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Offline Denny

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Shocks
« on: March 25, 2013, 03:57:29 PM »
What do the experts say on how long front shocks last.  I have 115,000 on mine now and am getting a funny skip wear pattern.

Thanks for any info
Denny

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2013, 04:30:02 PM »
May be just the front end. Have I seen that coach around Lodi on I-5. If so that is a beautiful paint job and coach.

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Offline Denny

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 04:36:22 PM »
Dave you could have seen it on I-5 as I have been up there many times.  It is the only way to get to Alaska from Huntington Beach.

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2013, 06:15:27 PM »
115 thousand miles you got your dollars worth from the set they start to weaken after 50,000 miles on most buses
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2013, 07:40:17 PM »
What Clifford said - I wouldn't expect them to go 100,000 miles on my car.
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Offline Ed Hackenbruch

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 07:48:01 PM »
87 Jeep midsize Wagoneer, over 357,000 miles, bought it when it had 103,000 miles. Shocks still good, i have never replaced them and i doubt if the original owner did either.  ;D
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2013, 10:22:40 PM »
In over 800,000 miles of driving my truck with 8 air bag suspension (4 air bags per axle) still have the same shocks and they are still working well. You can tell when they are bad, the rear axle starts bouncing over small bumps and you can feel it in the cab.  Also, if the vehicle rebounds more then 2 times, maybe time for shocks. Considering shocks are around $100 each, not a big spendy item to replace.
Remember-if you're running regional tires, 80-100,000 miles is all you can expect out of them on the fronts. With highway tires, maybe 150,000 miles. On the rear axle, they should go close to 200,000 miles-but then again-only commercial vehicles will do that kind of mileage before they wear out with time. Good Luck, TomC
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Offline muldoonman

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2013, 05:49:08 AM »
Denny,
 Had 60,000 total miles on my 91 prevost and had prevost Ft Worth put new shocks on a couple months back. Rise height issue fixed at same time also. Don't know what it was but it helped the ride and handling. The wind blows down here in Texas all the time and it took the sway out Big time. The old ones all looked good with no leaks but it did help ride.

Offline saddleup

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Re: Shocks
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2013, 08:21:25 AM »
Put new front shocks on my Eagle,a few months ago around a 100. bucks from jefferson made a real noticable differnce in the wind.
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2013, 08:29:20 AM »
Yea and the shocks were new about a year old when you bought the bus Matt I wouldn't run a front shock over 50,000 miles on a bus JMW they don't that much to replace 

The ones on the drive axle and boogies on your Eagle are adjustable gas shocks if you need a different ride fwiw
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2013, 08:38:24 AM »
It's sort of odd, but on my AMGeneral transit, it uses the same shocks in front and back. That made for one less item the bus companies had to carry. But-the air bags are different sized for the weight differences. So far, I've not changed the shocks on my bus yet. But only have driven it about 30,000 miles. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2013, 08:43:35 AM »
Shocks are cheep if you stick to the basics, the monroes i put on was less money than what the company paid for shocks on my pickup..lol   shocks and tires, i dont think you can go by how many mile you drove, its more about the roads you drive on
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2013, 02:33:44 PM »
Ordered 4 shocks for the drive $67. each and 2 shocks for the tag $57. each .Last fall I replaced the front shocks $55. each .And yes a lot cheaper then on my excursion truck or my ranger truck             dave
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Re: Shocks
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2013, 03:36:52 PM »
I replaced my front shocks with Koni. They are expensive.  They improved the handling, but I can not say for sure that Monroe would not have done the same.  However, the ones I removed, Monroe or similar (can't remember right now) seemed to be alright.  I have them in storage in case I need a spare.
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