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Old 12-23-2011, 01:05 AM
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Suspension upgrades for F250 1971?

Hi guys,

I am just wondering if there are any suspension upgrades that can be done on the suspension of an F250 1971 in order to drastically improve the handling and ride on this truck?

I tried to search in this forum what could not find anything very specific.

I saw the popular thread by FoPro1972 on a chasis swap(using a 2002 chasis)... would this be the only way to improve ride on my 1972?
 
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These were built as work trucks. Don't expect a cushy ride like a late model.

2wd or 4wd??
 
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by HIO Silver View Post
These were built as work trucks. Don't expect a cushy ride like a late model.

2wd or 4wd??
Mine is a 2wd. Yes, I know I should not expect much from these trucks... But if anything can be done to improve the ride, that would be a plus!
 
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IMO, the best you'll be able to do is springs and shocks.

For the rear, less leaves or a single spring pack and KYB GR2 shocks. For the front, KYB GR2 shocks. There's not a whole lot of options with coils unless ya step down and spec small block or FE springs.. IIRC, 460s were spec'ed with stiffer coils. Shock valving will be important so the rig doesn't jar with every bump nor porpoise down the highway going over the paved sections. The GR2s are a nice compromise without going overboard with custom valving.

Modern seating is a plus and will be more comfortable than the upholstered park bench. Most any bench up to and including 96 will be a bolt-on affair after swapping the seat tracks. Alternatively, suspension seats from MasterCraft. More money but they definitely won't beat you up.

Lastly, ya don't want to use lower profile tires cuz of the stiffer sidewalls (which acts like a stiffer shock).
 
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:15 AM
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to drastically improve the handling and ride on this truck?
Short answer...no, buy an F100.

Long answer...yes, but it will be expensive and labor intensive, and may still not accomplish what you want.

You can swap in lighter springs, but it would drastically reduce the towing and hauling capability of your truck. You could gain some of this back by adding in air bag assist springs.

You could do some more exotic work such as replacing the spring bushings with greasable units, and putting teflon sliders between the springs in your pack, but the gains will be marginal at best.

Also...don't forget the obvious; if you have 10 ply tires run them at 50 psi instead of 80 psi. Also, try adding weight to the bed, these trucks ride much smoother with half a ton of cargo.
 
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