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Old 07-07-2015, 09:54 AM   #51
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Yes a friend of mines 2000 that I did could not use the Z even after extending the link.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:37 PM   #52
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Thanks waiter21 for your help info
On the CHF.
I checked this morning, it does not have the Z bracket so should be simple fix.


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Old 07-24-2015, 02:34 PM   #53
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Cheap Handling fix?

Could someone please explain what the Cheap Handling Fix is? We have the 378TS and tried to have added sway bars installed only to find out it was impossible because the manufacturer welded our gas line to the axle!
I would not think this would be safe but anyways... if we can understand what the CHF is we should be able to get a better ride. Thanks!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:06 PM   #54
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CHF - Not sure how depth you want., so we'll do this first.

The only thing the CHF does is to move the frame to torsion bar connecting links to a different mounting hole on the torsion bar. The aft mounting holes offer a stiffer torsion bar setting. This makes it more difficult to tilt the vehicle sideways (leaning) i.e. when a truck or a gust of wind tries to tilt the MH sideways, its harder to do that.

It should have little impact on ride comfort. In fact, I would say that if it does anything, it may actually help a little . i.e. if you hit a pothole on one side, the stiffer torsion bar will attempt to move the other side the same amount, and/or lessen the amount of vertical travel of the pot hole side.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:36 PM   #55
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Could someone please explain what the Cheap Handling Fix is? We have the 378TS and tried to have added sway bars installed only to find out it was impossible because the manufacturer welded our gas line to the axle!
I would not think this would be safe but anyways... if we can understand what the CHF is we should be able to get a better ride. Thanks!!



Have you read this tread you will get lots of information. 6 pages.
Here is a picture of my rear axle sway bar.
Notice the bolt is NOW closer to the axle. It was moved from the other hole.
You do this on both links on the front and rear sway bar.
By moving the bolt closer to the axle it stiffens up the side way on turns and help when you have a strong side wind.
If you are not able to do this or understand you can have a professional do it for you.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:04 PM   #56
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Finally Did the CHF

I too procrastinated. My dealer didn't know about it, I went to several heavy duty Ford dealers who said it might make a difference, but were unwilling to do it for me. Finally found a small RV Repair shop who did it. Thanks to all who provided the instructions as it gave us the confidence to make the mod.

What an outstanding difference! This should be part of a dealers prep before delivery.

Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:25 AM   #57
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^^ Yes. Its amazing that this one simple adjustment can make a huge difference in handling>

IGGY - Are those the original torsion bar brackets in your photo?

A note for the folks that own a newer F53 (say 2005 and up) keep an eye on the rear torsion bar brackets. They have a habit of breaking and bolts falling out. These are the brackets that hold the torsion bar to the axle.

Make it a pre/post trip inspection item.
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