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Old 10-12-2021, 07:58 PM   #1
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Tires and shocks

At the end of last season, we had several blowouts coming home from Texas and I did some research and found the best bang for my bucks was the Hercules tires. I had 4 mounted and balanced and am in the middle of our winter trip to Florida and I am happy with them so far. They handled the various rough ass roads in Missouri and Arkansas very well. I also installed Rancho shocks on my Silverado and am impressed with them also. I am considering installing airbags to see if they will help with what bounce we are experiencing. Only time it was bad was in Arkansas on a stretch of I 55 between the Missouri state line and W. Memphis and it was really rough. Some of the bridges were a jolt, but not like last year..So far I am a happy camper with my purchase of the tires and shocks...
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Glad the Hercules tires are working great for you
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fwiw..... I have air bags and after towing over 9,00 miles this past summer here is what I think about the ride.....

It seems I get less bounce with very low (like 5 to 15 psi) in the bags. At higher pressures (like all the way to 60 psi) I think my truck and trailer bounce more. All this applies to rough roads; on smooth roads 35 to 45 psi produces a nice ride but low pressure seems OK.

Bumps and bridge/road transition bumps are handled well at almost all pressures. It's the humps and dips that drive nuts the most.

I would probably put air bags on my next truck again as it does provide a bit of adjustment to the ride. But I've decided bad roads just produce bad rides.
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the rear shocks in the GM trucks are junk for towing , they don't do much for compression and barely control the rebound with the truck empty. Changing the shocks the day the truck rolls off the dealer lot its noticeable just going to a yellow Bilstein never mind a great shock. I tell every one if your going to tow your trailer a lot put shocks on the trailer , I makes a difference.
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I hear you. The truck had 100,000 miles on it when I bought it and I am pretty sure the stock shocks were still on it. I went with Rancho, mainly due to availability at the time I was ready to buy shocks. They seem to work well...only time will tell...
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I put the Roadmaster Active Suspension on my Sierra. Made a big difference on the bounce and porpoising. It also rides better with no load. Next step is getting rid of the stock Rancho shocks and putting on Bilstein 4600’s.
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Sailun tires are the best in my opinion!
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Sailun tires are the best in my opinion!
I have heard this before and am guessing a lot of folks use them. I looked at them, but to best fit my budget I went with the ones I did and they had very good reviews, etc...Thanks


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Our journey continued to Sanderson, Florida and the tires and ride continue to impress me. I-10 in Alabama and Florida was well maintained with only a few rough bridge approaches and exits. Can't for the life of me figure why all states can't fix their bridges to not be so rough. Gas is getting more expensive each day, and around here it's 3 dollars + a gal right now. Safe travels to all that are on the road...
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