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Old 06-25-2015, 02:45 AM   #81
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One more note, as I was installing this missing rear sway bar bracket on my new motorhome, I earned my Ford badge of honer as my 15mm wrench slipped and nailed me right in the right eye area just above my safety glasses. After l woke up from what seemed like a 2 minute nap from the blow, and cleaned the blood from the wound, I finished this task that no one should have to be doing on a new ford product IMHP. But now l get to walk around with a nice shiner in and around my right eye. As friends, family, church members and co-works all ask about my badge all I can use is my new 4-letter word "ford" that is now just as nasty a word in my vocabulary as all the other nasty 4-letter words that I was raised not to use. That's about the best advertisement I can see to provide for ford, and thank God l can still see. Again ford hovering close to law issues.


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Old 06-25-2015, 08:06 AM   #82
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There are different kinds of loctite. You do not need a torch to loosen the sway bar link bolts. Do you not have a 1/2" drive torque wrench?
Duckogram, going to Sears this AM, get 1/2 drive breaker bar, I am 6'3" 285, that nut is getting 'busted'......I am doing this w/level jacks down, so space for me tight....don't want a 'Wayne' shiner though .... sorry
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:52 AM   #83
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I used a breaker bar (Harbor Freight) while your there, get a set of the 6 point impact driver 1/2 sockets. I did mine a few months ago. I also replaced the torsion bar bushings (front and rear) at the same time.

I just finished a 2,000 trip last week and am happy to report a significant improvement in handling and stability, particularly in cross winds, when a 18 wheeler passes, and on those occasional times when my right wheels go off the road.

There seems to be a problem with later model F53s with the rear torsion bar bracket bolts coming loose and falling out. When ever I'm under mine, I always look specifically at these.

If you replace the rear bushing, be very, very, very careful to protect the ABS sensor located on top of the differential. It will break. and it will be a real "^&#$^#$^*($" to get the old piece out.

Although its not necessary, I extended the front links by 2 inches to improve their angle when connected to the rear set of holes on the front torsion bar. I did this by cutting the links in half, and then inserting and welding these halves into a 10 inch long piece of 1/2/ water pipe. (see photo)

On the rear torsion bar, the links will; move the toe rear set of holes, no problem, you will need to reverse the rear "Z" brackets to mount them.

ALSO - In my photos, note that I used the "Z" bracket on the front, but I had to put some serious notches in it. I would not do this again, I would just leave the "Z" bracket off. (If you don't extend the links, you won't be able to use the "Z" bracket anyway.)

Here is a short writeup I did on mine -

Cheap Handling Fix – and then some | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Old 06-25-2015, 09:08 AM   #84
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Big duke, what l did was to drive my rear tires up on some sturdy ramps that lifted the rear of the RV about 3-4" and then lowered the rear jacks only just enough for the jacks to make contact this Mother Earth for a safety factor. The front tires were blocked, and of course the E brake was set. I'm a bigger fella my own self eh at 6' and 240.


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Old 06-26-2015, 09:55 PM   #85
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finally got mine finished on the front, took a trip to the beach, I noticed a big difference especially when a truck passes you on the road, and the sway was much less, very pleased
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:26 AM   #86
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Hello All, OK I am in process of doing the CHF, busted the tight nuts w/breaker bar, used jack to position the sway bar......OMG I forgot where the washers go.....I know the head of the bolts are on inside, the nut is on out side, but there are 2 washers each, one goes between bushing of sway bar to pivot rod, the other one is where I am confused....any help appreciated

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Look at the washers on the rear sway bar, should be same.
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Check for part's diagram on Internet might show order of parts.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:50 AM   #89
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Look for tool and wear marks on parts, sometimes gives clue to order of assembly.
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Old 07-05-2015, 01:49 PM   #90
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Hello All, CHF Done, for me it was not bad, except for forgetting washer placement, rear sway bar hole alignment, little bit of a bear, but got it with the jack; I am a techie, not a mechie, so pretty proud that I did it..... anxious to see improvements in handling. Thanks much to this forum
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