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Old 06-26-2014, 12:43 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=alparmer;638129]What are you thinking of doing as far as the bushings go. You can't use the Hellwig metal bushings and bolts because they are too small. I ended up installing the stock metal bushings into the Hellwig's rubber bushings to make it work. The problem is that the original Ford bushings are Poly and the Hellwigs are not.[/QUOTE]


Older F53 Chassis did not have Poly bushings. I'm not sure what year Ford started with the poly bushings. The Hellwig links do have poly bushings.

Specs: Brand:Hellwig

Manufacturer's Part Number:7962

Part Type:Sway Bar End Links

Product Line:Hellwig Adjustable End Links

Summit Racing Part Number:HEL-7962

UPC:745662079628

Bushing Material:Polyurethane

Bushing Color:Black

End Link Bushings Included:Yes

Frame Bushings Included:Yes

Frame Bushings Greasable:No

Washers Included:Yes

Bolts Included:Yes

Quantity:Sold as a pair.

Notes:Adjustable from 11 in. to 14 in. eyelet to eyelet. Converts bayonet and stem-style end links to heavy-duty bushings.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:57 AM   #12
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What are you thinking of doing as far as the bushings go. You can't use the Hellwig metal bushings and bolts because they are too small. I ended up installing the stock metal bushings into the Hellwig's rubber bushings to make it work. The problem is that the original Ford bushings are Poly and the Hellwigs are not.[/QUOTE]


Older F53 Chassis did not have Poly bushings. I'm not sure what year Ford started with the poly bushings. The Hellwig links do have poly bushings.

Specs: Brand:Hellwig

Manufacturer's Part Number:7962

Part Type:Sway Bar End Links

Product Line:Hellwig Adjustable End Links

Summit Racing Part Number:HEL-7962

UPC:745662079628

Bushing Material:Polyurethane

Bushing Color:Black

End Link Bushings Included:Yes

Frame Bushings Included:Yes

Frame Bushings Greasable:No

Washers Included:Yes

Bolts Included:Yes

Quantity:Sold as a pair.

Notes:Adjustable from 11 in. to 14 in. eyelet to eyelet. Converts bayonet and stem-style end links to heavy-duty bushings.
Thanks for the specs. I wonder if the Hellwig bushings are softer since they are not designed for the F53 chassis.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #13
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The Hellwig bushings are softer. The Ford bolt bushings slipped in the poly bushings to replace the Hellwig bolt bushings so you can use the Ford bolts. www.IRV2.com has alot of information about the CHF. look under the Ford Chassis section. If I had to do it again, I would just take the Ford sway bar links to a welder and have him lenghten them (which I did after installing the Hellwig links so I have them handy if needed)
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:58 PM   #14
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Being relatively new to MH driving, I have to ask, what were the issues with handling that caused you to consider this mod?

Was this simply a matter of moving an end of the bar from one hole to another, or were parts / special tools needed? I'd like more details please.

Jim, I was tired of the excessive sway, and my MH driving like a ship on rolling waves going down the hwy. it is a very simple fix, and yes you just swap out the bolts from the end hole on the sway bar to the inner hole. I raised the front end with my jacks, then used a floor jack to help raise the sway bar. Very little effort.
Greased everything under the MH while I was under there.

Don't let any lack of mechanical experience hold you back, the most difficult thing for me was admitting Ford was using metric bolts. Hate those things.

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Old 06-26-2014, 02:54 PM   #15
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Thanks. That's what I needed to know.



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Awhile back, someone posted the correct foot pounds to tighten the bolts for the CHF. Unfortunately, I can't find that post. Anyone know?


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Awhile back, someone posted the correct foot pounds to tighten the bolts for the CHF. Unfortunately, I can't find that post. Anyone know?


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post #13... "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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One other question-do I need to have the jacks down before attempting the CHF or not?


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One other question-do I need to have the jacks down before attempting the CHF or not?


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No jackS

All you need is a dry place to park.
Ratchet, 15mm and 18mm sockets and a small jack, the one in your car should work.
The jack is used to lift the sway bar AFTER you've done ONE side.

If you've ever used hand tools then on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being putting air in a tire) then this is a 2 . The back is a little more complicated, you have to rotate the bracket on each end of the sway bar, that make it a 2.5 on our 1 to 10 scale .

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