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76Scoutman

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So in the quest to have a good stable rig with the camper on I have tried a few different combo's of rear suspension "enhancements". Before I got a TC I put PacBrake airbags on and they have served me well for a multipurpose truck. Priorities for my truck are first to be a good daily driver (since this is where it spends most of it's time), second to be a good tow rig, and third to look good and function well offroad.

I found out, as many of you have, that airbags are not the end all answer to controlling your camper. They serve the main purpose of leveling the rear end out and stiffening your ride. So in trying to rid my truck of the sway I made a pair of overload bumpstop extensions to make the overload springs contact the snubbers when the TC is on. I built these out of 2"x4" box tube. Well I drive my truck every day back and forth to work and this made the ride unbearable when empty. These stayed on 1 week before getting thrown in the failed projects scrap box.

One of the few things left to try was a swaybar. I had just read an article in TC Mag about the install and knew that a big beefy swaybar woulnd't effect my on road driving much but would help control my camper when it was on. I did some homework and from everything I could tell, it wasn't going to interfere with my existing airbags and wouln't hang down so bad that it gets beat up offroad. The kit came quickly, was packaged well, and was acomplete and fairly straightforward install.

So far I've been pleased and would definitely say it's worth it for a multi-purpose rig. If you leave your TC on the truck then overload spacers or similar products are probably great. For me, I leave the bags down around 10psi for around town driving (what the mfg recomends) and then pump them up to keep the truck level when the TC is on and/or when hauling a trailer.

Now on to the picts....

Here's how it came...

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76Scoutman

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Picts of the installed bar...

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Thats going to be my next mode for my rig. Good job, pics are great.

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I built these out of 2"x4" box tube. Well I drive my truck every day back and forth to work and this made the ride unbearable when empty. These stayed on 1 week before getting thrown in the failed projects scrap box.

When my camper isn't on the truck, the extensions clear the overloads by 2" - 3"'s. Why was your empty ride miserable because of the extensions?


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Super_Dave wrote:

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I built these out of 2"x4" box tube. Well I drive my truck every day back and forth to work and this made the ride unbearable when empty. These stayed on 1 week before getting thrown in the failed projects scrap box.

When my camper isn't on the truck, the extensions clear the overloads by 2" - 3"'s. Why was your empty ride miserable because of the extensions?


With a 2" drop extension added to my overload bumps, empty I think it was only an inch away from contacting the bumpstop. Every bump that I hit that would compress the rear end slightly would make those overloads kick in and jar the truck. Maybe it was the slap of hitting a second stage spring rate or maybe it was something else but either way I didn't like it. I put them on before heading on a 9 hr trip to Florida and about an hour into the trip I was ready for them to come off (but didn't have a wrench).

Honestly, I never ran with them with the TC on, they just didn't stay on long enough to make a trip.

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Posted: 10/10/11 11:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the very good photos and install write-up. Added to the TCU Stickie Thread.

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Thanks Brad.

Someone had PM'd me asking a few questions so I figured I'd post answers here.

"The swaybar made a big difference in the handling. It will still sway a little bit but was reduced significantly and I feel more comfortable keeping highway/interstate speeds with it on. Keep in mind that my TC is a pop up so it's not as heavy or high as some but results should be similar. The install was an afternoon project that took just a few hours by myself and a couple of basic hand tools. The cost was @$250 give or take depending on where you buy it from."

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Posted: 10/10/11 12:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These are terrific tips that you are posting - great photos too! Many thanks.





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I just ordered one for my 2007 Dodge Dually w/Northern Lite 10'2" CDSE. Good to hear you had good results!

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Are those still the stock shocks? If so, a good set of shocks will make a big difference too! I like the finish on that sway bar. Same finish I have on the 9" under my Trans Am. Too bad it's where you can't see it, haha!


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