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Old 06-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #191
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I am hearing the same popping noises as you guys. The Hellwig ride is far superior to the original sway bar, but the popping noises are disconcerting. Happens to me mostly after some time on calm roads then a departure onto a driveway where the sway is stressed. After those pops, it happens less until it gets relaxed again, then stressed. Does that sound like what you guys are experiencing?
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:56 AM   #192
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I am hearing the same popping noises as you guys. The Hellwig ride is far superior to the original sway bar, but the popping noises are disconcerting. Happens to me mostly after some time on calm roads then a departure onto a driveway where the sway is stressed. After those pops, it happens less until it gets relaxed again, then stressed. Does that sound like what you guys are experiencing?
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:19 AM   #193
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I am hearing the same popping noises as you guys. The Hellwig ride is far superior to the original sway bar, but the popping noises are disconcerting. Happens to me mostly after some time on calm roads then a departure onto a driveway where the sway is stressed. After those pops, it happens less until it gets relaxed again, then stressed. Does that sound like what you guys are experiencing?
Did you remember to lube the two rubber bushings before installing? Hard to imagine what would be making that noise. Have you check to make sure it's still tight?
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #194
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I hear that popping noise also similar to what you described. I did lube the rubber bushings and made sure the bolts are tight. I believe it is just some flexing of the frame.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:51 AM   #195
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I spoke with Hellwig TODAY. They confirmed that part 7254 for the "Dodge Sprinter 3500" would work, well, actually, it IS the appropriate part for the MB Sprinter 3500. (Even though their website said that they "had no product to match" the application).

On an aside-- the Hellwig tech advisor said he had received 3 phone calls TODAY regarding "part 7254" and asked ME "why was there such a sudden interest in that product!" I'm ordering mine when I finish this note. (before Hellwig jacks the prices up)
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:55 AM   #196
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Yes, the bushings were lubed with the grease supplied. I can't imagine this loud thunk being caused by dry rubber on metal. At any rate, I'll be checking those two suggestions when I get back home.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:47 PM   #197
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I did my install today. Didn't jack it up or remove the spare. I have limited range of motion on my right arm, so this was a fun experience trying to position my body to be able to use both hands. Took me about two hours. If it was 6" higher I could have done it in half the time.

It's an easy install. Tomorrow I will take it for a test drive to see how it feels.

While installing it, I was trying to imagine what would cause a popping noise. I don't have anything to offer there.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:05 AM   #198
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I am hearing the same popping noises as you guys. The Hellwig ride is far superior to the original sway bar, but the popping noises are disconcerting. Happens to me mostly after some time on calm roads then a departure onto a driveway where the sway is stressed. After those pops, it happens less until it gets relaxed again, then stressed. Does that sound like what you guys are experiencing?

That's what I've been experiencing too.
I've re torqued the bolts, which were fine, and still popping when there is sway.
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That's what I've been experiencing too.
I've re torqued the bolts, which were fine, and still popping when there is sway.
X (?) Same here, rechecked bolts, everything is "Okay!"
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I was holding off on this post for a while because it is more an observation than a request or answer.
I believe this whole sway bar issue is relative to FR putting too big a box on the chassis. Not that it exceeds weight limits or practicality. I love mine. But, the chassis seems to me to be more suited to a class 'B' which would be 18 to 24 inches narrower, not as tall, and less wind resistance.
I've seen several on this chassis that look quite refined. For me I needed more space for grandkids and such at times, so B was not a good choice.
You can see the width issue if you look at the rear wheelbase. My thought is that the coach is top-heavy enough that the factory sway bar is over-taxed. The hellwig overcomes this effectively enough but doesn't fully alleviate the problems.
Just my thoughts on the issue.

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