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Old 02-19-2019, 07:26 PM
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There is a pretty common feeling that the stock shocks are pretty bad. I can't help but wonder if replacing those with an improved performance set would provide a good compromise between the current ride and a full 10-ply E tire.
My 2012 SuperCrew Lariat 4x2 came with ordinary stock Ford Motorcraft shocks. Unlike most others on this website, I thought they were good enough for the 30.000+ miles I ran them. I replaced them with Bilstein 4600 and frankly did not notice much difference between the worn Motorcraft shocks and the new gee-whiz Bilsteins.

If you replace the shocks, you an probably save money by buying the shocks from ShockWarehuse, then paying your local Midas Man to install then. I've done that twice over the last few years.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by smokeywren View Post
My 2012 SuperCrew Lariat 4x2 came with ordinary stock Ford Motorcraft shocks. Unlike most others on this website, I thought they were good enough for the 30.000+ miles I ran them. I replaced them with Bilstein 4600 and frankly did not notice much difference between the worn Motorcraft shocks and the new gee-whiz Bilsteins.

If you replace the shocks, you an probably save money by buying the shocks from ShockWarehuse, then paying your local Midas Man to install then. I've done that twice over the last few years.
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Solid advice, thank you. I suppose your comment about the 4600's is one thing that has kept me from getting them yet. Some people have said there is just no noticeable difference.

You obviously have a lot of towing experience. Are you satisfied with a full stock configuration on your rig now, or have you changed anything? Are you typically towing loads in the 7-8k range? I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts with 60 years of towing experience.
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Just put on.....
  • MICHELIN®
DEFENDER® LTX® M/S

275/65R18 116T BSW

I really like the great all around performance of this tread design, especially in snow or rain.

Costco has a deal on Michelin's now. Often deals disappear during spring summer driving seasons.

But then everyone loves their new tires.......cuz the old ones are worn and slippy by comparison.

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Old 02-19-2019, 09:03 PM
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Are you satisfied with a full stock configuration on your rig now, or have you changed anything?
My new 2019 F-150 was delivered the first business day after Christmas, and I haven't towed with it yet. Still in the break-in mode getting ready for towing next Spring. As a commuter car driving ~25 miles to Midland for shopping, it drives as good as my 2018 Toyota Avalon. I prefer to drive the Avalon only because it has adaptive cruise control. Adaptive cruise control was not available in my F-150 unless I added aboutt $3,000 in otherwise useless options I didn't want to pay for. Mine is a Lariat 501A trim, an adaptive cruise control requires the 502A

Are you typically towing loads in the 7-8k range?
Not any more. My wet and loaded TT grosses about 5,000 pounds, and I don't plan on routinely towing a heavier trailer. With my 2012 F-150 I sometimes towed grand-daughter's 9k 5er or a borrowed 20k gooseneck equipment trailer, but I don't plan to install a 5er/gooseneck hitch in the new pickup. I also towed my 7k cargo trailer with the old F-150, but if I tow it with the new pickup it will not be loaded to more than abut 6,000 pounds. (I don't like towing overloaded.) The new F-150 has payload capacity over 1800 pounds, so can probably load the cargo trailer to 7,000 pounds without exceeding the payload capacity of the F-150 if I limit tools and such hauled in the pickup. Otherwise, it's just me and DW and two dogs in the cab with a tonneau cover over the bed.
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