We opted to go with the Bilsteins front and rear. Owning a BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper service and repair shop, I have used Bilsteins for 35+ years with very good success. Konis, in years past, had issues. They have overcome those issues today.
I also wanted to make a side by side comparison to the Konis. I had this opportunity, as our shop installed SprinterBob's shocks and sway bar. 2 variables to the comparison equation are that SprinterBob has an EXT vs our regular length. Also SprinterBob had us install the rear sway bar that he also supplied from the Sprinter store. I left the stock sway bar on our coach. Months after initially purchasing the vehicles, each vehicle had been aligned to correct the lack of realignment after Airstream builds-in the Sprinter chassis. Both were realigned after the shock/sway bar replacement also.
- Impressions: Both vehicles have much better sway control than stock. I believe the Konis had a slight advantage. This MAY have been effected by the fact that vehicle had new rear sway bar, it is hard to say. Going straight down a less than smooth highway, I felt the Bilsteins had a better planted feeling. Under heavy braking in a straight-line, both shock combos controlled the nose-down tendencies over the stock shocks. Unlike Protag, I did not take it to Arkansas' mountain roads for a comparison. Please reference his review for that input. With either vehicle, the ride in the rear of the coach was still that of a 1ton truck. Neither shock/sway bar combo changed that too much. If anyone had ever expected a 1ton Sprinter to ride any different than a delivery truck at the rear, it was a misconception/false expectation. I have not made a parts price comparison but feel that the improvement over the stock units is worth either product.
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