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Old 12-08-2014, 10:21 PM   #231
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Supposedly adds a 1000 pounds to the weight limit,
That really got my attention. How does that legally work - are there any facts behind it? It just sounds too great.....
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:27 PM   #232
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Have a 2011 Solera 25' with the 3500 Freightliner chassis and Mercedes diesel. Where would I look to find out if it even does have a swaybar attached (I am the second owner of this unit)? Would it be attached to the rear axle or front? Do they come stock with the unit when purchased? If so, how could I tell if it the upgrade (heavier as in the Hellwig variety) vs. a stock install? I would consider getting one, for sure, if I knew the aforementioned answers first. Help...and thnx. PB
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:44 PM   #233
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The sway bar is located behind the rear axle, I think there are some pictures posted in the forum under this topic as to what to look for. There has to be a sway bar of some type there.
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All your answers to the questions you pose are in the thread. Read it, it's quite informative on the upgraded sway bar.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:52 PM   #235
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Check page 14 of this post there is a picture of the sway bar on that page.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:31 AM   #236
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I finally got around to check out the sway bar in more detail. I removed one of the Helwig supplied brackets and noticed that there were signs that the bracket was sliding up and down when it shouldn't. I decided to re torque the bracket bolts to 65 ft/lbs.
This worked, no more clunk!
Just installed the 7254 ... and I've got the clunks.

Installation was more difficult than I'd hoped, but I got the bar installed and everything torqued down. I added 10 ft-lbs to the recommended values (so 40 on the u-straps and 50 on the swing arms) but still have the clunk.

The u-straps are pretty light weight - not at all like the cast (?) pieces holding the original arm in place. And the holes in the straps are larger than the bolts going through them (which is good or I never would have gotten the bar on!) But I can see where the straps could move up and down a bit even with everything torqued.

As I read it, mphair indicates his fix was to torque the straps up to 65 ft-lbs. Is that still working? Has anyone else tried this? Or found other ways to solve the problem?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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I retorqued the bolts to 65 ftlbs and no pops or noise. I have driven over 6000 miles since retorquing without issues.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:48 AM   #238
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I finally got to test drive the one we installed at the factory. It was a miserable snow/ice day so it was perfect.

I had (3) other guys in spots throughout the unit. It still swayed a bit, but once it came back to center it just stopped. The one without it would sway on a turn and then wobble back and forth slightly even after the turn was complete. Noticeable ride improvement. I did not have any clunks.

I must say, the Sprinter handled great in the snow. The dually wheels powered through and with the Mercedes traction control I never noticed us spinning out. (roads were ice covered and we had about 6 inches of fresh snow)

I will recommend that we install the Helwig bar as either and option or stock item. Still probably 6 weeks before we can get parts in quantity if it gets approved.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:57 AM   #239
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PS. Someone will get a free sway bar.

it is a 2401S (Serial #FRF0031552) heading to Reines RV in Virginia.
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Brian, any chance to have it installed on my unit being built?
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