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Old 11-29-2008, 07:20 PM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sucker:
Well, I had the tire balance and trimmed. Then installed koni fsd. Wow, I is much queiter and smoother. It had new bilsteins, but they made a lot of bounce and racket.

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I doubt the 'new' Bilsteins made a lot of bounce and racket. It sounds like you had a severe tire problem, enough to get the tire's 'trimmed' of their defective wear pattern caused by being grossly imbalanced. Hard to blame that on the Bilsteins. Konis are nice shocks too, though, and I'm sure you'll enjoy them.
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According to Michelin, front wheel bounce is often caused by miss-mounted tires. That is, the tire is not centered on the wheel. Michelin recommends having the tire unmounted and remounted by a qualified truck tire shop.

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I will try the michelin instruction. We still have a shimmy even after balance, trimmed and new fsd up front. We have new tires with equal.

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Have you checked your king pins, steering damper, and wheel bearings? I would be checking steering components instead of tires especially since you have eliminated out of balance, out of round, and bad shocks. It would seem to me that steering components and axle/wheel mounting parts are the only things left. How many miles on your MH? Is the chassis a 99 with the V10 or a 97 with the v8? Ford didn't make a 98 model of the F53 chassis. They jumped from 97 to 99 with the introduction of the V10. I have a 98 Bounder, made in April of 98 with a 99 F53 chassis.
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sucker, are you aware Ford had a safety recall on faulty tie-rod ends on early model F53 chassis including my 2000. Don't know if it applies to models earlier than the 1999, but you might want to check with Ford customer service at 1-800-444=3311, to see if your year model is affected. They will ask for the VIN on your coach. The recall concerned faulty tie-rod ends that could fail prematurely causing loss of control.

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I checked the ford recall web, entered my vin, but only had cruise control cable thing.

The mh has 35K, and it is a 99 F53. Does it have steering damper? where is it? what is it for?

Jerry Forwood, Does you chassis run smooth at 75? Mine still has a shimmy, but my car is caddy SDS which kinda raises the bar?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The mh has 35K, and it is a 99 F53. Does it have steering damper? where is it? what is it for? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

They don't come equipped with a steering damper. Some install an aftermarket steering damper which usually looks like a long shock absorber with one end attached to the frame and the other end attached to the steering drag link.
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1. I have no complaints in the way mine rides or steers.
2. Yes there is a steering damper on mine. It looks like a shock absorber mounted from the end of part of the steering to the axle.
3. I never drive at 75 MPH. I have found that I get much better MPG around 62 MPH.
Slow down and enjoy the world you are passing through. If you have to get there that fast, try driving/flying something besides a 10 ton brick that doesn't want to stop on a dime.
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