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Ways to achieve a smoother ride

im looking for some suggestion or ways to make my truck ride smoother. As you all know, i got the spindles in the front, AAL and shackle in the back. Please dont say "lower it or smaller tires". i was thinking some new shocks and mabe some other stuff. i dont know what shocks are good and which make the smoother ride.

iv seached and couldnt quite find what i was looking for.
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AAL's make your rear suspension rock hard. Shocks may help all around (more the front than the rear). But some rearched or a set of 'lift' springs would provide a better rear suspension setup than the AAL's


(you coming to the 'central florida meet' in Aug?)
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ill do some research on that, cuz i do know that the AAL are real hard. do you think lift springs would make it bouncer?

u talking about the truckfest in orlando?
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good shocks should be able to handle any excessive bounce.

yea the truckfest
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ya i plan on going
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how smooth are we talkin about, keep in mind, it IS a truck and all suspensions are designed with that in mind....
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take off the sway bar yet? try that. and you can replace the shocks but if yours arent worn out then its not gonna make too much of a difference.
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donahoe racing signiture series shock they are the best I've ever road on better than the bilistens.
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take off the sway bar yet? try that. and you can replace the shocks but if yours arent worn out then its not gonna make too much of a difference.


not sure on the sways, i'd bet the ride improvement vs the body roll wouldn't be a good, or safe change imo.
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take off the sway bar yet? try that. and you can replace the shocks but if yours arent worn out then its not gonna make too much of a difference.
sway bars are only on reg cabs, im pretty sure. i dont think my shocks are worn out though
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sway bars are only on reg cabs, im pretty sure. i dont think my shocks are worn out though

I think you should go crawl under the truck,,, as far as I know All ranger's have sways.

mine has them.. 96 had them too...

you want it to ride smoother put 200lbs. in the bed.. Its a truck... its gonna ride a bit rough in the rear with no weight...
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Sway bars are on ext cabs too. They have been on every truck I've seen and worked on.

I would try bilstiens, maybe turn the torsion bars down for a smoother ride in the front.

I love the way the AAL makes the truck ride. I hate bouncy trucks, and it takes the bouncy ride out.

I have ES9000 pro comps and they are pretty stiff, I like the ride.
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sway bars are only on reg cabs, im pretty sure. i dont think my shocks are worn out though
I got sway bars front and rear on my 93 ex cab
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no sway bars on the rear of my 2001 edge
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factory front and rear sway bars here, '05 Edge
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