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Old 07-03-2017, 07:04 AM   #1
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How to smooth out the ride on a dually?

I recently traded in my GMC SRW for a new Ford F450 dually. I love everything about my new Ford, especially it's towing capacity. The one thing I have sacrificed going into a dually is the ride.
I've spoken to a number of people I've met in various campgrounds that drive DRW. Some have suggested to change the springs, some say lower my tire pressure, others have told me airbags are the way to go. One fellow camper who had added airbags to his truck said it actually increased his towing capacity. Is this true? Although I would love to smooth out the ride on my truck, I don't want to sacrifice towing capacity.
I understand it's a dually and it's never going to ride like a Cadillac but if there something I could do to help the situation a bit, I'm all ears.
Thanks for your help.
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I put in airbags. Helped quite a bit. Not sure what the guy that told you air bags increase towing capacity is smoking. Air bags do not add to towing capacity. They do help with ride and sag.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:17 AM   #3
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Put an air ride on the fifth wheel hitch it will help with the ride.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:30 AM   #4
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You could look at some new shocks, we plan to install Bilstein on our 28' duallie and Timbren airless shocks .
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Are you meaning the unloaded ride or hitched up? If you mean hitched up then describe the ride and what you don't like as well as what hitch you have. Otherwise we have no idea what the issue is or how to help.
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In my experience supplementary air bags will only serve to make your ride harsher. Now, if you replaced your leaf springs with a full air suspension (if available) then that is a different story.

I replaced the shocks on my Ram with Bilstiens and the initial compliance was harsher than the stock dampers. Can't say about Ford shocks.

I run different tire air pressure for towing and non towing. When using the towing air pressure with the truck empty the ride is definitely harsher.

You have a capable truck with high payload capacity and stiff might be part of the deal. Research Sulastic shackles on the web. I've never heard much feedback on them but they were designed to address your problem.
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I run 55psi in my tires when not towing- if at 80psi it rides harsh. 55psi back,65 front.
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I love everything about my new Ford, especially it's towing capacity. The one thing I have sacrificed going into a dually is the ride.
You honestly can't expect a Clydesdale to run and jump like a quarter-horse can you?
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We don't know if he means towing or empty so how can we be suggesting anything?
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It's a 450, made to haul a load. Big difference between the 350 and 450
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Add a lot of weight...
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2006 F-350, Just replaced my rear shackles with "Sulastic Shackles", they do not effect towing and load capacities, but made a big difference while unloaded.
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