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Old 10-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #169
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Have been following this thread since the start and finally made the decision to do the mod to my Dolphin 5320, 06 F53 with 22.5 tires. Installed the Hellwig extended length links(1 1/2 inch longer) on front into the inner holes and used the stock front links to extend the rear and installed rear in the inner mounting holes. Left for No. Ga. mountains last night and am amazed at the difference in handling. The wife even noticed that the rv was tracking starighter. She said I should undo whatever I did because I am driving faster because of confidence I now have in the handling of the unit. Our GPS has an over speed indicator set to warn if we run more than 7 mph over the speed limit and it was constantly going off on the trip today. If you have been considering this mod, get it done ASAP, Made this trip at about 350 miles and am not near as tired from fighting the unit as before. Just my 2 cents. AS
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If anyone has upgraded the bar bushing to the neoprene type, can you please share with us the part number and manufacturer with us? Thanks, AS
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:22 PM   #171
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If anyone has upgraded the bar bushing to the neoprene type, can you please share with us the part number and manufacturer with us? Thanks, AS
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:35 PM   #172
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I'm tempted to un-do the mod to my Breeze so I can experience the difference it makes. With all the favorable posts, I did it before taking my first trip since getting my '04 Breeze.

That's a good idea to put the front links in the rear. Although I don't think it needs longer links, I may make some up out of boredom.

SAS30, when DW isn't looking, change the GPS setting. Sorry DW.



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Old 10-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #173
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Just checked and I have enough chromoly tubing and new shock rubber and poly busings to make some new links.

Stock length 10.75", new length 12.50" with the MH sitting on a very slight nose down incline.

SAS30, how close to being the right length were the front ones you put on the rear?



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Darn it! Wish I had of figured out a way to market this modification instead of giving it away to all my new friends on this forum. Maybe I would have enough money to actually go somewhere in my motorhome!
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:57 AM   #175
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You should change the fix to the "McKinley Fix".

Thanks for your idea, sometimes thanks are better than money.
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Market some adjustable links that are cheaper than the Hellwig extended length links.

I found enough material in the attic and my scrap rubber box and am making some extended length one as we speak. Well... as soon as the Vicoden kicks in(Sciatica).



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Market some adjustable links that are cheaper than the Hellwig extended length links.

I found enough material in the attic and my scrap rubber box and am making some extended length one as we speak. Well... as soon as the Vicoden kicks in(Sciatica).
So will this now be the "Vicaden" fix? I have not done the fix for the rear yet, it looks like my front and rear vinks are the same length. How much longer are the front links than the rear?
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Market some adjustable links that are cheaper than the Hellwig extended length links.

I found enough material in the attic and my scrap rubber box and am making some extended length one as we speak. Well... as soon as the Vicoden kicks in(Sciatica).
As I write I'm on the way to get my first dose of the day. Back fusion surgery in the next couple of weeks. L5-4, L5 dislocated 8mm
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So will this now be the "Vicaden" fix? I have not done the fix for the rear yet, it looks like my front and rear vinks are the same length. How much longer are the front links than the rear?
Looks like? Looks like I'm gonna have to crawl under the rear and do an exact measurement. Oh well, maybe it will loosen up my back. That and another Vic. Mind you, all my measurement are on a 2004 National Sea Breeze 1311 on a F53 chassis. As always YMMV.



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Ok... Just drug myself over 30" of broken rock to measure the rear anti-sway bar links.

My rear links measure 9 7/8" eye-to-eye. The fronts measure 10 3/4" eye-to-eye. So the fronts are 7/8" longer than the rears. Looking at the angle of the rear anti-sway bar, with it not even getting close to hitting the diff like some have reported, it ain't worth the time or trouble to put the front links on the rear. This is the rear mod already done.





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As I write I'm on the way to get my first dose of the day.
It would be safer to concentrate on your driving.



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Looks similiar to mine and the bar would hit the diff where the bar goes under the diff, with the rear suspension near full extension (raised up with the jacks), which that much travel probably wouldn't happen under normal driving, so like you said it might not be worth doing anything about it to some people. Kind of surprised yours doesn't make contact because it looks the same. Also, the links get close to contacting those side brackets where the link bolts to the sway bar towards full suspension travel on mine.

Just thought it was worth mentioning because it is an easy fix if someone chooses to do so.

Can't tell looking at your pic, but I'm guessing it is not with the jacks fully extended, or close to fully extending the suspension.

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Ok... Just drug myself over 30" of broken rock to measure the rear anti-sway bar links.

My rear links measure 9 7/8" eye-to-eye. The fronts measure 10 3/4" eye-to-eye. So the fronts are 7/8" longer than the rears. Looking at the angle of the rear anti-sway bar, with it not even getting close to hitting the diff like some have reported, it ain't worth the time or trouble to put the front links on the rear. This is the rear mod already done.

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