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My 04 2500 4X4 rides worse then a tractor. I have replaced the shocks (bilstein in the front, KYB monomax in the rear), and had $1300 dollars worth of front end work recently. They replaced u joints and tie rods but mainly just on the driver side if I recall correctly. (The drivers side does take a bump a little smoother now) But, overall my truck rides sooooo rough. Any suggestions on what I should start replacing or looking at to get my ride back to new?

130,000 miles, 285 BFG All terrains, front end only has a grill guard (not a replacement bumper)
 

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buy a 1500......

lol dude im pretty sure its the nature of the beast, try driving a lifted 3500 with dual shock on each side of the front... every crack in the road hurts.
 

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there are a few different springs you can buy to soften it up. Carli or Thuren seems to be the top choices from everyone. they offer a leveling kit with coils and springs for a few hundred dollars. everyone i have heard do it say they love it.
 

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I was just in an 07 (2500 cummins 4X4) this weekend and it was twenty times smoother then mine. Is there something worn that is making the problem worse?
 

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You need to ride in a 2nd gen to see what rough is really about. Like Broke said Carli, Kore, or Thuren.
 
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Ball joints, tie rod ends, lower shock bolts loose, axle joints, ....start there any eliminate, mine was ball joints and lower shock bolts
 

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Go with some 35's to soak up the bumps...
 

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mine rides run too, but if you want something that rides good get a chevy, want something that tows good and will haul loads, get a cummins(dodge)
 

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my 96 2wd is probably the worst riding truck on here. get a lift and some big tires and run them on kind of low air pressure, that should help
 

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my 96 2wd is probably the worst riding truck on here. get a lift and some big tires and run them on kind of low air pressure, that should help
not necessarily, i have ridden in a few 3rd gens with lifts and big tires that rode worse than my 2nd gen. the problem is the suspension, you need to soften it up. some lifts will soften it up but some will just make it worse :thumbsup:
 

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not necessarily, i have ridden in a few 3rd gens with lifts and big tires that rode worse than my 2nd gen. the problem is the suspension, you need to soften it up. some lifts will soften it up but some will just make it worse :thumbsup:
:agree2: Exactly.

I had a front and rear leaf sprung superduty on 40'' tires and dual shocks and that thing would bounce down the road so bad you needed a kidney belt. Offroad you couldnt wear seat belts because they were always locked from the rough ride even at slow speeds. The spring rates and shock valving was way too high. I was about lift/looks over function and I learned my lesson :doh:

A quality coil with a softer spring rate and shocks valved for that spring, the weight of your truck and intended use will make a WORLD of difference. There is TONS of R&D/testing when it comes to performance coils.
 

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there is only so much you can do to make it ride like a chevy. If you have 10 ply E rated tires, run the pressure at 45-50 psi. Mine were at 65 psi and I dropped them to 50psi and the difference was noticable. The stock tires are rated to 85 psi. If you run them at that when you aren't hauling anything you may as well run on solid rubber tires and put in your order for new kedneys now! Remeber if you are haulling heavy to put more air in and run them all the same.
 

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It's funny my 06 2500 rides horrible in the rear compared to my 07 3500. I've tried to compare the two and they're the same with the exception of my 06 had helper air bags and my 07 has helper springs. The 06 sits sky high in the back too but not the 07. Both fronts ride good it's the rear on my 2500 that will shake your teeth out. (2lbs in the bags just to ward off someone saying to air down my bags).

Soon as Carli's 6" is available I'll be looking into that. (I'm a 6" on 37's fan)

You're not running 20" rim's with those 285's are you? (wouldn't be much sidewall there for bump absorbtion)
 

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(2lbs in the bags just to ward off someone saying to air down my bags).
Assuming that you are running basic small volume bags like Firestones then even the 2lbs will have an effect on the spring rate. If you take one of the bags and plug the hole, it will be very hard to compress them more than inch.
 

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mine rides like garbage too!!! and i just replaced upper and lower ball joints, and axle joints. and put a carli level kit on not too long ago.

its just the nature of the beast i think....wish dodge had better front ends.
 
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