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Old 05-21-2014, 01:07 PM   #181
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UPDATE -- Installed the sway bar on the 2014 (confirmed with Helwig) and it has been a terrific improvement. I highly recommend it. Same route that caused me major stress while driving through some wind and trucks - way less sway and buffeting. I felt much safer at 5 mph more. It takes some effort, but well worth the effort and $'s.

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Old 05-21-2014, 04:57 PM   #182
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Here is another option.
The RoadMaster Anti-Sway Bar really worked great at reducing the sway over bumps, short turns over driveways, and in the wind. This is our second trip with it. We had a good test for about 300 miles on Interstate 84 between Portland and Boise. The Columbia Gorge and the desert are usually very windy. No problem this trip compared to previous trips with steering control with the winds.
We went with RoadMaster based on a recommendation from a mechanic at Camping World. The sway bar needs to be ordered specifically to match the chassis.

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Old 05-24-2014, 10:59 PM   #183
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After putting a few miles in, the Hellwig sway bar gets top marks. Even the North Dakota winds didn't upset the chassis like they used to (and that is saying something). The pop I heard on my initial test run was the plastic shower liner exploding into a spiderweb of cracks. Not sure why it would do that or if it is related. Now to research shower repairs...
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:44 AM   #184
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I have about 500 miles on my Hellwig. The ride is MUCH better. However, I am hearing popping noises now which I believe are coming from the sway bar. I re-checked the torque on the bolts and installed washers to space the gap between the drop down bracket properly. Still, lots of popping on rough roads.

Has anyone figured out what the popping noise is?
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:40 PM   #185
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No popping on mine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:32 PM   #186
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X2. No popping.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:07 AM   #187
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Did you apply lubricant to the rubber bushings? If not, that could be the cause.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:50 AM   #188
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Yes, I applied the lube.
I am going to find some people to rock the camper while I'm underneath to see if I can find the culprit. It's very loud and annoying. By the way, it's a 2014 24S.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:12 AM   #189
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My wife and I installed our Hellwig yesterday on our new 2014 S and it took about 3 hours. I had a hard time lining up the replacement bolts as the rig was parked in our driveway and was not completely level. Finally had my wife grab the 2 ton floor jack and used it to apply pressure to one side to get the bar in place so the final hanger bolt would go in. Bless her heart for being such a good helper, she didn't know to drag the jack out to me under the rig, she carried it. I also wasn't sure about how the smaller ratchet torque wrench worked and didn't have a lot of room to use the longer needle scaled wrench so my torque may not be exact. I did use quite a bit of Loctite. I didn't use any spacers on the hang down strap, they just came together when I tightened the bolt. If doing again I would remove the spare tire as there wasn't much room to work under there and the muffler was also in the way. Don't remove that. On the test drive the rig seemed much more stable with noticeable less side to side movement but a longer trip next week will be the better test.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:31 PM   #190
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I'm going to install mine in the next couple of days. As for re-torque, I am from the school of check it again with the torque wrench and if it clicks without movement, I am good.

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