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Old 06-17-2014, 11:17 PM   #1
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Cheap Handling Fix

Well, I finally took the plunge and swapped out the front sway bar bolt holes and what a huge difference it made. I had procrastinated because I didn't know how difficult it would be, or if it would really make any difference.

Why did I wait this long?????

If you are on the fence whether or not to do this simple, and very effective fix, take the plunge and you will be amazed. I took my 2004, 375 XL on a rough back road, inner city streets, and I-5 freeway. WOW, what a dream to drive.

Wish I would have done it 4 years ago.

Ron
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations. It just makes sense to do the easiest, cheapest fix before throwing money at it with aftermarket track bars and the like.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:52 PM   #3
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I am doing this also....I initially put the stock brackets in the rearmost holes on the sway bar, and the clearance looked very tight to the springs. So I ordered the 11-14" adjustable hellwig brackets and will use those in conjunction with the stock sway bar.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:57 PM   #4
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Congratulations. It just makes sense to do the easiest, cheapest fix before throwing money at it with aftermarket track bars and the like.
I agree with you. I bought the rear Trak Bar before doing the CHF. I think I would have never gotten the Trak Bar if I would have done the CHF first.
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i am doing this also....i initially put the stock brackets in the rearmost holes on the sway bar, and the clearance looked very tight to the springs. so i ordered the 11-14" adjustable hellwig brackets and will use those in conjunction with the stock sway bar.
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.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:04 PM   #6
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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.

Had not gotten that far yet....hellwig brackets have not come yet...
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:52 PM   #7
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I do not know how much the Hellwigs cost but it is very simple to just measure to get how much longer the stock ones need to be, have the stock ones cut, a piece of pipe added to give you stock height of the sway bar when installed in rear hole, weld it or have someone or shop weld them and presto you are on your way. I did my own and it took a whole 10 minutes to extend them and another 5 to install them back. Beware this is for those that hate to spend money. Thats me.
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I have decided to do the CHF, and thought that I saw in the past someone had posted the bolt/wrench size. I have a 2014 378TS, sorry but I could not find in my search.
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Well, I finally took the plunge and swapped out the front sway bar bolt holes and what a huge difference it made. I had procrastinated because I didn't know how difficult it would be, or if it would really make any difference.

Why did I wait this long?????

If you are on the fence whether or not to do this simple, and very effective fix, take the plunge and you will be amazed. I took my 2004, 375 XL on a rough back road, inner city streets, and I-5 freeway. WOW, what a dream to drive.

Wish I would have done it 4 years ago.

Ron
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.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:39 AM   #10
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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.
Here is a link to what the mod looks like.

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