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Old 04-12-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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Complete Front end Overhaul

I'm planning a trip with the family to Lake of the Ozarks for the 4th of July. I want to completely rebuild the front end on my 84' 310. I'm talking all steering components, rubber, shocks, HD springs, (eliminate the airbags) .
Does anyone know a one-stop shop for these components? Rock Auto, etc?
I'm also converting the rear twins into a queen or???

I can do all the work myself, I'm interested in advice on actual good experience with brands, complete kits, etc.

I'm also going to replace both roof-top AC units and convert the chassis AC system to R44.
But, I'll save that for another thread.

Danny Batsell
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:25 PM   #2
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You might want to add a steering coupler, aka rag joint, to the list. When I took our 310 to a mechanic on the road for brake work he wouldn't even test drive it until ours was replaced.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:14 PM   #3
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Hmmmm, rag joint huh? I'll crawl under there tomorrow and locate that.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:19 PM   #4
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Haven't actually seen it, but I think it's at the bottom of the steering column.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:46 PM   #5
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Ok, now I know what you're referring to. The flexible joint between the steering wheel and steering box. It doesn't feel sloppy but they're cheap, so I might as well replace it too! I've located most everything from Rock Auto. They have AC Delco OEM and Heavy Duty parts available. I am having a problem with the grey water tank. I've had it patched up once already, but it's just shot! All dried up. I can't find a replacement anywhere. Im probably going to have one custom made.
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I would recommend new ball joints based off of Mayco's experience in the Classic get together thread.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:23 PM   #7
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Yes Vycan, those too are on the chopping block. What I'm not sure about is on the other end of the control arm. It's a steel rod that connects the control arm to the frame. It has greasable joints. I might as well replace the whole control arm (x4) because they come cheaper all assembled from Rock Auto.
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You'd have to send me a picture for reference. Mine does not have what you describe.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:01 AM   #9
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Wise choice to replace the control arm bushings. When I worked BeeLine, that was the main part causing problems. All other shops were too lazy to replace. Rock Auto are very good suppliers.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:31 PM   #10
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Hmmm, Rock Auto doesn't seem to show the correct pitman arm and idler arm for this P30 chassis. Anyone recommend a parts store besides Napa? Maybe a heavy truck shop!
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Mill Supply has a pitman arm:

https://www.millsupply.com/pitman-ar...48.php?p=45739
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That's not for a motorhome. The MH idler and Pitman arms are "L" shaped. SuperSteer has them but, WOW! $$$
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You can try SuperSteer but thry are pricey.
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SuperSteer is the best way to go. I installed one (I call them bell cranks) on the drivers side of the 310 and it made a HUGE difference. Ball park price was $300 per side but well worth it as you'll likely never have to replace it again.

GM no longer stocks the OEM bell cranks. About eight years ago I had one of the Chevy dealers check national stock for them and I ended up getting the last two that they could locate from around the US. They were a lot cheaper than SuperSteer. Figured they would work ok for my little 20' Argosy.
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