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Old 05-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #11
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That was the only way I could get the sway bar rear holes to line up with the link. I had to loosen the brackets to move the sway bar up.
You needed to have the motorhome on a flat level surface.
If you did disconnect the 4 mounting bolts to the axles I would go back and make sure they are tight as you found them.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #12
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Wow hard to believe that I'm the only one that had to loosen the sway bar bolts to move it up. My rig sitting in the driveway is close to level albeit with a slight rear or downhill slant. Without loosening the bolts there was no way the sway bar was moving. If I broke them loose I feel I added more then enough tension to have them as tight as they were when I started.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #13
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Front suspension torques

Hi Sherman12,

I have not done the mod yet because my 2012 378 sway bar rear holes need 2 more inches of stabilized link length to maintain the original geometry of the sway bar. I have ordered Hellwig 7962 adjustable end links for the front and rear mod. to give me the correct length. The cost is

The Ford manual calls for 66 ft lbs of torque for all of the fasteners on the sway bar/link assemblies.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #14
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Cost is high $360 for four.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:26 PM   #15
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But that's the whole point of the sway bar change. The original geometry allowed for a softer ride but demished rigidity and stabilazation. We just push the sway bar up to match up the holes and secure it as is. No parts change.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #16
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But that's the whole point of the sway bar change. The original geometry allowed for a softer ride but demished rigidity and stabilazation. We just push the sway bar up to match up the holes and secure it as is. No parts change.
X2, there is a huge thread on this subject on our companion "blue" forum. Seems all aspects were debated including Ford approval or not. Some added "tie" bars but most did not.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:07 PM   #17
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I just moved the front links tonight. I took the links loose ( both sides) and put a jack under the end of the sway bar and lifted it up until the rear holes lined up on both sides. Took about 15 mins to complete including torqueing the nuts. Tomorrow I'll do the rear.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #18
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Hi Sherman12,

I have not done the mod yet because my 2012 378 sway bar rear holes need 2 more inches of stabilized link length to maintain the original geometry of the sway bar. I have ordered Hellwig 7962 adjustable end links for the front and rear mod. to give me the correct length. The cost is

The Ford manual calls for 66 ft lbs of torque for all of the fasteners on the sway bar/link assemblies.

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Intercept, I did the exact same thing for the same reasons on my 350TS, purchased the same links from Helwig. The install was easy & the bar ends stayed the same distance away from the frame only using the rear holes. The problem I had was a loud clunking sound anytime the RV flexed while driving. After numerous trips under the RV looking fro the culprit I gave up. I removed the Helwig links & put back the originals in the rear holes. Problem solved. The reason for all the noise is that the bolts from Helwig are SAE & the ones on the GT are Metric. The Metric are to big and will not fit the links, so you have a small amount of slack & movement when the coach flexes. I will tackle this issue again when I have the time. Good luck with yours.
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I tried using the jack under the front sway bar when I did mine, like mogman, and it was not moving. I didn't want to force it.
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I just moved the front links tonight. I took the links loose ( both sides) and put a jack under the end of the sway bar and lifted it up until the rear holes lined up on both sides. Took about 15 mins to complete including torqueing the nuts. Tomorrow I'll do the rear.
Did the same last month and the rear as well. From start to finish less than an hour including clean up. No parts required for this change. Noticeable difference in the ride afterwards.
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