- Feb 22, 2017
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- Central NY
That's hilarious because there's probably some truth to it. Perception is everything in marketing.They stiffened the frames so Chevy couldn't make more bed twist videos
See Post #7 for the exact part number I tried. And in all honesty, I can't say the ride is much worse now compared to the twin I-Beams. I'm sure it's worse but I don't cringe anymore when hitting a pothole or bump in the road. Actually, I caught myself aiming for them after putting the motorcraft shocks in. Even charged a few speedbumps just for the fun of itThe straight axle will make for a bad ride regardless but are your Bilsteins the silver ones? If not that might help since you increased height in rear some?
For me I'm upgrading to fox's reservoir shocks but those cost a good amount more then Bilsteins
I think that'll work well.Thank you for the follow up. I ordered some Bilsteins for the front of my 250 where it's got all the weight. I'll run some motorcraft rear shocks and probably be happy as a clam. I appreciate you sharing!
Adjustable shocks sound nice, but the Bilstiens were already expensive enough for me.I put 7100 Series adjustable Bilsteins on our Willys (1948) and it really made a difference. Ordered them with the lowest stock valving they offered. I was planning to tear them down and adjust as needed, but they work great as is. These are tunable similar to a dirt bike shock. It’s nice that they can be rebuilt too.
I mention this because I’m sure that the Bilstein shocks called out for these old trucks are a compromise. Sometimes it might be worth having some extra adjustability if your use case is a little different than the average. (And what IDI owner is average??).
Strange. I never ran air bags but I wouldn't expect them to stiffen the ride if all the pressure is released. I'm also surprised to hear they may limit suspension travel on an otherwise stock setup.I have air bags and it seems like they limit wheel travel when the bed is empty. It seems to make the unloaded ride harsher even when i pull the schraeder valves out completely.
I can change the ride height. But it’s like they don’t stretch out as far as the shocks do and this limit their down travel.Strange. I never ran air bags but I wouldn't expect them to stiffen the ride if all the pressure is released. I'm also surprised to hear they may limit suspension travel on an otherwise stock setup.
I kinda want to try them because of the potential flexibility that comes with it. Are you able to change the truck's ride height when empty?