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Old 05-31-2013, 11:29 AM
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Ride not so great

I understand this truck is a SuperDuty and not my old F150 that honestly rode like a caddy. I just figured the newer Super Duty would ride better than my 2004 F250 did. Took a 65 mile ride lastnight and it felt like a truck...
Are the stock shocks that crappy? Any suggestions as to what to change them too??

Thanks in advance....
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Shocks will help out. A lot of people upgrade to the Rancho 9000's or Bilstein 5100's. There are a lot of threads on the Super Duty and 6.7 Diesel forums (on FTE).

Also, the stock steering stabilizer (aka shimmy shock) seems to be inadequate. Upgrading that to a Bilstein 5100 is money well spent IMO. If you are getting feedback in the steering wheel when going over bumps it will settle that down.

Either shock I mentioned above will provide a firmer but consistent ride. The Rancho's are adjustable so you could dial in the settings you prefer for the best ride.
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I upgraded to Rancho 9000's and the improvement was considerable. Before switching out the OEM shocks I would not let my wife drive my truck on grid roads...any washboards made the truck almost uncontrollable! Too bad we have to spend good money just to make these trucks drivable.
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Shocks will help out. A lot of people upgrade to the Rancho 9000's or Bilstein 5100's. There are a lot of threads on the Super Duty and 6.7 Diesel forums (on FTE).

Also, the stock steering stabilizer (aka shimmy shock) seems to be inadequate. Upgrading that to a Bilstein 5100 is money well spent IMO. If you are getting feedback in the steering wheel when going over bumps it will settle that down.

Either shock I mentioned above will provide a firmer but consistent ride. The Rancho's are adjustable so you could dial in the settings you prefer for the best ride.
Researching this myself, Bilstein 5100s are not recommended for stock height trucks. They are better for lifted trucks. The Heavy Duty Bilstiens are recommended for stock rigs. The internals are the same so Bilstein says, but 5100s look nicer in chrome. I was told 5100s are a waste of money unless I am lifted.
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Researching this myself, Bilstein 5100s are not recommended for stock height trucks. They are better for lifted trucks. The Heavy Duty Bilstiens are recommended for stock rigs. The internals are the same so Bilstein says, but 5100s look nicer in chrome. I was told 5100s are a waste of money unless I am lifted.

Bilstein makes the 5100 series for stock height Superduties.

24-186018 front 0-2" lift
24-186025 rear 0-1" lift
24-196284 stabilizer

Bilstein is my choice for shocks.

Give shock warehouse a look-see.

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Researching this myself, Bilstein 5100s are not recommended for stock height trucks. They are better for lifted trucks. The Heavy Duty Bilstiens are recommended for stock rigs. The internals are the same so Bilstein says, but 5100s look nicer in chrome. I was told 5100s are a waste of money unless I am lifted.
Both the 5100's and HD's are for stock trucks. I wasn't able to find out the true difference, if any, between the two besides the finish. I had the HD's on my last truck and wanted to try something different. Both shocks are a great upgrade over stock. The 5100 does allow for a leveling kit up front since they are for up to 2 inch lift.
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My opinion for what it is worth. If you mostly run empty or lightly loaded go with the Bils. The extra rebound damping is a big advantage. But if you carry heavy loads or a fiver with a heavy pin weight the 9000s are better as you can stiffen them up to match the load. I've had both on my V10 and the ranchos are there now for the trailer.
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When I picked u[p my 2012 F250 I thought, "Man this thing rides like it has concrete tires."

Air pressure was 70.

I had the TPMS reprogrammed and let some of that air back out in the atmosphere. The difference was noticeable.
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Mine rides like a pickup truck.




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Thanks for the info on the shocks.I will look into the blistiens seeing as the truck runs mostly empty.I know its a pick up and not a car, just wanted a little nicer ride...got spoiled having that F150 after my other F250
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