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Old 12-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #171
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Also if those parts and alignments weren't needed FR certainly wouldn't be paying for them you can be sure of that
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:22 AM   #172
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It's a lot easier to install ft shocks with this ratchet and socket combination.
VWexpert is that the Snap-on socket designed for these shocks? How about the ratchet?
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:04 PM   #173
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It's a open end socket set that uses a ratchet wrench to operate. The open socket allows it to slide over the upper end of the shock and the ratchet also slips over the end of the shock to turn the socket - easy peasy.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:24 PM   #174
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Thanks Total Loss

Took my Forester in to the alignment shop Total Loss recommended. In and out in less than 75 minutes including test driving. The original shop I took it to took 3 1/2 hours. Caster is 4 1/2 and 4, camber is 0 and 0 and toe is 1/16" in. Driving down streets it's centered perfectly. This shop has a 1 year warranty. I think it was well worth the out-of-pocket expense. Will go for a drive on the freeway later today to see if handling has improved and end to always correcting. Hopefully, I won't need a self-centering stabilizer.
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:58 PM   #175
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Took it for a drive on the freeway and it handled very well. Little normal correcting now even in the wind. Yes, one handed steering!
Shop mechanic said the tie rod ends were dry and they greased them. It does have a little torque steering to the left when accelarating. My installation of the Bilstein stabilizer and or a power steering issue could be the cause. They asked me to drive it for a month and report back. They recommended the Safe-T- Plus and suggested I buy it at CW.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:20 PM   #176
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Took it for a drive on the freeway and it handled very well. Little normal correcting now even in the wind. Yes, one handed steering!
Shop mechanic said the tie rod ends were dry and they greased them. It does have a little torque steering to the left when accelarating. My installation of the Bilstein stabilizer and or a power steering issue could be the cause. They asked me to drive it for a month and report back. They recommended the Safe-T- Plus and suggested I buy it at CW.
Good news.
Bob is old school.
I use him as an expert when I need his knowledge for work related issues also.
One handed steering is good.
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Sage, what is a safe-t-plus?
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Took it for a drive on the freeway and it handled very well. Little normal correcting now even in the wind. Yes, one handed steering!
Shop mechanic said the tie rod ends were dry and they greased them. It does have a little torque steering to the left when accelarating. My installation of the Bilstein stabilizer and or a power steering issue could be the cause. They asked me to drive it for a month and report back. They recommended the Safe-T- Plus and suggested I buy it at CW.
Safe t plus is the best thing I purchased for the RV! There are several threads about it on the boards! Shop around. I found a better price than CW.
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Sage, what is a safe-t-plus?
Safetplus.com
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:55 PM   #180
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Steersafe option

I still have the Steersafe off my old Winnebago that I can put on. It does need new springs and lock nuts as it has 75,000 miles on them. Spoke to Steersafe and they will be at Quartzsite in January when we are. They said to give them a call and they will come out to my campsite and install it for FREE. Will just have to pay for new hardware. Otherwise, we are heading east thru New Mexico to Carlsbad and Roswell and will be passing by Demming where they are located. But first, I have to see how the handling is from this alignment. I didn't consider Steersafe as an option since it's so old and had so many miles on it. But they say the worn parts can easily be replaced. Price is right!
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