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Old 11-13-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Sway bar on E-450 disengaged

I've owned this RV for 1.5 years. I'm the second owner. It looks like the last owner might have had an upgraded front sway bar partially installed. When I looked this morning, both ends of the sway bar are not attached to the bolts. Also, if I pull the sway bar down to bring it close to the bolts, it bangs into the spring. Like maybe it's the wrong size or something. Here's a picture. The sway bar is marked as a Roadmaster 1139-176.

Anybody have any ideas of what's going on? Am I right in assuming that it's pretty dangerous like this?

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Old 11-13-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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This is from my E-450. The numbers Are The same. I would check to see if it was mounted correctly, or if there was some damage at the mounts.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-13-2019, 04:01 PM   #3
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The Roadmaster site list that part number for a 2016 Forest River, Forester.

It should be the correct bar but you will need some new links. You can get them from Ford or NAPA auto parts.

They probably didn't tighten the nuts properly and the fell off.

As far as contacting the springs, see if the bushings up under the radiator are OK.
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Update: My current theory is that either someone went to upgrade it and forgot to finish the job or (as twinboat suggested) they didn't tighten them enough and the nuts fell off. I think it's more likely it just wasn't finished since the RV only has 17k miles on it.

Anyhow, I went to the Ford dealership and got the correct nuts. Then I went to Harbor Freight since I didn't have a torque wrench. I had to mostly remove the entire bar in order to get it down past the springs. Anyhow, it's all back to where it should be. And, now I have an upgraded anti-sway bar instead of no anti-sway bar at all!

The reason I looked in the first place was to see if it had been upgraded. If it hadn't, I was going to order one. So, I guess I'm ahead on the cost.

Thanks for your input everybody!
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Old 11-14-2019, 09:59 AM   #5
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I'd follow twinboat's suggestion and replace the links or at least look at them very closely. That angled bolt with a nut on it in the lower red box does not look happy.

I'm not even sure why that nut is there. On a stock sway bar there is no nut between the sway bar and the bushing.

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NXR,

At a first look it seems there is no good reason for the inner nut. Look at the link nut picture again. The inner nut it there to control or center the link along the threaded shaft. If it wasn't there the outer nut would have be tightened all the way down so it could be correctly torqued.

Now look at the pics in post #3. The link is vertical or at right angles to the SB. Pretend the nut is missing and see where the link would end up. If the inner nut were not there it would be pulled over at least another inch towards the SB end putting it at a compromised or incorrect angle.
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Yeah, maybe they used the nut as a spacer. Only the OP can see the angles in 3D so perhaps they will reply.

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Look again at what you are calling the inner nut. It's part of the shaft. It's there to keep the shaft from rotating when tightening the nut.
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Look again at what you are calling the inner nut. It's part of the shaft. It's there to keep the shaft from rotating when tightening the nut.
I did see that it's past the threads but thought it also could have vibrated in that direction.

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Yeah, maybe they used the nut as a spacer. Only the OP can see the angles in 3D so perhaps they will reply.

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OP here. I guess the picture is a little difficult to decipher. There is not inner nut. That's just the way shaft is for putting on the sway bar.

I checked it all out and did a test drive today. I think it's all in pretty good shape now. I'll go ahead and put it on my checklist to inspect it at the same time I get the oil changed so I can make sure they don't come off again.
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So, how does it handle?. There should be a significant difference.

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... it's all back to where it should be. And, now I have an upgraded anti-sway bar instead of no anti-sway bar at all!...
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