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Old 09-26-2010, 09:16 PM   #71
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I lenghten the rears 1 inch. They were originally 10 inches in length. Yes, I kept the support brackets installed, I just had to notch them some with a grinder to clear the links at full travel. Keep in mind, I lengthen my links by slid tubing over the rod part of the links after cutting them to get the added length. The tubing made it fatter, thus being able to make contact with the support bracket a little easier.

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Sorry to be a pain in the ass. You did use the inner holes?
How much of a NOTCH did you make?
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Good News

Glad to hear some of you are trying my fix and getting good results. And I'm glad to see useful observations like the rear axle housing interference problem. That kind of thing is the real value of these forums, getting more sets of eyes looking at things and sharing our experiences.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:20 AM   #73
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Sorry to be a pain in the ass. You did use the inner holes?
How much of a NOTCH did you make?
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No pains and yes I used the inner holes. Isn't that what this mod is all about? Leave the bolt out that connects the sway bar to the link, then safely raise the rear of your RV to full extended suspension travel (jack stands), you will be able to see how much and where you will have to grind to have clearance between the link and the support bracket. Grind just enough off of the bracket that allows you to install the bolt into the link, bar and support bracket with the suspension fully extended still. I had to grind mine about a third of the way into the bracket.
I will 'beef' up my support brackets only if they start to show signs of flexing, but I don't think I weaken them very much and don't expect anything more is needed.


John - sorry, I was to lazy to look back towards the beginning of this post to find who did what to convince me that this was worth doing. Thanks, again.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #74
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"No pains and yes I used the inner holes"


Daaaaaaa, remove head from ass

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:17 PM   #75
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Ultra-trac

MIKE, wow love the rock solid ultra-trac. AND the "CHEAP FIX" is great, my wife even noticed how much better our coach rode. SO FAR SO GOOD. 400 miles and counting
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:24 PM   #76
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Took the RV on a small 3 day trip last weekend, about 250 miles was all. On the way out we had a mild crosswind with some decent gusts most of the way and I was very happy with the improved handling. This is a very noticable improvement for my RV. Without looking back on this post, I remember someone saying they could take corners at a little faster pace. I agree, or at least felt more comfortable when doing that. This trip has a couple of fairly sharp bends just before going up some hills, so maintaining a little extra momentum through these sections is a plus. Hopefully nothing negative comes from this upgrade (over stressing something), time will tell I guess, but for now, this is an upgrade I can say made a noticable improvement.

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heap fix

Fresno to quartzsite to flagstaff to Albuquerque. No problems yet
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Thanks for 'bumping' this thread, Bill... Would have never found it.

Guess what my next mod is gonna be?
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This mod seems to be for the F53 chassis. Anyone try something similar on the F450. I have the same sway and roll problem.
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Thanks for 'bumping' this thread, Bill... Would have never found it.

Guess what my next mod is gonna be?
I second that. Also thanks for the link in your signature.
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This mod seems to be for the F53 chassis. Anyone try something similar on the F450. I have the same sway and roll problem.
Sorry, I mean the E450.
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Unfortunately, there's no freebie fix for the E450 like there is for the
F53. I used to have an E450 and I know what you mean. I put new Bilstein shocks on it which helped a lot but didn't completely get rid of the sway. I would suggest replacing the front anti sway bar with something significantly larger in diameter. They are available from several manufacturers and aren't difficult to install.
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Did this sway bar inner hole mod. I live on rough swaying country roads. Noticed some improvement, maybe 10%, but not significant. Could corner 5-10 mph faster.
Best part "FREE". Took 1.5-2 hours, bushings were very tight, could not align holes easily.
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Weeee... Need wider tires now
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