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Old 12-08-2012, 01:45 AM
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Suspension Upgrades by Precedence?

I have an 08 f250 with a basic pro comp 6 inch lift on 37's with pro comp dual steering stabilizers. I am having an issue with death wobble and about to buy a new trac bar, but anyway what do you all think is the order of suspension parts that need to be replaced in order of most important to least important...?

Also any recommendations o trac bars? I was looking at the readylift but $700.00.. seems a bit much..
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:33 AM
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I have an 08 f250 with a basic pro comp 6 inch lift on 37's with pro comp dual steering stabilizers. I am having an issue with death wobble and about to buy a new trac bar, but anyway what do you all think is the order of suspension parts that need to be replaced in order of most important to least important...?

Also any recommendations o trac bars? I was looking at the readylift but $700.00.. seems a bit much..
Do parts need to be replaced? All parts work together as a team if one is bad it will affect the others so all are equally important. Your issue could be tires, out of round or they might need to be rebalanced, also if your pro comp system is 4 years old then i would say that your shocks are no longer good, my last pro comp shocks lasted about 6-7 months. If you want a new Trac Bar Carli makes a nice one.
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what brand of tire are you running, some are more inherent to deathwobble with age, and side wall break down.

what is the alignment like on the truck, castor settings ????
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:11 AM
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I am running Nitto mud grapplers, they are almost shot. Switching to nitto trail grapplers. As far as alignment goes I have no idea... Had it realigned 1 month ago at a shop that specializes on lifted trucks
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i would start with a reputable E load tire, and trackbar. if you can swing it, at least the likes of a bilstein 5100 shock. there are better shock choices, but the 5100 is a very good bang for the buck shock.
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i would also look at the trackbar drop bracket, any louder knocking noises while turning..... i would weld the drop bracket.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:03 PM
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i would also look at the trackbar drop bracket, any louder knocking noises while turning..... i would weld the drop bracket.
What is the purpose of the drop bracket? I assume to center the bracket in some fashion?
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The 05+ trucks are real sensitive when lifted. If I were you I would call up Truck Toyz Performance and talk with Marty. Tell him exactly what you have and he will set you up. Thinking maybe a Icon drop bracket and trackbar. Don't cheap out on the trackbar, you will regret it.

Then as far as upgrades go there are a few other things I would change out. These are expensive, but I would even look into getting some One Up Offroad ALA link arms. Makes it EASY to adjust the caster, works for stock height, it will tighten up your steering over the factory arms, the arms are also offset so you get an improved turning radius over the stock arms.

Also, in my opinion a set of traction bars is also a HUGE improvement and I consider that a pretty important suspension upgrade on a truck with large tires and lifted. Especially if you tow at all...


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What is the purpose of the drop bracket? I assume to center the bracket in some fashion?
I would check your ball joints for wear, add an adjustable track bar (pm one of our dealers for info as we have the strongest one out there) and get new, E-Rated tires. We prefer the Toyo Mud terrain to the Trail Grapplers. This would definitely fix the DW.

There is no way you're not running a drop bracket already. If the 6" procomp system didn't have a track bar drop bracket, your axle would be about 1.5" pulled toward the driver's side (assuming you're running a stock track bar).

As for fixing the drop, ensure whatever drop bracket you choose is from the same manufacturer as the drop pitman arm you're running. This keeps the angle of the track bar and drag link parallel so you'll avoid bump steer.
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I too would suggest the Toyo MT's over the Trail Grapplers. The 37" Trail Grapplers are only D-rated and they tend to develop a left pull that can be hard to resolve.
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