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Old 11-12-2019, 10:34 PM   #5909
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It's good either way. Many have just done the CHF and all is well. I made the adjustable plates so SWAY could be changed to more than one position. I also realize most will select either the CHF position or the additional hole 1" greater.

Many of us during the early months of the CHF didn't like the angle that was created. We felt it caused added strain on the link bushings. Hence the extensions and plate ideas came into being. The point is the F-53 is much better to drive with the CHF and the other choices are just that choices. Any of the choices worked well and there's no apparent extra wear with bushings or links with any of the choices. Nothing is breaking and nothing is falling off even after 30,000 to 40,000 plus miles as many of us have on our rigs.

If I'm not mistaken even John McKinley has only just done what he originally did back in the summer of 2010 which was to move the links.

As one who likes to tinker and try to improve almost anything that we buy I feel good just making small improvements in anything. It's often what gets me out of bed and into the shop to tinker. While traveling the mind is constantly thinking of what's the next project and how can it be made better.

I've got another idea for an improved suspension front and rear that won't cost an arm and a leg and could/should significantly improve the F-53 ride. I've got some parts and working on a finished design. A prototype should be ready for install before the end of the year if we get some temps above 40 degrees.

I'll share more when I have something to show and when I have a better idea on how its going to work. Based on my research so far nobody has done anything like this. That's all I'm saying for now!!!

I'm in for whatever that may be!
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Hello Tejay. I have done the CHF on my 2015 Adventurer. It was noticeable what it did for the sway. However, I get a knocking (medal on medal) with a max sway such as coming off of a driveway. Will your brackets eliminate this and can I purchase these brackets somewhere.
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:44 PM   #5911
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Tom,

When the sway control is working overtime as when going from two uneven road surfaces the greatest amount of movement will be in and around the link ends.

First I'd do a close look at the link ends to determine if a link bolt is hitting the leaf spring. To get a metal on metal noise does not usually happen unless a bolt was installed with the nut end close to a leaf spring. You should see scrape marks if that's causing the noise.

The only other noise we have had reported after the CHF has been a creaking or squeaking noise which is usually because the link bolts were not torqued correctly.

The advantage of the plates are three fold.

1. You have 3 more choices of sway control.
2. The plates will extend your links close to 3" which keeps the link and SB angles closer to 90 degrees.
3. The last advantage is your wheels will not come off the ground as soon when trying to level if your CG sight is one that may require raising up higher than normal.
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Added aftermarket Sway Pro Plus steering damper, and tossed the junk factory unit. Pricey, but major handling improvement. Class C Coachman Concord., E450 Chases. 14000 lbs.
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:09 PM   #5913
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I got the CHF done last week and was really impressed as to how it handles now. None of that rocking back and forth when you go at an angle across a dip and stuff flying out of the cupboards. It takes the corners a lot faster. This thing scared me a few times when I first got it til I realized that it wouldn't corner like a semi but all's better now.
Today I finished up the rear track bar and took it out on the interstate to let a couple of semis pass me and see if they could blow me off the road. There is quite a difference now. I can drive with one hand and don/t have to worry about them coming around. Here's some pics of what I built.
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Nice build and I'm sure it will work as planned. That's very similar to my first attempt at a DIY rear TB.

I'm sure the 3/8" plate will do the job. Just check the bolts from time to time. I've switched to RED lock tight. Some of the bolts did loosen up since I checked them in the spring. Don't want that happening again. I also used longer bolts to assure more threads were being used.
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