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Rear Shocks

Unread postby Desertfirst123 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Looking to replace rear shocks: 89 Lesharo LX, 2.2, gas, Bosch, 60500 miles, Coach fully loaded is under the max (6777 lbs) by 100-150 lbs. My plan is to put 10,000 miles per year on the coach for the next 4-5 years. Would prefer not to buy shocks again.


The Files articles have numbers for Air shocks Monroe MA815 and Regular shocks: Gabriel Ultra LT shock G 63387
Monroe Sensatrac 5803
Monroe Gas Magnum RV shock 555040
Any other brand/# you like?
The air shocks look like 2x the price of regular shocks.
Your Recommendation: Air shock vs regular shock?
Recommended brand/#?
If Regular, what brand is preferred?


Thanks


John in Tucson

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RE: Rear Shocks

Unread postby Mark » Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:58 pm

Hi John,

While we are talking about shocks and springs, I will tag along on this post. My Lesharo is drooping in the rear. It has aftermarket air springs but the bladders are leaking (badly). I am also looking for options. Air shocks, replace air springs, add leaf to rear? Comments,



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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby RUSS58 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:03 pm

Monroe's 555020 shocks with spring


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RE: Rear Shocks

Unread postby Mark » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:23 pm

Interesting!
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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby scott.edwards » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:30 pm

Hi John,

What I think is the correct solution, long run, especially if you have a trailer hitch with cantilevered items like a storage box, generator tray, bike rack, or a scooter, would be to add air bags and the Monroe non-air shocks.

If you are not cantilevering, then the Monroe's are probably ok. Air shocks offer more versatility, but as you say, are more expensive. Select the air shocks if you are always overloaded, on twisty roads, or are having handling issues in the wind.

A lot of users have installed the Monroe's, and seem to be happy with them. These are the ones listed below with the coil helpers.

Suspension



Shocks - Rear

Renault - 7700 700909

MONROE - GAS-MAGNUM
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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby RUSS58 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:58 pm

Nice info Scott .. The Monroe 555020 with the coil spring is the one I got , lift my LS like 2" sag of the back , I'm happy with them . Front ones I used mobility good price on them..


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RE: Rear Shocks

Unread postby Mark » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:59 pm

It looks like the Monroe MA815 will replace my Firestone air springs at less than half the cost with the additional benefit of new shocks absorbing. I do tote a bike rack on my LeSharo. Has anybody else used them?



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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby RefrigMan » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:49 am

John;
I installed the MA 815 Monroe air shocks from Amazon on my Phasar in 2013 and one air bladder failed near the beginning of my summer trip after about 1000 miles and a week and a half of driving. I discovered they came with only a 90 day guarantee and I had installed them prior to that but never driven the vehicle. Shocks should have years, if not decades, of use and a 90 day guarantee is ridiculously short. I do not recommend them. O-Reilly Auto Parts has a lifetime guaranteed equivalent Gabriel HiJacker air shock for virtually the same price. It seems a no brainer to me. I seem to remember the MA 815 as listed in our messages is shown as being for a full size Ford Crown Victoria or station wagon (I don't remember the year, maybe 1995?) and needs to be looked up under that in order to find the part number for the Gabriels. I have not yet replaced those air shocks, which continue to function as shocks without the air adjustable feature.

I also, while traveling at that time, added a a $50 set of clamp on coil spring auxiliary helper springs from AutoZone on top of the rear axle that actually kept the rear end up without replacing those air shocks for the entire remainder of that trip -- even though I was carrying a 400 lb. motorcycle on a hitch-mounted carrier at the rear.

Dave Martin
Vail, AZ
'90 Phasar w/ '94 Chrysler 3.5 V6 conversion (not done by me)

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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby scott.edwards » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:21 am

Hi Dave,

I was shocked to hear you say that Monroe had a 90 day warranty.... in reality, their warranty is 90 day, replace and refund warranty (even paying to replace), as well as a limited lifetime warranty for cars and light trucks, which our RV should qualify for. So don't throw out those shocks, they are still under warranty..... The link to the page with the warranty claim form is listed here:

http://www.monroe.com/en-US/support/Safe-and-Sound-Guarantee/

This is actually a pretty fair warranty, not one to shy away from.

Cheers, Scott


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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postby Mark » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:58 pm

As I review my options, food for thought. Thanks,



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