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Old 04-29-2016, 04:27 PM   #11
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We have a new Forester 3051S with 5,000 miles.
2,500 without suspension changes.
2,500 with new sway bar, trac bar and front steering stabilizer.
The difference is night and day.
We pull a 14' enclosed aluminum cargo trailer with two Honda Gold Wings. Total weight of trailer and bikes is 4,500.
Without the suspension changes getting passed, in either direction, by semis was... let's just interesting. Lots of rock and roll.
I would say 80 - 90 percent is now eliminated.
The steering stabilizer makes it much easier to keep it going in a straight line. Very little correcting the steering wheel as you go down the road.
We travel mostly state highways which often are rather narrow. These changes makes it much more enjoyable to cruise down the road.
Hope this helps you in making your decision about improvements.
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:01 PM   #12
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Definitely need some thing. Michigan roads are like driving a a buckboard. Shocks, something, please.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:39 PM   #13
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Definitely need some thing. Michigan roads are like driving a a buckboard. Shocks, something, please.
The additions we made were by no means cheap....$2,200. But the improvement they made has been well worth the expense. If you are constantly fighting the steering, rocking and rolling all over the road, it soon becomes a 'task' rather than a pleasure to be driving.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:24 PM   #14
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I would think that the difference in my ride and BIKERMHA is that I am towing a 2600 pound Kia Soul and he is towing a 4500 lb box. Very big difference.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:39 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of your responses. We will be picking up the 3051 very soon. I will get a feel for it driving it home to PA from Michigan. For now, it should be fine. In the future, we will be in the same position as bikermha with the 14' trailer and two Spyders....I guess we will see.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:01 PM   #16
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monte - I had my bags up to about 60 & rear tires @ 80, front @ 75, empty tanks but 3/4 fuel and thought the house was gonna come off the chassis..you running heavy tanks?
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:48 AM   #17
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mkekflyers, I usually travel with full down to 1/4 fuel, try not to get below 1/4. Normally travel with black/gray tanks near empty and fresh water at 1/3rd. Usually at campgrounds for days at each stop so dump before travel. The set up that I have works for me pretty much through all parameters.
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:57 AM   #18
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monte, I will try your set up on the way home. Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:34 AM   #19
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We're heading out to local CG next weekend, will tweak pressures & put some fresh water in since I hope we're past any freezing :-) I wanted to wait for warmer weather, so I'll see what your config works like...any of you guys going to Frankenmuth & Goshen? Gotta get some Crazy Classy C's together...
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We were too late for the rallies. They were full when we tried to register. We will definitely go next year. We will either be going to the Ohio or Maine rally in the Fall.
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