Originally Posted by J Walker
I should inspect my bushings on my Freightliner XCS chassis. The chassis and bushings are 12 years old so it is likely that they have deteriorated and worn. The plastic replacements are much better than rubber and should last indefinitely. In my case the anti sway bar is so heavy that I wonder if I could maneuver it into place if I removed a bracket.
You shouldn't have to remove the entire sway bar. Mine is a Freightliner chassis as well and I did it all with the coach up on its jacks and lying flat on my back. Remove each of the nuts that hold the verticle rod in place at the ends of the sway bar (one end at a time) remove and replace the bushings and tighten the nuts again. The large bushings that fit into the U-shaped brackets around the bar itself need to be done together, but with the ends of the bar already finished and bolted into place, it doesn't allow the weight of the entire bar to drop much. A pretty simple job. The one place I had a problem was with the small bushings being too thick and not being able to get the nuts and washers back onto the vertical rods. I called Henderson's and they told me to hack-saw them down to a lesser thickness. I did that, cutting about a 1/4" piece off of each of them, and along with some sanding on my table sander and they fit perfectly.