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Posted: 08/16/19 11:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2000 Infinity 32 foot F53 V10 and I am looking for ways to improve the ride. How about Sumo Springs? Any other suggestions?

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Sure. Inspect/replace any/all worn bushings with new parts. If they haven't been replaced, chances are your shocks are tired and in need of replacement. Have the alignment checked. Put the suspension back where it "was and should be" when it was new before you start to modify anything.

What do you mean, specifically, when you say, "improve" the ride.

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The single most cost effective way to improve your ride is to replace your shocks with Koni FSD shocks. The cost of the shocks are around $170 each for a total of close to $700 but if you don't want to feel every tar strip on the highway, they're the way to go.

Check your fitment but these should work depending on the GVW of your chassis.

https://www.ultrarvproducts.com/Koni-RV-........ord/Koni-8805-1019-Ford-F53-Rear-(98-19)

https://www.ultrarvproducts.com/Koni-RV-........nt-(88-19)-Tiffin-Allegro-Breeze-(10-12)


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I improved the stability of our MH by moving the links to the swaybars closer to the axles. It's called the "cheap handling fix" and it works great. I had to replace the bushing on the swaybar right afterward because the fix put a heavier load on them. Highly recommended.

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Posted: 08/17/19 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Ford. I installed the FSD's on my front suspension and it greatly enhanced the ride comfort.


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Sumo springs do help and are an easy install. Koni FSD shocks really help too. We just did a full bore upgrade to our F53: 1 3/4" Roadmaster replacing factory front anti sway bar, added two additional forward facing rear anti sway bars for a total of 3 on rear, rear trac bar to prevent tail wag, Saf-T-Plus steering stabilizer, and quad Koni FSD shocks all around. Also had a 4 corner weight done which stated adjusting tire pressure down to 88 psi and a laser alignment. I could not believe the difference in handling and ride comfort the changes made. No longer whipped after 4 hours of driving and fighting the coach! If you were to take a piecemeal approach - do the shocks, front sway bar and possibly the rear trac bar, then as time and money allows, follow up with the rest, or, just a piece at a time. We decided to just bite the bullet and do it all at once rather than making 3 or 4 trips back and forth over time to get the upgrades.

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Cider wrote:

Sumo springs do help and are an easy install. Koni FSD shocks really help too. We just did a full bore upgrade to our F53: 1 3/4" Roadmaster replacing factory front anti sway bar, added two additional forward facing rear anti sway bars for a total of 3 on rear, rear trac bar to prevent tail wag, Saf-T-Plus steering stabilizer, and quad Koni FSD shocks all around. Also had a 4 corner weight done which stated adjusting tire pressure down to 88 psi and a laser alignment. I could not believe the difference in handling and ride comfort the changes made. No longer whipped after 4 hours of driving and fighting the coach! If you were to take a piecemeal approach - do the shocks, front sway bar and possibly the rear trac bar, then as time and money allows, follow up with the rest, or, just a piece at a time. We decided to just bite the bullet and do it all at once rather than making 3 or 4 trips back and forth over time to get the upgrades.


So did you put the Sumo Springs on also?? Or just the items you listed.

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You can throw all the money you have towards obtaining a smooth ride to mimic air springs. IMO the only remedy that is practical is the https://liquidspring.com/


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I just put sumo springs on my workhorse w22.It has its pros and cons.It handles much better a lot less body sway but you feel the bumps in the road a little more.For the money and ease of install I would do it again

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My 12 class A had the front and rear Sumos on it when I bought it. With proper air pressure in the tires it rides very nice for a 30+ year old chassis. I only feel the harsh jolts from very bad highway expansion joints and repaired sections.


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