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Old 02-19-2015, 10:27 AM   #91
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I want to thank everyone for this post. As a new Jayco Redhawk owner, I checked the clearance of the u-bolts and found that there was more than 3" clearance. I then called Hellwig and was told that there should be only 2" clearance. I will do the adjustment myself (40+ years in the mining industry). I just wonder how many owners do not know of this problem. Just thanks for all of posts about this miss-adjustment by whoever did the install (Jayco or Ford).
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:22 AM   #92
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Morryde did the install..
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:35 AM   #93
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It's the dealers...

In my opinion, these units should have never left the dealers without having the Hellwig springs adjusted for the "out the door" load.

Ours wanders because the front end is too light.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:12 PM   #94
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How to compress spring.

I can jack up one side to take the weight off but am afraid I will strip the U-Bolt. How can I compress the spring to tighten the U bolt? Can a rent such a tool?
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:37 PM   #95
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Bustrbyte, I have the same issue, but I'm not able to do the adjustment myself. Jayco told me that if the unit is under warranty, the adjustment should be done by a Hellwig certified service center. Unfortunately, there isn't one of those within a days drive. I'm taking it back to dealer next week, but even they're not sure if they can (or want) to do it.

So, I may end up taking it back to the factory... what a pain!
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:38 PM   #96
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You have to adjust with weight on the springs or loaded.

Best tool would be a ratching wrench, 22mm. You can use another closed in wrench as an an extension to make it easier.

A deep socket will not get the nut in enough. You compress the spring with the nut, nothing else. It's a tiring job, just take your time.
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I can jack up one side to take the weight off but am afraid I will strip the U-Bolt. How can I compress the spring to tighten the U bolt? Can a rent such a tool?
I know it sounds backwards, but getting the tires to just touch the road will get the load off the U-bolts. A 1 7/8 ratcheting wrench will turn them very easily. Read my earlier post about how I did it. It's really pretty easy. Oh, it also made a big improvement in handling. Oh also screw Jayco on the warranty stuff. All I've ever heard from them is it's the other parts supplier's responsibility, and Hellwig says they need to be adjusted!!
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:42 PM   #98
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Just took my test drive after adjusting the Helwig on my Jayco 31FS. There is a definite improvement and very glad I did this myself. As previously posted, yes do jack up one side to point where tires just barely touch the surface. The bolts tightened up easily. It took a 7/8" ratcheting ratchet tool purchased at Lowe's for about 16 bucks.
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I have been saying 1 7/8" wrench, and indeed it needs a 7/8". Sorry about that!!
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Oklahoma Dan, what jacking point did you use?
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