most of (at least the better installs) the newer trucks today with
snowploughs attached have had airbags added to the front springs around
here so when the plough is off they can be deflated and your ride
returns back to original (at leats here in manitoba canada)
it is a new 2005....the vehicle i have now beats the crap out me, so i
cant imagine i will disappointed with this truck's ride...i was just
wondering what others thought
On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 18:56:00 -0400, mailhost wrote:
Most newer trucks ride waaaayy smoother than their predecessors. Partly due to
technology, largely due to customer (yuppie) outcry which forced the Mfgrs to
technology. When trucks became popular about ~20 years ago, the manufacturers
to move away from I-Beam suspension, manual steering, etc. Things went a bit too
the other way though. Now, the softer ride comes at the expense of
capacity. Folks want a truck that rides like a car. That F-250 with the plow
you are looking at will ride way better empty than an F-250 from, say, 1985 with
ballast in the bed. They were pretty rough. The F-350 was even stiffer.
At work I routinely drive a 1989 F-350 4x4, 460 cid. That thing will beat you,
itself, to death without ~3-400 pounds of sand in the bed. With a loaded 30'
car trailer it rides pretty nice.
I really like the newer F series trucks (+1995- 2005?). They are a tough, good
looking truck. You just have to think in terms of 90's-00's trucks compared to a
years ago when buying one.
IMHO, pickup trucks weren't made to drive around unloaded.
There was a time when Ford trucks would eat U-joints in the rear driveshaft if
were constantly driven unloaded. The driveline was set up to be under load
the 1970's). My 74 F-250 Camper Special would toss a rear u-joint in ~5000 miles
drove it around unloaded. It was almost a maintenence item like an oil change.
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