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Old 03-20-2015, 10:44 PM   #1
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New Sway Bars

I just purchased a set of sway bars for my Ford E450 Class C. They are made by Hellwig (7180 rear sway bar, and 7718 front sway bar).

I am going to try and install them myself, but I need to know the torque specification for both sway bars. The Hellwig installation instructions simply states to torque them to published specifications.

I cannot find either a Haynes or Chilton's for the E450, and I really don't want to spend $100+ for a Ford shop manual.

Has anyone installed these sway bars yourself, or do any of you know what the torque specs are for the sway bar bolts; front and rear?

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Old 03-21-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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75-80 ft.lbs on the sway bar end link bolts
25-30 ft.lbs on the bushing clamps to frame\axle mount

These are FoMoCo specs.....Don't see any reason aftermarket would deviate from factory specs. Remember to use anti-seize on threads if you have it handy
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #3
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75-80 ft.lbs on the sway bar end link bolts
25-30 ft.lbs on the bushing clamps to frame\axle mount

These are FoMoCo specs.....Don't see any reason aftermarket would deviate from factory specs. Remember to use anti-seize on threads if you have it handy
Thanks much.

I'm sure the instructions were referring to the Ford specs as they did not provide any themselves.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:41 PM   #4
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You'd think for the money of the sway bars they'd at lest supply the FoMoCo factory specs.....


Maybe you can help me ??

Just about ready to replace front tires, shocks & steering damper @ nearly 50k miles with Michelin LTX M/S2 & Bilstein. I have the Ford specs for E-350 front end alignment but door sticker says front end is set to final Coach mfg specs. Do we have that information here ?? Also, I have used Bilstein shocks before (off-road), but never on a "over the road" vehicle. Are they worth twice the money over standard shocks for on-road service ??
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:50 PM   #5
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Does Ford /Thor recommend any particular swat bars for the Axis/Vegas?
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Old 04-11-2015, 04:15 PM   #6
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You'd think for the money of the sway bars they'd at lest supply the FoMoCo factory specs.....


Maybe you can help me ??

Just about ready to replace front tires, shocks & steering damper @ nearly 50k miles with Michelin LTX M/S2 & Bilstein. I have the Ford specs for E-350 front end alignment but door sticker says front end is set to final Coach mfg specs. Do we have that information here ?? Also, I have used Bilstein shocks before (off-road), but never on a "over the road" vehicle. Are they worth twice the money over standard shocks for on-road service ??
I use Bilsteins on my race cars, street cars, and previous motorhomes - in my opinion they are well worth the added expense . In each case I have found the damping spot on, with a good compromise between compliance and control. I work with their race engineers on the race cars, and they have been excellent in giving me custom valving. I will soon have Bilsteins on my Vegas...

Btw- start with the Ford specs, but you may want to add some addn'l caster for stability...
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:59 PM   #7
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Does Ford /Thor recommend any particular swat bars for the Axis/Vegas?
Since the Axis/Vegas is built on an E350 chassis, I would expect you would buy them for that characteristic.
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I finally received both sway bars and am going to have the Ford garage look at them on Monday. I kind of wanted to do it myself, but I don't relish working under the moho on my driveway which is not quite level.
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