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Old 11-26-2014, 12:20 AM   #29
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My 2014 ram 2500 works like a champ. Would just recommend a little extra def if you really plan on doing a long road trip. Towing seems to use that stuff up.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:53 AM   #30
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If the coils are so good why aren't they used on the one tons?. I would say it is a cheaper way.Cdevrolet used coils on their one half ton pickups the late 1960's, and they weren't any good, unless you used it for a car, I do like my leaf springs,
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:29 AM   #31
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If the coils are so good why aren't they used on the one tons?. I would say it is a cheaper way.Cdevrolet used coils on their one half ton pickups the late 1960's, and they weren't any good, unless you used it for a car, I do like my leaf springs,
A vehicle built in the 1960s is difficult to compare to one built in the 2010s. They're half a century apart.

You may have missed that I posted above that I had a Ford with the leaf springs, and I like the Ram with the coil springs much better; it's a much more comfortable ride (as comfortable as a mid-level car when it's unloaded), and it tows fine. I don't know why they don't have them on the 3500.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:42 AM   #32
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What is the advantage of these coils over the ford or chev leaf spring?? The one ton dodge uses the leaf spring, because it is more stable and has less moving parts. They use coils trying to get a better ride
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:50 AM   #33
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And Newer RAM 2500 Owners - Question

Leafs are not better than coils and coils are not better than leafs, they are just different technologies applied to meet a specific end. Coils can ride rough, and leafs can ride soft.

One of the reasons that leafs are used is that in this configuration leafs not only suspend the vehicle, they provide axle attachment without the need for control arms or complex links.

One of the reasons leafs are used in heavier trucks is because it is easier to make them "progressive" over a large load range than coils.


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Old 11-26-2014, 08:58 AM   #34
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If the coils are so good why aren't they used on the one tons?. I would say it is a cheaper way.Cdevrolet used coils on their one half ton pickups the late 1960's, and they weren't any good, unless you used it for a car, I do like my leaf springs,
Ever drive one of those trucks with worn out shocks? Better have your seat belt on!
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:13 AM   #35
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Very we'll put there mr. Morgan!!!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:25 PM   #36
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I think the front tire pressure depends on how much weight you shift up front using a WD hitch. The door post says 60 and 80, this of course does not plan for any extra weight on the front axle.
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Good reply, J. Morgan.
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About the leaf vs coil. . . Somewhere I watched a video showing how the leaf spring has to overcome the friction between the leaves before it will flex. The coil has no friction to overcome so it responds better to road surface variations.
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It depends if you want a car or a truck...
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I think the front tire pressure depends on how much weight you shift up front using a WD hitch. The door post says 60 and 80, this of course does not plan for any extra weight on the front axle.
I've learned with the Ram 2500 you really don't need weight distribution for it to drive well pulling the trailer with tire pressures of 60 front, and 80 rear, but mine rides like a buck board because the springs are all the way down on the overloads leafs.

If you setup the weight distribution to get 100% front axle weight restoration, it will ride much better because the rear springs are not all the way down on the overloads, handles like crap at 60F/80R, but handles well at 70F/70R.

A later model with the coil springs I suspect is a horse of a different color.
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Have a 2015 Ram 2500 so I have the new coil springs in the rear. The truck sits up pretty high unloaded, so when I hook up my 23 FB Flying Cloud with about 500lb tongue weight the truck just levels out, but is still a long way from being overloaded, even without my WD trunions in place. I am on a 1000 mi round.trip now and I do not use much weight shift.
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I have returned from my trip and went to the CAT scales. Recap - 2015 Ram 2500 CTD Crew Cab short bed and 23 FB 2009 Flying Cloud with hitch weight of 500 lbs..
So on the scales these are the numbers I have:
Steer Axle 4720 lbs.
Drive Axle 4020 lbs.
Trailer Axle 4920 lbs.
Gross 13660 lbs.
Went home and dropped AS, now . . .
Steer Axle 4900 lbs.
Drive Axle 3260 lbs.
Gross 8160 lbs.
The truck sits level like this. To shift more weight to front causes the truck to return to the "empty" of a higher rear.
Will welcome and consider all thoughts. I like the way it handled like this, drove for 500 miles.
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