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Old 11-07-2009, 13:00   #1 (permalink)
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F250 ride quality

I have a 2005 F250 6.0 with a short bed. I realize that the short wheelbase is an issue, but does anyone have any ideas about improving the ride. WHile towing (750 lbs tongue weight) the ride on concrete freeways is just terrible. I have stock shocks and thought it would be worthwhile to soften the rear springs. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-11-2009, 19:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: F250 ride quality

20" of wheelbase from short to long bed won't make much of an issue. If anything, I'd change out the shocks for some good aftermarket units. It's hard to tell when to replace shocks in HD trucks but every 60K or so is great practice. If your tires are getting low on tread, perhaps finding a good premium LT tire might help you out. Buying a good tire can make all the difference.

Firestone also builds air-bag kits. I ran one once on my old GMC half ton, just to bring the rear end up from the weight of 900lbs of tools in the bed. When I ran it empty, I kept the bags around 10psi, which was an AWESOME ride. Loaded, I'd pump them up to around 40psi as they were rated to level out up to 1500lbs of additional weight. Solid axles aren't the best for washboard cement highways anyway, but air does help.
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Re: F250 ride quality

Its not an issue of needing more spring. It feels like the truck is too stiff.
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Old 11-26-2009, 13:10   #4 (permalink)
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Its not an issue of needing more spring. It feels like the truck is too stiff.
Stiff ride is common on HD trucks. You can make it move liveable by the options I listed above, the best of which, is air ride, to reduce some of the axle hop and help smooth things out.
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