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Old 08-08-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
Tim Dolan
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help: violent shimmy

2nd attempt. first title 2002 F53 chassis.
There are a lot of motor homes out there with Ford F53 chassis.
I've gotten some information from the travel rv NG but I'd like to get more
information via Ford owners.
Question: can the shimmy be corrected via ford instead of buying add on
parts?
Thank in advance,
Tim Fm CT


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Old 08-10-2005, 13:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: help: violent shimmy

"Tim Dolan" wrote:
>2nd attempt. first title 2002 F53 chassis.
>There are a lot of motor homes out there with Ford F53 chassis.
>Iíve gotten some information from the travel rv NG but Iíd
>like to get more
>information via Ford owners.
>Question: can the shimmy be corrected via ford instead of buying add
>on
>parts?
>Thank in advance,
> Tim Fm CT


Are we talking about front steering axle shimmy/shake at certain
speeds and such?

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Old 08-10-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: violent shimmy






"Tim Dolan" <r.dolan@snet.net> wrote in message
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> 2nd attempt. first title 2002 F53 chassis.
> There are a lot of motor homes out there with Ford F53 chassis.
> I've gotten some information from the travel rv NG but I'd like to get

more
> information via Ford owners.
> Question: can the shimmy be corrected via ford instead of buying add

on
> parts?
> Thank in advance,
> Tim Fm CT
>
>


O.K. here ya go....... I had the exact same thing happening on an
older Chevy 1- 1/2 ton stake bed (Please, I know..... it's a
Chevy...)..... once it started to shimmy (and it was violent) the only
way to stop it was to apply the brakes and rapidly bring the speed down
to about 20MPH..... tried all kinds of things, tire balance , different
tires, even tried one of those steering dampeners that attached to the
center OR drag link between the front steering wheels, didn't help!
finally took it to a truck shop that did alignments ..... grisly old
guy said they put more camber in it ..... it was near zero
camber.....had to put wedges in. never had it happen again. Might be
worth while to have an old experienced guy look into the alignment....
Maybe?......

Is a Ford truck shop available?


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Old 08-10-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
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"Eagle Creek" wrote:
>"Tim Dolan" <r.dolan@snet.net> wrote in message
>news:EqOJe.695$FV1.307@newssvr33.news.prodigy.com...
>> 2nd attempt. first title 2002 F53 chassis.
>> There are a lot of motor homes out there with Ford F53 chassis.
>> Iíve gotten some information from the travel rv NG but

>Iíd like to get
>more
>> information via Ford owners.
>> Question: can the shimmy be corrected via ford instead of buying

>add
>on
>> parts?
>> Thank in advance,
>> Tim Fm CT
>>
>>

>
>O.K. here ya go....... I had the exact same thing happening on an
>older Chevy 1- 1/2 ton stake bed (Please, I know..... itís a
>Chevy...)..... once it started to shimmy (and it was violent) the
>only
>way to stop it was to apply the brakes and rapidly bring the speed
>down
>to about 20MPH..... tried all kinds of things, tire balance ,
>different
>tires, even tried one of those steering dampeners that attached to

the
>center OR drag link between the front steering wheels, didnít
>help!
>finally took it to a truck shop that did alignments ..... grisly

old
>guy said they put more camber in it ..... it was near zero
>camber.....had to put wedges in. never had it happen again. Might

be
>worth while to have an old experienced guy look into the

alignment....
>Maybe?......
>
> Is a Ford truck shop available?


Not surprizing. Camber and caster interact and effect the stabilty of
the front end. I have cured it tooby adding 2 to 3 degrees of caster
too but they are to busy chasing gremlins on the Ford chassis problem.

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Old 08-13-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: violent shimmy

Eagle Creek,
Thanks. Another NG person Snowman suggested something
similar...I think. I'm going to find a different Ford truck dealer and
specifically mention the caster and camber.
Thanks again to you all. This had been awesome help...\
Tim fm CT

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> "Tim Dolan" <r.dolan@snet.net> wrote in message
> news:EqOJe.695$FV1.307@newssvr33.news.prodigy.com...
>> 2nd attempt. first title 2002 F53 chassis.
>> There are a lot of motor homes out there with Ford F53 chassis.
>> I've gotten some information from the travel rv NG but I'd like to get

> more
>> information via Ford owners.
>> Question: can the shimmy be corrected via ford instead of buying add

> on
>> parts?
>> Thank in advance,
>> Tim Fm CT
>>
>>

>
> O.K. here ya go....... I had the exact same thing happening on an
> older Chevy 1- 1/2 ton stake bed (Please, I know..... it's a
> Chevy...)..... once it started to shimmy (and it was violent) the only
> way to stop it was to apply the brakes and rapidly bring the speed down
> to about 20MPH..... tried all kinds of things, tire balance , different
> tires, even tried one of those steering dampeners that attached to the
> center OR drag link between the front steering wheels, didn't help!
> finally took it to a truck shop that did alignments ..... grisly old
> guy said they put more camber in it ..... it was near zero
> camber.....had to put wedges in. never had it happen again. Might be
> worth while to have an old experienced guy look into the alignment....
> Maybe?......
>
> Is a Ford truck shop available?
>
>
>



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