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Hellwig or Ford Sway Bar?

I want a sway bar for my truck 04 F350, 6.0, QC, LB, 4x4. I have been doing a lot of reading, but most of what I have found is people talking about their excursions. Is the Ford rear sway bar better than a Hellwig unit. Would a hellwig unit work better with Ford endlinks/higher quality endlinks? I do some limited offroading, and I am in the market for a Travel Trailer.
I was coming home from upstate PA this weekend traveling down route 15 with the wife driving and she says to me let me know if I should slow down so I don't roll it. She doesn't like to slow down to take turns at all.

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I just replaced both of the oem sway bars on my F-450 with RoadMaster sway bars.
The oem bars were 1.125" front and 1.062" rear, the RoadMaster are 1.375" front and 1.5" rear. I haven't had a chance to haul my camper yet, so I can't comment on the difference.

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I want a sway bar for my truck 04 F350, 6.0, QC, LB, 4x4. I have been doing a lot of reading, but most of what I have found is people talking about their excursions. Is the Ford rear sway bar better than a Hellwig unit. Would a hellwig unit work better with Ford endlinks/higher quality endlinks? I do some limited offroading, and I am in the market for a Travel Trailer.
I was coming home from upstate PA this weekend traveling down route 15 with the wife driving and she says to me let me know if I should slow down so I don't roll it. She doesn't like to slow down to take turns at all.

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The Hellwig rear swaybar is a fair bit larger in diameter than the Ford one. Added one to my 06, which didnt come with a rear bar. My neighbors 06 did come with a factory bar, and my Hellwig is larger in diameter.

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i looked at both myself for my 08, what i liked about the hellwig is that it dosnt hang lower then the axle like the Ford OEM bar. it is a lot larger also.
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Hellwig is the only way to go.

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The Hellwig will prevent roll better than the OEM. What makes the Hellwig better for towing or hauling makes it worse offroad by limiting suspension flex; there will be more frame flex. The OEM is a compromise, less body roll control, but more independant wheel travel.

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Has anyone used the hellwig model swaybar that is adjustable?

http://www.amazon.com/Hellwig-7693-Rear-Adjustable-Sway/dp/B001UFRW9Q
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I have air bags and that bar ,, the outboard mounted bags and that bar are nice

I did the bags first and that helped a lot ,, but I wanted more so when I saw a craigslist add I was all over it LOL I had to cut the links and weld a sleeve to fit my lift .. but is was a no brainier

works well and I still can get to the lake via off road fine ,, I wouldn't suggest rock crawling without disconnect links

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IMO...get the Ford kit..a 30mm bar, fitment is perfect.
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