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Old 06-09-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Sway bars

I have a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer with a 2003 Ford Chassis. Are after market sway bars worth putting on? I have sway on windy days and meeting trucks. Any help on this problem? THANKS!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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Your Ford F53 chassis came with sways bars. What you describe is very common. The first thing I would do is inspect the front and rear sway bar bushings. It's very common for them to go bad or even missing completely on an '03 chassis. If that checks out, go to this thread in the Ford Chassis forum, this "fix" will cure your problems.

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I had a 2nd sway bar put on the rear of my MH. It is much bigger than the one Ford put on. It made a huge improvement. I now get just a tiny bit of push -if any- when the front of a passing truck is about 2 feet behind my seat. The sway bar is an add-on, not a replacement, there 2 back there now. If you are going to GNR you can get Chip from Rallys-R-Us to come to your site and install one on your rig while you enjoy the rally.
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I had a 2nd sway bar put on the rear of my MH. It is much bigger than the one Ford put on. It made a huge improvement. I now get just a tiny bit of push -if any- when the front of a passing truck is about 2 feet behind my seat. The sway bar is an add-on, not a replacement, there 2 back there now.
I'm sure you saw a great improvement with a second bar. For future readers with an F53 chassis, you could do this with the expense of adding another sway bar system. Other than this form of increasing anti sway/roll, you have 2 basic ways to accomplish this and both simply increase resistance.

One is to replace the stock bar with a larger one (increase diameter) the other is to reduce the leverage on the bar. This means moving the frame link from the end of the arm, closer to the axle.

Ford built their bars with two holes in them. One at the end of the lever portion and another 3 inches closer to the axle. Moving the links to the inner hole takes 2 wrenches and 30 mins of your time. As discussed in the thread I mentioned earlier, the results are nothing short of amazing.
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Thank you

Thank you to all who replied to the Sway Bar post. Your help is appreciated and very helpful. We took your advice and moved the bolts into the second hole and had about a 70% improvement. Thanks again! Dakota Pete
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