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Hey guys I have a 2004 XLT Steppy. The ride is starting to concern me the ride is very harsh on minor bumps and around some corners with bumps the rear end likes to jump left and right. Now my friends 04 Ranger has a nice smooth ride.
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Couple different factors to this. How many miles on your truck vs his. Is his a fleetside bed? You guys might also have different spring packages. How are your shocks?
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worn out leaf springs and shocks
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I can't see how steppie vs styleside factors into it
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60k miles, his is not a step side but this shouldn't matter, my shocks are factory from 2004, leafs may have been replaced as they said "MADE IN CHINA'' on the bottom of them in yellow.
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I can't see how steppie vs styleside factors into it
isnt there a decent weight difference?

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60k miles, his is not a step side but this shouldn't matter, my shocks are factory from 2004, leafs may have been replaced as they said "MADE IN CHINA'' on the bottom of them in yellow.
but anywho. biggest culprits are your springs and shocks. Best bet is to go get a decent set of shocks.

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I know the feeling man... for some reason there are alot of puckered up asphalt seams on the road i take to work daily. its so annoying having the rear end kick to the sides.

staying off the gas while going over them helps a little.
I've heard traction bars can help also. poly bushings might help also.

or try to keep some weight in the back. that stops it.
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Get some bilstein shocks and put a little weight in the back.
If the rear end jumps around worse with throttle, get some traction bars.
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isnt there a decent weight difference?
I didn't think there was, but I could be wrong
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I didn't think there was, but I could be wrong
hah considering ive never weighed the beds i also could be wrong on that lol. But it was just a thought.
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