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Old 08-11-2013, 04:25 PM
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Still having a wonder problem with the 03 F450 Crew Cab Flatbed. Pulled the camper off the truck and drove it and still have the wonder in the front end. Slide up under the truck to inspect rod ends etc. found the bushings worn out on the links at both ends of the sway bar. Pretty sure this would let it wonder around. thought might be track bar but bushings in it looked good. as well as ball joints and tie rod ends were tight. opinions needed.
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sway bar end links should not cause a wander. Could be the steering gear.
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I disagree with the above. I am not saying he is wrong but my experience is very different. I remove my sway at times to do hard off roading. It actually lets the front tires work more independently of each other and increase travel, helping with off road performance. With that said my truck is all over the road without the sway bar unattached. It wanders, pulls, tons of body roll and hard to keep between the lines on a rougher road.
You may notice many jeep 4x4's have quick disconnect sway bars. They disconnect them on the trail and reattach them once they hit the road.
The new rubicon jeeps have push button sway bar disconnect

Just my .02
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:35 PM
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Thanks for the opinions I bought new links today and instead of bushings and bolts they have rod ends on them that have grease zerks on them. I will know tomorrow if they helped.
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Hopefully they will take care of your problem.
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subscribed! Need to replace mine and I have a little wandering too.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:21 PM
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Went to O'Reily auto parts and bought new sway bar links. $41.00 including tax. The new ones did not have a bushing in them like the factory links but instead had a end on them like a tie rod end with a grease fitting. Right and left are different and they fit perfectly. Drove about 30 miles today and seems all the wander is gone, Truck drove great, now I will slide under the rear and check those just be on the safe side. I usually carry a 990 Arctic Fox slide in camper on the truck. Camper weighs about 5000 pounds loaded so the 450 has a good load on it. Thanks for the replies, y'all are a great help
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That's awesome, I would not have thought away bar end links would cause a wander, I drove around with mine off when I was in the process of lifting my truck and couldn't tell any difference. Glad you got her fixed up.
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