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Old 05-23-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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'87 ford 350 suspension question

So my wife and I have just bought ourselves a 1987 ford econoline 350 jamboree Rallye for $1500. This is out first RV so I am just beginning o learn the myriad of things one must know about owning a MH. Out first and only real issue so far is that the front and probably back suspension needs replacing. There is a considerable amount of bounce when you drive over bumps and dips in the road. So my first question is: stock vs mod. I've seen a lot about air suspensions, but don't know if the conversion is possible or even desirable. Also cost is very much a consideration, and I am looking to do as much of the work myself as possible.

Any information, tips, or suggestions are appreciated, and I'm sure I'll come up with more questions as time goes on. Thanks
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:01 PM   #2
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Bouncing usually means worn shocks, I'd start there. Once those are replaced, check bushings and springs.
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Ah good to know. If I am going to go in and replace the shocks is it not necessarily worth it to replace the springs as well, or just go for a full conversion? I also have noticed that basically every rubber bushing I have laid eyes on is cracked and worn, like with the sway bar. There was also a noticeable amount of shake and wobble at higher speeds (60 mph) that made me think of the engine mounts.

Lastly I'm also remembering that though the brakes were replaced just a month ago, it feels like there is air in the brake line. Can the fluid be drained and refilled just like any other car (I did the job myself on my 2000 subaru outback) or is there a different process?

Thanks again for any help and advice you all might have to offer.
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I'd replace the bushings after the shocks. Inspect the springs for broken or missing leaves. Yes, the brakes can be bled just like any hydraulic brake system. Use fresh fluid of the proper type for your chassis.
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I recommend sdtrucksprings.com for all suspension parts/ upgrades. I got front and rear airbags, shocks, and an aftermarket rear anti sway bar for my 88 E250 ford chassis. Great customer service too.
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