Sorry it didnít help you. My experience has been totally opposite. The Konis have drastically improved my ride, especially over bridge expansion joints and on uneven patches on the interstates. Before when we hit a bridge joint or pothole or other uneven areas it would just about knock my teeth out. Now it we just glide over them. My wife was the one who really noticed the difference first. I just had major back surgery and would not have been able to make our current trip with our Bilistines.
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We just put Konis on front. Ride much improved. Working on budget to put them on rear too.
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What I have noticed most in the 'what is the best shock' discussions, is not which shock is best, but how shot were your old shocks? The difference between old shocks and new shocks is what folks notice the most, and then of course the brand of the new shock is the best
I think any new shock made for the application will be a huge improvement over old, neglected shocks. Brand selection is usually just a preference or good advertising.
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There is a lot of misunderstanding on what "shocks" actually do. In this country we call them "Shock Absorbers" but in Europe and other countries they are referred to as "Dampers". Their purpose is to dampen the compression/rebound cycle in springs, nothing more.

If your vehicle porpoises, rocking front to back after hitting dips in the road better shocks may help. Likewise if your vehicle wallows, rocking back and forth after a gust of wind hits it, again better shocks may help.

They are not designed to smooth roads and in reality, the better a shock does in damping in the above scenarios, it's possible that they can make the ride more harsh.

Another fact believe it or not from the manufacturers of both vehicle AND shocls. Shocks do not wear out as often as people think. Unless they are broken (internally with the piston coming loose from the rod, or leaking oil) chances are the shocks are still working and accomplishing their design purpose.

People feel a different ride when replacing but often only because they are now aware of the new shocks.


What ever happened to Monroe magnums? They used to be some of the best hd shocks going.

Feel can be changed if adding better (hd) shocks as well.
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