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Old 03-27-2019, 06:54 AM   #15
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Hey,
Yah, they got the sags . I think your due for some springs. Shouldn't t need shims, especially on one side. Sorry to hear that.
What was super steers settings, I'm curious. DJ
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:40 AM   #16
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:04 PM   #17
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Yah, that's what I thought they would do with the specs. Those are good numbers, my only thing is the large spread in caster. When you get on a flat road, like a three lane interstate, it lol pull left. I like an inclination to the left, not a pull. I'd back it down a half degree. It's really kind of a trial by error thing. My excursion had a pull to the left, turns out it was a dragging left rear caliper. Go figure. You could have a positive thrust angle, meaning the rear axle is cocked a bit. Thus pushing the rear of the coach to the right. Then a degree of offset in caster would actually be a good thing. But on another coach with no thrust angle, or less of one, that kind of caster may induce a pull. You get my drift? So, it's kind of a drive it and see thing. Non of those spec numbers will be bad on tire wear. .15 in toe in inches is a pinch over an 1/8 inch. That's good. If everything is new and tight, zero total toe is good, but a 1/16 of an inch per side is fine too. Your good on the alignment, .
And as the springs settle, you may pick up a little camber on both sides. I wouldn't t let get over .50 . Ultimate tire wear is obtained with close to zero setting when in motion, and tire pressure at mugs recommendation.
Anyway, good luck DJ
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:33 PM   #18
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Thanks DJ. When we get back from our trip and install the new rear springs, I will take it back in and check it again with the info you provided as well.

Great info, for this is only the second front end rebuild I have done. My first one was on my 1965 El Camino that I did over 40 years ago!
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:56 PM   #19
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Yah, I've done a few rebuilds to in my 60 years. How time flys . I still feel like I'm 28. Until I look in the mirror, and see an old guy. It's very weird. I'm wiser, more introspective, and more appreciative of everything. That's good. Be good, maybe we'll meet. DJ.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:26 PM   #20
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Know what you mean DJ. How time flies, can't believe i'm now 65 and on medicare!

Like a roll of toilet paper, closer to the end of the roll, the faster it goes!!
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:33 PM   #21
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Use less toilet paper.... I wish it worked like that... Good plan I thought. DJ
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:42 PM   #22
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You "young" guys give up too easily. Having ticked over 7 decades let me educate you guys how to use less toilet paper, it's called a bidet.

Now having solved that issue I'm still trying to figure out what to do about tired and sore old bones and muscles.
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Ditto. 7 decades plus here. Used to be young, strong, and foolish. Now I’m no longer young.

I’ve found it’s ok to still dream all the impossible dreams, but you gotta fight fewer unbeatable foes at this age.

And it still takes three times longer to recover.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:38 PM   #24
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You right on the recovery time! Down in Florida looking for warmer weather, but looks like it's following us! With all the wind these last 2 day, have to say the MO is handling great. Notice a little harsher feel on rough roadways over the old front springs. That was expected because of the air bags doing some of the work. So far very happy with the results.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:37 PM   #25
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Excellent. I'm glad it's working . When you get your rear springs in, and the airbags set right, it ll be even better. Every little thing you do, refines the coach, and makes it more fun to drive. Hopefully, you can reach a point, to where you can fire up the fridge, fill the tanks, check the oil, and get gone. That's my plan.
And that's why I never break down. Always looking at stuff. Old guys like to tinker. It beats laying on the ground....in the rain.....getting a earful from someone , about something you should have looked at.. Been there.
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:31 PM   #26
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Hey,
I was under the machine today, looking at the dog bone. It's the cross brace that keeps the drive axle from shifting side to side. Anyway, when you have your rear springs done, replace the bushings in the dog bone. Mine look ok, but since I'm replacing all rubber things, because this thing is 34 years old. I thought you may want to do it too. It's not hard, 4 bolts and the whole thing drops out. The bushing are not a press fit. They just slide into the brace.
I can't remember where I bought them, but if you look on this forum site I did post the part number etc. it's called a transverse rod bushing. There's 4 polyurethane bushings to the kit.
How do your airbags look. That would also be a good time to get those replaced if they old. If they are cracking on the roll at the bottom, do it. That is where most bags leak.. I replaced the air lines and the compression fittings with the new style push in connectors. I did a post on this too . All part numbers etc etc. DJ
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Your right on looking at the bushings.

A little over 11 years ago, I replaced all the bushings and the air bags in the system. The bushings and pins I got directly from, now called, American Carrier Equipment Inc, the maker of these system in California. Great folks to work with and very helpful.

Can't think they would not be just as helpful now.

Attached is the DIY I wrote up then. Hope you can open it, I use Open Office!

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I did an update and added a couple of photos of my air ride system. It is also a PDF file.

Did not find my deflated bag photo for the file!

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