Suspension upgrades?


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It's kind of a common sense thing.... Want a better "road" ride.... don't buy an off-road package.
Historically the off road packages have had a firmer ride, not bouncier.

IMO I wonder if the shocks are inconsistent. Some folks say play it up like it is similar to riding down a river in a bathtub and others say it is fine.

I have never ridden in one but the same was not said for the older Rangers when new and I don’t see how it can be both ways... unless maybe some bad shocks sneaked out.
 


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Historically the off road packages have had a firmer ride, not bouncier.

IMO I wonder if the shocks are inconsistent. Some folks say play it up like it is similar to riding down a river in a bathtub and others say it is fine.

I have never ridden in one but the same was not said for the older Rangers when new and I don’t see how it can be both ways... unless maybe some bad shocks sneaked out.
IMO a part of the issue is the rear mono leaf springs.

The Ranger has best in class towing and payload. That means the rear leaf springs need to be up to the task.

With multi leaf springs you get a decent ride before the overload springs engage. My experience is that's not true with a monoleaf rear spring arrangement.

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You may have a point on the springs. They are the first I've ever encountered that I know of. Everything up until now had been either coil or multi-leaf packs.

Like 85_Ranger4X4 said, my experience with off road package trucks or truck built for off road has always been that they had a stiffer ride. Not to say I'm an expert in the subject matter. I just find a softer suspension to be counter intuitive for trail riding. Overlanding and desert racing may be a different story.
 

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Overlanding and desert racing may be a different story.
Overlanding trucks, especially midsize get heavy pretty fast, I would put them in the high payload/trail riding instead of the jumping sand dune category.
 


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