DougC

How To Improve E450 Ride

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Driving a 2014 Fourwinds 31L.

Would like to improve jittery ride... suggestions welcomed.

Thanks

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Doug, Could you clarify jittery, quick jumpy movement?

Bounce, sway, hard ride or something else?

Rich.

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I appreciate Herman's recommendation. Made me chuckle.

There are many different things that can improve the ride of any chassis. First and foremost is the identification of what needs improvement. Jittery could be anything from simply out of balance tires to a defective component. I recommend that you visit Henderson's web page and read through their descriptions of symptoms, causes, and remedies. After you know what's bugging you about your ride, you can ask for more specific input from others. Personally, I visited Henderson's and was able to work with them. I've completed a few upgrades and have experienced much improvement in my 2008 Kodiak chassis SuperC coach.

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I have a 2000 Southwind on a f450 frame. The best money I ever spent was at Henderson's line up!!!

front track bar

new sway bar in front

and another in the rear (total of two)

I wish I would have done these improvements in 2005 when I bought the rig.

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The Ford E450 is notorious for bad caster alignment which makes driving any unit a challenge. Had my E450 realigned with the appropriate caster adjustment (look up other Ford E450 forums for the numbers) and a spring-load "steer-straight" modification (about $400 and two hours installation time) on the front wheel hubs.

Now, the unit (a Coach House 232XL ) is a joy to drive on the interstates and no more swaying! Also, driving for hours does not tire me out because the unit wants to go "straight" without any effects from x-wind or being swamped from passing large rigs!

I hope this helps with your problem!

Let us know! :)

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Boy I can relate to this, our last coach was an E450 chassis 31'6" of body length, there were times when someone would pass me I had the steering wheel at 5:00 to stay in my lane. I installed Roadmaster sway bars, Bilstein shocks and a HendersonSuper Steer track bar kit model SS450 (keeps the rear axle from swaying back and forth). Expensive but well worth it, no more upside down steering wheels or being pushed whan a tractor trailer would come up along side of us. In fact it handled so well you often forgot what you were driving, which can be dangerous.

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