Full Traction Suspension - Smoothing Out The RidePosted in How To on January 1, 2011 0) (
There has really never been a love/hate relationship at OFF-ROAD magazine like the one between the staff and our Super Duty, the STD (the Super Turd Diesel).
It's a first generation 6.0L truck that has seen enough problems to be lemon-lawed, but we look at every one of those problems as opportunities to learn more and get some cool articles. Of course, we've had to basically replace or rebuild almost every component on this truck, but we're really starting to get somewhere.
If you've been a loyal reader over the better part of the last decade, you might remember how many tires, wheels, seats, tuners, gears, turbochargers, driveshafts, bumpers, and suspensions have been on this truck. In all that time, there have been a few things pulled off this truck that we would like to have seen stay on. One in particular happened to be the Full Traction coilover conversion and King shocks that were put on this truck back in 2006. The kit was ideal for the way this truck is used, and after many years and many kits, we've (again) gotten a Full Traction kit to outfit our Super Duty and get it closer to our goal of a finished and superior Super Duty that would make any 2010 truck owner jealous.
Driving on the New Suspension
The day after we finished the suspension, we took off on a long cross-country trip, giving us the ability to really live with this suspension for a couple weeks.
We've tried numerous suspensions on this particular truck, and none have performed like this Full Traction and King coilover package. The on-road ride was excellent, and the improved off-road bump damping was incredible. If we were looking for more extreme twist for a hardcore trail rig Super Duty, we think we'd use a lighter-rate sway bar, but for all-around use and high-speed driving, this sway bar works excellently.