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Old 03-18-2015
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95 ranger super rough ride

Hello everyone I need some advice on how to make my ride a little bit better. I apologize in advance if this has been answered before or if its in the wrong section. I am stumped how it still rides like crap. I understand it is a truck but its just bad. I can feel even the smallest cracks/bumps and large potholes hurt and make the suspension slam pretty hard.

I am confused on how this is still possible. I have replaced all the shocks (helped a bit) and the body mounts are in pretty good condition. The trans and engine mounts also seem alright. I believe a few body mounts have been replaced since some are red. The truck was previously owned by a body shop so overall its in good shape. Any advise on how to make it better on crappy roads?

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Old 03-19-2015
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Someone may have changed the springs and went to far to give you very stiff springs.
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Old 03-19-2015
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First let some air out of the tires, tires are the first line of defense against a bumpy ride, lol.
Recommended tire pressure is just that, recommended, it's your truck and your *** getting bounced around, YOU decide correct tire pressure.

Has the suspension been modified?
Or is it stock

Shocks keep the truck from bouncing when you hit a bump, while stiff shocks can cause a harsh ride, regular shocks won't they simply absorb the bump and then slowly release to keep the springs from continuing to bounce up and down from the weight of the vehicle.

Often pickups are over sprung on the back axle to compensate for carrying loads, so when empty you basically feel every bump since springs and shocks are topped out, add some weight in the back, just to try it out, then the shocks can work.

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Old 03-19-2015
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The suspension is stock as far as I know of. The previous owner had air shocks in the rear end but I had replaced all four shocks with some standard monroes. Is there any way to check if my front springs are stiffer than stock? They look oem and are rusty and peeling so I assume they are not aftermarket.

Also I will check tire pressure, but I keep em around 30psi, also forgot to mention they are 235/60?/16s on a stock lift.

The suspension is not floaty at all. It is jarring and painful. When my dad rides in the thing he jokes that he needs a kidney belt. I also have had about 300lb of gravel in the back for winter. It does help just a little but not at all the results I am looking for.
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The 95 has Twin I beam front suspension, look under the truck and look for the Ibeam and measure the distance between the beam and the bumpstop(large rubber piece it will hit)

My 97 had the same issue and this was what I found, only a finger width of up travel before I hit the bumpstops.

I replaced the front springs and it increased the distance(aka ride height) and stopped the problem
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