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OEM / aftermarket rear sway bar for F350

i did some searching and cannot find any threads that show either options for adding a rear sway bar. my truck has the 20's hence no camper package was available. i am missing the camper package on this truck. any ideas ?

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That doesn't seen to be a hot item like it was about 10 years ago.

I had put on a Helwig unit back in '03 on my F350 and have never had any issues with it. It was a good more as I like a level truck when running curves and wanted the increased stability like the camper bar also gave on my '01.

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Hellwig makes a rear sway bar for the 2011 SD. Part number 7268. I was thinking about this for my truck for the same reason. list is $398.85 Canadian

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Rear sway bar install on a F350 with 20” wheels! (Pictures) - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

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thank you very much for this link, very informative. not sure why it did not come up on my internet searches, but exactly what i needed.

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Anyone know if the sway bar will work with Airbags?

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Mine came with a sway bar and I put airbags on with no trouble.

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What I have to say is my opinion, and I respect everybody elses right to their opinion/choice, but I have to ask all you guys -WHY all the need for "sway" bars. I used parentheses because its actually an anti-roll bar. If you're routinely hauling top heavy loads, they have some merit as they do somewhat reduce body lean/roll while cornering. Otherwise they just reduce suspension flexibility on an already stiffly sprung vehicle. I took mine OFF to increase suspension flex and can detect no reduction in handling/stability of the truck. Even while towing the 5th (36.5 ft / 2750# pin) there is no negative effect from removing the bar. I realize a 5th wheel (or gooseneck) doesn't represent a top heavy load, because the actual load is imposed on the truck below the bed rails. Again, if you're actually hauling a truck bed camper I can see the logic, otherwise I think its a solution in search of a problem. I'd rather have the increased articulation.

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What I have to say is my opinion, and I respect everybody elses right to their opinion/choice, but I have to ask all you guys -WHY all the need for "sway" bars. I used parentheses because its actually an anti-roll bar. If you're routinely hauling top heavy loads, they have some merit as they do somewhat reduce body lean/roll while cornering. Otherwise they just reduce suspension flexibility on an already stiffly sprung vehicle. I took mine OFF to increase suspension flex and can detect no reduction in handling/stability of the truck. Even while towing the 5th (36.5 ft / 2750# pin) there is no negative effect from removing the bar. I realize a 5th wheel (or gooseneck) doesn't represent a top heavy load, because the actual load is imposed on the truck below the bed rails. Again, if you're actually hauling a truck bed camper I can see the logic, otherwise I think its a solution in search of a problem. I'd rather have the increased articulation.
thanks for your thoughts. i have a TT, about 32' coupler to bumper and 9500lbs all in. i am finding that my new truck without this bar, compared to the old truck that had it, has a much more squirilly rear end. i thought with the longer wheelbase this truck would actually be more stable. instead, the ass end of the truck is being pushed around by the trailer in good crosswinds. a TT tows totally different than a 5'er, as i am sure you know. i have my reese dual cam hitch dialed in just right. when the cams are holding the trailer in place, its the trailer moving the rear of the truck, not the trailer swaying. i can feel it and see it in the mirrors. i THINK that adding this bar will tighten things up a bit.

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to update this thread, after 4 months of the ford OEM bar sitting in my shop, i finally got it put on. i had every intention of doing it myself, but in the end i paid the dealer to do it so i could have it done before my labor day weekend trip (after towing all summer without it).

and i can say with no hesitation that it makes a huge difference. it is like a totally different truck now, much tighter overall. empty it does make the ride stiffer, that is for sure. but i don't care about that. the towing feel is much more solid, and it is also noticeable when empty. i towed roughly 5k miles this summer without it, and the first tow with it was 100% better.

if you don't have it due to the 20" tires, i would strongly recommend adding it. this and the rancho dual front steering stabilizer are two great additions to really tighten the feel of the truck up.

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Paul, have you ever gotten any decent intel on why the sway bar and the 20" wheels are mutually exclusive. Its obviously not a physical interference issue and seems rather illogical. Just wondering, and you seemed like a guy who might know. Also, I'm thinking of doing the door seal mod to kill some wind noise. How much of a pain is the job, how effective is it and how much harder is it to shut the door ? -- Thanks.

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Paul, have you ever gotten any decent intel on why the sway bar and the 20" wheels are mutually exclusive. Its obviously not a physical interference issue and seems rather illogical. Just wondering, and you seemed like a guy who might know. Also, I'm thinking of doing the door seal mod to kill some wind noise. How much of a pain is the job, how effective is it and how much harder is it to shut the door ? -- Thanks.
well, the only thing i can come up with is that ford is not interested in certifying a truck with 20" tires for a slide in camper. my understanding is that the camper package is not for towing, it is to not have your warranty voided by putting a pick up truck camper in the bed. i am not sure if it's a cargo carrying capacity issue, height issue, or what, but that's all i can figure. the engineers must have some reason(s) why a slide in camper and 20" tires should not go together....

and the door seal mod is super easy. epic's video shows you how to do it, and it only takes 30 mins or so to get done. definitely easier and faster with two people. the surgical cord is now available in black, too, so it blends right in. definitely use plenty of the lubricant, as it also makes it so much easier. i did not notice a huge sound reduction effect, but there is some. also, the doors do require a little more force to close. if you swing them shut on the more gentle side, they do not close all the way. it is a worthwhile mod overall, i think. it does make the truck feel more solid when you close the door. it's funny, i initially thought the cab on my 6.0L was quieter than the new truck. but i think the cabs are the same, it's just that the engine is so much quieter than you notice the road noise more. it sure is not an aerodynamic shape to push through the atmosphere. i also liked the hood on my 2006 better. the big indent on the hood is just weird looking from the cab, if you ask me, but maybe that is to improve airflow for MPG.

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My last truck was an '06 and I REALLY liked it. It was virtually trouble free. I think that was the best looking Superduty of the series. In hindsight I wish I had kept it for a work truck, but at the time I felt better about taking the cash out of it.

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. In hindsight I wish I had kept it for a work truck, but at the time I felt better about taking the cash out of it.
that was EXACTLY my dilemma. i needed to roll the equity into the new truck, otherwise i would have kept her.

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I added the factory sway bar and found it made the ride better, as did the Bilstein 5100's on the 4 corners and steering stabilizer.

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