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Old 04-02-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Suspension Replace What First

Picked up a 1999 25' Champion with a Ford 350 and the V-10 50k miles. Great deal because the owner didn't feel like getting little things fixed.

Probably needs shocks and sway bars, we are not going on long trips mostly 100 miles or less so what will give handling the most effect to start with. Only so much to spend per month. This month was a new driveshaft to get the vibration out. Too screwed to rebalance all the little stuff done

Shocks front and rear

Sway bars front and rear

Can do all the shocks or one sway bar at a time.

Only have driven about 100 miles because of the drive shaft so not sure if there's any issues just figureing there are

chip for the V-10 is it worth it?


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Old 04-03-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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I would do the shocks first and go from there, set the parking brake plus block the wheels put it in "N" and check for play in U joints and the support bearings if all seem good grease all the fittings while under there do the whole unit while the grease gun is out.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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exhaust would be a worthy upgrade as the v10s kinda choke down after the manifolds.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Full new driveshaft installed last night. old one lost a weight and said it couldn't be repaired???

Front shocks next week hopefully . Going to run it 300-500 miles in the next 12 days for a shakedown
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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The chip probably isn't worth it. I put the 5star tune on mine and it did make a difference but not enough for the price. The shocks and swaybars are a must.

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replace, suspension

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