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Old 04-18-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Rear stabilizer bar - options

My mechanic told me the rear stabilizer bar on my 1999 Rexhall needs to be replaced. One bushing is missing and the other loose. The replacement part from ford including installation is $339.50. Before having him replace the part I want to consider any options. We just got the motorhome two weeks ago and the handling leaves a lot to be desired. My mechanic doesn't do a lot of motorhomes so I'm not sure he is the right guy to do the suspension stuff.

All I know about handling is what I've read on the forums. I don't have the skills to do this myself*but would appreciate your thoughts and opinions on what options I do have and the best place to have them done. I'm in the So California area. Aside from poor handling, are there any safety issues I need to be concerned about before addressing the problem.

While my mechanic refers to the part as a stabilizer bar, I'm wondering if this is actually a track bar. I'd prefer to spend more $$$ for a better performance is there are alternatives.

Looking forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks for your responses.


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Old 04-18-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Ford no longer sells only the bushings. However, superior urethane bushings are available on eBay

1999 to 2011 Ford F53 Rear Swaybar Bushings $34.95

Replacement bushings are also available for the front swaybar

1999 and up Ford F53 Front Swaybar Bushings $39.95

Also available as a kit front and rear

1999 to 2011 Ford F53 Front and Rear Swaybar Bushings $74.95

The original Ford rubber bushings didn't last long.

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Old 04-18-2014, 06:08 PM   #3
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You said your MH is a 1999. That usually means that the chassis is a 1998. If it is a F-53 chassis. Good advice from John, just replace the bushings. The anti-sway bar, (he called it a stabilizer bar because it does stabilize the sway of the MH home as long as it is not broken it's still good. It is usually called an anti-sway bar or just a sway-bar. It is made out of spring steel and will last a long time.

While you are in the area do the CHF or the cheap handling fix. Google it on these forums or anywhere and you'll find out what I'm talking about. IT can be performed on the front and rear and will improve the ride and handling considerably.

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Old 04-18-2014, 07:30 PM   #4
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John, thanks for the links. The Ford site has "insulators" for the front sway bars*but I can't find them for the rear. I called a local dealer and the parts man confirmed they didn't carry them for the rear. He then said the polyurethane bushings would be superior to the Ford rubber bushings.

Tejay, according to Ford, the 1999 model year F53 is built in 1998 but is technically called a 1999. The mechanic says other than the bushings, the rear sway bar is in good shape. He also said the bushings in the front are in good shape.

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