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Old 06-30-2014, 06:55 AM   #201
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Have you figured out what the popping noise is? I've purchased Hellwig sway bar, its in the garage. But I thought I'd wait to find out what popping is. thanks
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:53 PM   #202
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I haven't installed mine yet! UPS says it'll arrive today. I'm going to review all the "popping noise" posts before I do the install later this week.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:36 PM   #203
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Mine are scheduled to be put on 7/2.Talked to the guy who is going to put them on, about popping. This person owns his own Rv repair business, has worked on many different motorhomes for 30 + years. He said he can't see where sway bar could be cause of noise. He said he would put it on. If it pop, squeaks, rocks, rolls or any thing else he'll put the old bar back on at no cost. His charge $75.00. Not worth it to me to lay under a camper for $75.00. The only thing I can see different is bar is larger. Yet every thing bolts back to same holes. Got me. As a retired lineman I love to figure things out. But this one I'm going to have to try.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:41 PM   #204
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I put mine on last week. Today was my first drive. Gusty 30+ mph wind broadside and much better roll control. Still have to fight the wind, but the side to side sway is minimal. Handles better in turns and basically anything you do on level road.

As for the popping, I don't think this happens to very many. I agree there is no way the sway bar could be responsible unless the bushings were falling apart. I put a couple of washers on each side of my arms so I could clamp them tight. Not a peep from it today. I'll get more driving in over the next few weeks and report back if I do hear noises. I just don't expect to.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:29 AM   #205
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Yes I agree there seems to be a lot more people not having popping than people that are. But its is still puzzling if campers where fine before sway bar was on. I did bring up the discussion with the repair guy about spider cracks in shower. He fells as I do that the shower flour does have material in to give, when standing in it. Even if frame is stressing the shower should enough give to protect it. I am only guessing, I don't know. As for the washer that was interesting cause it seems only a few used them.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:41 AM   #206
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The bushings in the arms are not as wide as the originals. I'm sure some crank the bolt to bend the bracket, I just chose to put some washers in to keep everything straight.

Heading out on another trip tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Heading toward hilly winding roads. Fun stuff.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:42 PM   #207
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Good idea to use washers. I'll be heading out to Delaware sea shore on the 10Th. That will be my first trip on new sway bar. The Rv guy also highly recommended the shocks other are using, not for sway but rear ride or air bags.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:10 PM   #208
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Took a 200+ trip in hilly winding roads. Aside for one stretch of concrete road with noticeable expansion joints, I don't see a reason to change shocks. Still a big thumbs up for the sway bar.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:10 AM   #209
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My Solera is still popping occasionally. I checked the bolts on the arms yesterday and found them to have loosened slightly (3,000 miles or so) so I re-torqued to spec. When I did that I noticed that the bracket is pinched in as one poster noted above. I wonder if perhaps that strain is contributing to the popping. As I drove over the first driveway type incline it popped loudly. I might put some washers in mine to try that, or could bushings of some description be better? Any ideas from you guys?

It would be nice to have anyone who is experiencing the popping to chime in here to give us an idea of who is having it versus those who put in the washers. That might tell us a lot about the source of the problem.

I have no washers and the bar is popping.

By the way, plenty of lubricant on the clamps over the center of the bar that are held on by the allan bolts.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:18 PM   #210
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I am also experiencing a popping noise after 3k miles on the new bar. It started out as a squeaking coming from the knuckle with the red bushing. I identified this by having someone rock the camper with myself under monitoring the suspension. I loosened the bolt slightly until it stopped. This only worked for a short time until it start squeaking again and now is making the loud popping noise that ya'll are describing.

We just completed a 6,600 mile trip and the popping noise got worse and more consistent every day. I love my Solera but I do agree that the box feels way to big for the truck. We will not be going on another trip until I fix the popping problem and add some air bags to stabilize the coach.

Has anyone fixed the popping noise with the use of flat washers?
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