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Re: [oletrucks] Front end sway

To: jelerath@us.ibm.com
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Front end sway
From: Grant Galbraith <trks@javanet.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 13:45:44 -0500
   I've installed a after market sway bar in my stock front end. It does a
great job of controlling body roll or leaning on turns. I does nothing to help
bump steer or darting.
     After reading different descriptions of bump steer I realize that a
problem I corrected with radials was more what Wayne called darting. Even after
rebuilding  everything in the front end and aligning I never knew which way the
truck was going to go on bumpy terrain. I met oncoming traffic with some
apprehension -always ready to do some corrective steering. This totally went
away with radials.
   BTW while I don't know if  TF trucks are set up the same, on AD trucks if
the spring mounting pin opposite the shackle hasn't been replaced I would bet
money it's worn. I've seen many worn down to half the original thickness. It's
not obvious until disassembly.

Grant 50 3100

jelerath@us.ibm.com wrote:

> Mine does the same thing.  It has the original suspension (as best I can
> tell).  It feels a bit like riding on the Oregon Trail in a connestoga
> wagon....
> I heard (or read....perhaps on this list) that an anti-sway bar could be
> added.  Am I dreaming or is it possible (and useful).
> Jon '53 3100
> jelerath@us.ibm.com
> "Tom Burt" <tburt@hirose.com> on 11/08/99 10:47:53 AM
> Please respond to "Tom Burt" <tburt@hirose.com>
> To:   "oletrucks (E-mail)" <oletrucks@autox.team.net>
> cc:
> Subject:  [oletrucks] Front end sway
> When I hit a bump at an angle (on the freeway or on the street), sometimes
> the front end will sway dangerously side-to-side.  The motion is analogous
> to a rolling motion.
> My first impression is that the shocks were bad, but they were new. Then I
> supected damaged leaf springs.
> Here are a few questions regarding this problem:
> 1. Could broken leaves cause swaying problems?  Other than looking for
> obvious fractures w/ a trail of rust particles, how can one tell there are
> damaged leaves?
> 2. Bad shackle pins?  Is there any way to tell if the pins are worn without
> removal?
> 2. Am I missing a stock sway bar or some other type of stabilizer?
> 3. The truck has a power steering mod installed.  Could the steering
> linkage
> be worn causing this uncontrolled lateral movement?
> I have gone through the front end by replacing tie rod ends and kingpins
> some time ago.  The truck steers straight and the steering is quite
> responsive (tight).
> Tom B. '57 3200 Stepside
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