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Old 07-08-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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2016 Redhawek 31XL - Loose Steering

I am apologizing in advance for this post. My rig is obviously on a Ford E450 chassis.

I have driven rigs with loose steering before so I can handle. However, after reading some forums regarding Casters Setting and Sway bars I am intrigued that i could have a rig that drives like an SUV.

Problem is while reading these posts these ppl obviously know what they are talking about. I do not! Ha.

This is my current list of what could improve steering:
1. +5.5 Caster Setting
2. Tire Pressure
3. Alignment
4. Hellwig Sway Bar


What on Earth is a caster setting and do i need anything special? Where can i get it done?

Are Sway bars expensive to get put on?

Please help, i want to make my driving experience the best it can be. Thank you
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Okay ... More Research Done ....

1. For Caster ... do i need an adjustable bushing.
2. Should I get rear or front sway bar. If only ... one at a time which first?
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Setting Caster on the Ford E Series

Yes, you will need adjustable bushings such as Ingalls 594s because Ford ships with fixed bushings. Some RV builders have been known to install these adjustable bushings off their assy line. Post a picture of the top of your upper ball joint and we can probably tell you what you have.
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You could also not have enough weight up front.
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You could also not have enough weight up front.
Ah. Roger that. Hmmmm.

Suggestions to figure that out friend?
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Ah. Roger that. Hmmmm.

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Cat scales at just about any truck stop
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I've seen two suggested:
Ingalls 59400 or McBay Performance PN 44-5094

Thoughts?
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Thank you. Can and will do.
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Cat scales at just about any truck stop
My MH is getting dvds installed in bunks this week and a couple small fixes. However on way home Ill go by flying J and weigh.
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Yes, you will need adjustable bushings such as Ingalls 594s because Ford ships with fixed bushings. Some RV builders have been known to install these adjustable bushings off their assy line. Post a picture of the top of your upper ball joint and we can probably tell you what you have.
What kind of shop could install this for me? Truck alignment shop?
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Yes, the E Series is considered to be a truck so best used a truck shop. Have a discussion with the available truck shops. Tell them you have an E450 that may need more +caster, can and will you install Ingalls 594 bushings if they are required? IMO


Beware of the typical "tweak the toe and you are good to go" business.
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Yes, the E Series is considered to be a truck so best used a truck shop. Have a discussion with the available truck shops. Tell them you have an E450 that may need more +caster, can and will you install Ingalls 594 bushings if they are required? IMO


Beware of the typical "tweak the toe and you are good to go" business.
Thanks Harvard! I'll do some homework on best place to take my MH.
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Yes, the E Series is considered to be a truck so best used a truck shop. Have a discussion with the available truck shops. Tell them you have an E450 that may need more +caster, can and will you install Ingalls 594 bushings if they are required? IMO


Beware of the typical "tweak the toe and you are good to go" business.
This the right one:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000COBT68..._uqqGxbP5WSC6C
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Yes, those are the Ingalls 594s that will give you over +5 degrees on the E Series.
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Well I finally got my rig weighed. I want to adjust tire pressure. Right now i have 60 in front and 70 on back four.

Weight was:
Front: 4360 lbs
Rear: 9560 lbs

Based on the attached table i was going to leave front at 60 psi and bring back four to 77 psi.

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