I have a F250 with a 6" Fabtech lift and 325/50r22 tires. The thing is that this truck rides like it has ZERO suspension. I know it's not going to ride like a car I've owned other 3/4 ton trucks before. And I know the small sidewall plays a role but during an entire week of driving the front shocks had only compressed about 2 to 21/2 inches. I know because of the mud on the shaft.
So, what are my options without breaking the bank to soften the ride? Different coils? New shocks(currently has Fabtech)?
Someone please school me!!!
Couple fo things contribute the the ride quality, one is the 50 series Tires, nto a lot of give in teh sidewall. Two what kind of shock setup do you have? Duals, coil overs, singles? depending on the valving that could be a major part of the issue. Most shock setups are not matched to the vehicle and the way it is driven normally. If you have a 3/4 T rig the shocks are set up for the rig loaded ( Max load).
Spring rate is another factor I bet the springs are a constant rate type and not a progressive style. Difference is it take a lot less force to compress the first part of a Progreessive spring than a constant rate spring.
One suggestion might be lose the metal spring all together. Try a Coil ofer set up or better yet an Air bag setup.
I run a full air suspension on my 450. the ride difference is like night and day, yet I can carry a full load with no sway or hobbie horsing. Had two pallets of wood pellets in back last week 4000#, rode liek a dream and even on the twisty road there were no adverse handling issues.
Ride quality is all in the setup, not many spend much time on that part.
and Good luck.
2008 F450 King Ranch 4X4
5" down pipe back exahust
4.30 L/S gears
Pure performance 4 link front suspension
FASS fuel filter
PTP EGR Delete
Train Horns under the front bumper
2013 Radio/Nav/sync upgrade