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Old 05-23-2016, 06:48 PM   #21
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Here's a google search for "Cheap Handling Fix"
https://www.google.com/search?as_q=c...p+handling+fix
12,8000,000 hits

One is for the IRV2 form, it's up to 3611 post as of today, thread started on 7-28-2010. This link is to the last page (258) with some good pictures.
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/cheap...72335-258.html

This link is for a Georgetown sub forum search for "Cheap Handling Fix" we have 65 threads as of today.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...archid=5584587
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:25 PM   #22
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OK. Here's the other side of the story. I did the CHF on my 2015 GT 364. As soon as I did, I got a clunk from the suspension in turns. Took it to a big-rig alignment shop. He undid the CHF and said he has undone them on GTs quite a few times for the same reason. Turns out, the front anti-sway bar end was hitting the frame in turns. Instead, I went with the Roadmaster heavy duty front and rear anti-sway bars, a TruTrac rear track bar and a steering stabilizer. All this has given me modest improvement. I just purchased Sumos, but haven't had a chance to put them on. I hear good things about them and am really looking forward to the end of constant, small steering inputs. Also, I finally took the leap and bought the 5-Star Tune engine chip. I got a small but noticeable power increase, along with a definite improvement in shifting as it brings 4th gear back into play (5-speed was programmed by Ford to skip 4th gear during downshifts, which resulted in the screaming 5,000 rpm excursions.) Freeway entrance and small to medium hills are now quite and I lose a lot less speed.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:58 PM   #23
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Cheap Handling Fix - Any Regrets?

I installed front Sumo springs this past weekend on my 2014 351. I noticed a big difference just stepping into the coach - almost no rocking with the jacks up. Took it for a short drive and even pulling out of the drive way it didn't lean as much turning out.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:54 PM   #25
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I added the Sumo Springs, (front and rear), and a steering stabilizer on my 2012 Georgetown 360, after my first trip!! NOT a CHF, but well worth it!!! MUCH better handling in windy weather, and cornering! Not sure why this isn't an option when you order it from the factory??!! I think I'll go back and try adjusting the swY bars. I'm getting my alignment next month before I head out. I'm at 22,000 miles now.
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Thanks again for all of the great input regarding the CHF. I called Ford yesterday and they confirmed that the additional holes in the sway bars are there specifically for adjustment purposes.

I hope everyone has a great summer camping!
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:32 AM   #27
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I did the fix and it improved handling but when rounding a curve on a mountain road I head a loud clunk from the rear of the coach. I found that a nut had completely stripped off the sway bar bracket bolt on one side and the bracket had bent so the sway bar was disconnected from the frame. I was able to straighten the bracket and replace the bolts with Ford bolts, but only a few months later the same thing happened when I hit a pothole except it stripped the bolts on both sides.
This time I replaced the bolts with tempered ones and returned the CHF bolts to the original position. I am not sure if moving the bolts had placed undue stress on the sway bar brackets, but I moved the bolts back as a precaution. I took the RV to a Ford truck shop to have it inspected. I was told that the tempered bolts I used were better than the standard Ford bolts and suggested that I leave it like it is. I have had no further problems in a year.
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Hi Steelhorzz,
What Sumo Springs did you use?
I have a 378XL 22,000 chassis.


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Hi Steelhorzz,
What Sumo Springs did you use?
I have a 378XL 22,000 chassis.


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etrailer has a parts finder where you put in your year and model and they show you what's compatible:

https://www.etrailer.com/suspension-enhancement.htm
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I did the fix and it improved handling but when rounding a curve on a mountain road I head a loud clunk from the rear of the coach. I found that a nut had completely stripped off the sway bar bracket bolt on one side and the bracket had bent so the sway bar was disconnected from the frame. I was able to straighten the bracket and replace the bolts with Ford bolts, but only a few months later the same thing happened when I hit a pothole except it stripped the bolts on both sides.
This time I replaced the bolts with tempered ones and returned the CHF bolts to the original position. I am not sure if moving the bolts had placed undue stress on the sway bar brackets, but I moved the bolts back as a precaution. I took the RV to a Ford truck shop to have it inspected. I was told that the tempered bolts I used were better than the standard Ford bolts and suggested that I leave it like it is. I have had no further problems in a year.
It's not the CHF causing the loose bolts, there's a TSB (tsb-12-6-1) for the rear sway bar bracket bolts coming loose.
2011 F53 and F59 suspension TSB
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