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Old 05-31-2016, 11:14 PM   #1
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Question on CHF for 24k f53 chasis

I remember seeing info on the CHF for the f53 several times. My question is for those whom have done the mod ie movement of bolts to inner holes whom have a newer 378. I have a 2013 with a 24k gvrw chasis from best i can tell from sticker by driver seat on wall. I completed the mod today on both front and rear and my concern is the clearance on the front to the bottom of the leaf springs. It appears to be significantly closer than before the mod and Im wondering if I will have problems with the sway bar hitting the bottom of the springs? Ive read on another blog site where some folks have replaced the links with longer hellweg adjustable links to bring the front sway bar back down to its original position before moving to the inner holes. Ive read where other folks say the longer adjustable links are not necessary. If any of you have a f53 24k chasis and have completed the mod can you please share with me your experiences after completing the mod ie and problems with clearances on front and or back and your opinion of necessity of adding the longer adjustable links?
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:33 PM   #2
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After I did my CHF I didn't like the closeness to the front leaf spring either so I opted for the Hellweg adjustables. Another thing that I didn't like was that the with the stock links the front wheels came off the ground much too easily when leveling.
I did have a problem on mine that required that I move the bushings out of the old links and into the new ones. I don't remember exactly what the problem was but I think it was either the bolt hole being too small or the bushing being to long.
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. I went ahead and ordered the hellwig 7962 11-14" hangers today. I hope these are the correct ones? Did you do the mod to the rear bar also? Ive read on a couple of blogs to use the old front links on the rear which will bring the rear bar back close to original angle as some folks say they are longer. How did you handle the rear?
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:26 PM   #4
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I am not sure the hellwigs will work. Mine had s shaped links on the front, the hellwigs are straight, I believe. I am going to use BDS links which have offset eyes on the link which should work, I believe the part number is 123004, which fits a 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:24 PM   #5
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I did do the rears but didn't see any problems with with the geometry. I suppose you could move the front links to the rear to give you extra length if you wanted to. I'll probably have to go check it now, thanks a lot .
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:05 PM   #6
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The Ford F53 24K and 26K chassis have the S shaped links in the front, the smaller chassis have straight links, hellwigs will work fine on the smaller chassis.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:07 PM   #7
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WVPhil, the rears were no problem, and that change alone has helped a lot in reducing sway. I will do the front in a couple of weeks.
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Does anyone know the product number and manufacture of the links that fit the 24,000 lb. chassis?
I sure would like to buy them for my 378.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #9
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I have heard the BDS links will work on the chassis with the S shaped links part number 123004. ORW (Off Road Warehouse) has them as well as some others
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:17 PM   #10
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Thanks. I'll check on them.
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