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Old 12-01-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
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190 B shocks

I just bought a 94 B and it needs shocks. Any of you who solved the bounce and sway issues successfully please let me know what you did. Right now it rides like a 70's Lincoln (aka boat) . I want to improve the handling without making it ride like my 3/4 ton diesel 4X4.

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Old 12-01-2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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I just bought a pristine 94 190B. It has 45000 miles on it and it needs shocks. It rides like an old Lincoln (bob and pitch) and I would like to know if anyone made mods to their unit to improve handling and what shocks work great without making it ride like my diesel 4/4 pickup.

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Old 12-01-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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I've heard general reports that sway bars (both front and rear) help a LOT. I haven't heard of anyone replacing the shocks, but... geez, mine's 16 years old with over 100,000 miles - surely they're worn out! I'd get the heaviest duty shocks I could find.
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just put on oem shocks. get them from camper world or inland rv.also try the search button at the top.. welcome to the forums...
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Old 12-02-2006, 12:41 PM   #5
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I just did more research and this is what I came up with. Bilstein shocks all the way around and the addition of front and rear Hellwig sway bars. Also a steering stabilizer if not already equipped. Should make it handle like a sports car!!!
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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I just did more research and this is what I came up with. Bilstein shocks all the way around and the addition of front and rear Hellwig sway bars. Also a steering stabilizer if not already equipped. Should make it handle like a sports car!!!
...albeit a slow one.
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:23 PM   #7
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I replaced my front two shocks and steering stabilizer with on-sale Bilsteins at Camping World. It made quite a bit of difference in handling, and I'm sure on your smaller rig it will be quite noticeable.
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I haven't used them on a true heavy truck chassis but do have them on my tow vehicle & can't resist to comment.

Bilstein shocks put their best performance in under stress, doing city streets w/ expansion joints and nuisance surface rougness isn't their strong point since they ride like teenagers romping on a waterbed; very frisky at low speeds. However hitting a cloverleaf exit ramp too fast and jabbing on the brakes Bilsteins will make a chassis ride like its on rails once their extra 'up' springyness is loaded - high speed across plowed field is no problem but going through town to the post office is wiggle and hop city...
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Shock upgrade

My 2006 Interstate drove like a boat when purchased so I upgraded to Koni shocks, a heavy duty sway bar and rear spring assists. Now it drives more like a sports car and is still very comfortable. The big advantage with Koni's is that they are adjustable to the load, so they can be fine tuned for each application.

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I put oem heavy duty shocks and front air bags and it rides real nice.no sway or roll.got the air bags from camper world.
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I just did more research and this is what I came up with. Bilstein shocks all the way around and the addition of front and rear Hellwig sway bars. Also a steering stabilizer if not already equipped. Should make it handle like a sports car!!!
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I haven't used them on a true heavy truck chassis but do have them on my tow vehicle & can't resist to comment.

Bilstein shocks put their best performance in under stress, doing city streets w/ expansion joints and nuisance surface rougness isn't their strong point since they ride like teenagers romping on a waterbed; very frisky at low speeds. However hitting a cloverleaf exit ramp too fast and jabbing on the brakes Bilsteins will make a chassis ride like its on rails once their extra 'up' springyness is loaded - high speed across plowed field is no problem but going through town to the post office is wiggle and hop city...
I agree. New Bilstein HD shocks made my 1/2 ton Suburban handle curvy roads very well, and freeway offramps are now actually fun. I can stick to the bumper of a Subaru WRX on a cloverleaf, scaring the daylights out of the driver...
However, unless the truck is loaded to the max, the shocks are unusually stiff. True definition of Love/Hate.
I imagine them to be near perfect for a heavy B-van, though.
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we also replaced all our shocks and steering stabilizer with Bilsteins
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