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Old 03-24-2021, 10:58 AM   #1
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112 sway bar kit front shock upgrade?

Does anyone know of a sway bar kit that can be added to the M2 112? Drove through 7-hours of horrendous wind yesterday although the XL did extremely well (I would have parked the old DP and waited it out) I figure a sway bar would help...

Any one switch to Bilstein front shocks?
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:03 PM   #2
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I would be very interested in this upgrade also. I have looked into the shocks and do not think that Bilstein makes shocks for the M2 112. I think you can get Konni, or Fox. I have heard of someone getting a front sway bar but could not find any information about it.
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Old 03-24-2021, 05:14 PM   #3
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My 2015 DX3 has Bilsteins, I assumed it came that way from the factory?
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Old 03-25-2021, 01:14 AM   #4
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I've upgraded to Fox shocks and added a Roadmaster steering stabilizer. Those improved handling a fair bit (discussed in another thread), but it wasn't night and day change. Also, having the wheels balanced helped too. I'm not sure why they didn't come properly balanced from the factory. Maybe it just sat too long at the dealership. One rear inner is still out of spec and they can't fix it but I haven't had time to do much about it with all the other repairs & upgrades.

My 2019 XL is going into Roadmaster Monday to be fitted with their new M2-112 specific anti-sway bars. My rig is their guinea pig vehicle for developing their new 112 sway bar products. Great group of knowledgeable, professional people there. Ask for Josh Watson. He should have the new M2-112 sway bars in production shortly if not already. I'll try to remember to post how well the sway bars work. We have lots of winding hilly roads around home base to try them out.
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Old 03-28-2021, 12:13 PM   #5
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My 2019 XL is going into Roadmaster Monday to be fitted with their new M2-112 specific anti-sway bars. My rig is their guinea pig vehicle for developing their new 112 sway bar products. Great group of knowledgeable, professional people there. Ask for Josh Watson. He should have the new M2-112 sway bars in production shortly if not already. I'll try to remember to post how well the sway bars work. We have lots of winding hilly roads around home base to try them out.
I look forward to reading your review on the change in handling after completion and driving some miles. Especially in windy conditions and with semi trucks passing.
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:22 PM   #6
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What sway bar end links does your unit have? My Force came from the factory with automotive style sway bar bushings. They were gone in no time. I found a Freightliner Service Bulletin 32-47 and had the unit fixed by Freightliner under warranty. The original sway bar bushings were Bayonette style and the new ones are Clevis Style.

I also had installed the Safe-T-Plus. Mine tracks very well.
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Old 03-28-2021, 07:54 PM   #7
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Houston, we have a problem.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
We're talking about the M2-112 that only come on the XL's. The DX3 and the Forces (I believe) are M2-106's. Different beast when it comes to sway bars.
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I've upgraded to Fox shocks and added a Roadmaster steering stabilizer. Those improved handling a fair bit (discussed in another thread), but it wasn't night and day change. Also, having the wheels balanced helped too. I'm not sure why they didn't come properly balanced from the factory. Maybe it just sat too long at the dealership. One rear inner is still out of spec and they can't fix it but I haven't had time to do much about it with all the other repairs & upgrades.

My 2019 XL is going into Roadmaster Monday to be fitted with their new M2-112 specific anti-sway bars. My rig is their guinea pig vehicle for developing their new 112 sway bar products. Great group of knowledgeable, professional people there. Ask for Josh Watson. He should have the new M2-112 sway bars in production shortly if not already. I'll try to remember to post how well the sway bars work. We have lots of winding hilly roads around home base to try them out.
Did Roadmaster get you setup? How do you like it?
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:42 PM   #9
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RoadMaster installed a prototype rear anti-sway bar in my rig and I just got back today from a 9 day trip with it. It made a bigger improvement than I was expecting. Best example I can think of to describe it is, if you ever had an old car with old worn out shocks that didn't really work and when you hit a bump the car bounced up and down a few times. Then you replaced the shocks with new ones and when you hit bump, you still bounce once, maybe 1.5 times but much less so than before and without all the squeeking, it's kinda like that but with roll side to side. My wife noticed it immediately too. My teenage kids couldn't tell the difference. The mobile RV tech crawled under to look and thought it was a very nicely done and was designed well to clear all the other components so it won't hit or pinch on anything.
RoadMaster is going to make a few tweaks to the product in regards to making it easier/faster to install. I'm going to take the RV back to get the front anti-sway soon and will also inquire as to when the units will be in production.
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Sweet! Glad to hear, can’t wait to purchase the kit.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:10 PM   #11
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Should have got the Hellwigs.
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Rancher Rob. Is there clearance to remove brake cans, can’t ell from pics?
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:32 PM   #13
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Should have got the Hellwigs.
As far as I can tell, Hellwigs don't make sway bars for the freightliners. Do you have a link for their Freightliner M2-112 sway bars that I missed?
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Old 04-21-2021, 12:24 AM   #14
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Rancher Rob. Is there clearance to remove brake cans, can’t ell from pics?
I don't know how much room one needs as I've never removed break cans before. FWIW, there is about 1" of clearance between the can and sway bar. Is that enough?
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Rancher Rob. Is there clearance to remove brake cans, can’t ell from pics?
Brake cans rarely need to be removed. And it does, just unbolt the sway bar to do the work.
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Old 04-21-2021, 12:34 PM   #16
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Did Roadmaster provide any part numbers? Nothing listed on their website.
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Old 04-22-2021, 05:24 PM   #17
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No part numbers, no invoices, I just left my rig with their guy Josh for a week and picked it up with the sway bar. Mine was a prototype and in exchange for being the guinea pig, they gave it to me for free. Sometimes times it's great to just be lucky and in the right place at the right time (with the right rig)
I sent them an email and will let you know what I hear back.
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Old 04-26-2021, 09:02 PM   #18
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I heard back. Apparently, Roadmaster/Josh had a really hard time getting those rear sway bars installed so he is back at the drawing board trying to figure out a better way. Gotta love a company that won't release a product until it is refined to an acceptable level. On the downside though, ya'll have to wait.

While driving my rig today, I again noticed how much less it rolled going down our winding hill road. They are worth the price and the wait.
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