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jimh425

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You don’t say how old your F350 is. If it has some age to it, replace the bed and stabilizer bushings with polyurethane. At least, make sure the bed is tight.

But, what you are feeling could be completely normal. Trucks with TCs don’t ride like cars.


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jimh425 wrote:

You don’t say how old your F350 is. If it has some age to it, replace the bed and stabilizer bushings with polyurethane. At least, make sure the bed is tight.

But, what you are feeling could be completely normal. Trucks with TCs don’t ride like cars.



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Yep, I understand that some sway and roll come with the territory. It did for the 1200 mile drive home with the camper. After I added the helper springs there is the initial tippy thing that wasn’t there before.

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Yep, I understand that some sway and roll come with the territory. It did for the 1200 mile drive home with the camper. After I added the helper springs there is the initial tippy thing that wasn’t there before.


You can reload the overloads by extending your bump stops. Air bags will make the feeling worse if you put any air in them. I have air bags which are roughly equivalent to your helper springs.

I use Energy Suspension Bump Stops like these. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CNB5OU/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_tai_d7hNFbNSCEH3X

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You might check and see if Roadmaster has a sway bar for your Ford.
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Call around and checking delivery dates might be good as well. eTrailer, Tweety's, etc.


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Yep, I understand that some sway and roll come with the territory. It did for the 1200 mile drive home with the camper. After I added the helper springs there is the initial tippy thing that wasn’t there before.


It sounds like you now have to much spring. (to stiff?) If it rode better before I'd remove the helper springs.

I have a 9.6 on a 17' F250 and only added airbags to level out the headlights. (the 9.6 and 8.11 weigh about the same)

As you and others have mentioned, some side to side sway goes with a top heavy setup. Some of the sway will be from the suspension and some will be from sidewall flex of your tires.

Personally, the sway I was getting from the stock Ford OEM tires (rated at only 3450lbs) was to much to bear so I swapped the tires and rims for 19.5 Vision heavy hauler 81's and 265/70 Toyo M608Z's.

I have no sway bar.

Essentially I fixed my sway/handling issues with tires+rims.


YMMV.


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Haloo wrote:

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Timbrens.


Why?

They will help to stabilize your truck with 2 more points of contact for your suspension, go with the double convolute type, FR350SDJ.

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You might check and see if Roadmaster has a sway bar for your Ford.
roadmasterinc.com
Call around and checking delivery dates might be good as well. eTrailer, Tweety's, etc.

Roadmaster 1139-173, is the bar for your truck.

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Torklift upper stableloads will engage the helper springs and take out that lean and bounce back. Best thing I ever added.

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Have you checked the availability of KYB Monomax shocks? I have them on my 2005 Chevy dually. I used it to carry a 4,000 pound camper and thought the shocks did really well.

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Geo*Boy wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

You might check and see if Roadmaster has a sway bar for your Ford.
roadmasterinc.com
Call around and checking delivery dates might be good as well. eTrailer, Tweety's, etc.

Roadmaster 1139-173, is the bar for your truck.


I called Roadmaster. They don’t make a sway bar for a single rear wheel F350. Only dually. Bummer.

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