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Old 11-19-2019, 09:57 AM   #1
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Jayco Melbourne (Mercedes chassis) Suspension

I've see a LOT of posts on here about suspension upgrades on other manufacturer's chassis but can't find anything or anyone who's done suspension upgrades to the Mercedes chassis.

My 24K gets a HUGE amount of body roll crossing uneven surfaces (in and out of parking lots) and substantial wallow when passed by big rigs.

I'm planning to graduate from part-time weekender to long time traveler in the spring when I retire and now is the time to spend the money on upgrades...if they're viable.

Anyone Melbourne / Mercedes chassis owners out there who've done suspension mods? Thanks for your time.

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Old 11-19-2019, 06:05 PM   #2
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DNBGoulb I replaced OEM sway bar and put on a rear hellwig also installed sumo springs to replace OEM It made the Mercedes Chassis drive very "car like" from outer banks NC thru col rockys to Mt and back. good luck happy retirement .
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:08 PM   #3
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to clarify rear hellwig swaybar
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:06 PM   #4
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I cant find my posts that mention my upgrades but I went with the Hellwig rear sway as well and Sumo Springs all four corners and Fox tuned shocks for the rear. No more white knuckles when trucks pass.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.supersprings.com/shop/ssf-106-47/


https://agileoffroad.com/product/agi...00-rv-class-c/
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:56 AM   #5
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All my upgrades were done DIY and the only time I needed a jack was for the front Sumo's and that was just to lift the suspension a little to get the Sumos in. Most bang for the bucks was sway bar and Sumo's. Maybe if I added the fox shocks first it would have made more of an impact but I still would add them again. I notice they help more with the rocking when going over bumps at an angle than cross wind and truck passing stability but again I upgraded the shocks last.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:37 AM   #6
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DNBGoulb I replaced OEM sway bar and put on a rear hellwig also installed sumo springs to replace OEM It made the Mercedes Chassis drive very "car like" from outer banks NC thru col rockys to Mt and back. good luck happy retirement .
Brad: if I understand, you did rear sway bar and sumo springs but nothing to the front...is that correct?

And thanks!
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:43 AM   #7
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I cant find my posts that mention my upgrades but I went with the Hellwig rear sway as well and Sumo Springs all four corners and Fox tuned shocks for the rear. No more white knuckles when trucks pass.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.supersprings.com/shop/ssf-106-47/


https://agileoffroad.com/product/agi...00-rv-class-c/
PF: I was hoping you'd jump in the conversation. I thought I'd seen something from you a while ago about suspension but I spent hours scouring the forum(s) and couldn't find it...glad to know it just wasn't me.

I've read where others did something with a steering stabilizer in the front (sorry, I'm a carpenter so I may have my technical repair info screwed up! )
Assuming (yes, I know), I have that correct, did you do the stabilizer as well?

I've read where others used a different brand of shock versus Fox (the name escapes me right now.) Any input?

Thanks for the help!
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I don't have the steering stabilizer and not sure if that is the issue with the Sprinter Chassis. I know the Ford chassis have those available.
Another popular shock on the Sprinter forum is Koni or Koni Reds.
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I don't have the steering stabilizer and not sure if that is the issue with the Sprinter Chassis. I know the Ford chassis have those available.
Another popular shock on the Sprinter forum is Koni or Koni Reds.


Again, thanks for the quick reply. Honestly donít know if I have a steering stabilizer or not...I just read about them.

The other shocks Ive read about are Blistien shocks
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Yes installed rear sumo only which is good ---but would think front and rear like pfflyer installed would be better. More is better !!! I probably will do same before next trip west . Maybe car like drive will turn onto sports car like !!
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Is installing the Hellwig sway bar on the Melbourne a do-it-yourselfer?
Is it just a matter of sliding under the RV, with a large socket wrench, and removing the stocker and replacing it with the Hellwig?
Or is it a task the repair shop should do?
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Is installing the Hellwig sway bar on the Melbourne a do-it-yourselfer?
Is it just a matter of sliding under the RV, with a large socket wrench, and removing the stocker and replacing it with the Hellwig?
Or is it a task the repair shop should do?
Thank you...
DIY like your description "just a matter of sliding under the RV, with a large socket wrench, and removing the stocker and replacing it with the Hellwig".
It took maybe 45 minutes to an hour when I did mine but if I was to do it again maybe 30 minutes at the most. 6 bolts if I am remembering correctly. I don't remember the size of the bolt heads but all should be less than 20mm.
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