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Old 08-26-2014, 10:42 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by immarkhe View Post
I have the Max Tow Package and Heady Duty Payload package. According to my recollection with the 2012 that gave me 2000lbs of payload. Max Tow was 11,300 trailer weight with a combined overall GCRW of 17100.

I think in '14 they added some extra payload capabilities.

Keep in mind this is not so much about load leveling. I'm trying to dampen the ride. With the equalizer I'm able to distribute weight nicely. The current set up throws about 300lb of tongue back on the trailer axles so figure 900lb on tongue. Rear end drops about an 1 1/2in and the front stays about the same maybe up 1/4in

My thinking is heavier shocks on TV to dampen bounce and wondered if stiffening suspension (Springs or airbags) would reduce travel hence reduce bounce.

Definitely not bottoming out but it may be close. Also considering the idea of shock kit on TT. Been doing some research and looks to be a positive move if nothing else to save on tires and TT wear.
You definitely have enough truck with the HD payload and 8200lb GVW. I would suggest Bilstein 4600's. I put some on my 08 F150 and they helped the ride. I'm not sure they would be that much more better than you OEM shock. I don't know what Ford uses for the HD payload compared to just a Max Tow non HD. From my experience with my last 3 trucks. Shocks help but don't cure enough to say they're the answer. On a high mileage truck when the OEM's are warn out you'd notice it. I'd look at your spring bars or overall WD setup. I fought that stuff for 2.5 years with a Heartland 26LLRS Northtrail. Never could get rid of it. Even when going to my current 2500 over the F150. TT still jerked and bounced.

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:51 AM   #16
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Thanks Cumminsfan - early on I replaced the stock shocks with Rancho RS9000XL's. Barely noticeable difference. I'll look at Bilsteins though.

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