SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs Installation - 2006 Fleetwood Bounder Motorhome

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How to Install the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs on a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder Motorhome


Today our 2006 Fleetwood Bounder motor home, we're going to be taking at and showing you how to install the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs for the front axle. That's going to be part number SSF-280-47. Here's what our helper springs look like once we have them installed. These are going to greatly improve the handling of our motor home, as well as making our ride more comfortable, because they're going to support our suspension and help out carrying all that weight and prolong the life of it. It's also going to absorb a lot of the bumps and road shocks as we're driving down the road. So it's going to be a lot more comfortable.

One thing I really like about our helper springs, is that once they're installed, they're completely maintenance free. We're not going to have to worry about adjusting air pressure or running air lines like you do with air bags.I do want to mention that we have our motor home lifted so the suspension is hanging down and there's quite a big gap right here. Whenever we lower it back down to the ground, our helper spring is going to come in contact with the leaf spring, and that's going to take a lot of that weight and absorb a lot of that shock. Our springs are going to be a progressive rate spring, which means when we have a soft load or no extra weight, it's going to have a soft engagement and compress slightly, but the more weight we add or the more pressure is added to it, it's going to compress and get stiffer, and it can compress up to 80%. Now although it's going to compress up that much, it's not going to expand out to the side.Our helper springs are designed to replace our factory jounce stops.

So they're going to be independent from each other on side to side. Now that's going to help out a lot whenever we have an off center load, because it's going to compensate for that and they're each going to compress the appropriate amount. But at the same time, if we take an invasive maneuver and turn sharply, this is going to help keep it more stable, and we're going to lose some of that body roll and just kind of floaty feeling when we're going down the road.The springs themselves are going to be made out of microcellular urethane, so they're going to withstand most automotive chemicals like oil, gas, as well as road salt, and UV rays. Our springs are going to have a 1500 pound weight capacity, but keep in mind that these are not designed to increase the pay load of your vehicle, they're just there to help support the weight. So now that we've seen what they look like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get them installed.To begin the installation, you want to lift up the motor home so that there's going to be a gap in between the top of the leaf spring back here and the frame.

We'll find our factory jounce stop. It's going to be right above the leaf spring, and we're going to remove this. In order to remove it, we're going to need to twist the jounce stop to break it lose. On the inside of the frame, the nut is going to be in the very center right where our jounce stop is. So we can take a 9/16" wrench and we're just going to feed it in the frame, and then we'll turn the jounce stop while we're holding the nut.

Then we'll turn the jounce stop that's going to unscrew it from the nut. You want to unscrew it until it completely comes off. Then you reach up into the frame, and we're going to pull off a flat washer and a nut.So now we can grab our new spring, and the hardware we're going to be using, it's going to have a new flat washer and a new nut. So we'll remove those two, and we're going to slide the stud into the hole that we removed our factory jounce stop, and then secure it on top of the frame using the washer and nut. We'll take our jounce stop, and I'm going to push it all the way up into the frame and then reach in, put the washer in place, and then I'm going to hold the nut with my hand while I turn the jounce stop just to get it started. It is a tight fit. You'll have just enough room to get your hand in there to start the nut onto the stud.And once it's started, we'll grab a 13 millimeter wrench, and we're going to hold the nut while we spin the jounce stop to tighten it up. I'm just going to turn this and tighten it up so it sits all the way against the bottom of the frame. Should be able to just wedge your wrench in there, so it'll hit the side of the frame so we can continue to tighten it up. Once you have it nice and secure, we can pull the wrench off and we're going to repeat that same process on the other side. That'll finish up your look at the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Spring for the front axle, part number SSF-280-47 on our 2006 Fleetwood Bounder Motor Home.


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