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Old 04-15-2012, 06:33 PM   #15
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I had a 2002 ram 2500 4x4 (same body style as yours). It was a short bed extended cab. The ride was really rough. I changed the shocks on the front and back to bilstein. It made it ride quite a bit better. If you really want a smooth ride, there is a company called Kore that makes a complete suspension kit. I think you can specify the ride height. I don't have first hand experience with the ride that you get with the Kore kit. I will say that there was a noticeable improvement with the Bilstein shocks and it only cost about $300 to replace all 4. It won't ride as smooth as a new truck but it won't cost near as much either.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:14 PM   #16
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There is a type of rubber spring shackle that will somewhat improve the ride in the rear of pickup trucks that use leaf springs, but I have no personal experience with them: https://www.sulastic.com/Default.aspx

I have had friends report that they do help.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #17
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The new 2010+ RAM ride is superior to my comparably equipped 2008 RAM.

I have heard and read Bilstein shocks WILL take a good amount of stiffness out of the ride on rougher roads. Load in the bed helps a ton, as does reducing tire pressure.

The Yellow/Blue shock on the following page is what I will be getting soon:
Dodge Ram Shock Absorbers-Geno's Garage

Also look at Carli suspension systems.
Dodge Ram Suspension - Carli Starter System
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #18
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Out 2500 Ram (2012 model) is REALLY stiffly sprung -with 45 psi in the rears, speed bumps on the down side shake you to the bones even at <5mph.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:50 PM   #19
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Tires make a difference too. Michelins are made to ride smoothly and they do.

3/4 ton will ride more stiffly than 1/2 ton generally. Our Tundra rides fairly smoothly and has been the same from when we bought it in 2007.

It will never ride like a sedan because it is a truck. If you are looking for a car to tow with, ask CanAm what would work, but they would probably stiffen the suspension a bit.

It doesn't seem you need a 3/4 ton truck for your trailer unless you are carrying a lot of very heavy stuff in the truck. Since you have bought used before, you don't have to buy new now either—see what 1/2 ton trucks are holding up best (hint—it is Tundra).

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The OP's TT is just big enough that TW and bed load can work well together for those long, long trips.

KONI FSD shock absorbers and SULASTIC rear spring shackles are probably the most cost effective ride/handling upgrades past MICHELIN or BRIDGESTONE tires with pressure dialled in according to actual loads.
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I've started carrying around about 300 lbs of bagged mulch over my rear axle at all times. Calmed my axle hop immediately! Realistic in the long term, no . . .
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