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2500 independent rear susp vs solid axle?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by bullit340, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. bullit340

    bullit340 Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 87

    Have always had a solid rear axle and was able to add timbrens if needed for that anti squat aspect when towing bobcat etc....

    Planned on going with a reg cab 8' bed 3500 but can not find what I want anywhere close to me. Was considering a 2500 as I am told the only difference is 500 lbs in weight handling capacity. When I looked at it I was blown away with the independent rear coil setup. I did not expect that on the 2500hd. I am told it is fine and I know they have been out for a while. Anyone have one and what are your thoughts on the rear end?
    Ever have to modify the rear springs for extra weight capacity?
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,463

    its a solid axle, not independent with a airbag or coil spring suspension.

    a leaf-spring on the rights side is/was independent of the leaf-spring on the left.

    the coil allows for axle movement,that will give a smother ride to appease all the car folks who bought trucks
    and complained boot the harsh ride.
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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2016
  3. bullit340

    bullit340 Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 87

    I knew it was a solid rear, but I miswrote the post- dummy

    I guess I am just worried about the coil aspect
     
  4. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,662

    I love mine. It seems much harder to overload, and if I remember right, the guy at the spring shop in town said that the coil springs won't flatten out over time like the leaf spring trucks. I pull trailers 5 days a week, albeit they are not super heavy, around 4,000 lbs, and much prefer the coils for towing. There is much less perceived transfer from bumps etc. from the trailer into the truck.
     
  5. dave_dj1

    dave_dj1 Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 357

    I have a 15,reg cab long box 2500 HD and love it. It will take a heck of a load. I tow multiple trailers as well as my fifth wheel camper with no issues. I've been told it's the best riding HD truck out there but have never been in the other brands. I traded my 10 HD for it.
     
  6. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    the 4-link suspension on a short bed crew cab - stinks. Feels like it is set up with the wrong angles. I'll hit patches of road and it bounces faster than the champagne room or a bull riding competition. nearly makes you throw up it's so bad. Dealer claims it's fine but agrees it's a wild ride - with or with out weights, plow etc.

    I've had 4-link's on cars before. Never ever anything like this bronco.
     
  7. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    I tow everything from my mowing trailer to a gooseneck with about 12k lbs on it. My 14 2500 Ram held the weight fine. I've put a snowex 8500 in it for this winter. I run about a yard and a half of salt in it and added air bags. When I fill it i run 75lbs in the bags.
     
  8. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,662

    That's strange. I haven't experienced that with my truck unloaded. When out hunting and driving 45-50mph on forest service roads, it's the smoothest truck I've had so far. I wonder if something is up,with yours.
     
  9. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    yeah same here. I have a 2016 2500 cc outdoorsman, it rides beautiful.
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,679

    My '14 has an amazing ride.

    Drops maybe an inch when I hook up my fifth wheel.

    Even pulled (once) my 24' enclosed trailer with 2 pallets of salt right up front and a 1025 behind those. It dropped a bit for that.
     
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  11. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Love the ride of my 2500, hauled a 10k trailer a couple of months back and she squatted a bit but not bad for no bags / timbrens. If anything I just wish I got the 6.4 Hemi. If you do anything to beef it up I'd go with bags over timbrens. I've had timbrens in the past and IMO they stiffen the ride too much (when empty).
     
  12. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    I'm glad to hear two have no bouncing problems like I do. Makes me want to go back to dealer and drop the problem back at their feet.
     
  13. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,662

    I would investigate it. What tires are you running? And what psi in the rear?
     
  14. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    What are you running for air pressure? Mine rides better since I went to 70lbs all around but I never had bucking as bad you describe.
     
  15. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    I've had two different sets of tires. Firestone, Coopers. Air pressure at different levels, front, back and both. Weight, no weight. From my old racing days using a 4link I'd say the measurement is off. But, There really isn't an obvious adjustment.
    Happens at any speed above 10 and you can get it. Not all roads.
     
  16. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I've read where some RAM's don't have this but assuming your truck does perhaps the rear coil stabilizer shock is blown / defective?
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  17. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,662

    There's no stabilizer shock.
     
  18. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    That's odd, my 2500 CC short box has one. Is it included only with certain engines?
     
  19. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,662

    Not sure. I'll have to look at mine next time I get under there. I don't remember ever seeing one though. Just changed the diff fluid last month on it but I was obviously on the other side of the axle.
     
  20. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    Yes, I do have that shock - It was taken off and is fine. I think honestly it is the angles.