Originally Posted by jbailey01
...I want to improve handling, turn radius and backing...
get a newer truck.
the 02s have leaf springs up front,
05s and later |SD trucks have coils up front
so the turning radius shrinks by many feet, it's a vast improvement.
also the coil front ends 4x4 OR 2x4 handle better (as big trucks go)
that ONE change will address all THREE parameters listed above.
the pp and haha are extremely well covered in other threads, so don't expect us to REPOST for you.
go read, the info is readily at hand do the work to find it.
the questions of IF and HOW MUCH handling and towing are improved with these fancy hitches
gets endlessly debated...
with those that have never used EITHER hitch voicing the loudest opinions about the issues.
i have been in situations where having that extra turning angle has been a HUGE help...
really really huge.
but it's sorta like 4x4 isn't needed often but when it is needed, it's a nice thing2have.
there are things one can do to an 02 truck for handling,
but without spending a LOT o'$$ on the underside, the returns are small.
it's basically a beast on wheels and the 05s and later handle/turn/back MUCH better.