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Old 08-14-2018, 10:45 PM   #11
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Ok, since Dirtman went down that road, I'll offer up the best solution to this problem that I've ever found: PAVEMENT.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:13 AM   #12
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, yes, yes, yes

They don't have too, "ride like a truck" that is, but cheapest way to make a truck is to give it truck springs setup for maximum weight rating.

A Ranger(or any 1/2 ton truck), will ride better if you carry around about 600lbs between rear axle and cab, and run with Full tank of gas, that adds 140lbs


Take a mattress, it has coil springs, if springs are setup for 150lbs and you weight 150lb then it will be comfortable for you, if you weight 200lbs you may think it is too soft, if you weigh 100lbs you may think it is too hard.

A pickup truck would be a mattress setup for a 500lbs person, lol, pretty much too hard for most people to like
And no shock absorber will help
So my ranger is a matress for a 500 pound fat girl LOL
been there before
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:11 AM   #13
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Rumor has it that wheelbase also impacts handling and ride. The longer the wheelbase, the softer the ride, if I'm not mistaken. That's why the long box rides better than the short box. It would even with identical shocks on both trucks.
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More distance between the axles helps ride quality too. Something really short coupled will be rougher than something longer.
I think that's totally possible. The short box would probably benefit from a new set of body and leaf spring bushings and the front end could be gone through as well... it's just funny how rough it is. My '96 short box rode pretty nice, until I put Explorer springs in the rear, that changed things a bit but was sure nice for heavy loads.
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Ok, since Dirtman went down that road, I'll offer up the best solution to this problem that I've ever found: PAVEMENT.
Youve clearly never driven thru michigan.
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I think that's totally possible. The short box would probably benefit from a new set of body and leaf spring bushings and the front end could be gone through as well... it's just funny how rough it is. My '96 short box rode pretty nice, until I put Explorer springs in the rear, that changed things a bit but was sure nice for heavy loads.
I had Explorer springs in mine for awhile. Nothing seemed to squat the truck but it rode like a one ton.

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Youve clearly never driven thru michigan.
Undecided. Maintained gravel is better than neglected pavement. But if they can’t maintain pavement gravel is going to be a crapshoot.
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Undecided. Maintained gravel is better than neglected pavement. But if they can’t maintain pavement gravel is going to be a crapshoot.
The counties maintain the gravel roads/secondary paved. The state takes care of the highways/interstates.

Not even lieing, theres holes bigger on some of the state routes then you ever see on a gravel road.

I hit one so big a few months ago on M156 that i was seriously thanking the lord i had twin I beam.
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The counties maintain the gravel roads/secondary paved. The state takes care of the highways/interstates.

Not even lieing, theres holes bigger on some of the state routes then you ever see on a gravel road.

I hit one so big a few months ago on M156 that i was seriously thanking the lord i had twin I beam.
When we were in Detroit for the Ranger reveal our driver went around a huge tank trap of a pothole on our way to the hotel. He said he had hit at some point prior and it broke his rim.

Gravel roads washboard, edges fall off and whatever. They can get really funky in the spring when the frost goes out, not much for potholes though. But we also have a grader come thru every couple weeks to keep them in shape.

If you can't fill a pothole you probably be running graders on gravel if you were to replace the paved road with gravel.
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down here in florida , the dirt roads are really sand pits. They get these aggravating wash boards though. Going slow over them is the worst ride ever, you have to haul ass over them and you barely notice. But the sand is loose and you don't want to much speed or you can end up with a close up view of the woods. the good thing is after it rains, not much for puddles, the water just goes through the sand and back to the ocean.
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Youve clearly never driven thru michigan.
I'd say that there's a pretty good chance you'd be right about that. Especially considering that I've never been there.
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