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Old 08-08-2016, 12:25 AM   #21
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The first NAFTA Westfalia was sold in June 2004 as a 2005 Airstream Westfalia (on a 2004 Dodge Sprinter).

The total number of NAFTA Westfalias sent to the USA was around 250. Common assumption is that all were built on a 2004 Dodge Sprinter although sold as a 2005 (maybe 2006) Airstream Westfalia.

The last ones arrived from Germany in late 2006???

Robert: If you decide to check and choose, maybe confirm your build number of the 250 or so (on rear pillar of sliding door), the model year Dodge Sprinter, and the RV model year Airstream Westfalia.

This will help correct the various assumptions.

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Old 08-08-2016, 12:33 AM   #22
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The VIN will tell you what year Dodge Sprinter. The RV (Airstream) "builder"-importer can label whatever RV model year.

When registering, may get the info off VIN, RV manufacturer, or combination of both.

Mine is registered as a 2004 Airstream in California (not a 2004 Dodge and not as a 2005 Airstream). The dealer was supposed to correct the registration tona 2005 Airstream but that never happened (important if had full replacement value insurance for certain number of model years from initial model year).

Initially, I believe Airstream had intended to sell the first ones as 2004 Airstreams (initial marketing materials) but delays in introduction led to a 2005 RV model year.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:38 PM   #23
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http://europarts-sd.com/mfg-subcat-i...D=107&scID=204

Just for fun. From the link above, have the following info:

2500 Dodge Sprinters (single rear wheels) have a 22mm standard or 27mm rear antisway stabilizer bar, and they carry the proper bushing/brackets for those two. As discussed in this thread, most Westies have the 27mm rear antisway bar.

The 27mm antisway stabilizer bar thickness (don't know for certain if EXACT same bar) is also the standard thickness for the 3500 dual rear wheel Sprinters.

There is also a heavy duty 30mm thickness rear stabilizer and an extra heavy duty 33mm thickness rear stabilizer.

For the FRONT, 2500s have a 22mm thickness stabilizer while 3500s have a 25mm thickness as standard. Don't know what Westies may have.

Side Note: Some stabilizer bars are not solid but hollow. A hollow stabilizer bar generally must be 1/8" thicker than a solid bar for same effect.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:30 PM   #24
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Does anyone know if the bushing (A 901-326-01-81) for the rear sway bay is "split" so it can be installed without removing the entire sway bar? or does the bar need to be removed it replace the bushings?

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Old 03-07-2019, 10:03 PM   #25
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One more question as well. In the parts diagram there is a clamp/retainer (A 901-995-01-10 ) and a "bracket" (A 601 326 02 40). See attached photo.

Is it necessary/recommended to replace both of these items? In my instance, it appears as the clamp/retainer is what has broken, just like others.

As far as the split bushing, I believe I answered my own question via Google images, it appears to be split.
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Old 03-09-2019, 01:28 PM   #26
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See my post of 7/19/16 in this thread. I'd replace both parts, they are not expensive. I also bought a second one for when/if the other side breaks or this one breaks again. The sway bar (at least on mine) was 27 mm as measured with calipers. The bushing is split. A little squirt of silicone will allow it to slip on easily. Pay particular attention to the part in my post about installing it "loose"....that will make it a LOT easier!

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Hi, have a broken bushing, so replacing whole thing with the Roadmaster kit for rear. Is there a front sway bar upgrade? or is the factory one the best? Just purchasing the rig, not driven it yet.

Also, not to steal the post, do these sway bars perform better with Sumo front and rear? Or other shock and spring upgrades?

Adding a 2" lift and 265/75/16's if that matters in the answer. Thank you so much!
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:35 PM   #28
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1. Front Swaybar

FredB learned we have a different factory swaybar than the typical Sprinter.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...=Front+swaybar

Don't know why. Is our Westy front swaybar a thicker diameter or a different type because we have a front factory steel transverse leaf spring versus the typical composite?

Insofar as an auxillary front anti-sway bar, don't know. There is an aftermarket one for the newer 2007 NCV3 3500 Sprinters.

2. Suspension Upgrades

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=39282

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=71923

3. Lifted Westy

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...t=Westy+lifted


Please follow up and tell us what you've done. Thanks.

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Old 04-02-2019, 12:36 AM   #29
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Hi, have a broken bushing, so replacing whole thing with the Roadmaster kit for rear. Is there a front sway bar upgrade? or is the factory one the best? Just purchasing the rig, not driven it yet.

Also, not to steal the post, do these sway bars perform better with Sumo front and rear? Or other shock and spring upgrades?

Adding a 2" lift and 265/75/16's if that matters in the answer. Thank you so much!
Just to be clear, the bushing and bracket discussed in this thread is for the rear sway bar. The Roadmaster active suspension does not replace the sway bay, it augments it. You should still repair the bushing/bracket on the installed sway bar. But perhaps you are referring to some other sway bar upgrade that Roadmaster sells, in which case, ignore what I wrote.

We have the stock sway bar, Roadmaster active suspension, and Bilstien B6 shocks, and are quite happy with the combination. Many combinations of upgrades work for a lot of people.
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Old 04-02-2019, 01:35 AM   #30
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Thank you guys.

I'm referring to the Roadmaster rear sway bar, that is same 1 1/8" thickness as the factory 3500 sway bar they put on our 2500's, yet used 2500 brackets, that many folks like over the factory or the Helwig 1 1/8", as Helwig can twist its U-bolts.

Friday I'm going to order VanCompass 2" lift, VanCompass front Bilstein struts, rear Fox single stage shocks, front + rear SumoSprings, and the 2* Camber kit. About $2500. And the Roadmaster rear sway bar kit for $310, unless I read before then that just changing the bushings to heavier type with factory sway bar will be enough...

I'll use a friend's shop next week to install. Then add new 265/75/16's or 235/85/16's on the factory alloys, align, and drive LA to Utah backcountry, then report.

Appreciate the wisdom here!

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