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Old 08-14-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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XC anti-sway bar bushings

When I had my 36G Meridian at the alignment shop, the tech took me underneath and showed me the anti-sway bar bushings were pretty well shot. I told him I would obtain some from Freightliner and replace them myself. The problem is, when I called Freightliner, they didn't know what I was talking about. Is the anti-sway bar a Winnebago item? Has anyone here replaced the bushings on theirs?
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I had the bushings replaced at the FL facility in Gaffney, SC.

If you called a local FL service center, try calling Gaffney (800) 385-4357.
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If you want to up grade your bushings when you install them, check this web site. energysuspension.com | Welcome
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Thanks Roger. I tried them this afternoon and they do not make anything large enough to fit a 1 1/2" sway bar. I am still searching for both the bushings and the attaching link bushings.
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When I had my 36G Meridian at the alignment shop, the tech took me underneath and showed me the anti-sway bar bushings were pretty well shot. I told him I would obtain some from Freightliner and replace them myself. The problem is, when I called Freightliner, they didn't know what I was talking about. Is the anti-sway bar a Winnebago item? Has anyone here replaced the bushings on theirs?
Strange! I had almost the same experience although when I called the freightliner service / supplier in Napa,CA and gave them the last 6 of the vin they brought up what build I had found the sway bar and ordered the bushings in. 5 days later I got them yesterday and will be installing tomorrow. Who did you call at freightliner?

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I called Sierra Freightliner here in Sparks and the Parts Dept. guy told me that they didn't even show a "sway bar" on the diagram or on the parts list. I am curious...what did Freightliner call your parts? ie: Swaybar bushings? Torsion bar bushings?
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Stvscharfe,
One of the benefits of having a Freightliner chassis is their 24hr hotline. Rather than fret over local dealer's knowledge, give the factory guys a call at (800) 385-4357, or 1-800-FTL-HELP if it is easier to remember. They will get you the right information and help sort things out with your dealer.
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I called Sierra Freightliner here in Sparks and the Parts Dept. guy told me that they didn't even show a "sway bar" on the diagram or on the parts list. I am curious...what did Freightliner call your parts? ie: Swaybar bushings? Torsion bar bushings?
Sorry it took a bit to get the info. Was out in the glove compartment of the car out and about.
From General Equipment in Napa Ca
FTL HLP PB336 Bushing, Swaybar
$1.29 each sold in bags of eight.
Will be attempting instal tomorrow. Will take some pics and let you know how it goes.

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One of the benefits of having a Freightliner chassis is their 24hr hotline. Rather than fret over local dealer's knowledge, give the factory guys a call at (800) 385-4357, or 1-800-FTL-HELP if it is easier to remember. They will get you the right information and help sort things out with your dealer.
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Here are a couple pics of the anti-sway bar and what I replaced. You can see that only two of them where real bad the others in varying states of wear. The replacement went very quick and easy. While I was down there I did a lube job. Amazing after asked several firms over the last year to take care of this that it was clear no one had touched the fittings. Used a fair amount of grease especially in the steering shaft and knuckle. Well, I thought I was going to insert pics but apparently this board does not let you post them in your email. Anyone need pics of the hard to find anti-sway bar let me know and I will email personally.
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Great photos Steve. thanks. That looks exactly like mine except that your bushings look in pretty good shape compared to what I have. I decided to order the eight new bushings and the two large bushings that hold the sway bar to the frame from Henderson's Line-up in Oregon. They have them in a polyurethane form that is supposed to be much firmer and last much longer. More expensive too, but hopefully, I won't have to do this again. I will update this post when I receive them and when I install them.
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On my to do list also. The main bar poly bushings will be a little hard to work with. If they give you trouble try a bucket of very hot water While the bushings are nice and hot push them onto the bar.
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I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if replacing the worn out bushings made a substantial improvement in handling. I need to do the same on mine. Right now the front end moves around a lot and i'm hoping this really helps.
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