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Old 05-22-2012, 02:54 AM   #1
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Sway bar confusion

I just finished my first 600 mi trip and became aware of how much the wind can sway the Solera; Driving can be rough if its blowing. So i'm thinking a rear sway bar must be the way to go. (didn't see one on my rig?)

the trouble is I can't seem to find what fits.

I'm not sure what Mercedes Sprinter model the 2012 Solera is based on?

I see a sway bar from the Sprinter store that applies to a 3500 model sells for $700 - Yikes!

Can't tell if any other manufacture, like Hellwig, makes something that works. They refer to a 2007 - 2011 Dodge Sprinter 2500 that sells for $162, big difference!

So what sway bar goes on the 2012 Solera. or does one exist? I'm confused.

As a side light, the Mercedes site refers to a type of stabilizer that is supposed to address sway. Wonder if that is included on the Solera? if so, it's a weak solution.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:08 AM   #2
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I know my solera is on a 3500 frame.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Found one.

I got this reply from a Hellwig tech:

The 2012 sprinter 3500 sway bar part # is for the rear is 7254 1 1/2.

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #4
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2011 Solera...I had an antisway bar installed at Campingworld. It is made by Roadmaster. Don't remember the part number. They had to look it up to order it and it was expensive...total cost almost 1000 $$ but worth it. The bar fits in front of the rear axle.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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If it has dual rear wheels ist a 3500
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
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Sway bar update:

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I just finished my first 600 mi trip and became aware of how much the wind can sway the Solera; Driving can be rough if its blowing. So i'm thinking a rear sway bar must be the way to go. (didn't see one on my rig?)

the trouble is I can't seem to find what fits.

I'm not sure what Mercedes Sprinter model the 2012 Solera is based on?

I see a sway bar from the Sprinter store that applies to a 3500 model sells for $700 - Yikes!

Can't tell if any other manufacture, like Hellwig, makes something that works. They refer to a 2007 - 2011 Dodge Sprinter 2500 that sells for $162, big difference!

So what sway bar goes on the 2012 Solera. or does one exist? I'm confused.

As a side light, the Mercedes site refers to a type of stabilizer that is supposed to address sway. Wonder if that is included on the Solera? if so, it's a weak solution.
I have a little more clarity on my sway bar confusion; There is a sway bar on my 2012 Solera; at the back of the rear axle. I was looking fro the forward-pointing version in the front of the rear axle. I believe this is the one that previous threads were talking about. DUHHHH. Any way, I ordered a Hellwig replacement for the factory's rear sway bar that is supposed to improve the handling. This is a 4140 steel that I guess will stiffen the flex response?
I'll let you know....

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I saw that the Sprinter Store had a auxiliary forward-point version for 2011 but not 2012. The price was around $700; The original factory sway bar is left on at the back of the rear axle. I checked on road master and did see a 2012 Dodge Sprinter 3500 Aux sway bar PN: 1209-131.
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I bought mine used with 4000 miles. It has a sway bar on it. I guess the guy that bought it new had it install. Not sure what brand or made it is. Going to crawl under it to see if I can find a name on it.
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Just found this one searching web. Sounds to cheap. 2008-2011 Dodge Sprinter 3500 Van - REAR Sway Bar (1 1/2 diameter) - 7254 | $149.95
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #10
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I just installed the Helwig on a 2012 today. Easy replacement of the stock one, a total of about 30 minutes to install. Drove around the neighborhood and it seemed better, but a longer trip this weekend will be a more reasonable trial. A fair amount thicker then the stock sway bar.

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