FIX: 2019 DS Front End knocks over severe dips

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CaptainGizmo

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My 19 DS4369 had a very disturbing knocking/bumping sound in the front end when hitting heavy dips/bumps.

A bit hard to explain, but this sounded like the generator was lifting off the rails and slamming back down. Now, I’ve heard from a couple mechanics that the generator does have some freeplay that can rattle around.

However, I refused to accept this as normal...so, I presented this to Spartan when I was at their plant in Michigan last week. The mechanic pretty much knew right away what the problem, and fix, was. The A-arms are supposed to have shims placed against the bushings to take up the excess play; mine did NOT have them.

So, with the shims added, my Dutch Star is diving into bumps and riding through them smooth and quiet!
 

deaton

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@CaptainGizmo

Thanks for the heads up. I’ve got a 2020 coming in February and that’s something to check.
 
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