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Old 05-16-2017, 01:49 AM   #1
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24' Sprinter suspension upgrade

Hello all. Just completed the replacement of rear shocks and changed out sway bar (see attached). After reading the different forum posts and calling some dealers, I decided on the Fox shocks sold by VanCompass. I also selected the Hellwig sway bar.

https://vancompass.com/collections/s...-2wd-2007-pair

https://www.amazon.com/Hellwig-7254-...inter+sway+bar


I installed the shocks first and I must say that made the bigger difference compared to the sway bar. Highway driving is so much quieter going over expansion joints. The RV isn't rattling anymore!

The sway bar added some additional stability and I'm glad I did both. Now thinking of messing with the front suspension, but not sure it would have the same results as I'm guessing the weight on the front struts are similar to the stock Sprinter.
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Mods - Fox shocks, sway bar, ceramic tint, water pump (eliminate vibration), and TPMS (with more to come).

Repairs - Slide track, kitchen window, blinds, and I am sure more to come (thanks Thor).
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:34 AM   #2
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Hello all. Just completed the replacement of rear shocks and changed out sway bar (see attached). After reading the different forum posts and calling some dealers, I decided on the Fox shocks sold by VanCompass. I also selected the Hellwig sway bar.

https://vancompass.com/collections/s...-2wd-2007-pair

https://www.amazon.com/Hellwig-7254-...inter+sway+bar


I installed the shocks first and I must say that made the bigger difference compared to the sway bar. Highway driving is so much quieter going over expansion joints. The RV isn't rattling anymore!

The sway bar added some additional stability and I'm glad I did both. Now thinking of messing with the front suspension, but not sure it would have the same results as I'm guessing the weight on the front struts are similar to the stock Sprinter.
Catalog | Redlands RV and Truck Performance Center Check out page 11 of this catalog. They also install wheel spacers in the rear along with the sway bars. I am told that they do a lot of these packages on the Sprinter.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:24 AM   #3
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How. Big of a job and time consuming for the rear shock replacement?
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:14 PM   #4
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How. Big of a job and time consuming for the rear shock replacement?
The actual job is very straight forward. The only reason it wasn't very easy was that I needed a buddy to help compress the new shocks as there was no way I was doing it from underneath the coach. Once he compressed the shocks, I quickly lined it up and inserted the bolts. It took me a couple of tries and there is probably a better way, but it wasn't bad.

Also, when I pulled the old shocks off, I was shocked at how easy they were to compress. My rig only has 8000 miles now and I can't imagine those shocks did much of anything.

Sway bar is also straight forward (I removed the spare for more space during install). Again, having a helper made it much easier.

It's been years since I've really worked on cars so I'm not the kind of guy that is gonna tackle complicated stuff and I felt completely comfortable doing this work.
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