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Gixxer340

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Thanks for all of the info. It sounds like it will be challenging but doable.

BTW: Does it ruin the new shock if you turn the top when you install it?

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After reading these forums I was also hesitant to tackle the drivers side. But I'm stubborn so I jacked up the coach and dug in, figuring to spend hours like some suggested. All I had to do is use a stubby box wrench (5 inches long) to get to the top nut. It took longer to jack up the motorhome,get out the tools, take off the tires and clean up then it took to change the shock. Good luck and remember to use a VERY strong jack stand in addition to your floor jack. SAFETY FIRST.

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Dang! I paid good bucks to have someone do the front shocks because they were supposed to be so horrible to do. Live & learn.

My rear Bilsteins didn't have any retaining strap to keep them compressed. THAT was a fun time!

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after struggling with mine i pulled out the sawzall and removed them in seconds.


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I have a 2004 chev. MH class c; They tell me it's a G3500 chassie. I want to have camping world put on 4 new belstein schocks. They called belstein and were told they do not make schocks for this MH. Seems they stopped at 2003 or 2. Has anyone else out there have some information on this? Maybe it would not make and change in my ride, but those seams across the turnpike's are awful.
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I installed mine myself with no help and it is a challenge, I started after work one day and ended up working by flashlight to finish.

I also did not jack up the motorhome or remove any tires. For that difficult to reach drivers side shock top mount nut, I put the wrench on the nut and wire tied it to the steering box to hold it, then turned the body of the shock from the bottom to loosen it. The hard part was getting that nut back on as the speedometer cable layed right on top of it and couldn't be pryed out of the way.

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The rear shocks (on a Ford, anyway) are a breeze. Anyone can do it. I did the fronts once. Never again. I just know that the engineer at Ford sits around chuckling fiendishly every time he imagines anyone changing the front shocks on an E350. Last time I paid two professionals to do the fronts. It took two men two hours to do it. It was worth what I paid them to do it. I even learned some new words while watching them....





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I have heard good things about the bilstein shocks. Are they important to put all the way around or on the front. I have a 2000 tioga with 60k miles and all original stuff. I dont notice any big problems but it sounds like driving will be better.
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The Bilsteins are so nice that I would remove the factory shocks right away(even new) an install them. I second the Sawzall suggestion to get the old shocks off-saves alot of time. For the front left shock if you buy a Flex head gear wrench it is much easier. It is just a gear wrench with a joint like your wrist below the head. Im sure you can get them at Snap-On but other places have them now. Do use jack stands but an added safety measure is roll the wheel you just removed and slide it under the front suspension. I know someone who's life was saved by this little trick when his jack failed.


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