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Old 11-14-2015, 09:12 PM   #31
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I have had no difficulty with steering my new 35LS. I learned with my last (used) F53 chassis, that needed a good alignment with some shimming and the tire pressure was incorrectly set by the dealer to the maximum recommended by the tire manufacterer, not via the tire pressure recommended on the coach sticker. Once the coach was aligned and the tire pressure set property, the coach drove straight down the road. My new unit seems to be aligned properly and I am not feeling the need to add aftermarket equipment. Have you thought of having the alignment checked as a first step?
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:13 PM   #32
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Kenkay & WDW - question for both you guys - I'm planning on adding a Safe-T-Plus to my rig and I see the installation instructions say you have to replace the factory steering stop bolts with new ones they provide with the kit if your tie bar travel is greater than +/-6". Did either one of you find it necessary to do this? Seems like measuring the steering travel could be a bit of a PITA.
Yes, it is necessary or you will exceed the 6" travel max by about 1/4".

Note: The nut runs all the way down to the shoulder of the bolt to get the proper travel. I also used a drop of red loctite on the threads of the new bolt.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:20 PM   #33
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Measuring is easy. With wheels centered, use a straight edge to drop a line down from the inside of the left spring to the tie rod. Then mark 6" either side of that point. Use the same straight edge to check full deflection left and right. The 18K F53 chassis has a 50* cut. With the longer stops you will be reducing that down to about 48* which is not noticable.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:45 AM   #34
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I have had no difficulty with steering my new 35LS. I learned with my last (used) F53 chassis, that needed a good alignment with some shimming and the tire pressure was incorrectly set by the dealer to the maximum recommended by the tire manufacterer, not via the tire pressure recommended on the coach sticker. Once the coach was aligned and the tire pressure set property, the coach drove straight down the road. My new unit seems to be aligned properly and I am not feeling the need to add aftermarket equipment. Have you thought of having the alignment checked as a first step?
Definitely planning on having the alignment done so the unit tracks properly berfore adding any mods... just figure the stabilizer and track bar will help eliminate any tendency to wander and tail wag making it more pleasant to drive.

Thanks, Duckogram - looks like you made the measurements with the rig on a lift which would make it easier... but no reason I couldn't do that on the driveway by driving it back and forth enough to turn the wheel from side to side.
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It's not on a lift. Just raised the front jacks enough to take the weight off the tires for the testing process. Otherwise it sat on my driveway for the installation.
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Great idea, Duckogram. Of course you're not REALLY supposed to do that, but that's exactly the kind of thing I'd do anyway... just didn't think of it.

There's plenty of room under these things to work comfortably on a creeper... heck, in some spots you can even sit up under there. I can't see the harm in sitting it on the jacks long enough to do that test... and just make sure I stay in an area that would be "safe" should the jacks fail and it settle back on the wheels... extremely unlikely.

Thanks for the tip!
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