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Old 01-22-2020, 03:21 PM   #1
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This thread is for all you F450 owners. I bought my 2009 F450 used in 2013. Then it had 52K miles and I now have 147K. It runs great, looks great, and tows like a locomotive! The suspension is 100% factory. I changed all the shocks within 8 months of buying it. So nearly 100K miles later, it is time to replace the shocks again. So before I make any parts purchases, my question for F450 owners is this. Have you done any enhancements or found shocks, springs, etc. that improved the ride when you are NOT towing? I find the factory set up is very stiff due to the weight of the truck and payload capacity. However, this set up means I feel every imperfection in the road!

I look forward to reading your solutions.

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I always lower my rear tire pressures when not towing. From 80psi down to 65psi. Makes a big difference.
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Your truck is designed to have a sheet ton of weight on it and as you know it rides great when loaded. As mentioned above lowering tire pressures can help, my F350 Dually is a tow rig and I just put up with the roughish ride. Rancho makes an adjustable shock, I’ve run them on a Jeep (very light by comparison) I never really felt the desire to crawl under the jeep and adjust them, maybe with something like a heavy truck you would feel more of a difference. I went with KYB Monomax this last time and have been very impressed with the ride both loaded and empty. Let us know what you decide…
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So nearly 100K miles later, it is time to replace the shocks again.

I would say that's quite the understatement.
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I would say that's quite the understatement.
not necessarily true... I have 175,000 on my truck, original shocks, still work great.
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