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so. i need a plan to make this pig ride a bit nicer.

as for the rear what do you guys suggest? that is the worst. its just too bouncy. the JD trac bars helped a little bit, but it still sucks.

and for the front, i was thinking of the ORW coilover conversion.


what do you guys all suggest? links are appreciated as well!
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Coilover conversion with Fox coilovers and Eibach or Hypercoil springs for the front. Deaver or Skyjacker leaf springs with Fox shocks for the rear.

You can see the set-up I have in my signature. I love the ride, leaps and bounds better than stock. My ride would be even better on regular all-season or all-terrain tires.
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Coil-over conversion up front, Deaver F31's in the rear.
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deavers and fox's in the rear??

im just tired of this thing riding as rough as my friends dumped integra. lol
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and does the coilover conversion come with good instructions? will be doing it all myself..
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Get some more opinions about the deavers, someone posted up the other day that theres don't read very good.
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i think i saw that post. but doesnt he have them with stock shocks?

im sure my shocks are most likely the biggest problem in the rear end.
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and does the coilover conversion come with good instructions? will be doing it all myself..
Read over one of the many coilover conversion threads. If you have any specific questions I'd be glad to help.

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i think i saw that post. but doesnt he have them with stock shocks?

im sure my shocks are most likely the biggest problem in the rear end.
I think he has some cheaper aftermarket shocks. A good shock makes a huge difference.
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i think in the rear i might start with some fox shocks and go from there..

thats my biggest concern right now. it rides nicely when theres a couple hundred pounds in the bed. but thats really not an option. lol
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i think in the rear i might start with some fox shocks and go from there..

thats my biggest concern right now. it rides nicely when theres a couple hundred pounds in the bed. but thats really not an option. lol
Be careful with getting shocks first unless you're sure you won't want to upgrade the springs. You'll need a longer travel shock for most aftermarket springs since most add lift.
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What about the front? Don't I remember you having cranked torsion bars, and saying that you don't care that it rides like crap?
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What about the front? Don't I remember you having cranked torsion bars, and saying that you don't care that it rides like crap?
You know how he changes his mind haha. Not bashing, just saying LOL
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What about the front? Don't I remember you having cranked torsion bars, and saying that you don't care that it rides like crap?
yep! and im not terribly concerned with the front end. its acceptable for now. but the rear is just bouncy now that i dont have a full tool box and a full size spare sitting in the back all the time.
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Okay, just checking, lol.
I always kept a butt load of weight in the back of all of my trucks. Bilstein HDs kept the ride from being bouncy at all.
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yeah it was completely bearable with a tool box with a big hi lift, compressor, tanks, full toolkit and whatnot. it all probably weighed about 250 lbs or so
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I am wanting to do the same thing to mine. Thinking about going with Coilovers in the front, and something different in the rear.
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Just something to think about, but...
The way my F150 sits with my canopy and tools and stuff in it, there is only about 1/2" to 1" of compression left before the 'overload' spring is engaged. It makes a smaller bump feel bigger as it as hits the overload sometimes. Maybe with the weight out of the bed, the springs are just touching the overloads (instead of fulling engaging them before?) making the ride seem harsh.

I know the smoothest ride I ever got from my ranger was with the sway bars both disconnected, Bilstein HDs, belltech shackles in the rear and a bunch of weight in the back (again canopy/tools/spare etc...). The truck pretty much felt like it floated over everything.
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but how did it take turns? thats the only thing about sway bar disconnect I don't like
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Fine, just with more body roll. The bilsteins helped a little.
I just didn't drive it like a sports car. Even on windy mountain roads it was alright, if I pushed it hard I could bottom out one side up front and top out the other on a corner. But I really kept a ton of crap in the back of the truck. If I was planning on a long freeway drive or something I would just throw the other end link back on.
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yeah i forgot about that, put my sway bar back in a while ago, rode nicer without it. thinking about taking it out again. i dont mind the body roll at all. its a truck. lol
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ha, you should see the roads I take to college. feels like I'm racing on Forza. guess I need to throw a swaybar in the rear of the truck.
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Something to consider ty is your seats. If you have a softer seat like a leather seat it will help some. I know the factory seats in my 04 are stiff as all get out. Might as well be sitting on cardboard lol.
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oh yeah mine too. i want expo seats. but im sure they wont give as good of bolster as the stock seats do. plus i love how they match my truck so nicely with the silver inserts. but yeah i bet thats a huge part of it
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