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Old 07-11-2015, 08:04 AM   #1
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My '11 F-250 squats badly

My '11 F-250 squats badly with my trailer hooked up and no Equalizer bars. Around 800# tounge. If I put the equalizer bars up, it drops about 2". I'm putting in an add-a-leaf, which raises back end 2". Only have 2 leafs currently. Hoping it fixes my squat. A lot of F-250 guys complain about the squat, Ford softened up the rear for a better ride it appears.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:11 PM   #2
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Why not go with spring helpers. They sit about a half inch above the axle, so your unloaded ride stays soft, but when you put a load on the truck, then they help keep the rear from squatting.

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Old 07-11-2015, 01:32 PM   #3
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Truck needs rake. With full tank of gas, nose sits a little high. So will hopefully fix that and not sag as much.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:34 PM   #4
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If that was a construction truck, the springs have probably had a pretty good work out in it's life time.
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:52 PM   #5
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Air Bags. Are the way to go. Tow what you want and cruise like a caddlac
Oops. I mean a Lincoln when your empty.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:35 PM   #6
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Air Bags. Are the way to go. Tow what you want and cruise like a caddlac
Oops. I mean a Lincoln when your empty.
X2 for air bags - will improve the ride too
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X2 for air bags - will improve the ride too
X3 on air bags. I love mine.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:09 PM   #8
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I prefer the Roadmaster Active Suspension over the air bags. No need to deflate and inflate the bags. It also helps prevent side to side sway that the air bags don't help.
Roadmaster Active Suspension Kits | Helper Springs | Overload Springs
The ride adjusts automatically when the weight is put on the truck and goes back to normal when there is no weight.
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I prefer the Roadmaster Active Suspension over the air bags. No need to deflate and inflate the bags. It also helps prevent side to side sway that the air bags don't help.
Roadmaster Active Suspension Kits | Helper Springs | Overload Springs
The ride adjusts automatically when the weight is put on the truck and goes back to normal when there is no weight.
This is what I want to look at getting. My F-250 has a slight front to back rake anyway. I think from the lift on the front when oversize tires were put on. Supposed to raise the back an inch according to the video. That would level it out plus the added benefit of sway control. Air Bags will not help with sway. I had them on my last truck.
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I would not go with the generic 2" add a leaf spring. If I wanted to keep a fair ride and increase payload with fixing the spring pack. I would find a spring shop and have them make a full length spring to add under the main leaf spring.
I have had this done before. The ride was not noticeably different. It did raise the rear back up. But the big gain was in payload. We had this problem on a Hummer H3. It could not support our old pop up. Made a huge difference before it went on a 2500 mile trip thru Colorado.

I was surprised it cost less than $250 installed with new U-bolts.

Air bags would be my second choice.
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