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Hardscrabble

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Hi all,

Just on the shakedown trip with the new rig, a NL 8-11 and a 2019 Chevy 3500HD Duramax. Over all I am happy with most of the handling, certainly the acceleration and pulling power is fine. We do have StableLoads (upper) installed. I am seeing that I don't like the "hobby horse" bouncing when we hit uneven pavement, expansion joints and the like. It seems in searching the many threads that even though the truck is brand new that the front shocks are most likely the issue, that replacing the front shocks with Rancho 9000s might be my best result. I just want to confirm my thoughts here. The truck sits about level.

Any thoughts?

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Posted: 11/07/19 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d try adjusting the air pressure in the front because it’s free, and then go for shocks if needed.


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Posted: 11/07/19 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rancho 9000’s made a huge improvement on our overall ride especially over those nasty bridge joints! Helped a lot with the unloaded ride as well. With the front set on 4 and the rear on 1 the empty ride wasn’t bad

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Posted: 11/07/19 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your going to change the shocks, go with Bilstein 4600’s, no shock adjustments required.

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The Bilstein 5100 is a good replacement also. It is slightly firmer than stock.

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I have a much lighter truck with Ranchos but added air bags. Very pleased.


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I put Rancho 9000's all around my F250. Ride is much better. I found that turning them to the strongest setting worked best when loaded with TC.


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Bilstein 5100's on my 2015 3500 at about 50 miles. Bigfoot 10.6. Huge difference.


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Posted: 11/08/19 05:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have no idea how much your 3500 SRW has on the rear axle (camper plus other gear) but is important with a 7050 RAWR if thats the case.

I would get some front and rewar axle weights and then decide if shocks...... or more tire/wheel suspension help is needed.


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Posted: 11/08/19 05:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With 2012 F350 found Ranchos help when set to max stiffness on the rear, however, have never found the perfect answer. Not much left to add (upppers and Hellwig already in place) and found it was the same whether we had our Hallmark in the bed or now our Northstar. Fortunately the roads that really make things uncomfortable or few and far between and then we have to slow down. Increasing our speed as some often suggest, makes it worse. [emoticon]

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