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post #1 of 24 Old 04-19-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Mods to improve ride quality and handling

Hey fellas, I've had my '07 F350 for about a year... My last vehicle was an '07 Avalanche, I'd like to get some of that nice ride quality back.... I don't tow anything, so that's the least of my concern.

What upgrades should I look into? My truck is basically stock.

Some things I was thinking:
Quality replacement shocks (Bilsteins?)
Steering stabilizer
New tires
4 link suspension?

What mods do you guys think would be the best bang for the buck?
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Id start with shocks and steering stabilizer and see how you like it.

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Which bilsteins for a stock 350? which steering stabilizer?

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I am about to put on 5100's for shocks and stabilizer.

2005 Ford F250 CCSB 6.0 XLT 4x4

-SCT X3 W/ Innovative and Spartan Tunes
-4" MBRP Turbo Back Exhaust
-MBRP Cat Delete Pipe
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-2.5" Top Gun Customz Leveling Kit
-Bilstein 5100 Shocks
-35" General Grabber AT2s

Best track time: 14.1 @ 96MPH
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May I ask: If you don't tow anything, why do you own a diesel? Seems kind of pointless to pay a premium for a vehicle meant to tow/haul. These engines will die a slow death if they are not worked hard - often. I do not mean to offend, I am curious.

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You bought a 1-ton truck that has a real axle in front, it will not ride like the Chevy. But Bilstiens seem to be the way to go.

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May I ask: If you don't tow anything, why do you own a diesel? Seems kind of pointless to pay a premium for a vehicle meant to tow/haul. These engines will die a slow death if they are not worked hard - often. I do not mean to offend, I am curious.
May I ask: Why do you think a person should have to tow anything to buy a diesel truck? My 06 CCSB has the most interior room you can get in a vehicle with two row seating and is more comfortable than most vehicles on the road. Properly tuned, my 6.0 will outrun most cars on the road and get better MPG than Ford's gas trucks. And, I can carry more luggage than most cars can fit in their trunk and entire passenger compartment. Don't even get me started on what I can haul in the bed when necessary. "Pointless", yes the question was.


To the OP; I've never ridden in an Avalanche. Do they somehow ride better than the rest of the Chevy trucks? My Super Duty does. They are the best riding trucks out there!

I like the Rancho RS-5000 (and 9000) shocks, never tried the Bilsteins but people seem to dig the 5100's.
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My prior truck was also a chevy, (2500 hd 4x4). Chevy's do have ride quaility going for them with their stupid IFS non 4 wheel drive front CV Joint style axle. But to the original question, with a solid front axle up front it will always be a bit stiffer, throw some bilsteins on there and remember your driving a solid front axle truck now.

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bilstein 5100s are the way to go! they're going on in about a month along w/ a dual steering stabilizer kit from top gun

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I changed mine out to Bilsteins, and couldnt be happier. Truck doesnt bounce around as much, and the stabilizer was a HUGE improvement over stock.

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