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Old 06-27-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Jayco Seneca 2008 Duramx 5500 suspension

Recently purchased used. We like it very much except sway and tailwag-oversteer especially in windy conditions etc. Can anyone suggest the best upgrades for the money. Have looked at the Blue Ox tru center and TigerTrak track bars as well as the Henderson Super steer front and rear Trac bar system. Would air bags do a better job?
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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Gerdon:

Purchased our Seneca new and had a Blue Ox Tiger Trak installed on the rear by our dealer before we picked it up and it really has made a difference. We did this because we had the same equipment on our prior Jayco Grayhawk and knew that it would work. Presently looking at Bilstine Shocks. Also, looking for something for the front but have not decided as yet. Dealer and Jayco advised against air bags and suggested that we be very careful with something for the front end. Hope this helps. Let me know what you do.

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Old 07-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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Gerdon:

Just a follow up on your post. You may try www.jaycoownersforum.com as I find that Jayco owners provide a lot of valuable discussion and information specifically tied to Jayco products. Check it out.

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Recently purchased used. We like it very much except sway and tailwag-oversteer especially in windy conditions etc. Can anyone suggest the best upgrades for the money. Have looked at the Blue Ox tru center and TigerTrak track bars as well as the Henderson Super steer front and rear Trac bar system. Would air bags do a better job?
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Best place to ask those questions is the Kodiak Chassis forum on Yahoo as it has several hundred Kodiak owners and suspension improvements are discussed regularly. If you haven't joined it yet I'd suggest you join before spending a lot of money. The Jayco forum doesn't have many Kodiak owners in comparison (I know, I'm the owner of the Kodiak Forum and have been on the other as well.).

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No response from Gerdon as yet. Appreciate the information that you provided and I will be looking at Yahoo and the Kodiak Chassi forum before I do any more alterations to the front end of my Seneca. Thanks.

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Old 08-04-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. We did go ahead and install the Henderson Super Steer rear sway bar. We were have not had any long trips yet since installation but seems to have improoved the rear sway. We will be trying it out next week on a longer trip. The Henderson people also recomended the Safe-T-Plus Steering Stabilizer. As suggested I will do more research.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:58 PM   #7
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Looking at the Safe-T-Plus Steering Stabilizer as I am finding that this may be the way to go. Let me know of the results of your research and I will do the same. Would appreciate any imput. Thanks.

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I did go ahead with the Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer. With this addition as well as the anti sway bar on the back I am very satisfied with the handling of our unit. Donna commented that the unit seems much more stable. We just returned from a 400 mile trip. I had to make two adjustments to the stabilizer clamp on the steering rod till I had it just right so it would track straight down the road, just one sixteenth of an inch makes a difference, The key is to have the front wheels pointing exactly straight when tightening the clamp on to the steering arm. It is very easy to adjust if it is pulling slightly to one side. I may still at some point put in the 17,000 lb rear springs.


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I recently bought a 2007 Jayco Seneca 34ss
My immediate suspension upgrades were Safety-T-Steer stabilizer
Roadmaster Trac bar, Koni shocks FSD front, red adustable rear and
Air Lift rear bags with wireless dual controller.
It was a noticable improvement
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I recently bought a 2007 Jayco Seneca 34ss
My immediate suspension upgrades were Safety-T-Steer stabilizer
Roadmaster Trac bar, Koni shocks FSD front, red adustable rear and
Air Lift rear bags with wireless dual controller.
It was a noticable improvement
FWIW what did all those enhancements cost?

DIY?

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I have been reading your improvements. We have 2006 Jayco Seneca 34sshd. WE want to do the same two items you did on your Seneca. Did you have Campworld put those on? Do you still believe it made a big difference in the handling?
We just wnated to do some research and find others who shared the same thought.
Please let me know.
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I have been reading your improvements. We have 2006 Jayco Seneca 34sshd. WE want to do the same two items you did on your Seneca. Did you have Campworld put those on? Do you still believe it made a big difference in the handling?
We just wnated to do some research and find others who shared the same thought.
Please let me know.
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cb11, you can also get answers to a lot of your questions at this location - and see photos of many of the improvements.

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We are back from our 7,000 mile trip and am happy with the suspension upgrades.
I will most likely change the rear Koni shocks to a stiffer setting.
The cost of all the upgrades was about $3,200 not cheap but better than wishing on the trip that this or that had been done.
Camping World did the install work with a labor discount on multiple items.
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