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Old 07-07-2012, 05:27 PM
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What Shocks? Where?

I am in the market for some shocks for my 08 f250. It doesnt have a lift and never will have, i am currently running 275/65/20 tires but might upgrade when needed to one size taller. I dont do alot of pulling but then again i dont drive the truck much. I race fourwheelers and bought a 24ft haulmark race elite 2 trailer and last race i went to had my truck saggin pretty good and couldnt keep trailer from swerving like it was improperly loaded. I loaded 2 different ways and still same problem with swerving and crappy steering, i mean all the trailer had in it was a golf cart and one quad.. Truck has 132000 and i figure it needs shocks just hope that cures my problem.. Trailer is bumper pull by the way.. let me know some opinions and where to buy im ready to get this fixed.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:52 PM
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trailer sway wont be solved with shocks // and crappy steering
sounds like your tongue weight might be light that is usually a sway thing and that can be checked at home but crappy steering is usually to much tongue weight so IDK whats up with yours
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Yea I know it won't correct swaying but with truck squating it lightens the front end of truck causing crazy steering etc.
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Yea I know it won't correct swaying but with truck squatting it lightens the front end of truck causing crazy steering etc.
Seems like you need to solve the squatting problem first, which shocks aren't going to do. If you have the factory overload springs on the top of the rear leafs, you can add Tork Lift Stable Loads which will cause the overload springs to engage much sooner, reducing the squat. If you don't have overloads, suggest air bags in the rear. This would allow you to adjust for the amount of load in the bed and being towed. Another option is a weight distributing hitch for your trailer, which will transfer some of the hitch weight forward to the front axle.

As for shocks, I reccomend Bilstein 5100s.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:34 PM
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I can agree it might not be all my problem but I do think shocks can help squat.. If my shocks are oem and haven't ever been changed and the previous owner pulled alot also. Shocks lose spring pressure over time causing squat while weighted down in my theory. Who knows could be completely wrong but I am slightly mechanical inclined..
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I can agree it might not be all my problem but I do think shocks can help squat.. If my shocks are oem and haven't ever been changed and the previous owner pulled alot also. Shocks lose spring pressure over time causing squat while weighted down in my theory. Who knows could be completely wrong but I am slightly mechanical inclined..
Sorry man, but shocks aren't going to help this. You need increased spring capacity in the rear. Shocks control and dampen any abrupt movements of the suspension. They don't carry any load (except for air shocks, which were really a fix for worn out or overloaded springs). When shocks are worn out they no longer control the suspension. Vehicle will then bounce like a pogo stick after hitting a bump.
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