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Old 12-31-2011, 11:55 PM   #239
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Follow up... 1500 miles this week with the fix in place. The change in ride/sway is noticeable but not dramatic. My co-pilot (Wife) notice the difference as well. She was much more comfortable riding in the front seat.
An excellent no $$$$$ spent modification.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #240
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I was finally shamed into doing the rear. I look forward to taking it out this weekend and testing it. Enjoy the photos.



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I did the rear last week and a rear track bar. Did a short test drive and noticed a big difference in side winds and trucks overtaking . Waiting for the Hellwig 7962 links to do the front. I just did not like the looks of the angle on the front links after moving the stock links. It's probably just me.
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I haven't read all 18 pages of this thread, so excuse me if this question has already been covered. What is Ford's position on this mod?? My coach is still under warranty and I'd hate to jeopardize that by making this change to the suspension.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:13 AM   #243
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I haven't read all 18 pages of this thread, so excuse me if this question has already been covered. What is Ford's position on this mod?? My coach is still under warranty and I'd hate to jeopardize that by making this change to the suspension.
I suppose if you broke a sway bar you might have an issue, but in general it's the drive train (engine, trans and rear-end) that is the items most often sent for warranty work. Not something I would worry about...but I tend to not worry about a lot of stuff.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:06 PM   #244
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I haven't read all 18 pages of this thread, so excuse me if this question has already been covered. What is Ford's position on this mod?? My coach is still under warranty and I'd hate to jeopardize that by making this change to the suspension.

Quite a while back, someone said they had the Ford dealer do the mod on the front for them while the MH was in for another issue. They didn't seem to have an issue I guess. Anywho, I can't see how this mod affects anything but the geometry which addind track bars and the like also tend to do. The difference is so much better that I did mine and have not looked back. Though I have no warranty issues.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:55 AM   #245
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I did the rear last week and a rear track bar. Did a short test drive and noticed a big difference in side winds and trucks overtaking . Waiting for the Hellwig 7962 links to do the front. I just did not like the looks of the angle on the front links after moving the stock links. It's probably just me.
Please keep us posted on the Hellwig links. I had ordered them before I did my mod and tried my best to use them but I had two problems. First, I couldn't get the two ends screwed into each other. I think the thread patterns were different on both ends and Secondly, one of the bushing inserts they sent was much too big to fit inside the bushing. I was so disgusted, I sent the whole thing back to Amazon and simply did the mod without the new links. Frankly, I'm glad I did it anyway and now I can't see much advantage to the adjustable links.
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I made longer links because I had some spare chromoly in the attic and some shock ends and also some poly bushings left over from a truck suspension mod.



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I made longer links because I had some spare chromoly in the attic and some shock ends and also some poly bushings left over from a truck suspension mod.
Just thought you might be interested..... I looked under my MH and the sway bar was falling off! It 6mo old and we just drove 1250 mi. Must have fell off just as we got to TX!
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Will check that, if I ever get it back. :( They were tight when I did the mod. Had to use a 1/2 ton jack to align the inner holes.

Sounds like it was never tightened from the factory.



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Please keep us posted on the Hellwig links. I had ordered them before I did my mod and tried my best to use them but I had two problems. First, I couldn't get the two ends screwed into each other. I think the thread patterns were different on both ends and Secondly, one of the bushing inserts they sent was much too big to fit inside the bushing. I was so disgusted, I sent the whole thing back to Amazon and simply did the mod without the new links. Frankly, I'm glad I did it anyway and now I can't see much advantage to the adjustable links.
I installed the Hellwigs on the front. I had no problem assembling them. The ends screwed together easily.
I did something a little different that is sure to generate some comments.
My Bounder has always had a slight lean to the passenger’s side. The lean was 1 inches front and rear measured at the wheel openings and 1/8 bubble on the floor. I noticed when I disconnected the drivers side sway bar link the rear lean increased to 1 inches. I took one of the front links, they are inches longer than the rear links and installed it on the drivers side rear in the inner hole and moved the passengers side rear link to the inner hole, the rear lean decreased to inch.
I installed the Hellwigs on the front and adjusted the driver’s side link to inches longer than the passenger’s side link and installed them in the inner holes. The front lean decreased to inch.
I know the accepted way to correct lean is to re-arch the springs or install airbags. I have road tested this configuration and the steering and handling is great.
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Looked under my motorhome and found the sway bar had come loose and was falling off. Ford is fixing tomorrow.. Just drove to tx 1250 mi.
You could clearly see where the bolt came loose. The mechanic spoke almost no English, had to have a translator, he seamed to know his stuff!
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Hipshot,

You do realize that this puts a constant twist on the anti-sway bar. Normal static twist on the bar is zero.



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You do realize that this puts a constant twist on the anti-sway bar. Normal static twist on the bar is zero.
Yes I do. The twist is not that much. Seems to me the force would be like driving on a crowned road or parking sideways on a hill. I don't know what the longterm effects of this are going to be. I have a 1000 mile trip comming up. I plan to measure the lean before the trip then after. Then disconnect the driverside links and measure again. My concern is the sway bar will take a set from the constant twist and become less effective. Has anyone ever put a constant twist on a sway bar for a long period of time?
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