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Old 02-27-2016, 09:49 PM   #21
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In the previous discussions one point seems to have been missed - check out the size of the brake system 3/4 ton vs 1 ton. With the 1 ton you will have better stopping power which could make quite a difference in case of emergency.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:54 PM   #22
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In the previous discussions one point seems to have been missed - check out the size of the brake system 3/4 ton vs 1 ton. With the 1 ton you will have better stopping power which could make quite a difference in case of emergency.
no difference in brakes between a 3/4 ton and SRW 1 ton
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:08 PM   #23
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Yes, I think that most 3/4 & SWR 1 tons share the same HD frame, brakes, axles, etc. and this is why I think it's crazy that more & more 1/2 tons have tow ratings (but not payload) approaching 3/4 tons...

For a number of years I did construction-related work & NEVER felt comfortable hauling heavy equipment behind 1/2 tons, even though they were "rated" for the GCVW... When the roads & conditions were bad the HD trucks handled the weight better.

Like I said earlier, if you want to soften the ride, add some sand bags. After adding a fiberglass cap & some sand bags this winter I didn't see any change in MPG on my daily commute & my ride is less bouncy...
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:04 AM   #24
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Our 2011 3/4 ton Ram Big Horn has a light load setting for the tires. We can lower the tire pressure in the rear tires to 45 psi and not get a low tire pressure warning when the setting is turned on. This really helps the ride. Of course when towing we have to pump the tires back up.
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:58 AM   #25
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Our 2011 3/4 ton Ram Big Horn has a light load setting for the tires. We can lower the tire pressure in the rear tires to 45 psi and not get a low tire pressure warning when the setting is turned on. This really helps the ride. Of course when towing we have to pump the tires back up.
I lower my non-towing pressures as well. I run mine at 60 front, 50 rear unloaded; I need the extra pressure in the front to carry the weight of the diesel. Another way to soften the ride........
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:16 AM   #26
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The F250/F350 longbeds are horrible to ride on concrete highways when unloaded. They shake/resonate horribly between 70-79mph but faster and slower speeds alleviate the problem.

Also, there are thousands of posts on Ford Super Duty forums since 2000 with a persistent rear end hop at 45mph that has plagued the Fords and is likely due to too much flex in the frame.


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Rear end bounces @ 40-45 MPH - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Wheel hop/ back seat shake - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

I have a '15 F350 172" wheelbase with longbed. It rides like a dream on asphalt highways but segmented concrete gives my kidneys a jarring and my 5'1" DW needs a 5 point harness so as not to hit the roof.

500-800 lbs of dead weight in the truck bed helps smooth things out when unloaded.

When towing, the issue is not a problem. We often unhook when we camp and like to explore new areas with our truck so using the truck only when loaded is not an option.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:44 AM   #27
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A truck is just that 3/4 or one ton will tend to ride harder, but when loaded will soften its when people add airbags helper spring and such the ride suffers, these trucks are designed with a load in mind, most 1/2 ton trucks ride like cars because that's what they are in a manner
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