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Old 01-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Steering Stablizer

Recently bought an 89 Bounder 32 foot with 454 engine, 19,000 miles. On first extended drive thought the drive was terrible. Come to find out the front air bags are shot. Going to replace those next week. Also, looking at the steering stablizer it appears to be factory original. Would a Bilstein be a better replacement or should I go back with the factory one? How about the front shocks, about $90 apiece but thinking they should be replaced also.

Newbie here looking for some suggestions.
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Is this on a GM P series chassis? If so good chance the steering bell cranks are worn out. When these are worn the coach is all over the place - constant steering correction needed and a white knuckle ride if really worn badly. The stock/OEM units are just a bushing and will wear in 15-20k miles. The best fix is aftermarket units with roller bearings. Bell Crank for Workhorse and Chevy P30, P32 and P37 Chassis.

Getting the air bags working are of course a must as they are an intregal oart of the suspension. Often an option is to replace with higher rate springs and do away with the air bags. SuperSteer Coil Springs for Chevy/Workhorse 'P' Chassis Class A Motorhome, 4,400-4,900 lbs. Front Axle Weight
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #3
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If you replace the air bags go with the urathane (sp?) ones --not the rubber plied units that were OE. They are a trick to get in. I made up some new words when I did it a couple of months back. Concerning the tie rod pitmans-- they are adjustable for up and down movement which is mostly the case because of the geometry. Not that big of a job. This two things together improved the ride 100%
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forgot to mention one thing. On my 93 the front stablizer rod bushings fell apart in my hand . If yours are orginial you probably want to replace them to see if you really want to shell out for a new rod. They are like any rubber of the period--don't like ozone. New ones available out of different materials. Seems to me 4 of them (All the same) were about $40.
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Bell crank replacement

If you replace the bell crank on a chev. p30 do you have to have an alingment ?
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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Bell Crank

Hendersons recommend that you have an alignment after installing the bell crank. Would suggest you do a Redneck ckeck of alignment before and after installation to see if anything has changed. See how it drives and go from there.

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