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Old 03-05-2013, 05:58 PM
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Rough/stiff ride on my 04 f250 4x4

Truck has about 140k on it and its never had the greatest ride. We got some 2012 f350 with the stiffer suspension and it felt like a caddy compared to my 04f250. Now I understand it has diff front suspension and 140k diff of wear but what can I do to make the ride smoother. I replaced the shocks a few months ago with bilesten 5100s and helped a little. The ride is so bad, you feel every little crack in the road and the jarring is insane. Your darn near sore after riding in the truck. There is also a rattling every time you hit a bump. I hope the leafs are just worn out... Replace the leaf packs? Looking for pointers or ideas

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Re: Rough/stiff ride on my 04 f250 4x4

What shocks are you running? I have stiff white tube nitrogen charged shocks on a 6" lift spring and mine isn't what you described.

2008 and up use longer rear leafs that are supposed to ride better. When leafs wear out they sag and ride spongy. This why I think your shocks are the issue.

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What shocks are you running? I have stiff white tube nitrogen charged shocks on a 6" lift spring and mine isn't what you described.

2008 and up use longer rear leafs that are supposed to ride better. When leafs wear out they sag and ride spongy. This why I think your shocks are the issue.

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I replaced my OEM ranchos with Bilstein 5100s a few months back so those are brand new.


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I replaced my OEM ranchos with Bilstein 5100s a few months back so those are brand new.


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Looks like you did mention the shock change in the opening post. CURSE YOU, SCAN READING SKILLS!!

Just because they are new doesn't mean that they are going to soften up your ride. I mean, how stiff are they if they weren't much of an improvement over Ranchos? Something else to consider, with the weight bias over the front axle, putting the same valved shocks front and rear almost has to make the rear end ride stiff until a load is applied.

Personally, I'd like to get a set of Fox or some other set of tune-able shocks and have someone who knows what they are doing dial them in for me. But my wallet says otherwise at this point.

Like I said previously, old leaf springs sag and get spongy, so unless there is another issue, shocks is where I would start.
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Rough/stiff ride on my 04 f250 4x4

If I had the money as well....lol. So options would be find a better reAr shock that's good unloaded?


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