RUFF RIDE!!!!!! help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Talk & GM News' started by biggsmiley, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. biggsmiley

    biggsmiley New Member

    454 r20 subururban........need the smoothest ride possible......its a gas guzzlein party truck.....I TOW NOTHING! NEVER GONNA TOW ANYTHING!!!!! So please no comments about losing towing capacity or cuttin the nuts off a 3/4 ton monster....... i get it. It rides oem rough. I need ideas to smooth it out to station wagon ride if possible. Any ideas will be looked into. thanks in advance!
  2. the phantom

    the phantom Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Only idea I have is let some air out of the tires.:lol:

    You probably could cut the leaf springs down in the rear some also.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Remove the front coils and use replacement bags.
    On the back pull 2 of the leafs from the center of the pack and the overload spring.
    Then add bags to the rear.
    Add a VIA air 650 pump and a 2 or 3 gl air tank, since you dont mention wanting to lowride you wont need dump valve and can route lines to individual regulators for front and rear that you can mount in a center consol or under the dash.
    With this method you can adjust ride comfort for the amount of people in the truck.
  4. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    Nice set of shocks will make a big difference... since I upgraded my shocks my 2500 rides smoother than my girlfriends van.
  5. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Springs and shocks
  6. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    Changing out torsion bars and removing spring leaves, new shocks and bagging it will do it, but you might want to down-grade the tires.

    Your a 3/4 ton, so the wheels and the tires are more than you need. You can't do anything about the wheels unless you change the hubs, but tires with thinner sidewalls will make a huge difference and, as [MENTION=54154]the phantom[/MENTION] suggested, lower the air pressure.
  7. JTWard

    JTWard Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    I have a 1990 Chevy Silverado, and I'm about done on a full restoration and one thing that made a HUGE difference was 1. New coils up front as rated on my door sticker, 2. replaced all the shocks with Monroe "Sensi-Trac" shocks and a full set of new B.F. Goodrich radials. 3. replace any 'Polyurethane' bushings you ever or might have install when you bought it or maybe the guys you bought it from. Polyurethane gives you a hideous ride. Please don't ask how I know. Other than that, (which is the cheapest route to go) but as TBplus10 noted, air ride ain't cheap but it works pretty nice ?

    It's a 3/4 ton so it has floating axles in the back and you can't step down to 1/2 springs. But a New set would give better ride.

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