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Old 03-06-2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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Hellwig Sway Bar

After reading several posts about the Hellwig sway bar I ordered one off Amazon and yesterday my brother in law installed it for me. I am thrilled with how much the handling is improved! My 2013 Solera felt like a marshmallow swaying down the road and now it is so much better. I totally recommend it if you don't have one. Also, it was very easy to install. Took him about an hour. The difficult part was doing the work lying on his back on the concrete.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:14 PM   #2
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After reading several posts about the Hellwig sway bar I ordered one off Amazon and yesterday my brother in law installed it for me. I am thrilled with how much the handling is improved! My 2013 Solera felt like a marshmallow swaying down the road and now it is so much better. I totally recommend it if you don't have one. Also, it was very easy to install. Took him about an hour. The difficult part was doing the work lying on his back on the concrete.
I also installed the Hellwig myself on 2013 chassis. Not difficult at all. Is well worth having for the improvements it provides.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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Maybe I am opening a can of worms here..
I had a Solera for 3 years and 35000 miles no Hellwig installed and I never saw the need for it. In my opinion that MH was handling just great..
Then I bought the Forester 2400W - it was handling just great, same as my Solera. It should have come with the Hellwig installed, but it didn't: the factory sent me the parts and I installed it myself. (That was no problem at all, about an hour or so).
And you know what? I do not realize any difference in handling and driving! (9000 miles without Hellwig and 8000 with Hellwig)

Maybe because I am always using a tire pressure of 80psi on all 6 wheels? I think that makes a lot of difference!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:06 AM   #4
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When we first started using the Hellwig sway bar we took a test drive in one with and one without the Hellwig. The ride was significantly better. There wasn't much of a change when going forward or in reverse. We saw the change in ride quality going around corners. The new sway bar eliminated most of the stock sway back and forth.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:15 PM   #5
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I noticed an improvement with the Hellwig reducing the big truck push. Some improvement in cornering.
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I noticed an improvement with the Hellwig reducing the big truck push. Some improvement in cornering.
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Old 03-08-2018, 09:27 AM   #7
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X3. I also added the Helwig bar and Sumo Springs. Joshua Cavitt notes the improvement in cornering. Also less push from big rigs passing. Much easier to handle!
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:07 PM   #8
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Char Solera, you are dead on. I replaced both on mine also, big improvement
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:01 PM   #9
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Ditto "I like it!"

Our '17 Forester 2401WS MB came with Helwig installed. I've owned 4 other brand Sprinter based RV's since W came out with the first View.

None had any special stabilizing equipment and more than once we had cabinets open as I tried to negotiate an uneven surface. Truck buffet and strong crosswinds made for tense driving.

In short, floor plan was why we went to look at the Forester. The vastly improved stability of the rig with the Helwig was the closer.
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:56 PM   #10
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Hellwig loose bushings

Two questions regarding suspension upgrades.

1. Can someone verify the Hellwig sway bar part number is 8273? I misplaced the instructions that came with it. We have about 12,000 miles on our 2017 Sunseeker 2400W. We installed the Hellwig sway bar when the factory sent us one (should have been installed) shortly after we took delivery. This past week we had an engine problem and had it towed to a Sprinter dealer. They gave the suspension a once-over because the ride had worsened recently. We did go on some pretty rough roads over the course of a national parks tour. The dealer said the sway bar bushings were quite loose and should be replaced. Has anyone else had similar problems? Any suggestions on where to find replacement bushings?
2. I have been considering adding Sumo springs to the vehicle, but my extended warranty states that is a no-no and would void the warranty on the suspension. Has anyone had a similar issue? I think I might contact the warranty company to ask for a waiver.

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I also installed the Hellwig myself on 2013 chassis. Not difficult at all. Is well worth having for the improvements it provides.
When installing, do the wheels need to be off the ground and on jack stands?
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:26 AM   #12
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No. The wheels do not need to be off the ground. You might need to raise the RV so you have room for access. Driving up on 2x8s under the wheels helps.
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Any suggestions on where to find replacement bushings?
Not sure of your part number, but I'd call Hellwig directly for replacement bushings - they've been helpful in the past...
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