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Old 05-03-2009, 07:46 AM
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F250 vs F350 Ride Quality

I've seen a bunch of threads about F250 vs F350 "specs", what what if your only concern is ride quality. For some reason (still have to research) F350's seem quite a bit cheaper than F250s around here.

I found a 2005 F350 with low miles for cheap. It has a lift and it's a FX4 so I could imagine the ride is horrible. I'm thinking bring it back to stock height and replace the rancho shocks. Was else can you do to soften the ride?

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:07 AM
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I have a F350 and love the ride quality. What type of lift and shocks certainly made the ride what it is. Nothing compares to a 4-Link with upgraded shocks IMO.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:19 AM
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go and test drive a 250 then a 350. you'll see that the stock ride really isn't much different between the two. The 350 has a bit of a bumpier ride when empty because of the overload springs, but it's not a big difference, you get used to it quickly.

if you're stepping up to this from a half-ton, it'll be a stiffer ride no matter what!
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:32 AM
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My 350 is an 03 with front leaf springs...the newer ones have front coils and the ride in night and day better.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:56 AM
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I've got a 2005 F350 and I just recently installed Skyjacker Softride leveling springs. My step-dad has a 2002 F-250 (front leafs) and mine rides much much better. The front rides just a little rougher than the 2007 Chevy 1/2 ton I had. The rear unloaded is a little rougher, but still not bad. I drive around 2000+ miles a month and hate to drive anything other than my truck - the ride is that good!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:13 AM
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SRW F250's and SRW F350's have the same suspension. Overloads are standard on the F350 starting in 02 and overloads are an option on the F250's under the camper package. When it comes down to it the biggest thing that is going to change ride quality is the wheel base or at least thats how I see it.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:15 AM
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I have a '97 350 and an '07 250 with a lift. the 250 rode like a cadillac compared to the 350 before I put the lift on it. I still think its better even with the lift but not like it was. the coil over in the front helps but those huge 10" springs under the rear are the killer for me. i'd go with whichever one is the cheapest, but most anything with a lift on will ride rougher than stock.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:52 AM
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My 350 rides pretty darn good, especially on the highway. Around town is kinda choppy, but not bad.

I think the long wheelbase helps, also.

Like the other guys may have said, loaded ride is a lot smoother than unloaded
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:31 AM
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At 100mph she rides like a caddy
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:35 AM
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i like the ride of mine with 8"s more then I did stock.
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