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Old 09-18-2020, 09:51 AM   #1
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Snapped front swaybar link

Curious if anyone else has seen this happen (driver side sway link snapped clean in half). 15k miles on our 2018 GT 369XL (24k F53 chassis). Happened somewhere between Ca. And Pa. Crappy highways of course.

I did shift sway linkage to CHF position on front only. No visible contact that would indicate sway bar hit frame. Truck shop is scratching thier head and thinking this might have been a casting defect.

I'm considering resetting front CHF to factory position with new linkage just in case, but again our bus garage doesn't think that had anything to do with this snapping

Looking through many threads I've only run across one 2015 post where a guy had his bent (but bar had hit frame).

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Old 09-18-2020, 10:19 AM   #2
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I have seen this happen many times on trucks, although not on something as new as your rig, or as few of miles. If you don't see any evidence of hitting the frame or other suspension components, I wouldn't worry about it a lot.

What I would do is upgrade to better sway bar links. The Ford ones, although sufficient for the vehicle (or any other manufacturer) are not the "best" in my opinion. Upgrade to beefier ones through Rockauto, Adavnce, O'Reilley's, etc. They are cheap, and with a poly bushing you'll get more feel out of the upgrade.

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Old 09-18-2020, 01:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, that helps. I have a pair of Moog links coming in thru advanced Auto so I can get to the road early next week. Not certain if they are better or not, but my local truck shop says they are decent.
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Old 09-18-2020, 02:00 PM   #4
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Sway bar links

Isn't that covered under the basic Ford warranty. 3years/36k miles? Maybe Forest River should have built your floorplan on a greater GVWR F-53 chassis. They start at 18K and go up to 26K no need to scrimp in the GVWR department with the chassis. I see that you have SumoSprings?????
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Old 09-18-2020, 02:55 PM   #5
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Paul, may be covered under warranty, but need to travel in 5 days and isn't worth the 1.5 hour drive for $70 part and an hour labor. Tech was installing sump springs when discovered (I'd missed the actual snapping on road somehow).

I would have hoped the 24000 cassis was beefy enough, I know Tiffin uses the 26k for open roads.
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Old 09-18-2020, 03:06 PM   #6
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Jim the Moog's should be a good replacement choice. They probably have grease fittings too. Which by itself is a good idea. Save the broken one and the receipt and bring to an F-53 authorized Ford dealer when it is convenient for you for reimbursement. You may find that there is an on going problem or not.
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Old 09-18-2020, 03:27 PM   #7
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Not on a MH, but I replaced both fronts twice on my 2004 F150.
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:00 PM   #8
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They make longer links for when you do the CHF. I don't know the numbers or application off hand, but I have seen them.
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Old 09-19-2020, 02:06 PM   #9
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Snapped Sway Bar Link

This too happened to me. Replaced it with a Ford OEM part. About $30 at the Ford dealer. Happened at about 20k. I did CHF with Safe-T-Steer. All good for the past 10k miles.
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Curios: CHF before or after the link broke? Did you go with longer links/extension plates?
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This too happened to me. Replaced it with a Ford OEM part. About $30 at the Ford dealer. Happened at about 20k. I did CHF with Safe-T-Steer. All good for the past 10k miles.
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The only occurrences I've read about of snapped sway bar links following the CHF are on units using the curved links. I think that's just the 24K and 26K chassis. IT looks like yours may be curved?

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Curios: CHF before or after the link broke? Did you go with longer links/extension plates?
After the CHF. Did not change the links, and yes mine are curved on my 2014 Georgetown XL.
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I wish people would quit using acronyms. What in the heck is CHF?
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Old 09-19-2020, 03:13 PM   #14
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"Cheap Handling Fix". You move the Ford F53 sway bar link bolts from the outside hole of the sway bar to the inside hole to stiffen up the sway bar and get less rolling motion.

There's about 6,200 posts on it here, starting in 2010 when it was first discovered: https://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/chea...fix-72335.html

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"Cheap Handling Fix". You move the Ford F53 sway bar link bolts from the outside hole of the sway bar to the inside hole to stiffen up the sway bar and get less rolling motion.

There's about 6,200 posts on it here, starting in 2010 when it was first discovered: https://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/chea...fix-72335.html

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Thank you sir for the clarification. Now I get it.
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Thank you sir for the clarification. Now I get it.
No problem. CHF to me usually means Congestive Heart Failure. That might be what happens when you see your link broke.

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Thanks everyone. Had the Moog swaybar links installed and shifted back to factory (outer) bolt holes just as a precaution.
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After the CHF. Did not change the links, and yes mine are curved on my 2014 Georgetown XL.
Interesting inforamtion.
My links are straight for my front end OEM links.
Now this is on the 242" wheel base chassis.
Shorter chassis may have different size.
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Interesting inforamtion.
My links are straight for my front end OEM links.
Now this is on the 242" wheel base chassis.
Shorter chassis may have different size.
I think that the angle of the sway bay and short drag links will put too much stress on them. I would have them on the outside holes...But that's just me...
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I think that the angle of the sway bay and short drag links will put too much stress on them. I would have them on the outside holes...But that's just me...
Or you can get longer links and have all the benefits of the CHF.
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