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Moomba2002

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Posted: 10/30/09 09:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Installed the new sway bar last week and the new bar works great. The install wasn't too bad but just wanted to tell you a couple of hiccups that I ran into. The first was trying to do this without dropping the driveline at the rearend. I was able to get the old one out without dropping it but there was no way the new one was going in. So the second item was the four bolts holding the driveline. Fords great idea to put in a 5/16" bolt with a small 5/16" head. The heads strip easily which must have been started by someone else pulling the drivline prior to me owning the truck. So once the driveline was down the bar went into place direct bolt up. Replaced the bolts with new ones with an allen head so made retightning much easier. As you can see from the picture it is much larger than the stock one and let me tell you much heavier as well.

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I love mine,wait 'till ya drive with it. Night and day IMO.


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Posted: 10/30/09 01:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the write up and photos. Do you have any photos of the sway bar on the truck?

That new sway bar looks MASSIVE. I assume that it is solid steel?

How much of a reduction in sway did you notice with the new sway bar?

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Brad I will take some photos this afternoon and update the thread.

The sway bar is 1-1/2" in dia. and 29 lbs. of solid steel. Much heavier than stock.

I only have one drive on it, but so far I would say at least 50%. It doesn't rock and roll as it did before. It might sway slightly to one side or the other then stop where before it would just keep going.

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Posted: 10/30/09 02:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put a Helwig sway bar on the back of our 1996 F-250. It wasn't nearly as massive as the Roadmaster you show in your picture. I think it was more like 1-1/8" or maybe 1-3/16". It helped, but it needed to be bigger.


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I was able to install my Roadmaster without dropping the drive line but it is a pain getting it installed. Really pay attention to how the old one comes out. That way you know at what angle to start the new one. I think mine came out passenger side and was upside down by the time I cleared everything coming out. So obviously that is the way you start the new one in and try to retrace your steps.

As for the difference in stock compared to the Roadmaster. I compare it to the difference in going from a stock SRW to stock DRW with the camper. That huge difference was felt again in going from the stock 1" anti sway bar to the 1.5" Roadmaster.

As for the Helwig comment and them being smaller. That is why I went with Roadmaster. I wanted the biggest stiffest one available. I got mine from TL Central and believe it was around $350. Worth every penny.

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I put front and rear on my 2000 ford
7.3 SD and it made a BIG deference
well worth the $. 1 1/2" in front now and 1 3/8"
in back they were 1 1/4" front and 1" rear stock
I put both on in an hour

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Just had one on my GMC as well, this week. Have not driven TC yet with it one, but will begin an 800-mile trip next week and "report' the difference --

How did you get it for $350 at TL Central ?? Was more than that, and more at the factory too - HMMMMmmmmmm


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Posted: 10/31/09 10:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dumb question, why do you need a sway bar? The trucks you have are pretty hefty. Is it because you have the large TCs with slideouts? I only see Fords and Dodges mentioned, any Chevys?


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Aliceinwl wrote:

Is it because you have the large TCs with slideouts?

Yes, truck campers are heavy and they have a high center of gravity. They are prone to side-to-side rocking (sway). Sway bars help to reduce the sway. Some trucks do no come frome the factory with sway bars. Some come with inadequate sway bars.

Brad

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