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Old 03-10-2020, 03:49 PM   #1
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Sway Bars

anyone put rear sway bars on 2018 Baystar. gvwr is 24000 lbs. if so, what kind ?
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Old 03-10-2020, 03:55 PM   #2
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anyone put rear sway bars on 2018 Baystar. gvwr is 24000 lbs. if so, what kind ?
Ours is 22k chassis. I had the RoadMaster sway bar added behind the axle. We had the SuperSteer Trac bar put on before that.
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Have you tried the CHF yet? Being C its worth a try and might be all you need.
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:53 AM   #4
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Check out the "FORD CHASSIS" Forum on here, and you will find several great discussions about various ways to improve the ride and handling of the F-53 chassis.
CHF.....Cheap Handling Fix
Koni shocks
Front Sway Bar
Rear Sway Bar
Ultra-Trac rear trac bar, also Roadmaster, & other brands
Saf-T-Plus steering stabilizer, also Roadmaster
Air-bag installations
And even "Liquid-Spring" rear suspension installation. (EXPENSIVE but good)

Hope this helps!
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Old 03-12-2020, 07:02 AM   #5
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I have had 3 F53 motorhomes now totaling about 30,000 miles of driving in 38 states. I spent lots of time and money on these things early on but my latest is still stock. Just got back from a 2,000 mile trip and I’ve decided that the only changes I’m going to make on this one are the CHF because it’s cheap and easy and add a Roadmaster steering stabilizer because I already have it having removed it from a previous vehicle. Your experience may vary.
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My brother-in-law bought a new 2016 Southwind a few years back. He immediately started adding suspension equipment so it would ride like his previous DP. I didn't realize that you can replace the front with a larger model and add a second one to the rear, which he did. He changed the shocks and then added Track Bars.

When he was done, he found that it was stiffer than when he started. Personally, I would change one thing at a time and drive it on a trip or two. I also believe the biggest improvement after setting the correct tire pressure is Track Bars. Next would be shocks and then change or add a sway bar.
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My brother-in-law bought a new 2016 Southwind a few years back. He immediately started adding suspension equipment so it would ride like his previous DP. I didn't realize that you can replace the front with a larger model and add a second one to the rear, which he did. He changed the shocks and then added Track Bars.

When he was done, he found that it was stiffer than when he started. Personally, I would change one thing at a time and drive it on a trip or two. I also believe the biggest improvement after setting the correct tire pressure is Track Bars. Next would be shocks and then change or add a sway bar.
So Dutch,
As I have said before. The biggest PITA's with the F-53 for me was wind and big rigs... We had Sumos on all four corners before we took delivery. Drove it on a long trip and found that we needed the SuperSteer rear Trac bar and Koni FSD shocks. Oh yes, before we had the Saf-T-Plus, weighing, alignment with casters. There was nothing else left but Roadmaster front and additional rear sway bars which we also had done. Nothing felt "stiffer", just more controlled if that is the best description I can give. Now it may have been stiffer because while driving over a "California bump" just north of the Salton Sea, we actually broke a weld on a brace in front of the passenger seat. Finally found the location of the break and had it welded. These things are beasts and as far as the handling out of the gate.... they suck. These posts that say they are fine with only doing the CHF which we have NOT done are laughable to me. It is the nature of the beast. Just like those that get a 3500 MB Sprinter and think that they handle like a MB sports car. Not realistic and not anywhere near honest. We are still happy with our coach now that we have it figured out.
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