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Old 10-27-2014, 09:45 AM   #15
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recently did new Supersteer coil springs and two bell cranks; Roadmaster sway bar bushings front and rear; Bilstein shocks all around and steering damper; plus lower ball joints and some control arm bushings. brought the parts and the coach to a Chevy truck dealership owned by a friend.

only cried a little at the total $$$... definitely worth it, though. very satisfied with the improvement, particularly restoring the ride height. eliminated the front air coils, and have virtually zero play left in the steering
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:31 AM   #16
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Niiiice, good feeling i bet. Well fellas, i slipped that pipe over the pickle fork and got her wedged in best i could, then bunjeed it up under the bumper to hold it steady. (My doge gone wife went to work on me just to avoid holding that pipe) whacked on the end a couple times with a ten pounder and it popped right off.
So i got the oem drivers side removed but i dont see any play in it while trying to wiggle it by hand. Might be that it would only show up under load. Regardless, new Hendersons should be here tomorrow and they are going in.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:44 AM   #17
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But Joseph, by taking it to the dealer to have all that work done, you have missed all the joy, personal satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment one gains from doing
the work yourself.......AHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHA!
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:58 PM   #18
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we left for SC with the trailer for Alumalina the day after dropping it off....

hmm, greasy, dirty (though satisfying!) work vs. camping? I'm good!
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:02 PM   #19
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:28 PM   #20
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I'm glad to see you persevered. I hope the knuckles didn't take too much of a bruising.

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Old 10-28-2014, 04:53 AM   #21
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They looked ok Tony. Talked with John at Supersteer yesterday (the guy in the installation vid). He said that i most likely wouldnt be able to see any play in the originals wiggling them by hand, only under load. We'll see, hope it improves handling some. The worst part of its handling right now is correction as a semi passes. Too much play
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:38 PM   #22
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Installed. If I drank.....I would be drinking......now....WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH MY COMPRESSOR!!!!!!!!!
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The Airstream gods are pissed and just messing with you now. A ritual sacrifice must be made to appease them.

If no virgins available in your area a ritual burning of three SOB trailers in your immediate area will suffice. That should do it.....at least it worked for me.

If you're in the market for a great compressor with fantastic quality and made for harsh climates ARB make the very best in the world. I have their twin cylinder job that can be used for air tools. Pricy, but definitely worth every penny. Seriously, my compressor will probably out last my coach.

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Old 10-29-2014, 07:47 PM   #24
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Youre killin me here Tony, literally laughing out loud! Geeeez, took it out for a little test run once i got cleaned up and no friggin compressor. My back was screaming at me so I had to stop for the day. Could just be a blown fuse RIGHT? OR MAYBE JUST A BAD GROUND RIGHT? Aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggggggg......
Ill get to it in the next couple days, we have one more trip left for the season so i need to find out whats going on.

Bell cranks went in without serious heavy drinking or drug use, wait a minute, need to pop another xanax.....ok thats better.....now as i was saying, they went in with some luck. For diesel owners who want to install these, the motor mount on the passenger side is a B---- to work around. The bottom rear bolt/nut actually is completely blind, and requires 3 Hail Marys and 1 Our Father to get the nut started. Other than that one, the rest werent too bad. I have an inexpensive little air ratchet that made the job a lot easier once i broke the nuts loose by hand. Didnt get it out on the highway, just around town a bit, so yet to see if they help much. At least one less thing out of the equation. But dog gone it.........back at it tomorrow i guess, figure out whats up with that compressor.

I must seek out the appropriate sacrificial offering.....tonight...before its too late
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:48 PM   #25
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The Airstream Gods smiled upon me, it WAS just a rusty ground on the compressor.
Im sure that I will be punished for my good fortune.

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Old 11-16-2014, 08:01 PM   #26
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Ok, we got to do about 7hrs on the road this weekend and put the new bell cranks to the test......i gotta say they really really helped the steering on the 310. The biggest test for me was when there was semis passing in the left lane and when entering and exiting overpasses. Before i installed them I was always keeping my eye on there rear view to anticipate the pushing and pulling of passing semi trucks. It was not enjoyable to say the least.....With the new bell cranks I barely notice the air forces of the passing trucks...seriously...Im not blowin smoke here. It was pretty amazing the improvement they made. I really didnt think that they, by themselves, would do so much to improve the handling. Sooooooo, Im happy...yeehaw...money and time well spent...lucky...waiting for whats next to bite the oh well..you guys know
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The amount of money for new bell cranks and steering stabilizer is well worth it! Glad it made a difference!!
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:54 AM   #28
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I was pretty suprised Dave. We were rolling down the interstate yacking away and frankly I wasnt even thinking about having installed those bell cranks....space head.
A semi truck passed us and the thought hit me...whoa, he just passed and I hardly felt it, didnt have to correct much. Before, I would really have to. So Ive installed new shocks, air bags, stabilzer, and now those bell cranks. Still need to have the ball joints looked at and get an allignment. Feels much better though.
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