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Offline stephetmich

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Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:28 AM »

Offline Froggy1936

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 02:16 PM »
These are not very stable veh, Especially if you have a lot of weight up high, . You must have very good shock absorbers , And if the springs are not like new Air bags at all 4 wheels are a must . All free play must be removed from the steering components And radial tires will help a lot . But getting totally rid of the boat feeling Well Good Luck  Hm? Frank
The Journey is the REWARD !

Offline LJ-TJ

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 03:11 PM »
Sweet looking ride. I'm with Frank. Good shocks and springs are a good spot to keep and eye on when it comes time to change them out. Sounds like it handles more like an old Massey Ferguson tractor than a boat. :D

Offline Jonbbrew

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 07:37 PM »
These are not very stable veh, Especially if you have a lot of weight up high, . You must have very good shock absorbers , And if the springs are not like new Air bags at all 4 wheels are a must . All free play must be removed from the steering components And radial tires will help a lot . But getting totally rid of the boat feeling Well Good Luck  Hm? Frank


Good tips. Mine too does some swaying, plus seems like the springs/shocks might need a refresher. I did try to look into airbaggin it but could not find a source for them. So thoughts about where to get springs and or bags?
Keep Er' Goin' Eh!

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Offline postman

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2018, 01:15 PM »
Of the items mentioned, except steering I would rate things. Tires I know mine are bad, Second is shocks, lastly springs and bags. That said being I have experienced the "rough ride" in Dodge dually chassis as well as others.  So does anyone have info. including any pictures of air bags? I rank priority as Tires> Alignment> Shocks> Bags.

Offline yellowrecve

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2018, 10:29 PM »
My 74 dodge wandered. The front leaf springs were sagging bad. A spring shop replaced and new spring bushings, big improvement. I did the rear too.  New shocks, helped?. Wheel alignment, no change. One bad king pin, improved. I had new radials installed first thing so I cannot compare to bias. As you can see, an old vehicle can be a lot of things combined.
RV repairman and builder of custom luxury motor homes, retired, well, almost, after 40 years.

Offline Sasquatch

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 01:50 PM »
1976 Executive on the M500 chassis....  I fought this for years.

Alignments, added more caster - Some help
Low profile radials (225/70/19.5) - Some help
Bilstein shocks - Big help in the ride, but marginal on steering
Firestone air bags on all four corners - HUGE improvement
Sent the Saginaw gear box in to a specialty rebuilder and had them work their magic - Big improvement

All the above added together, the coach drives like a dream.

Offline Oz

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Re: Brave 1972 drives like a boat
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 12:23 AM »
Read the topic,
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