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Old 10-20-2020, 07:49 AM   #1
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Pace Arrow suspension fixes

First off I would to thank all who answer my question posts. And with answers come more questions. Please don't abbreviate your fixers. Like CHF. Which I found out on You tube means cheap handling fix. The fix that I have seen involves changing the front control bar or track bar link position. It involves moving the link to another hole on each side of the bar. Nice idea but on my 1999 Pace Arrow vision there is an offset bracket between in the bolt holes. It's there for a reason and I don't think removing it is wise. See attached photo. The rubber bushings look fairly new so I don't think they need to be changed. So what else can be done to improve handling on the road?
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:03 AM   #2
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Since you're talking CHF (Cheap Handling Fix) you're talking the F53 chassis. There is a sub-forum for the chassis that you might want to visit.


We've owned our Winnebago F53 chassis (2010) for a bit over 3.5 years now and put about 30K miles on it.


We did the CHF first along with swapping out the rubber anti-swaybar bushings to poly material. The RV had a spring type of system on the front steer tires in case there was a blow-out. I don't remember the name but it's since been replaced...

We added a rear track bar. This will stop the tail-wag a bit when trucks/other rv's pass you. That stopped a lot of sawing at the steering wheel.
We then added Sumo Springs to help the ride. This was probably a fix we could have delayed until after some of the other changes. It does help, but didn't make the difference I was looking for.
We drove this way for about 10K miles.
The final work that seemed to make a big difference was a front end alignment, Front steering stabilizer (the shock type) and what seems to have made one of the best handling fixes was to swap out the stock Bilsteins (and a front pair we'd replaced with new Bilsteins) to Koni FSD shocks. These shocks transformed the way the RV rides. I wasn't a Koni fan from installing these same shocks on a car prior, but on the RV they made a noticable difference!
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Thanks. I did find the F53 chassis site after this post. I am using an Android phone and this small screen does not help. I will be trying the fixes. The bushings look like they were changed by previous owner. They are green in color. I assume they are poly.
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I didn't see any picture.
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Attachment did not load for some reason. I am using a Motorola android phone. Screen is to small for me. I will try again with a photo.
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