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Make it handle

I have a 95 with intake, down pipe, billet compressor wheel, TS 6 position chip, and gauges. Before I put anymore money into performance under the hood, I want the truck to handle better. Any advice on parts or where to buy them from would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!


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Don't mean to sound like a smart a$$ but it is a 6-7000lb truck so it will never handle like a mustang or corvette. I would check all bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bars and shocks. A good quality tire a little wider than stock might help you. Might consider replacing any rubber bushings with polyurethane.

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I know that, I don't want a auto cross truck, I really was talking more like sway bars, possibly tighter steering box, those type of things, but I'll check the poly bushings


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Do you not have front and rear sway bars? Pull some from a Dually, lower it about an inch, wider tires, and stiffer springs, you should be able to hang pretty decent, what's the goal? My Dually has almost no body roll, but I have an extra set of rear tires

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The goal is to make it more fun to drive from home to work and college. I love the power it makes, but it has a lot of body roll. I know it has a front sway bar, not sure about the back, I didn't know if some one made upgraded sway bars.

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There are aftermarket sway bars, some are huge. Hellwig sells a couple sets but some lift companies sell them too.

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Thanks, I'll have to look into that, what about tires, I know wider would be better but what about side wall stiffness?


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I'm running Toyo AT IIs 35x12.50x20 on 20x10 inch rims. I had the front end completely rebuilt including new yukon hubs, and a new style Rancho steering stabilizer. I'm at stock F-350 height and it handles pretty good for a big truck. I will change out steering box and run some bilstein shocks to make it a bit better.

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Stiffen up your suspension (stiffer springs, poly bushings, larger anti-sway bars ft & r, take all the slop out of steering box), lower the center of gravity (lower/shorter springs, remove body lift if any, blocks in the back if you must), increase the pavement contact patch (fit the widest wheel and tire combo that you can on the truck without being too short or too tall, and don't stick them outside of the wheelhouses), loose as much weight as possible and secure EVERYTHING that is staying (mount a bed box to the floor of bed by cab & don't just throw the stuff in it), get front to rear and side to side bias as even as possible (try to get the front end weight to equal the rear end weight, left side to equal right side, opposite corners to equal both side to side and front to back) this will be near impossible but try to get it close. If you have dual tanks, weigh truck w/ back full side empty, then w/ back & side full, then w/ back empty & side full to see how it effects the bias. Find a good truck scale shop and see if they will let you "play" on their scale or just buck up & pay for the use/time.

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Thanks for the run down, I'll post on what I decide to do


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