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Old 03-12-2005, 01:29 AM
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Overloaded with gravel picture

I told the guy loading the gravel to put in a ton and when I went back to the scale I was told it weighed a ton and a half! 3,000 lbs is way over the max payload for my truck. I'm glad I didn't break a spring, axle or shock.

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Old 03-12-2005, 02:40 AM
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The stock suspension on these f150 4x4 super cabs was definitely designed for comfort. I've found that 1 ton, even pushed up front, is way too much. Many quarry operators, especially the ones with with larger loaders, have trouble metering out homeowner quantities. How did the truck fare after this experience?
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:16 PM
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Thats a great picture, i also have a f-150 4x4 and although i have never hauled that much weight i have had a little over a ton of deer corn and no problems. Does it ride the same now as it did before??
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:02 PM
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Yes, the stock suspension is little on the soft side. The tow option included "heavy duty" shocks and I have had close to a ton in the bed several times. It sagged a little but handled the weight fine. After unloading the 3,000 lbs of gravel, the truck drives and handles great. It has 35,000 miles and I'll probably replace all 4 shocks this summer with Monroe's or Rancho's because I prefer a stiffer ride.

1,500 lbs is about the max capacity for my truck and I plan on keeping the loads close to that in the future.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:29 PM
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Always liked that speadboat look. Looks like a real hard launch at the drag strip.

Enjoyed the picture.
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neat pic. reminds me of when i haulled a crap load of dirt in the back of mine. Still rides great to this date and its been over 3 years ago since.
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With the big tires it doesn't look too bad. I once loaded my previous F150 with a bunch of tile, grout and mortar. I have no idea how much weight it was and I kept telling my Dad, ok that's enough we can make another trip. He just kept telling the guys to put it all on and when they were done the entire top of the rear tires were under the fender. That was not smart, but it was just a couple of miles and drove really slow. Didn't have any problems afterwards.
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Yes, the stock suspension is little on the soft side. The tow option included "heavy duty" shocks and I have had close to a ton in the bed several times. It sagged a little but handled the weight fine. After unloading the 3,000 lbs of gravel, the truck drives and handles great. It has 35,000 miles and I'll probably replace all 4 shocks this summer with Monroe's or Rancho's because I prefer a stiffer ride.

1,500 lbs is about the max capacity for my truck and I plan on keeping the loads close to that in the future.
Have you ever run Bilstien shocks, thats what i have now and although they cost a little more, they are worth it. My friend resently put rancho rs5000's on his f-150 and the ride is fair at best. They might be a superior offroading shock, but if so thats all they are. My dad runs monroe relex and he likes them, they wear out alot quicker, but then again they have life time warrenty. Anyways i like bilstien because they have a stiff ride but arent to harsh. Feel free to ask any questions you might have?
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:48 PM
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John,
I have heard that Bilsteins are very good and will price them as well as Monroes. How much did you pay for yours?
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I have heard that Bilsteins are very good and will price them as well as Monroes. How much did you pay for yours?
For bilstien I think i paid about $280 for all four...(expensive huh)and for the Monroe Reflex, they are about $200 a set. [You can find a set of Rancho rs5000's for about $160 a set but i dont advise it unless u like a tooth jaring ride.] Let me know if i can help with something else.
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John,

Was that amount (Bilstien = $280) a shop install or a self install?

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I had more than that in a 1987 F150 (dad actually had the gravel mound ABOVE the top of the bed.) it hauled it fine, and I had no adverse problems because of it. These trucks are designed to work, but sometimes we do overload them.
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Was that amount (Bilstien = $280) a shop install or a self install?
That price was a self install. The fronts cost about $65 each and the rears run around $70 each. Online you can find them on www.performanceproducts.com . (told you they were expensive!)
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Yes it appears they are a little costly, but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I still have the factory Ranchos on my truck and they are still doing ok, I just like planning out for future replacements. Thanks for the info and I will check that site.


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This is the best value I've ever seen. Saw it on "Trucks" on Spike TV a while back. Easy install too.

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