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post #25 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 01:32 PM
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To piggyback on this thread, for washboard roads or hard dips, what one will give the best ride for the price? The Overlands I have do about as well as Bilsteins do in these two situtations, horribly. After a second of washboard road, the trucks front end just starts bouncing.


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IIRC, reservoir shocks are almost a necessity for heavy washboard roads because cavitation will get the best of the oil in no time if you dont have a res. Fox 2.0s with resis are probably your best bet. Not too expensive.

Problem with washboard is that you really do need the bigger body to help displace more fluid over the valving. The little double chamber shocks with 1.5 or small valve pistons arent crap at anything because they simply dont displace enough fluid and overheat/cavitate quickly. IFP is a bare minimum on a truck shock. Everything else is just good money after bad.

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IIRC, reservoir shocks are almost a necessity for heavy washboard roads because cavitation will get the best of the oil in no time if you dont have a res. Fox 2.0s with resis are probably your best bet. Not too expensive.

Problem with washboard is that you really do need the bigger body to help displace more fluid over the valving. The little double chamber shocks with 1.5 or small valve pistons arent crap at anything because they simply dont displace enough fluid and overheat/cavitate quickly. IFP is a bare minimum on a truck shock. Everything else is just good money after bad.

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Thanks, and that was what I figured. Went from Bilsteins, to Overlands, zero improvement on washboards. Guess I'll look into the resi style shocks. The truck isn't fun to drive on the roads around where I live, the harsh bumps are way too harsh, and the I feel like the front end is about to get air on washboards

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Thanks, and that was what I figured. Went from Bilsteins, to Overlands, zero improvement on washboards. Guess I'll look into the resi style shocks. The truck isn't fun to drive on the roads around where I live, the harsh bumps are way too harsh, and the I feel like the front end is about to get air on washboards
I just need some washboard roads to test my fronts out on. The rear is horrible now!!

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Any washboard road determines a speed you can drive at, it's just not the speed you want to go.
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I have a stretch of highway near me and I've tried going anywhere from 55 - 80mph, bounces at any speed, thought its a little less harsh at slower speeds. Sometimes I think its also the wheelbase not helping.

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Any washboard road determines a speed you can drive at, it's just not the speed you want to go.
That's kind of an incorrect blanket statement to make. It really depends on setup. With stock type suspension, you will only be able to go so fast, yes. With bypass shocks, you could probably do just about any reasonable speed from 0 to 70 or 80. It really gets down to how much money you spend honestly.

You dont redefine physics, you just twist it with money.

Same with building engines. You cant make 1500hp on a stock Cummins engine, you could with a billet and blueprinted one(aka money).

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OK, But a real washboard road is going to have an effect no matter what you spend, you can just go faster with more $$.
Depending on the spacing of the washboard, sometimes faster is smoother.
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OK, But a real washboard road is going to have an effect no matter what you spend, you can just go faster with more $$.
Depending on the spacing of the washboard, sometimes faster is smoother.
Guys it's a VERY Heavy suspension . The unstrung weight must be hundreds of pounds . Sooo much different than say a race vehicle .
So a washboard long section Will determine your speed unfortunately .

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