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Old 03-01-2022, 10:22 AM   #1
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Front track bar part #

Anyone have a part # and source for the front track bar on an ‘01? The passenger side bushing is shot on mine. Found it while trying to get an alignment this morning. This helps explain the wandering while driving.
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Old 03-01-2022, 11:05 AM   #2
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Our coaches have a Neway Air Ride suspension. Mine is an AS-120. There is a tag on the sideplate of the front suspension, driver's side, just below the steering box that give the info needed to find parts.



My coach came with a booklet from Neway for my suspension. Here is an online link to the same booklet.

http://www.rvtechlibrary.com/chassis/XLAK38501.pdf

Hopefully you can get the part number for the Panhard Bar using this info. When I search online, the sites I have looked at ask for manufacturer. Western RV is not listed in their drop down boxes. BTW, the Panhard bar appears to be 2 distinct pieces.



Links I looked at with some useful info:

This might be it: https://www.irv2.com/forums/f104/fro...ml#post4768215

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f104/tra...rod-73933.html

http://www.stengelbros.com/suspensio...pension-parts/
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Old 03-01-2022, 01:52 PM   #3
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I just replaced both Trac bars on my 2003 ALPINE.

Ordered from Michigan Truck Spring

Rear
TMR 527$ 160.90converts from 90045172

Front
TMR 507$ 314.95converts from 90045358

In stock shipped the same day. They are a well made replacement for the original with a more robust bushing design. Great guys to deal with.
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Old 03-01-2022, 03:30 PM   #4
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Old 03-01-2022, 05:53 PM   #5
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I replaced my "Torque Rod"( different names used) on the front of my 2000 36 FDS because of shot bushings making clunking noises about 6 months ago. I had to use a 33mm deep impact socket with 1/2 drive impact pneumatic gun. There is a vertical bolt just below it that I removed along with a "ride height" lever, rod(?), both interfering with torque rod mounting bolt head, I believe on the driver's side.
Bought my Torque Rod from Franklin Truck Parts in the high desert area of So. Cal for about $350 + freight. I've bought brake parts from them also and they are local with many other locations.
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I ordered the one from Michigan spring. $350 with tax and shipping. I don’t think my ride height rod is in the way. But the other bolt definitely is. I’ll deal with it this weekend. We’re headed out for a short overnight trip in the morning.
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Good move here--replacing the panhard bars on my 2003 was one of the best things I did to "recapture" the feel of what it drove like when it was new. Interesting--for mine, the bushing damage wasn't all that apparent. Sounds like a good source and price--its about what I paid 7-8 years ago. I found them locally in San Antonio as a Sterling truck part. Yup, rear bar was pretty easy, front bar mounts had other hardware in the way--like the bottom support mount for the shock.
PS--newer Alpines have two bars on the rear axle.
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New bar arrived today. Took some measurements, and it looks like I'm gonna have to modify it to get it to work. It's 2 1/2 inches thick, where the bolts go through the heim joint ends. The mounting bracket on the driver's side is 2 1/2 inches wide, so that side should fit. But the bracket on the passenger side is only 2 3/8 inches at it's widest points. And it has already been squeezed smaller than that, when the current rod was torqued down. So it appears I'm gonna have to mill one of the new ends down to 2 3/8, and spread the bracket back out some. Yee Haw......

Anyone else run into something similar?
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Mine went in OK on my 2003. We tapped on it a little but didn’t need to grind it down.
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I used some threaded rod and a couple of nuts to make a “spreader”, and spread the bracket back out. But couldn’t persuade it enough to slide the new bar in. So I milled each side of one end down a little, and got it installed. It improved the wandering a bunch, and got rid of some clunking sounds over bumps. There’s still a little bit of wandering, but it’s much better. I’ll put some miles on it, and see how things go. Airbags will be next on the list.
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It should run straight with no wandering. When I checked the alignment when I bought my coach in 2107, it had a very slight toe out. They changed it back to 0 (slight toe in) and it is perfect. Be sure both bags side to side are set to the correct ride height. I did it over a pit when the alignment was being completed. It is much easier that way to set the suspension up and down as the valves were dialed in. Good luck!
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At the risk of repeating myself--but sorry, easuring ride height is a fairly imprecise process at best. If you really want to fine tune your steering, you need to combine your ride height adjustment process with an iterative assessment of your 4-corner weights. As mentioned, a modest change in ride height can make significant changes in weight distribution, especially corner to corner. good luck.
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Anyone have a part # and source for the front track bar on an ‘01? The passenger side bushing is shot on mine. Found it while trying to get an alignment this morning. This helps explain the wandering while driving.
I just replaced the one on my 2003 and based upon your photo, it appears to be the same. The original Holland Neway part number listed in the AS-120 part list is 900-45-385, which crosses over to a Dayton 345-923. Prices for the Dayton part were in the neighborhood of $875. I kept searching and found an alternate part number TMR507 from Michigan Truck Spring for $315. It was a perfect fit.

https://www.truckspring.com/Search.aspx?keyword=tmr507

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Joe, that’s the one I installed. I should probably crawl under and check the rear one.

I had a look at my ride height valves yesterday. They’re as low as they’re going without changing the adjustment rods
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