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Old 05-21-2014, 08:01 AM   #15
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There are big problems with some years of Dodge truck front ends. Some of my forestry friends have actually had tie rods break or drag links break while driving!!! Everyone should look up any TSB's (Technical Service Bulletin) on their vehicle to make sure your vehicle is up to date on recalls.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:17 AM   #16
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There are big problems with some years of Dodge truck front ends. Some of my forestry friends have actually had tie rods break or drag links break while driving!!! Everyone should look up any TSB's (Technical Service Bulletin) on their vehicle to make sure your vehicle is up to date on recalls.
Yes, they've had some of the tie rod ends break when the tie rod was not aligned properly, and the truck was used in heavy duty service off road.
I believe this is only on the 4WD models. Mine has been replaced in the recall, and I suggest if you have a late model 4WD Ram HD truck, you take it to the dealer for the recall.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:16 PM   #17
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Now it handles really great!

Installed this trac bar on the Dodge and now it handles fantastic. SuperSteer Trac Bar for Box Frame Pick Ups

Every truck should have one from the factory. Unbelievable how much side to side movement there must be in the parallel leaf rear suspension on these trucks.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:22 PM   #18
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Have never seen a rear trac bar. Do you have any pictures?
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:38 PM   #19
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Here's one of it installed. I've also heard them called Panhard Rods.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:15 PM   #20
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:51 PM   #21
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Italked with Sean today and he thought the numbers were okay. The bounce in the trailer went away at 6" on the jacks.

The front end load will be higher when my wife is with me as I was alone on the first CAT scales day.

With the level ride air suspension, there is change in the wheel gaps to the fenders regardless of loading.

I will try 6.5" on the next outing and see what happens with the undulations of the trailer. I have all the tongue weight I want right now.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:21 PM   #22
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They were used on the early fords with the single cross spring front and rear to keep the roll down when cornering fast, you can even get them for a model A...
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:17 AM   #23
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After taking off the four Lifeline 6ct batteries (372 pounds) and the custom stainless steel battery box (about 90 pounds) and installing a lithium iron phosphate 600 amp hour battery (168 pounds) under the sofa, the tongue weight dropped to under 1,200 pounds from 1,375 pounds. I had cranked the screw jacks to 6.5" before and now use just 6". The rig drives like it is on rails.
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Despite my running 285/75-17E tires, I never run less than 70 psi in the fronts, even empty as the front axle weight is always over 4k. Even when towing and with a full truck bed, the weight on the front never varies by more than a few hundred pounds.

I adjust the rears depending on load from about 40 psi empty to 65+ or so loaded. In addition to published load/psi tables, the tread contact surface area will also let you know if you're running the correct air pressure via the chalk line test.
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:28 AM   #25
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Door plackard on mine reads 50 front and 75 rear with full load. That's 3500 pounds payload. I'm not near that so reduce rear pressure to 65 or 70 per chart. Funny about weight of cummins, the max pressure for full load is 50, the reduced load empty weight is 45.only 5 pounds different for fronts. Rear goes from 75 full load to 40 empty. 265/70/17 Firestone transforce HT. stock size.
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