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Old 07-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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Hey Guys; I'm getting the front end aligned and installing the steering stabilizer asap. While the coach is at the Ford dealer, I'm going to have them do the CHF---What am I actually asking them to do?
Also, I've read multiple posts about installing an additional bracket---is this really necessary? If we put 5-6,000 Miles on the coach annually right now (still working) we're having a stellar year.


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Old 07-23-2015, 01:21 PM   #2
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this thread has all you need, for experienced tech, I read $30 bucks is what they paid; I did it for free myself....and if I can do it, anyone can; good luck

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Old 07-23-2015, 10:32 PM   #3
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You are asking them to adjust your swaybar links from the front (soft) position to the rear (firm) position. The problem lies with the front only. The links that connect the swaybar to the chassis are a bit over 10" long. when you move the attaching point to the rear holes you change the angle and the point where the force against sway bar is exerted. To maintain the proper angle of attack, you will need 12 5/8" long links. If you do not use longer links you MAY hear "clunking" and/or encounter premature failure of the bushings.

As for the "additional bracket", there is no such animal.

The link bigduke1956 posted is off topic but still a good idea.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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Have them move the links from the front holes to the rear holes on the torsion bars, both front and rear axles.

Regarding the Front torsion bar:

On your front, you may have whats called "Z" brackets. They may need to be completely removed as they will hit the link if they try to re-use them. It will be very obvious. They won't be able to re-mount them.

The drawings below show what you currently have, what it will look like after you do the CHF, and what it would look like if you extend the links by 2 inches.

Regarding the Rear torsion bar:

You may have a version of a "Z" bracket on the rear, these may need to be reversed and re-mounted. "Z" brackets are not a problem on the rear.

IMPORTANT - Inspect very carefully the torsion bar attachments and bushing to the axle. There seems to be a great deal of reports that the rear ones have problems with loses bolts and broken clamps.

I attached drawings from what I posted on a different site.

The link below is how I performed the CHF on mine, PLUS how I modified my standard links to make them 2 inches longer. There are some good before/after of the torsion bars, etc

Your F53 will be a little different than mine.
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