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Old 12-16-2018, 09:47 PM
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Soften the ride of an empty F350

MY son-in-law got a good deal on a 2017 F350 STX with 6.2L. He was shopping for a F250, but this was a good deal. However, most everyone knows what an empty F350 rides like ! They will be towing a trailer, but it is less than 8,000 lbs.

Any ideas on improving the empty ride quality ?
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:49 PM
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Let a bunch of air out of the tires. From there, the mods get more expensive.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:51 PM
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Lower the tire pressure! Try 50 PSI when unloaded. Adjust appropriately when loaded.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:54 PM
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Lower the tire pressure! Try 50 PSI when unloaded. Adjust appropriately when loaded.
Will 50 PSI set off the TPMS light?
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:02 PM
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Yes. Use FORScan to adjust that. I did.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:11 PM
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Im not sure what the factory recomended pressure is on the 350 but on my 250 i run cold 51 in the fronts and 61 in the rears with no light. I throw tpms if it drops below 50 in the front and 58 in the rear. The ride quality is dramatically better then when its set at the loaded recommendation of cold 60f 70r.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:17 PM
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For you guys that use forscan..... does ford give you any problems for adjusting from factory parameters? Had a bad experience with GM because i adjusted for tire size increase of 5%. No other adjustments and no tune. They were adamant about voiding my powertrain warranty.....
 
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For you guys that use forscan..... does ford give you any problems for adjusting from factory parameters? Had a bad experience with GM because i adjusted for tire size increase of 5%. No other adjustments and no tune. They were adamant about voiding my powertrain warranty.....
They would have a tough time figuring out changes you have made. Plus, all the changes you make are technically changes they have designed and written anyways.
 
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:57 PM
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They would have a tough time figuring out changes you have made. Plus, all the changes you make are technically changes they have designed and written anyways.
Cool! Thank you sir.
 
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:34 AM
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However, most everyone knows what an empty F350 rides like !
My F350 rides pretty dang good when empty. Maybe your SIL needs a Chevy 1500 if he wants a good ride
 
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:08 AM
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My F350 rides pretty dang good when empty. Maybe your SIL needs a Chevy 1500 if he wants a good ride
I kinda agree. Had a f350 as a rental. Rode pretty close to my Chevy 2500HD. I like how these trucks feel on the road. The 1500s ride too good imo
 
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by theoldwizard View Post
MY son-in-law got a good deal on a 2017 F350 STX with 6.2L. He was shopping for a F250, but this was a good deal. However, most everyone knows what an empty F350 rides like ! They will be towing a trailer, but it is less than 8,000 lbs.

Any ideas on improving the empty ride quality ?
Our 2019 F350 6.2 4x2 with the camper package (2x front spring upgrade) rides rather rough and jittery when lightly loaded and with the tires inflated to GVWR spec (60F and 80R cold). Dropping them down to 55F and 65R cold has helped considerably. No TPMS alert yet.

HTH,
Jim / crewzer
 
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Originally Posted by ATC Crazy View Post
My F350 rides pretty dang good when empty. Maybe your SIL needs a Chevy 1500 if he wants a good ride
Absolutely! I drove mine yesterday on the highway unloaded and I think it rides better than my wife's Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I do have the Rancho RS9000XL shocks on it but the rears were cranked up to 8 or 9 so it was fairly stiff. I was running the tires at 60 front, 80 rear. I tow most of the time so I don't bother airing down.
 
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:30 AM
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F250 rear springs and put the lightest front spring available for the gas motor in the front. And change shocks. Sulastic rear shackles?

17 inch wheels with 315/70/17, can get those below E rating and still decent capacity. Little light duty for the superduty but will work.


Not much else unless you want to spend big bucks.
 
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:31 AM
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Can try Sulastic. Sulastic

I had them on my '05 F250 and it was a noticeable difference.
 

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