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Getting a Smoother Ride
Hello - New to the forum here, but have been snooping around quite a bit.
This question/issue may have been addressed by many previous threads and posts, but I can't seem to find a direct answer.
I have recently acquired a 1996 F350 CC LB 4x4 7.3L, 250K miles or so. The interior is in perfect shape, exterior is excellent with a few rust spots, engine and transmission appear to be in excellent working order. However, the ride quality just plain sucks. I've recently done the following, all of which helped to some degree:
New tires (285-75 Bridgestone Revo's)
Front brakes, rotors, calipers all replaced (new rotors were a big help)
New front shocks (Bilstein 4600's) I have the rear shocks too, but haven't done them yet.
The truck is not lifted, nor do I prefer to do so. Most threads I've read address lifted applications. It is primarily meant to be an everyday driver work truck, so I'm not really interested in making a big performance investment. But something's gotta give. Its as if the truck literally has no suspension at all. Its smooth going down a decent highway at cruising speed, but if I run over an acorn I feel it.
What are some options for improving the ride quality on these trucks? I'm not expecting a super plush ride, but I've got to do a little better. I am mechanically inclined enough to handle pretty much anything, so don't let that be a deterrence to your suggestions. New leaf springs? Leaf spring bushings? Steering stabilizer? Anything helps!
Thanks in advance for your comments.