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Old 06-08-2010, 01:26 PM
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Hellwig Rear Antisway Bar Big Diff Maker?

I have a 2005 Ford Excursion with the 6.0L PS Diesel. It's all stock and has about 61K miles. Bought it last Sep and am just getting around to towing my 32 ft travel trailer with it.

I've read on this forum and others that if I'm towing anything of size I should get a rear antisway bar put on, but just didn't get around to it yet. I went camping a couple of weekends ago for the first time, about 1.5 hrs a way. When towing my trailer at around 55MPH or more it bounced all over the road like you wouldn't believe. It didn't feel safe at all, so I white-knuckled it for about a 1/2 hour and decided to get off the expressway and take the backroads. Much better. I immediately ordered the Hellwig antisway bar and am waiting for it to come any day now.

My question is will it make a HUGE difference? I sure hope so, because I'm planning on towing my trailer 3 hours away this coming weekend and don't want to go through this ordeal again. Also, would new shocks make a big difference? Probably has the originals for all I know.

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Old 06-08-2010, 02:11 PM
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How much did you pay for it, I may be in the market for one.
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You should have read..ton's of posts just get the 30mm sway bar from ford F81Z-5A772-AA much less $$ and bolts right up. It replaces the small bar that the Ex came with.

I've helped countless Excursion owners fix the handling problems of the EX. PM me if I can help you.

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Old 06-08-2010, 03:51 PM
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shocks if stock wouldn't hurt to replace. are you using a weight distribution hitch and or sway bars? when i bought my tt towing it home all i had was the ball, i didn't have but 5 miles to tow it but is was all freeway and it sucked. got a wd/sway bar for trailer and now all is good.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:34 AM
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I paid $241 for it (including $32 in shipping) at Lift Kits, Suspension Leveling Kit, Truck Body Lift Kits, Shocks & Sway Bars for Chevy, Dodge Ram, Ford, Toyota Truck & Jeep 4x4. Best price I could find out there, I just needed the thing.

Wasn't aware of the Ford part, guess that might have been cheaper, oh well.

Yeah, I've got the WD hitch/trunnion setup and the sway bar on that as well. Same travel trailer always towed great on flat land with my old F150. I got the Excursion because I wanted to take it into hillier mountain areas at some point, so I was a little surprised when the handling when towing was so bad on flat land at a decent speed. On the plus side, whenever I did encounter any hills on the backroads I took, the diesel Excursion barely seemed to notice they were there.
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^^

They have a deal going on now for like $220.

I just purchase one and should be here, tomorrow.
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I put one of the Ford sway bars on that I picked up at the salvage for ~$50. It made a HUGE difference in the Ex's attitude while driving, especially while towing. I put it on a few days before moving, hauling a 24 ft enclosed trailer. It was such a big improvement.
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