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Old 10-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Ford f150 anti sway

Bought a 2012 Ford F150 and supposedly it has a built in anti sway but.it seems to me that it.sways to much without the anti sway bar! If anyone knows about this would appreciate some info cause I was told if I hook up the bar it would counter act my truck!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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who told you the sway bar would counter act the built-in sway control ?? That sway bar is gonna probably still be needed.
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Ford dealer I bought it from.told me that and that there is no need for the anti sway bar!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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It will be interesting to hear from other Ford owners with the built in anti-sway.

Being the owner of an older F150, I am not sold on the new system. It automatically applies the brakes to different wheels to help control sway. So, I am going down the road, and my truck is applying brakes ?? Doesn't seem to be the good system for maximizing fuel mileage.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:00 PM   #5
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I was told if I hook up the bar it would counter act my truck!
Based on this statement your sway bar is not engaged or hooked up. I know that some sway bars have the ability to disengage the outer ends to allow for more wheel movement when 4 wheeling. Thsi may be your situation. The Hellwig people showed a sway bar from Ford pickup that was standard equipment. It looked way to small, in diameter, to me. Even if you have a factory installed sway bar it may be too small to do the job for you. I installed a Hellwig onmy Silverado which had none to start with. The difference it made was fa-nominal. By the way, I have nothing to do with Hellwig, I'm just a happy customer.
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Sorry if I mis-understood the question. My description above is for reducing body roll, which sway bars are installed to reduce. If you are talking about the anti-sway system for pulling a trailer that's another thing. If the Ford system is similar the Chrysler system I can see why the dealer might say an sway bar would interfere with its operation. The system should use both brakes and active suspension control to try and make the trailer track behind the tow vehicle.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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Bought a 2012 Ford F150 and supposedly it has a built in anti sway but.it seems to me that it.sways to much without the anti sway bar! If anyone knows about this would appreciate some info cause I was told if I hook up the bar it would counter act my truck!
If I understand correctly the "anti sway" built into my 2010 F150 applies braking to the truck and/or trailer when significant sway is sensed by the truck to straighten things out. (Don't know how!)

Anyway, I think it is an excellent question as to whether there could be a conflict between the built in anti sway feature of the truck and the effect of an external sway bar. I would hope they compliment each other with the external sway bar hopefully preventing serious sway while the truck anti sway feature helps get you back running straight. Does anyone know for sure that they are complimentary and not contradictory?

Only got the truck recently and trailered once with it without any sway noted. Have a WD hitch but no external sway bar. Both Dealer and Hitch installer really didn't know what was the answer to my questions about this.
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The F150 anti sway control will selectively brake the trailer and truck wheels to counteract sway, but based on videos I have seen, the sway needed for it to kick in is more than I would ever want to experience, thus I have two friction anti sway bars on my F150/trailer combo. There is no problem with having both in place. If the sway actually was more than the friction bars could handle, then the anti sway control would activate. Seems to me it needs to be over about 30 degrees of sway before it activates. There are videos on you-tube.
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The F150 anti sway control will selectively brake the trailer wheels to counteract sway, but based on videos I have seen, the sway needed for it to kick in is more than I would ever want to experience, thus I have two friction anti sway bars on my F150/trailer combo. There is no problem with having both in place. If the sway actually was more than the friction bars could handle, then the anti sway control would activate. Seems to me it needs to be over about 30 degrees of sway before it activates. There are videos on you-tube.
Reassuring, may look into adding a sway bar to my setup afterall.
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You absolutely need to use your hitch's anti-sway capability. The whole idea is to have a setup where the Ford system never has to kick in; that is the safest way to go. If the Ford system has to kick in, things are already in potentially serious disarray. I've put 4,000 miles on my 2012 F150 towing a 5,500 RV trailer. I use the Reese Dual Cam. The trailer NEVER sways. The Ford system has never been needed.
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