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Old 10-12-2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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Wow, I'm amazed at how difficult it seems to be to find the current model # and someone who has them in stock. Anyone know what the correct (up-to-date) model # is for the Front and Back Bilstein shocks on a 1995 Classic Pusher 36? My repairman said the numbers he was given by Bilstein for the FRONT are AK-1240 and the BACK are AK-1241 but anyone I call with those numbers can't seem to pull them up on a computer. ARGH!
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #2
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Below is a link to the Bilstein motorhome shock application guide - I didn't see a listing for an AK-1240 or AK-1241. For an Isuzu motorhome chassis there is a listing for AK-1250 front, AK-1251. That is the only "AK" number listing I saw...

http://www.bilsteinus.com/Bil_Mtrhm_apps6-10.pdf
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:35 PM   #3
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Thanks War Eagle! Yep, the part number I listed earlier was incorrect and your sheet shows the correct one! I found out late this afternoon what the right part # was and got it ordered from Truck Parts and Accessories for Pickup Trucks, Medium Duty Trucks, Semis, and RVs - TruckSpring.com!
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:50 PM   #4
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I have an 86 345 and the shocks have helper springs is that Original Equipment from Airstream or just something a PO added? I would like to buy Bistein shocks but do not want to lose any spring in the front end. The PO added spring nuts (helpers) because the bags wore both dead I replaced them now and the front is much better but it sways and bounces to much.
I also have weird wear on the front tires there are 4 rows of treads the second one in from the out side are worn down 3/16 more then the outer ones. I run 75psi in front and 55psi in rear My local goodyear tire man thinks it is just the bands in the tires.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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I run 75 in the front and 85 in the back. The manual tells you to have the front air bags at 55lbs. I think 55 is to low for the back. I am a newbe, but this has worked great for me.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:32 AM   #6
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78# in the front, 77# in the rear duals, and 72# in the tags works for our 345. See my thread on finding the ideal pressure for each tire by checking the temp.
The air bags in front should be 55#. The rear bags are taken care of by the rear compressor.
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Roger Robfike. I run 75 PSI front and rear with 55 PSI in the airbags in the front. Compressor takes care of the rear airbags. When replacing shocks, you need to keep in mind that the shock keeps the tire firmly planted on the road, and assists in braking action, it does not lift the chassis. By having good shocks you minimize tire wear and have shorter stopping distance. A very important suspension component indeed.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:34 PM   #8
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Here is an example of how good the Bilstein shocks are. This the apex and exit of turn 10 at the Putnam Park Road Course. We are not going very fast...but you get the idea.
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Greenovators, Can you state the model number (front and rear) of Bilstein's, please?
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BudClem - I'll find out tomorrow what numbers they are and post them for you.
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