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Old 09-25-2017, 06:44 AM   #1
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Tires and shocks on, now swaybar?

I had my RV out for the first time since putting new tires and shocks (Bilsteins) on. The Bilsteins are a huge improvement over stock shocks. But I have also switched from towing a Honda CR-V to a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which is about 600 lbs heavier. It seems like the Jeep might push the back end around a little now. Would a heavier swaybar in the rear improve on that? What about front swaybars while I am at it?

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Old 09-25-2017, 06:58 PM   #2
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As long as you have a properly setup auxiliary braking system on the Jeep I don't think you will have any issues with it pushing the MH around. You may however notice the extra weight on hills.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:04 AM   #3
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As long as you have a properly setup auxiliary braking system on the Jeep I don't think you will have any issues with it pushing the MH around. You may however notice the extra weight on hills.
I have an auxiliary braking system. I am more talking about turns where you aren't braking though. Just seems the Jeep pushes the rear a little. Nothing like it felt when the shocks were bad, but enough to notice occasionally.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:35 AM   #4
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Sounds like the caster setting on the Jeep is causing the issue. Caster impacts the centering force of the front wheels. The more centering force the more the vehicle can push on the tow vehicle or MH in this case. It's a balance thing as too little caster or centering force can yield instability and the towed vehicle to lock its wheels in the wrong direction on turns.
I have seen a number of times in a parking lot where MH drivers have had to get out and position the steering back to straight after it locked in the wrong direction.
A good alignment shop should know the best settings for towing applications while still remaining within factory tolerances for normal driving.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:06 PM   #5
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With the combination of tire size, weight, track width, solid axle steering geometry ect. I would expect to notice it more back there. You basically went from towing a "car like" vehicle to a more "truck like" vehicle.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:20 AM   #6
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My sway bars and steer stabilizers made a huge difference without towing... canít imagine how it wouldnít also improve while towing.
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