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nagel

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Posted: 02/23/12 05:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1996 Coachmen E350

Wanting to replace the Steering Stabilizer with a Bilstein. Anybody know the part number?

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Posted: 02/23/12 06:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd say call them. They aren't on the site and when I tried another site all I got was the F-53 Class A chassis.
Replaced ours with a Monroe and it seemed to help.
Be sure any damper you get has a boot to protect the rod, or a boot is available for it. It was available for Monroe, even a choice of colors. Damper itself is black.


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Posted: 02/23/12 09:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had mine replaced last year with a Safe-T-Plus.


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Posted: 02/23/12 03:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Love to do the Safe-T-Plus, but not in the budget right now.

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One of our guys here found the S-T-Plus could be bought for much less than advertised price through a truck shop.

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Monroe replacement is under $30 at places like Amazon, closer to $20 at RockAuto. Advance had a special and I paid around $30 delivered to the house. Some sellers show "Lifetime Warranty" and others don't. Since Advance does, and there's a store around the corner, I went that way.
The RoadMaster unit looks like the same concept as Safe-T-Plus except the coil "centering" spring is external where you can see it. S-T-P has it inside the tubes. Looked at the RoadMaster install instructions and saw what I always expected. You must be sure the vehicle steering is centered or the stablilizer will introduce a pull to one side or the other. Easy to correct per instructions.
RoadMaster limits their retail outlets much more than Hellwig does for their products. S-T-P uses more outlets too, so chances are you can get that unit at a lower price than RM's stabilizer.
I prefer S-T-P and RM over Safety-Steer (the one with brackets, springs and bellcranks out at the wheels) because it lacks a hydraulic damper. The OEM "stablilzer" I call a "Damper" because it has no centering springs. So:

OEM, Monroe = Damper
Safety-Steer = Centering
S-T-P, RM = Stabilizer (Damper AND Centering)

My ratings, your opinions may vary.

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Posted: 02/25/12 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Still got the cheap-o original and something I've been wanting to do. Did also have the rotors turned when I found a brake caliper frozen and causing a really bad shake issue.

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Posted: 02/25/12 11:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just had a Monroe installed. I had asked my mechanic to try for a Bilstein, but he couldn't get one so put in the Monroe. It has to be better than what I had. Also had my brake rotors turned because of a shimmy when braking going downhill. They were warped.


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Posted: 02/25/12 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I upgraded my factory stock Ford Steering dampener to a Roadmaster

The factory Dampeners are cheap and designed for 3/4 - 1 ton vans and not designed for our chassis.

I only have 500 - 600 miles since the upgrade but I can so far feel a much better "on Center" experience. So far only have been driving in calm weather and typical Southern Fla. Roads so I cant really say Awesome or just a decent upgrade at this time.

install was easy.


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Posted: 02/25/12 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, I'll check with some of the local truck shops and see if they can get me a good price on the Safe-T-Plus or maybe a good Bilstein or Monroe replacement.

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