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looking for a better ride quality
Let me start by saying I know that a 250 is not going to ride like a caddy.. however in the past few months I've ridden in several other 250 and 350's to get a feel for their ride quality and my ride is very harsh and stiff by comparison. The suspension is completely stock (FX4 package) and I have 135k miles on the truck. I dont want to lift it.
I spoke with a friend who is an auto mechanic but he does not have much knowledge with heavy duty trucks / diesels. He thinks the problem is in the shocks.. I don't know if they are original to the truck, but they are stock (the "Rancho" stickered ones) type. He said that some times the rubber in the valving can become hard and instead of a bouncy feel as is typical with worn out shocks the ride can actually become very stiff.
Can simply installing new shocks fix the problem? If so, what would you recommend? I see a few posts with the Bilsteen 5100 series or the Rancho 900 series, but would like some first hand opinions and other suggestions as well. I also visited the cali suspension web site and see that they offer custom tuned 5100's. Are they any good?
Any help is appreciated!!
'06 F250 CC FX4 - 127k miles
Under the hood
EGR Delete, Upgraded oil cooler, upgraded stc fiting /w new HPOP, Blue Spring, 4" Turbo Back, SCT tuner /w Wildman Extreme & Street tune, Sinister Diesel Coolant Filter
studs to come
In the cab
Pillar Glowshift gauge package (EoP/Fuel press/EGT), Dashboss
Alpine touchscreen nav head unit, bluetooth, Phoenix Gold 4-channel amp, JL Audio's 6.5 components up front, 5x7's in rear doors, 10" sub behind seats.