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Old 04-11-2020, 12:21 PM   #21
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Looking for shock recommendations

I’ll add that the designated terms “comfort” and “HD” that Bilstein chose to use is at best misleading. While we all consider our rigs to be HD, it’s not really “light duty”, “comfort” or “heavy duty”, it has more to do with the proper valving for each of the applications.
There’s some other threads where people have mentioned how hard the ride quality was after installing the motorhome “HD” version of these shocks on the rear of their Econoline vans, but then again some do like them. I’d say that they would be better suited to a fully built out EB van than a lighter build on a RB van.
I went through the same dilemma years ago when I was shopping for new shocks, before the Agile tuned Fox shocks. I called up Bilstein to go over the options, I was pretty sure I didn’t want anything designated as “comfort” going on my fully built out 10,000lb. SMB. Sure enough, the tech convinced me otherwise and explained the difference in each of the 2 shocks proper application. I told him what I thought of their naming, he agreed. I found the “comfort” shocks certainly did not turn my rig into “a sofa on wheels”.

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Old 04-11-2020, 07:08 PM   #22
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I’ve had the regular “comfort” shocks front and rear for about 8 years and they handle really well. 2WD EB full SMB build, I guess running around 8-8500 pounds loaded.

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Old 04-11-2020, 08:37 PM   #23
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Stiffer compression damping makes for a huge difference in handling.
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Old 04-12-2020, 03:55 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by ctb View Post
John at Quadvan put two Bilsteins (4) on the front end (I think you can even make out the part #'s lol), and as he called them "motor home" Bilsteins on the rear...I also have bags on the rear and find it all to be awesome/comfortable on and off road...just celebrated our 6th year with Sporty!

looks interesting set up! can you please show us closer pictures how it is mounted?
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:32 AM   #25
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+1 on Bilstien "comfort", we have EB50 2WD build with fiberglass aero hightop on an E250. Two years in, couldn't be happier. Handles very well on pavement and dirt. And it is indeed much more comfortable than the stock ford shocks. I've done bilstiens for 23+ years on various cars and have been delighted every time.

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