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post #1 of 11 Old 07-18-2010, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Anyway to Soften F350 SB Ride?

Silly question I know but just curious if there's any airbag system etc.. that might soften the ride of my F350 shortbed when not hauling? I could add bout 500lbs to bed of truck to smooth it out but mpg's might suffer more than what they do. Bottom line I haul things allot so need the capability was just curious. Thought I might connect a system to an uplifter switch and when needed soften ride etc... My kids ride in the back and when we hit bumps its obvious. Another option is to go back to an F250 which is a bit softer. Bottom line: its a super duty not a cadillac so it is what it is.
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upgrade to some bilstein shocks..
But its a SUPERDUTY so you wont get anywhere close to a cadillac ride.

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Couple of things..Bilsteins as said above and drop tire pressure when not hauling. Many have tried the Shalsic shackles, I know I spelled that wrong and like the results. If you need additional info on Bilsteins PM me.

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Look at Kelderman Mfg. in Oskaloosa Iowa. They ship their air rides all over. You can get an awesome ride from them.
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What do you guys run for tire pressure? I dropped my toyo's from the max 65 PSI, to 60 and I think there is actually a good bit of difference in ride quality.

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Thanks for the info. Regarding Bilstein etc... would say ride might be about 25% softer or is improvement less? I run my front on my F350 at 65 and rear is at 80 which is what the sticker on the door says to do. I have lowered in rear and does help but soon as I do im hauling 13k so have to air back up. Thanks to all for your input!
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I drop my rear 20's to 40psi
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I just switched my rear Bilstein 5150s out for Icons and they seemed to be a bit better than the Bilsteins. But I don't think there is any way around the rough ride unloaded on buckled section of interstate. There is a stretch I hit commuting from work that will make my coffee spill all over if I have it in the cupholder and I'm running the stock rear spring pack with OUO traction blocks so I know it's not from my lift. I run 45 psi in my Toyo's which have a max of 55 psi...don't know if I dare drop any more than that. I've thought about throwing some weight in the bed to try to smooth it out.


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I think the big thing to look at is that even though it may ride a bit rough to you it still rides pretty dang nice.... Ive got an 08 F450 dually with 19.5 tires and run i think 85lbs in them... and while it does have a stiff ride its not as bad as my 06 ram 3500 was
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