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Old 06-25-2012, 21:27   #1 (permalink)
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2008 E250 suspension upgrade recommendations

I purchased a custom 2008 E250 for limousine use and I'd estimate I'll have this vehicle for another 8 years. It currently has 91,000 miles.
I'd like to upgrade the suspension for a smoother, softer ride.
Has anyone done this modification? What did you do?
I'd really like to get it right the 1st time.
Indluding the driver there are 8 seats and I'd estimate I'd need it to carry 600lbs (max) of luggage + 8 passengers.
Hope you can advise me appropriately.
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Old 06-26-2012, 16:47   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2008 E250 suspension upgrade recommendations

The Velvet Ride Shackles make a lot smoother ride. I put them on a 82 E150 a while back and on the first drive, my wife noticed rthe better ride. I hadn't mentioned that I put them on and she still noticed it. Here's a site that shows how to install them. You can search for them at the best price.

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Re: 2008 E250 suspension upgrade recommendations

In my old 2006 E250, I ran LT tires and ran them at 40psi instead of 75. Going with passenger tires might help you out if the tire can handle the loaded carrying capacity.

An air suspension system can help make the ride 'float' instead of the constant rebound from the shocks. Cheaper shocks can potentially help, but a rear air bag system can not only help ride quality, but keep the vehicle level for better stability when loaded. I installed air bags in a Sprinter 3500 and I run them in the 40-60psi range. A lighter van would only need 15-25psi to make a noticeable difference. Too much air will stiffen the ride. I don't have an automatic system, it gets turned on/off manually by the driver. You can get systems with tanks and pumps you can mount under the hood to hide everything and keep noise to a minimum. Shackles are the lower cost option, for sure.
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