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    Default Mitsubishi truck springs/shocks

    Hey everyone- we have a 2007 Mitsubishi single-cab pickup truck- great truck and hauls a lot of stuff. When it's carrying block or bags of cement, it rides really smooth. When it's empty, it rides like a rodeo bull-lots of bumps and jolts. Does anyone on DR1 have experience with changing the shocks and or springs to make a more comfortable ride? Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syork View Post
    Hey everyone- we have a 2007 Mitsubishi single-cab pickup truck- great truck and hauls a lot of stuff. When it's carrying block or bags of cement, it rides really smooth. When it's empty, it rides like a rodeo bull-lots of bumps and jolts. Does anyone on DR1 have experience with changing the shocks and or springs to make a more comfortable ride? Thanks for your help.

    Rick
    If you change them, it'll be a problem when you haul stuff.

    Get a second vehicle, and use the truck when it's the right tool to do the job.

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    Default Air Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Syork View Post
    Hey everyone- we have a 2007 Mitsubishi single-cab pickup truck- great truck and hauls a lot of stuff. When it's carrying block or bags of cement, it rides really smooth. When it's empty, it rides like a rodeo bull-lots of bumps and jolts. Does anyone on DR1 have experience with changing the shocks and or springs to make a more comfortable ride? Thanks for your help.

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    ;''As CobraBoy said its a truck. its supposed to have stiff ride when empty. the only thing you might be able to do is put adjustable air shocks on, then you got to remember to bump them up when you want to haul something.

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    I agree with the above. I opened this thinking that you needed parts. All Mitsubishi parts are available in Santiago. New at Victor Mitsubishi, used down by the ball park..

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    I wouldn't dick around with shocks.
    I would do it with tires.
    Get a nice soft riding radial, and overinflate it a bit if you have a big load.
    Changing the shocks is radical and can affect the vehicle in adverse ways, with regards to your own personal safety.
    The modern vehicle suspensions are all hyper balanced and tuned.
    Messing with the shocks can trash the handling and braking capacity.

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    Default dont think te tires will help that much

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I wouldn't dick around with shocks.
    I would do it with tires.
    Get a nice soft riding radial, and overinflate it a bit if you have a big load.
    Changing the shocks is radical and can affect the vehicle in adverse ways, with regards to your own personal safety.
    The modern vehicle suspensions are all hyper balanced and tuned.
    Messing with the shocks can trash the handling and braking capacity.
    dont think tires will help that much the stiffness is in the suspension, shocks, springs. etc. soft tires not going to do that much, still going to ride like a truck

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    Quote Originally Posted by bienamor View Post
    dont think tires will help that much the stiffness is in the suspension, shocks, springs. etc. soft tires not going to do that much, still going to ride like a truck
    I drove the 5 ton Daihatsu Deltas for 6 years here, and the day that I wised up and bought a set of nice compliant bridgestone radials, it was like going from a tank to a Chevrolet.
    It made a huge difference.
    Night and day.

    PS: I do agree that it will still ride like a truck, but a much smoother more comfortable truck.

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    Default change to air

    Quote Originally Posted by Syork View Post
    Hey everyone- we have a 2007 Mitsubishi single-cab pickup truck- great truck and hauls a lot of stuff. When it's carrying block or bags of cement, it rides really smooth. When it's empty, it rides like a rodeo bull-lots of bumps and jolts. Does anyone on DR1 have experience with changing the shocks and or springs to make a more comfortable ride? Thanks for your help.

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    You can do a couple of things depending on the applications that some of these places offer. I would go with air adjustable shocks, so you can adjust it when you have cargo and when you do not, You can also add an extra leaf as well, or you can change your shocks to the Monroe soft-ride for trucks. I have seen a place that does specialty work on churchill close to uni central plaza and also on nunez nor far from the national market, but of course this depends on your area where you live. sorry, not familiar with the areas here. Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by megabiteme View Post
    You can do a couple of things depending on the applications that some of these places offer. I would go with air adjustable shocks, so you can adjust it when you have cargo and when you do not, You can also add an extra leaf as well, or you can change your shocks to the Monroe soft-ride for trucks. I have seen a place that does specialty work on churchill close to uni central plaza and also on nunez nor far from the national market, but of course this depends on your area where you live. sorry, not familiar with the areas here. Anthony
    Shocks and springs work in concert. They are engineered to work together a certain way. If you change one, you should change the other or else you will get performance characteristics that most likely would be undesirable.

    A truck is a truck. A car is a car. They two are different tools for different jobs. Using them for purposes neither was designed for will be forever frustrating.

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    Default ill advice

    no easy solutions for your problem:
    do not add an extra spring leaf as this is done to increase load and stiffen your suspension which is the opposite of what you want.
    depending on the tires you have now, you will notice a difference, if you have a 6 ply tire going to a 4 ply good tire will help.
    Air shocks are used to help your springs to carry more load, do not go there.
    changing to softer ride shock will help some, but there
    is not much available from what you have now and they are not cheap.
    shocks are not design to carry loads but to damper road irregularities.

    what i would do first and you have to consider costs vs. results is to remove
    one leaf from your rear springs,it will not affect your handling or your braking,
    it will reduce your loading capacity some but not a great deal.

    you simply have a truck with a truck suspension.

    good luck
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