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Old 07-20-2014, 12:15 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. I guess I have to get use to the way the truck handles.
For very little money, and I"m going to photograph the process and give part#'s, how-to instructions etc - you can add polyurethane bushings to the rear sway bar.
This will keep the rear of the truck more stable.
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Good Morning,

My 2014 Ram 1500 does not take bumps in the road very well. At hwy speeds 60-65 if I run over some bumps in the road due to pot holes or just a bad road. It seems to go all over the place. anyone else have this happen to them. I had the suspension checked out by the dealer last week and all is fine.

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Is this by chance your first truck? If it is you will find the rear end is light compared to a car and will bounce around on less then a smooth road. If you want to improve the ride on a rough road either let some air out of the tires or put some weight in the back of the truck. My first choice would be put some weight in the back end or slow down on the rough roads.
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For very little money, and I"m going to photograph the process and give part#'s, how-to instructions etc - you can add polyurethane bushings to the rear sway bar.
This will keep the rear of the truck more stable.
Sway-bars are installed by the manufacturer to limit body roll during cornering and when high center of gravity loads are in the bed of the truck. Poly bushings will limit the body roll even more by allowing less play at the sway-bar connection points. If the poly bushings do anything at all it will make the suspension resist movement and make the ride rougher than what it is. There is a reason sports car are known for riding rough and a big part of it is from larger than average sway-bars and stiffer/higher spring rates. Sway-bars on trucks are great for people that have top heavy slide in campers and heavy pin weights on fifth wheel trailers. In both situations there are high center of gravity loads in the truck so body roll needs to be kept to a minimum.

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Is this by chance your first truck? If it is you will find the rear end is light compared to a car and will bounce around on less then a smooth road. If you want to improve the ride on a rough road either let some air out of the tires or put some weight in the back of the truck. My first choice would be put some weight in the back end or slow down on the rough roads.
When I had my GMC 2500HD and the frost heave got bad, I put 400 lbs of sand bags in the bed to smooth the ride out. Otherwise I would of had to buy a Kidney belt. Hurt the fuel mileage a bit, but was worth it.
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Good Morning,

My 2014 Ram 1500 does not take bumps in the road very well. At hwy speeds 60-65 if I run over some bumps in the road due to pot holes or just a bad road. It seems to go all over the place. anyone else have this happen to them. I had the suspension checked out by the dealer last week and all is fine.

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I believe the OP is referring to the rear end feeling a bit wild when you hit uneven dips on the road. Think of angling across a speed bump instead of hitting it square on. On washboard, bush roads, etc, the coil springs do a good job of sucking it up, but I did find the odd situation where the rear squirmed a little more than I would like, especially at faster speeds of 40-50mph.
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if the poly bushings do anything at all it will make the suspension resist movement and make the ride rougher than what it is.

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there is a reason sports car are known for riding rough and a big part of it is from larger than average sway-bars and stiffer/higher spring rates.

this is a misconception: The ride becomes more controlled, with less chassis dance, less slop, not rougher

This is just a generalizaton: You have no evidence, no data, no graphs no nothing to indicate something as ambiguous at "sports cars" riding rough etc etc from sway bar diameters or spring rates; esp with the multi-mode suspension settings so common these days
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My 14 sport (w/20 inch wheels) rides way harder than my 10 sport did. I suspect the harder compound goodyear SRA`s they`re putting on them now, are very harsh to say the least. (the goodyear HP`s that my 2010 had were alot softer compound tire, hence, rode softer) I also noticed that they had 45psi in them when i took delivery of my 2014. I dropped the pressure down to 36 front, 32 rear, rides and handles much better now. And also, on my 10, when i went to a better tire than the OEM HP tires, it was night an day difference in the ride, the handling, and tire wear. In my opinion, goodyear just cant build a decent tire. I suspect chrysler had to many complaints with the 20inch HP tires and switched them to the SRA`s. The SRA tires come with a 50,000 mile warranty, the GYHP was lucky if it made it to 15,000 miles without wear issues.
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I had this problem in my 2011 Jeep Rubicon.... but only on bump dirt roads. I could feel it almost slide across the road when the road is really bumpy and i hit a curve in the road. I haven't noticed on my 2014 Ram yet, but I haven't taken it on any bumpy roads yet.... just got it Friday!
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