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looking to do Dual shock setup in the front, new steering stabilizer, would like opinions on dual stabilizers, I plow and have had a few guys tell me I should upgrade to a dual setup. Also have been thinking about a Hellwig rear sway bar. thoughts on that? Any companies/brands i should stay away from? what are your opinions on dual stabilizers? and what shocks would be best for a dual shock setup? I've been looking into Rancho, Icon, and Rough Country products.
I do quite a bit of off-roading for work, truck has a level via stiffer leaf springs. its a 2000 Ford F250 SCSB 4x4.

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Unless you're going to be driving with the snow plow on year round, I wouldn't do dual shocks. Also, on leaf spring trucks, a steering stabilizer only make the real problem. I've run 365s without a stabilizer without issue for 2~3 years before I was forced back to 315s.

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no it wont be year round, but in the past few years ive gone through so many shocks, with the amount of off-roading i do every day and these HORRIBLE Michigan roads. i just think its time to go to duals up front. 1. for the plow and 2. to keep the heat down so im not going through shocks once or twice a year.

so a steering stabilizer actually makes it worse? I dont know to much, but ive had other guys with plows tell me dual stabilizers make a difference. how does the stabilizer make it worse? just asking cause I dont know.

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Duals are not necessary on a leaf spring truck. I have ran 40's without a stabilizer and it didn't make one bit of difference. It wouldn't be a bad thing to run either.

If you have a coil front end then I would say yes.

As far as a kit goes I like the icon dual stabilizer kit.

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no coils here, ill just stick with the single then, sounds like its not overly necessary, maybe if i have a little extra cash in the truck fund ill do it, cause they look pretty mean. for dual shocks in the front ive been thinking about Ranch0 7000's with Rough Country's mount, would that be a good choice of shock?

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duals up front is only gonna make it stiffer , Fox , Bilstein , Rancho , King , Rough country , , dont see how your going though shocks so fast

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im not looking for a smoother ride. i wouldnt mind if it was a little stiffer, itll help with the sagging in the front with the plow on it. 8-10 hours a day my trucks offroad back and forth through trails on a 200 acre evergreen farm 6 days a week, not to mention in the winter it gets a plow put on it and with the extra weight and these michigan roads the front shocks take a real beating. i have my reasons behind it and simply asking for advice on who's parts are good quality.

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so a steering stabilizer actually makes it worse? I dont know to much, but ive had other guys with plows tell me dual stabilizers make a difference. how does the stabilizer make it worse? just asking cause I dont know.
I'm not saying it makes it worse, I'm saying it's a waste of money. I bent a steering stabilizer on a rock out wheelin right after I put it on. Being bent, it dramatically limited my radius and I never replaced it!

Coiled trucks can need them, but not ours.

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I'm not saying it makes it worse, I'm saying it's a waste of money. I bent a steering stabilizer on a rock out wheelin right after I put it on. Being bent, it dramatically limited my radius and I never replaced it!

Coiled trucks can need them, but not ours.

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gotcha, i must have misread what you said! i can see how they can be a pain, i do know some kits mount the stabilizers up from where stock location is hanging down.

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If you're front is shaking or shimmying, I'd figure out what parts were worn before using a stabilizer as a band aid.

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