Recommended Suspension Enhancement for 2016 Ford F-150

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We have a 2016 F-150 Super Crew with the 3.5L turbo V-6 Platinum truck and I wanted a recommendation for Air Bags? We had purchased a set for our 2004 F-150 and they were great. Thanks.

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The air springs I recommend for your 2016 Ford F-150 are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2582. These are a confirmed fit for your truck so long as you do not have an in-bed hitch. The Ride-Rite springs are going to enhance your F-150's factory suspension and give you a smoother, more cushioned ride. I've attached a link to a video review of these air springs, as well as a link to a video showing them being installed on a '16 Ford F-150.

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Can you also recommend a new weight distribution hitch - we have a Pro Series 49570 - for the following trailer size. We are looking at a trailer the GVWR is 9995 lbs (dry weight is 7895 lbs) with a Hitch weight of 795 lbs. Our truck is rated for 11000 lbs with 1100 lbs Hitch weight. I never like to take it to the max and always like some cushion. With that said I would probably want to look at the 1200 lb hitch with 12000 lbs tow weight, unless the manufacturer already build in a safety factor? I was looking at your site and saw the following hitch and wanted to get your thoughts? Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12K GTW, 1.2K TW I have always heard Reese is a good quality hitch, but had never looked at one with the Sway built in. Also if you have a different recommendation please let me know. If I did not provide our truck info, here it is. 2016 F-150 Super Crew, Platinum with the short box. We have the 3.5L V6 turbo engine. We also have the towing package, backup system, trailer brake system, etc. So I would add the air bags and the hitch. Thanks again

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The Reese Steadi-Flex will be an upgrade for your 2016 Ford F-150 over the Pro Series # 49570 that you currently have. The Steadi-Flex will give you control over your trailer sway via the spring bars, which produce friction as soon as your trailer begins moving side-to-side and immediately stops the sway.

In order to choose the best weight distribution system, you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2016 Ford F-150. To determine your trailer's loaded tongue weight you can use a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining tongue weight I've linked for you.

From there, simply add on the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your vehicle and you'll have your TTW. The ideal system would be one in which your TTW would fall somewhere in the middle of the weight distribution system's tongue weight capacity.

Based on the 795 lb hitch weight of the trailer you are considering and the 1,100 lb hitch weight your F-150 is rated for, the Reese Steadi-Flex # RP66560 will likely be a very good choice, because it has a tongue weight capacity of between 600 lbs and 1,200 lbs. It will require a hitch ball, either # A-90 for a 2" ball or # 19286 for a 2-5/16" ball. I've added links to a pair of video reviews on this system for you to take a look at.

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