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Old 04-24-2019, 02:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A suspension lower than stock emphasizing handling & braking, (plus at least a 65-series tire), would only be improved by rack & pinion given IFS. And 4-whl disc.

This is pretty much what my Ď04 1T Dodge is.

Trucks can do okay steady state. Itís the transitions (any and ALL of them) where it gets murdered.

Driver has to plan route, sure, and while reduction of inputs is big

degree & duration of inputs are where the money is.

With trucks it ainít about throttle use to save fuel. Itís about the brakes. Any other approach is backwards to what a work vehicle demands.

Thereíve been a number of discussion about truck aero. Reducing ride height comes first. Crosswind stability & COG always matter.

One approach is using expanded metal as a pan from body edge inwards to frame. Leave center open.

How to ďfinishĒ the rear (the exit) is likely to be hardest.

At some point Iíll just try C-belting (Big Dave, etc) all around as it looks easiest. May also do the travel trailer.

If this is a straight-axle 4WD expected to also run the highways, might want to re-think that motor. (Percent of miles annually).

2004.0 DODGE Ram QC/LB 2500 2WD/NV-5600 305/555 ISB. 7,940-lb. Stock. 200,000 miles/5000-hrs @ 40-mph average.
1990 35' Silver Streak TT 7,900-lb.
11-cpm solo & 19-cpm towing; 21-mpg average past 54k-miles
Sold: 1983 Silver Streak 3411
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