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Posted: 06/30/22 06:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a sh@*load of money on shocks.
Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,


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TxGearhead wrote:

I've got 65,000 miles on my 2018 RAM. Cummins, 4X4, long bed, DRW. I carry the Bigfoot occasionally and the Landmark 5th occasionally more. Both 4,000# loads. Only mod is a Hellwig BigWig. I'm assuming I need new shocks.
My priority is as smooth a ride as possible. 90% highway use.
I realize this is a subjective issue.
Your recommendations?


Look at your springs when the truck is loaded. There's probably some short, very thick overload springs. Maybe the bottom leaf of the main stack, or maybe an additional spring up above or down below the main leaves. If you've got the main spring pack compressed down to the point that the overload springs are engaged, the ride is going to be rough. My truck was beating me to death because with the camper in it was on the overload springs and they were stiff as a board. So I took them out and added a few of the longer, thinner leaves. And put in some air bags. Now it rides much much smoother.


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TxGearhead wrote:

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a sh@*load of money on shocks.
Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,


You may find running on under inflated tires to be more expensive.


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stevenal wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a sh@*load of money on shocks.
Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,


You may find running on under inflated tires to be more expensive.


Did you assume the OP meant hauling his camper or heavy load with lower tire pressures, or do you not understand load vs inflation?


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Posted: 07/01/22 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used other shock brands including Bilstiens on my 3/4 and one ton play and service trucks and always went back to the good old Rancho 9000 shock for carrying max rear axle loads from heavy GN trailers or my 10' 6" truck campers.

Bilstiens were just ok for my use on 1/2 ton trucks I've owned. Nice mushy ride like new OEM shocks but they did last much longer than OEM.


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Good to hear some good recommendations for Ranchos, as I have $600 worth of Bilstein paper weights that I need to try to return. And need to find alternatives to the otherwise very nice 5100s!

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stevenal wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a sh@*load of money on shocks.
Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,


You may find running on under inflated tires to be more expensive.


I ran 35 psi in BF Goodrich M/T on an empty 3/4 4wd for years and they wore perfectly even.

I run 50 psi front 45 psi rear in my current 3/4 ton when empty and they have all worn perfectly even too.

I wouldn't think that running 35 psi in the rear tires of an empty dually would cause premature tore wear.

Other than tire pressure I don't see any other way to improve the empty ride of a 1-ton pickup.


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^ This.
And tire size/capacity plays a role on pressure obviously. But suffice it to say, the overwhelming majority of HD truck rear tires can and should be in the minimum to maybe 40-45 psi range for no load/light load scenarios.
37s on our Ram, I run 25-30 psi empty, rear. Heck only run 45-50 psi when the toyhauler is hooked up. Weight bearing, no wdh.

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Grit dog wrote:

stevenal wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a sh@*load of money on shocks.
Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,


You may find running on under inflated tires to be more expensive.


Did you assume the OP meant hauling his camper or heavy load with lower tire pressures, or do you not understand load vs inflation?


By under inflated, I mean not maintaining the proper inflation for the load. OP did not state for what loading he would be reducing pressure. No assumption made by me.

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^^ No load.

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