Shock absorbers

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 06:06
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Hello to all the Chevrolet Silverado owners. I have a question in regards to shock absorber upgrades. I feel the original shocks are not up to the job and are too soft and allow the front especially to bounce to an unacceptable level thus giving a hobby horse effect on the whole set up. This happens on some of our rural roads where the pavement is a bit buckled and you can experience some severe dips and humps. I have had an extra leaf put in the back springs and set up a little higher with the override spring coming into play a bit earlier. I am still running the standard shocks. As I am just getting this new-to- me tow vehicle set up, I would appreciate any input from Chev or GMC owners who may have had this experience and to know what they have done to overcome the problem and to achieve a good ride out of their vehicle when towing.
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Reply By: The Dingo Man - Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 19:38

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 19:38
Replaced mine with KONI, had same problem ,now 100,000km later all is perfect
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Follow Up By: Harry & Jan - Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 20:30

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 20:30
Thanks for your reply. Do you have any specs on the Koni's that you fitted ?
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Follow Up By: The Dingo Man - Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 21:20

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 21:20
KONI distributer In Melbourne had them in stock to suit the 2500, I don't know the specs , they are adjustable but have not had to touch them since installed, KONI Melb can make them to suit

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Reply By: Harry & Jan - Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 21:35

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 21:35
Thanks for that info Ken I will get on to them on Monday.

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Follow Up By: Mumbles & Mur - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 at 21:07

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 at 21:07
Hi Harry,
Just returned from the Top End via outback Qld and experienced the same problem.
I thought the car and van were going to part company with whip cracking motion that was set up on the undulating surfaces.
I too am in the market for replacement s/absorbers.

A question for Ken.

Today I spoke with Pedders, Koni agents, and I was told that shocks are only available for Chev up to 2007.
Does your Chev fall into this category?

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Ken
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Follow Up By: Harry & Jan - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 00:50

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 00:50
Hi Mumbles & Mur
I am receiving the same information about Koni & Bilstine as far as availability in Australia. Not sure about U.S. 4WD1 at Baulkham Hills import Rancho 9 stage adjustable shocks to suit the later model Chev/GMC, but I have no feedback on their performance. A mate of mine has just had some delivered but will not know for some time how they perform whilst towing.

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Reply By: The Dingo Man - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 05:59

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 05:59
Hi
My Chev is 2010 and installed my KONI;s all 4 over three years ago, I was in Alice Springs last year then Plenty Hwy and many more outback roads but the worst used to be the sealed woopdido roads but no more
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Follow Up By: The Dingo Man - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 06:15

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 06:15
Hi Folks Forgot to mention winding up front torsion bars about 1inch or wotever required as they initially sag, but it gives the shockes a better chance to work before the suspension hits the bumpstops
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Follow Up By: Harry & Jan - Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 at 02:27

Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 at 02:27
Hi Ken
The best info that I can find is that your model is the last one that Koni make a front shockie for. The 2011 trucks on the front wishbone is different and so the front shockies are different, although the rear are supposed to remain the same. I gave my mate a hand to fit a set of Rancho shocks to his 2013 today but we will not know for some time if they are any good as he will not be taking his van for a trip for some months. And, as I am in the same boat I will do a bit more homework on a mod I am thinking about as I would like to fit the Koni if possible. Thanks for all your help with this problem.
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Reply By: Mumbles & Mur - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 02:12

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 02:12
Hi Harry and all,

If anyone is still looking at front shocks for Chevy, I found a source at 4WD1.com.

They have Ranchos to fit late model Chev., Part No. RS9000XL ride adjustable and the price is $396 the pair including freight.

I have ordered but not yet received.

They can be contacted at sales@4wd1.com , Phone (02) 9634 2238,
Fax (02) 9680 3441.

Talk to John.

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Follow Up By: Harry & Jan - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 03:02

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 03:02
Hi All,
I have also found another brand Bilstein from a supplier in the US. They are front $266.88 pair delivered to Brisbane and Rear pair $245.47. The front are 5100 series part No 24-19645 and the rear 5100 series part No24-196468. The supplier is Michigan Truck Springs. I am led to believe that the front can be re-valved here in Aus at a cost of $125.00 each. They say they can set them up to increase the rebound to what you want. I have yet to confirm that this is correct. I am also pursuing some other alternatives and as it is not too pressing for me, I will try to cover all the possibilities before I bite the bullet.

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