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2014 F350 srw drives horrible

I just sold my 2011 f350 and bought a 2014 in the same truck. The 14 drives so bad its almost dangerous. The truck wanders all over the road and follows every little groove. I constantly have to correct the steering wheel just to stay in the lines on the highway. After driving more than a few hours I am worn out. The 11 drove straight as an arrow. Ive had the truck to two different alignment shops both said it was fine. A friend of mine did the same thing, went from a 2011 f350SRW to a 2014SRW and he said his truck does the same thing. I hope this isn't a 2014 issue. Any thoughts? I need help quick or I will have a brand new truck for sale.
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Can you take it back to the dealership?

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You will get some axle wrap with a heavy trailer, I can feel it when towing my gooseneck with some heavy equipment. My Deavers will wrap enough to make the tires rub the front of the rear fender well if I give it too much throttle on aceleration.
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Can you take it back to the dealership?
Yes the dealership is who I took it to first to get aligned. They said it was fine.
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Are the tires and wheels same? I know they keep upping the capcity on these beasts, so im wondering if they went to a firmer, directional tire with a denser rubber compound. Is the tread pattern the same? It is commonly overlooked. I know a lot of the heavy duty directionals will wander a bit during the break in period. We test drove a 14 250 the other day when my truck was in the shop and I did an eleven mile loop on socal freeways (probably the worst roads in america) and surface streets, it rode and tracked very nicely. Hope you get it squared away, nothing is worse than being unhappy with a 60k purchase.


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I think you got to be a squeaky wheel on this one... keep going back!

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I think you got to be a squeaky wheel on this one... keep going back!
^^^Agreed^^^

Test drive a few other 2014's on the lot to see if the wandering is "normal".



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I have to say that my 13 SRW CCLB 350 rides like crap too. I really thought it would ride better than my 05 CCSB but this is not the case at all.

The 13 shudders over every bump in the road. I would have thought the LB would have smoothed the ride out over the SB but I guess I was wrong.

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I have to say that my 13 SRW CCLB 350 rides like crap too. I really thought it would ride better than my 05 CCSB but this is not the case at all.

The 13 shudders over every bump in the road. I would have thought the LB would have smoothed the ride out over the SB but I guess I was wrong.
In most cases the long beds will ride worse due to frame flex.

What did your 05 have on it for wheels/tires compared to you '13?



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Does it have rancho shocks? My '08 had those, and shuttered on the bumps. I changed to Bilsteins, and solved the problem
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Just got back from the second Ford dealership and they said toe,caster and camber were all fine. I said why did it pull to the right then and drive like crap, I want to see the sheet that you get from Ford that tells you what everything was set at. He said they didn't have it, yet Ive got one for my last three trucks over the years. Cut a long story short it never got checked at both dealerships because of the after market wheels and tires. Instead of telling me that, they said it was fine because it had less than 1100 miles even though the same wheels and tires were on my 2011, can't be off already. If I want it aligned from Ford it has to have stock wheels and tires.

I wish the bad ride was the problem but its not. doesn't really matter what shocks you have, the 350 isn't the best ride on CA roads. Ive had Bilsteins, fox shocks and now Ranchos on this one because of fx4 package. The sage continues and I am starting to get frustrated.
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