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Old 09-17-2016, 08:59 AM   #241
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Newrver, check out my post # 202 in this thread . Those rear bolts go thru a threaded frame with very few threads and strip very easy with just a 3/8 inch ratchet and not much pressure . Good luck with your install. Those Hellwig sway bars are well worth it.
Ben, I thought it was just the fronts that had the striping issue and not the rear. How were you able to install the nuts atop the bolts? I haven't looked under the rear yet.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:17 AM   #242
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2016 E450 Rear, with sway and trac bar mounts. Bolts that come with new bar are longer and grade 10.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:23 AM   #243
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2016 E450 Rear, with sway and trac bar mounts. Bolts that come with new bar are longer and grade 10.
Who did your install, Three Way?
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:06 AM   #244
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It ended up being a DIY. I tried to give three way the job but they said i needed to take it to a Ford dealer. It's not a bad job, but if I did it again I would have recruited a helper. This is pretty heavy stuff laying on your back in the street, heh heh. Do the sway and trac at the same time since they share some connection points.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:23 PM   #245
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It ended up being a DIY. I tried to give three way the job but they said i needed to take it to a Ford dealer. It's not a bad job, but if I did it again I would have recruited a helper. This is pretty heavy stuff laying on your back in the street, heh heh. Do the sway and trac at the same time since they share some connection points.
Well I did manage to install the Supersteer Trac Bar and Hellwig rear sway bar yesterday but ran out of time and the weather is not good today so the Hellwig front sway bar will have to wait for another day. A agree that this job is best done with two people. While the weight can be an issue (especially when your on your back) I was able to raise the sway bar up easy enough with a floor jack and bolt in the ends and D supports. I will say this, if for nothing else, having two people would have probably saved me some bruises on my hips as I was constantly rolling under the RV at 4 different points to get to assemblies in front or behind the axle.

I will have to wait till the next two weekends to determine how much better the new components are but I'm sure I'll see some improvement.

As for lessons learned. Make sure all bolts and nuts fit correctly and that you have the appropriate socket/wrench for each bolt. I got 95% done in a reasonable amount of time before I discovered that the two bolts used to mount the trac bar where a size that I did not have a socket or wrench for. Additionally, the two nuts for these bolts both had damaged threads at the top of the nut that I did not discover until after I had went out and purchased the additional tools. Consequently I burned up 4 hours of time running back and forth yesterday and it took me all of 10 minutes today to finish once I had the correct stuff.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:09 PM   #246
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Nice job New!
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:36 PM   #247
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Yes, nice job!
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Thanks Guys! Looking forward to getting the front sway bar ASAP but I will probably wait until after my next two trips are over just in case I run into some issues like stripped bolts and such.
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Ben, I thought it was just the fronts that had the striping issue and not the rear. How were you able to install the nuts atop the bolts? I haven't looked under the rear yet.

Correct, just the front has the stripping issue. The rear is completely a different mounting and comes with all new hardware and bolts. If installing yourself, try to get a second person. We also used a floor jack to help with lifting that very heavy rear sway bar.
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Thanks Guys! Looking forward to getting the front sway bar ASAP but I will probably wait until after my next two trips are over just in case I run into some issues like stripped bolts and such.

Newrver, nice job. Question, what made you go with the supersteer Trac bar? Thinking about adding one to our unit.
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