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Old 08-14-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Heavy Duty Swaybars

I've heard about the improved stability and cornering with thicker, heavy duty swaybars, but what about the ride quality? I wonder if the ride might be stiffer or more harsh? I plan to install the Hellwig bars on my 2005 Dynamax Isata 29 foot Ford E450. Comments or experience?

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Old 08-14-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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My experience installing swaybars on our MH is that there was no impact on the ride(soft or harsh), just immense improvement on the handling (sway from steering, blow by from other vehicles). Trac bars were the same.

What greatly improved the ride were the Koni shocks.

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Should have no effect on ride harsh or soft.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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Correct. A sway bar, or correctly; anti-sway bar, doesn't come into effect until the vehicle leans-then the bar(s) work as torsion springs working to bring the vehicle to level.

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We put heavy duty anti roll bars (not sway bars by the way) and HD Bilstein shocks on out class C. What a difference in steering and ride control. The manufacturers should not accept a chassis from Ford unless it has these changes made.

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