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Old 04-14-2011, 08:32 PM   #11
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Install a good set of airbags and Bilstein shocks. If the front seems to have become soft, you can install some X code F350 springs. They're stiffer but will also provide a little lift as well, not sure if you want that. You have a great truck with a forged rod motor... Never sell your 7.3 .

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. Still a Ford Guy!!!

I have seen fifth wheel hitches with air bags for the truck bed. Wouldn't air bags that are installed between the frame and axles perform the same job?


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Old 04-19-2011, 06:59 PM   #13
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Pulled everything with my F-350 dually with 7.3 PSD never a issue at all. The air bags on the hitch are for trailer bucking/bounce not for truck loading.

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Old 04-19-2011, 07:07 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by M109Rrider View Post
Wouldn't think with a 1 ton you'd need to do much of anything. I say get the fifth wheel and pull it a couple time then if you feel the need to stiffen the back end get some air bags.
agree, air bags would do the trick

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:17 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of the advice.

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #16
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i have a 2002 cardnal 33ts. hitch weight is 2100 (probably abt 100 more loaded). i pull with a stock Ford F350 crew with the 7.3 diesel also a 2002. the only issue i have is the headlights are too high when the trailer is on it. low beam is more like high beam. truck does not appear to be sitting lower but the angle chances.
as far as toeing, i don't have any problems whether in the flat lands or mountains. i now have 145k on it.
very important, change out that antifreeze as recommend. if u have the yellow, that's 100k and use ford's antifreeze. if it is green, use the additive as recommended (DCA-4) from international or FW-15 (i think) from ford. the yellow has it in it. from what i told, this is a diesel thing not unique to any one manufacture.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:51 PM   #17
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I installed timbren spring on my f-350 installation was fairly easy made a big improvement hauling heavy loads.

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