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Old 09-17-2016, 12:53 AM   #171
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I blew a Koni shock while in Baja. Koni replaced the shock after I sent the blown-seal-shock back to them. Konies don't like topes.

There is a significant difference between a Koni set to max damping and a Monroe shock. IMO the Monroe shock is very wimpy, as is the Sachs.

As mentioned, the Fox shock, modified for Sprinter use and sold by Agile is still better than Koni. Better price too.
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Old 09-17-2016, 01:11 AM   #172
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In a pinch, fox shocks can be rebuilt with all new wear parts. Supposedly this can be done with basic tools.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:29 AM   #173
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I only have 18,000 km (11,000 miles) on my (new to me) 2006, 118 standard roof sprinter. However, I am a big guy in a power wheelchair and I sit in the middle of the van, behind the drivers and passenger seats.

On the highway this vehicle drives much smoother than my previous Ford F150 Econoline. However, I am finding that I get a really rough ride around town (speed bumps, potholes etc.).

Will the shocks help to alleviate this? What will also adding sway bars do?

I am reluctant to spend money on such a low mileage vehicle, but the rough ride in town is already getting to me.
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I only have 18,000 km (11,000 miles) on my (new to me) 2006, 118 standard roof sprinter. However, I am a big guy in a power wheelchair and I sit in the middle of the van, behind the drivers and passenger seats.

On the highway this vehicle drives much smoother than my previous Ford F150 Econoline. However, I am finding that I get a really rough ride around town (speed bumps, potholes etc.).

Will the shocks help to alleviate this? What will also adding sway bars do?

I am reluctant to spend money on such a low mileage vehicle, but the rough ride in town is already getting to me.
Check your tire pressures first. With a light load you can run less than the placarded pressures and it will make a difference.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:08 AM   #175
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I only have 18,000 km (11,000 miles) on my (new to me) 2006, 118 standard roof sprinter. However, I am a big guy in a power wheelchair and I sit in the middle of the van, behind the drivers and passenger seats.

On the highway this vehicle drives much smoother than my previous Ford F150 Econoline. However, I am finding that I get a really rough ride around town (speed bumps, potholes etc.).

Will the shocks help to alleviate this? What will also adding sway bars do?

I am reluctant to spend money on such a low mileage vehicle, but the rough ride in town is already getting to me.


Hi,

Wow, what a mileage / age, nice.

These T1N & NCV3's are originally equipped with a bit of too "lame" Rear shocks.
Especially if doin' cargo / loaded / etc.,you May easily "kill" a pair per Year, unfortunately.

Bilstein oem is quite ok, Not expensive and changing rear shocks is fairly easy Job...should be done by almost anyone who with little experience of working with cars.

I've tried quite many manuf.versions. from KYB to Koni,etc..

Ended the conclusion that there's only two shoks that are worth to invest if you really want iproved handling, loaded or not.
And won't "die" within a Year


Koni Heavy Track, Red
SV-Shocks. <- Custom design and manufactured for Sprinters.
Luckily available as stock parts.


Koni's are good choice but after driving Sprinter with SV-Shocks, you'll be amazed.

There's like a light-year diffetrnce in between these two brands, while Koni's still are greatone's and well worth, too.


Here's link http://www.sv-shocks.fi/web/index.php/catalogue
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Forgot, sway bars won't do nothing if shocks are bad.
I highly suggest to invest in shocks, improvement is huge and ofc it affect spositively on driving experience, better handling, less "wobbling" in corners..ans so on.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:40 PM   #177
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I've tried quite many manuf.versions. from KYB to Koni,etc..

Ended the conclusion that there's only two shoks that are worth to invest if you really want iproved handling, loaded or not.
And won't "die" within a Year


Koni Heavy Track, Red
SV-Shocks. <- Custom design and manufactured for Sprinters.
Luckily available as stock parts.


Koni's are good choice but after driving Sprinter with SV-Shocks, you'll be amazed.
I have been looking for shocks for my 10 year old RV for some time. Kept hoping Bilstein would come out with HD shocks for the 2005. I had a bad experience with the Koni's. SV sounds like a good manufacturer as they know how to stabilize a truck or a train, surely they can do the same for a van.

Has anyone else purchased these? Who sells them? Anyone for a group buy?

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Old 09-22-2016, 05:29 PM   #178
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You must of missed my evaluation of the Fox shock. Agile Offroad has modified a Fox shock so it can be used for heavy Sprinter motor homes. This shock has custom valving that addresses the deficiencies of the Sprinter suspension.

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hey everyone, going to diy
any recommendations on where to get a set of these koni's?
$214 and $160 on amazon - $750 total

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Old 09-23-2016, 02:44 PM   #180
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A set of what?

Oh, and I am also keeping the Fox in mind. I had difficulty with them too finding a 2005 3500 cut-away chassis on the web.

Geez, it's almost 2017, gonna have to replace those last two tires this year too. Still have lots of tread. Perhaps I'll wait until they start to crack. They were the inner two tires until 2012. And a 10 year old RV isn't gonna be as easy to get into RV parks with.

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