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Old 02-17-2014, 08:40 AM
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06 horrible ride

I have a 06 Super Duty f350 srwheel lifted 8 inches with dick cepek mud country tires which I hate I'm not sure if it is the lift that rides so horrible or if its the tires I want to get toyo Mud Terrains soon and also a set of bilstein shocks will that help out the ride by any chance and which should i buy first I have a newborn I feel like he gets thrown around in the backseat its so bumpy I keep telling myself it's the tires more than the suspension because I have a block in the back and just a basic kit in the front

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And yes I know its a lifted truck but I had one before fyi tires are 38x15.5r18 tires on 18x9 rims

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Its probably a combo of the tires and the lift..

I had a 6" on my truck and had to take it off, highway driving was unbearable.
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How is the rear lifted?
How much pressure are you running in the tires?
What kind of shocks are you running?
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Rear is blocks so stock spring without overload spring shcoks that came with kit and running 40 psi they say 35 ive done 30 but feels like truck drags then

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Rear is blocks so stock spring without overload spring shcoks that came with kit and running 40 psi they say 35 ive done 30 but feels like truck drags then

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Assuming that a majority of the stiff ride is in the back I would suggest the following to improve things:

Drop pressure in tires to 35 psi when empty or lightly loaded
Replace lower overload leaf with a set of Carli Mini Packs and a shorter lift block
Upgrade to better shocks

The problem with the shock upgrade is most of the worthwhile shock upgrades (Bilstein 5100's, Fox 2.0's) are only available up to 6" of lift.

Assuming that the front rides rough as well it is probably a combination of a stiff coil with the spacer added along with basic shocks.
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if you really wanted to run those shocks the rear brackets can be rotated and the front can use a shock extension

i like my RS9000's just fine I also think my truck 06 rides pretty good
for a 8 inch lift
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The problem with the shock upgrade is most of the worthwhile shock upgrades (Bilstein 5100's, Fox 2.0's) are only available up to 6"
What? Fox, bilstein, and king offer off the shelf shocks with 16" of travel, which is much larger than he needs. All of which can be revalved for his exact application.

You'll need 12" extension up front and 14" in the rear. Just bought fox 2.0's this morning for my 8" lift.
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What? Fox, bilstein, and king offer off the shelf shocks with 16" of travel, which is much larger than he needs. All of which can be revalved for his exact application.

You'll need 12" extension up front and 14" in the rear. Just bought fox 2.0's this morning for my 8" lift.
I meant to add reasonable, readily available, and vehicle specific.

There's a lot more to shock application then travel numbers. The tallest direct fit front shock for an 05+ Super Duty from Fox is for 5.5-7" of lift and will most likely be too short for his 8" of lift. Those run $129 ea.

He could order a set of 12" travel emulsion (not as good as the direct fit 2.0 IFP's) shocks for the front at $170ea but then you need to also factor in the additional hardware to make these fit a Super Duty. Most of the universal 2.0 shocks on the market use an industry standard 1/2" bearing but the SuperDuty's use 14mm hardware. To do it right you would need to replace the 1/2" bearings with 15mm bearings ($25-35ea) and then find custom misalignment spacers to adapt the 15mm bearings to the 14mm hardware. You would also need something to adapt the eyelet shocks to a pintop style for the front. In the rear you would also need to convert to some kind of larger upper bushing to slide over the oversized post setup that Ford uses in the rear.

At this point you still need to request the correct compression and rebound valving for the application. Unless you get lucky the first time around or are just content with whatever you get this may take a few go arounds to get the shocks to perform anywhere near what would be expected for the investment.
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