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Old 04-03-2013, 12:10 PM
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Hubs and shocks

I have a 2000 F-350 7.3 PSD 4 WD Super Duty Lariet, 4 door crew cab with an 8 ft. bed. (Man, that was a mouthful!!).
I need some advice on what to replace the OEM front hub assemblies with, and the (all 4) shocks and the steering stabilizer.
I am looking at the Timken hub assemblies, and the Bilstein shocks. I do pull a 35 ft. gooseneck travel trailer, but that is about the heaviest work it does.
If there is a better brand of hub assembly, and a better shock out there, I would sure like to know before I invest in what I mentioned.
Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 04-04-2013, 12:22 PM
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I think you're pretty much on track for the hubs and shocks.
I just put the Timken's on mine, and I'm looking at the Bilstein shocks myself.
However, I think one add on to that you may want to consider is an air-bag setup for the when the you're towing with the gooseneck.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:49 PM
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Air Bag

Thanks for the reply Az, but you kinda lost me on the air bag for when I am towing the trailer. Can you explain a little bit about it?

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this is the first truck ive owned with air bags replaces the stock block in the rear and depending on the weight of the trailer you can adjust the air psi in the bags to prevent sagging etc .
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:36 AM
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Guess I am just dumb, but I still don't understand what the air bags to for you when pulling a large trailer.

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Guess I am just dumb, but I still don't understand what the air bags to for you when pulling a large trailer.

Tinman
Airbags are designed for 'heavier' loads. Helps keep the truck at a specific ride height, while helping the balance on the when towing.
They can be used in conjunction with your shocks (bolt on kit), or be a complete replacement system for shocks.
It just depends on how much, and how heavy and how often you tow that would help you decide which kit is for you
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:13 AM
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So you are talking about air shocks that you can adjust the pressure in relation to the heaviness of the load! Right?

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:58 AM
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So you are talking about air shocks that you can adjust the pressure in relation to the heaviness of the load! Right?

Tinman
No - not 'air shocks'... Air Bags.
Here's a couple links to look at:
1997-2003 Ford F250 (Light Duty - Under 8,500 GVWR) 2wd & 4wd - Firestone Sport-Rite Air Bag Helper Springs [REAR] - 2320 | $287.35

and

Ford F250 2011-2013 Air Bag Helper Springs by Firestone #2535

Also -here's a pic of another kit that can be used side by side with your shocks.



Air shocks are of thing of the past for the most part. This is a tried and true kit that truckers have been using for years on their trucks and trailers.
Now - just more available for the consumer market.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:07 PM
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those look like front but it could be a different set up



these are on the rear of my trucks, i inflate them manual with an air hose, but you can buy kits with onboard compressors that you can change of the fly from the driver's seat

I also run bilstein shocks
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:00 PM
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Now I got cha!!! A prcture is worth a thousand words to a dumbass like me!!! I know exactly what you are talking about.
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain it to me.

Tinman
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