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Old 04-06-2016, 05:55 PM   #161
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Yes. WITHIN the bracket from curve of the Hellwig to the top of that Jayco spring MadDad indicated and I also went same as him a gap distance of 2". Hope this all helps you.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:19 PM   #162
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I believe the Hellwig instructions are to tighten with the springs loaded.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:40 PM   #163
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Not to question anyone on their procedure as all ideas are worth considering before climbing under the vehicle. The Hellwigs on my MH were my first experience with them. I however would think that following the method used by MadDad would be just fine. It did work for me. By unloading tension on the springs I tightened up with the wrench on each of those nuts and there was very little resistance which to me was a good thing. My Greyhawk 31FS since then has been very good on the highway.
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:29 AM   #164
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My question is, with so many of us owners noting springs out of adjustment (4-5") and consistent recommendations from Hellwig (2"), why hasn't Jayco (or MORryde) corrected this?
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:35 AM   #165
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has anyone tried using a ratchet strap to compress the springs like I did? easy to adjust to the size you need and less tiring than the c clamp? I am still having issues with mine so its onto air bags and sway bars. another 2000 out of pocket for this new adventure. should have stuck with planes. somehow they're cheaper...
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:13 AM   #166
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At this point it would really be great to have a sticky on the first post of this thread detailing what folks need to do, instead of reading through 17 pages of comments. Maybe a mod will throw this up front if it's accurate. If its not accurate, can somebody help me make it more accurate?

The steps as I understand it:

1. Block the back tires of the side you are NOT working on. Raise the side of the coach your ARE working on w/ your levelers so that the rear tire is grazing the pavement.
2. C-clamp the helper spring and the stock Ford spring. Clamp it just tight enough to hold it in place in case it snaps back at you.
3. Using a 7/8" ratchet wrench, begin tightening the 'top' nut a few turns. Starting from the front of the helper spring, work on each side a little at a time. Back the 'bottom' nut up to the top nut after each adjustment, however the C-Clamp is there to provide that insurance.
3a. I assume you have to tighten up the C-Clamp as you tighten up the nuts.
4. Once you have 2" left on the front gap of the spring from the dip of the helper spring where the shackle rests to the top of the Ford spring, verify that the thread length on each side of the shackle is equal from the bottom nut to the end of the shackle
5. Undo the C-clamp, the front side of the spring is done.
6. Repeat 2-5 for the back side of the helper spring
7. Drop the levelers

Repeat 1-6 on the other side of the rig.

Am I missing anything? Feel free to edit/amend this until we have it right.

Any value in spraying the threads w/ WD40 in case they have some gunk holding them down? I definitely don't want to strip anything as I work through this. My threads are in pretty good shape (visually).

This doesn't seem like an incredibly difficult job.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:12 PM   #167
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You have it down correctly. Your post will help others. Nothing wrong with using lubricant but keep an eye on it when you inspect your vehicle so that your adjustment stays at the proper distance. I was about to do that but the vehicle was brand new and the nuts turned somewhat easy so I did not use lubricant. And the answer is yes to item 3a you listed.

No I didn't find it hard but I was careful using safety precautions.
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:21 PM   #168
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I'll lube it if its giving me problems, otherwise I'll leave it be. I just go the 8" clamp and the 7/8" ratcheting ratchet. When I bring the rig home in a couple weeks for some pre-camp prep, this will be on my to-do list.
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:51 AM   #169
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We just bought our 2016 Jayco Redhawk 23XM 10 days ago and after reading this thread my husband looked and sure enough we have this issue.
If they know it's wrong why are they still selling these units like this!
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:17 AM   #170
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Good question. Jayco touts JRide as a feature, it should be installed/configured correctly.
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