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Old 10-06-2013, 10:41 PM   #131
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Re-apply Locktite

Yes, anytime you break the "locktite seal" you should re-apply. I replaced the bolts too, as I believe once a bolt has been stressed (torqued) it is weakened.
Buy fresh red locktite & cover the threads thoroughly.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:05 PM   #132
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Here is what suspension upgrades look like on a 2013 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 motorhome:

Koni shock absorber 822588
Hellwig anti-sway bar 7254
SumoSpring SSR-335
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:20 AM   #133
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Jackfish,
Nice installations !.....did your ride change at all with the addition of the SumoSpring SSR-335 ?
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:27 AM   #134
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The ride is solid, but not jarring, with improved cornering. Koni shocks are superior (compression and rebound dampening) to the stock shocks and the SumoSprings I guess act sort of as an auxiliary shock absorber. SumoSprings also are an auxiliary spring and allow a more level ride with a load. Sway is reduced around corners and the oscillation when entering/exiting uneven driveways is also reduced, meaning that the number of times it swings side to side is reduced.

Front suspension upgrades:

Koni front struts 872657
SumoSpring SSF-106-40

We will be in your neck of the woods next summer; if you are around you can see it for yourself.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #135
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Jackfish:
Were you able to do the install yourself? If so, give us a few details about what is involved! I've installed the Hellwigs on my Solera, and considered the Bilstein shocks which I'll probably install before next spring. The SumoSpring looks interesting, and the price is reasonable (as long as I can do the install myself )
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #136
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Front:
1. Block the rear tires.
2. Jack up the front end by the frame allowing the front wheels to hang freely.
3. Screw out the stock bump stops.
4. Screw in the SumoSpring SSF-106-40s.
5. Let the front end down off the jacks.
6. Unblock the rear tires.
7. Done.

Rear:
1. Block the front tires.
2. Jack up the rear end by the frame allowing the rear axle to hang freely.
3. Pry out the stock rear bump stops.
4. Insert the SumoSpring SSR-335s with the deepest top indentation to the front of the vehicle.
5. Let the rear end down off the jacks.
6. Unblock the front tires.
7. Done.

Check the Sprinter manual for the appropriate points on the frame on which to jack.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #137
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Jackfish:
Thanks for the post. It sounds simple enough! Didn't realize initially that you had done the Sumos on rear AND front! Definitely on my list of future upgrades! Am now wondering about a comparison of the Bilstein vs. Koni shocks. Doubt there's anyone who's had both, but I have heard great things about both!
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:28 PM   #138
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What do you notice when you upgrade the shocks only, if anything. Just curious if done in conjunction with the Hellwig, do you gain anything, since one aids the other and would be difficult to isolate the benifits of each when both installed at the same time.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #139
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Shocks and anti-sway bars serve different functions in a vehicle's suspension. So the benefits of upgrading each should be evident.
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Jackfish,
Thanks for all the great info.....look us up when your in the Denali Park area next summer it would be great to see your rig.
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