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Old 09-13-2013, 06:18 AM Rookie

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Hi there. Finally decided to find a Powerstroke Forum so here I am.
I've always been a Chevy guy for the most part. Then I got into the Diesel's with the Gen 1 cummins and then a gen 2 cummins. But Once the new body style Fords came out I had to have one. And with the New 6.7 that was supposed to save their diesel program I was sold. Im at around 7kmi and have added a BD 5th wheel to tow our 40' toy hauler. The truck did sag a bit until I instaled some helper bags and ever since its been a dream to tow with.

Unloaded its a bit rough and I was looking into the R4 tech rear suspension kit. Hoping to find some people with rear world experience with it here or other suggestions to soften the rid. My tires are at 65 psi. I may try 35/45.

Anyways no problems yet. I do have the sqeeling noise sometimes at idle when hot that I've been noticing. And the buzzing noise after shutting it down.

A month ago I was on the highway and noticed a different running condition. It was slight but I new something was going on and I saw it was doing a regen of the DPF. It didnt seem to be misfiring badly. Im not sure how I feel about the TSB i found on here about one cylinder head getting the Ex valves replaced. especialy since it doesnt pay well. I work at a dealer so I know how the less that glorious jobs can get pushed off onto less than glorious techs.

Anyways I'm glad to be a board and sorry for the long winded intro.
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Welcome to the site! I know of someone who installed the R4 setup and then regretted it. According to him, it was a constant harsh ride...

At least dropping your bags down will allow you to get some softness back. FWIW, I drop my bags to 0psi when I'm not towing. I know that Firestone says not to, but our suspension has enough spring to not fully compress the air bags even with a small load. I've been running them that way for probably 6 years and haven't noticed any issues with my bags.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:27 PM
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Thanks guys! Lots of good info around here. I usually run the 5 lbs Firestone states but today I emptied them out. I also dropped my tire pressure from 60psi.
I went to 50/45 and what a difference. At least it's a noticeable amount and that's huge in my book. I'm going to try 45/35 since the my side walls look unedfected by the pressure drop from 60.
Anyways eventually I want a few mods.
Hoping I can get in well with a tech over at the local Ford dealer. Doubt it will happen but its a nice pipe dream.
I'd like to start with an intake and exhaust but it seems even with the smallest mods it throws red flags warranty wise.
And then since I'm in Cali the DPF will stay and I'm inclined to say I may try the Banks automind. Not sure though. I'm a speed freak and the truck does have plenty of torque but I was almost pulled on by a duramax the other day and I can't have that.
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