Heavy Duty Shocks On A 2023 2500

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The new truck I just purchased came with an option optional off road package that includes front and rear Performance Tuned Shocks. Would anyone know if these affect the ride of the truck? My 2004 with leaf springs rides better than the new one. It's got a Cummins and the new one is lighter with a 6.4 but I expected the ride to be a little better with coils in the rear. The lengths of the trucks are almost identical but the wheelbase might be different. 2004 w/ 8ft bed crew cab and the new one with a crew cab 6.5ft bed. The new truck rides a lot like the 2014 3500 diesel I had.

The dealer I bought the truck from orders all his "lot trucks" the same. This group, Level 1, tow hooks and 410 axles on the 6.4 engines. Also towing tech group. I asked the salesman what the difference was in ride and he said the only difference was it changed the height of the truck taller by an inch. I ain't buying that whopper yet but maybe someone here knows the whole story. I don't need "tuned shocks" for what I do but maybe it makes no difference going down the road.
 

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The shocks in the 2021 off-road package are Biltstiens. The OR package does cause the truck to sit 1" higher than the non-OR ones. Mine rides fine, but my other truck is a 2500 V10 with leaf rears and Bilstien shocks, so that is my basis of comparison. I have driven a lot of 2500 and 3500 trucks and like the ride of this new one. I found mine a bit rough as delivered from the dealer, until I dropped the rear tires to 42 pounds and the fronts to 50. I only air up if I load heavy or tow. They do NOT ride soft like the 1500s, even with the coil rears.

The Power Wagon version has a much softer ride than our 8' box versions because they use much softer springs. That would be an option if you wanted to smooth it out even more, but it will affect max payload and tow rating.
 

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I am not a fan of Bilstein shocks. My PW has them. I’ve had them on other vehicles too.

Bilstein uses digressive valving, which makes the shock stiffer for its initial response to motion. That’s desirable for improved handling on the streets. So maybe a good choice for that kind of use.

On rough surfaces, washboard, railroad tracks etc it means you feel everything.

For my purposes I’d rather have a linear or even progressive shock. Such as Fox.
 

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Bilstein uses digressive valving, which makes the shock stiffer for its initial response to motion. That’s desirable for improved handling on the streets. So maybe a good choice for that kind of use.

On rough surfaces, washboard, railroad tracks etc it means you feel everything.

For my purposes I’d rather have a linear or even progressive shock. Such as Fox.
Interesting point. I agree, for a truck hauling a load, you need the damping for the rebound, not the initial hit. My truck came with the OEM Bilstein shocks, when I change them, I will look at Fox.
 

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The new truck I just purchased came with an option optional off road package that includes front and rear Performance Tuned Shocks. Would anyone know if these affect the ride of the truck? My 2004 with leaf springs rides better than the new one. It's got a Cummins and the new one is lighter with a 6.4 but I expected the ride to be a little better with coils in the rear. The lengths of the trucks are almost identical but the wheelbase might be different. 2004 w/ 8ft bed crew cab and the new one with a crew cab 6.5ft bed. The new truck rides a lot like the 2014 3500 diesel I had.

The dealer I bought the truck from orders all his "lot trucks" the same. This group, Level 1, tow hooks and 410 axles on the 6.4 engines. Also towing tech group. I asked the salesman what the difference was in ride and he said the only difference was it changed the height of the truck taller by an inch. I ain't buying that whopper yet but maybe someone here knows the whole story. I don't need "tuned shocks" for what I do but maybe it makes no difference going down the road.

Give it a chance to grow on you. You can also reduce the tire pressure when not towing or hauling.
 

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I would check tire pressure. If you have a lot in the rears, that will make it bad. I run mine around 45 in the rears unless I'm towing. The other thing I would say is the 8' bed on your other truck you are comparing gives a longer wheel base that makes the ride smoother/softer feeling than the shorter wheelbase. Also, the weight of the Cummins makes the ride softer on the front of the truck compared to the 6.4 hemi.
 
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I did lower the tires from the nanny required 65 LBS and of course now every time I start the truck I have the screen come up telling me that I need to inflate my tires. One click to scroll out of that but the low tire icon is always there. I went down to 50LBS but will try the 42 to see if I get a self destruct in five minutes message :( It does ride better at 50. I have a camper shell/topper ordered that will add some weight to the rear and that should help too. Maybe even a couple 90 LB cement bags. I imagine when towing the shocks will perform well. Lots to learn about this generation truck so thanks for the input. I did not want to have to take the new shocks off unless they were contributing to the ride. We have some very terrible primary and secondary roads but I need to have a truck/tow vehicle so must deal with it.
 

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I reset my low air warnings with AlphaOBD. Have done a few other things with it too, but it was worth the price of the APP and the MX+ OBD reader and Kaodtech bypass cable for that fix alone.
 
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Dean 2...I have an ARE 5" raised canopy ordered for my truck. The truck has the rear view camera and bed light. It protrudes further than the regular third stop light. If you have that light as well, does your top have a modification for that light? I made a point of asking the company ordering the top that question and he said ARE is aware of this light and makes room for it. Asked him to indicate that on the order as well. It's 6-8 weeks out but I'm curious if this might be an issue.
 

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Dean 2...I have an ARE 5" raised canopy ordered for my truck. The truck has the rear view camera and bed light. It protrudes further than the regular third stop light. If you have that light as well, does your top have a modification for that light? I made a point of asking the company ordering the top that question and he said ARE is aware of this light and makes room for it. Asked him to indicate that on the order as well. It's 6-8 weeks out but I'm curious if this might be an issue.
I can't tell you that because I don't have the rearview camera. That said, it would have to stick out quite a ways to hit my canopy if it is mounted where the third brake light goes. Mine is NOT an ARE, it is a Range Rider Vista. There is a good 2+ icnhes of clearance to the standard brake light. 1000001875.jpgL1000001892.jpg
 

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