Which Truck has the Smoothest Ride?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by PMFC44, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    I care more about handling than the ride
  2. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

    Sep 18, 2007
    Weatherford, TX
    Longer wheelbase normally = smoother highway ride if loaded properly. Depends on what you do. Going to be in a lot of tight spots setback and shorter is better. Mainly cruising long is the way to go.
  3. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I like the ride of my Volvo 780 with the air ride front axle. Compared to it W900's and big Pete's feel like riding in an empty dump truck. But I have never been in either of them with an air ride front axle. The set forward axles' shorter springs give a harsher ride.
  4. PMFC44

    PMFC44 Bobtail Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Well I've been lookin at some volvo 780's. I got to say compared to my columbia, it rides like a cadillac. They all were autos with th I-shift, which isn't bad because I have a bad left knee, but has anyone heard good or bad reviews of the I-shift system?
  5. DL550CAT

    DL550CAT Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Waynesburg, Pa
    There is no doubt about that I have a W9 that is only a 210" wheel base. That and a 13.2 front and ag400 in back it is border line to harsh but loaded its very stable. I dont make money joy riding around in a mt truck.
  6. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    Sand Springs, Ok.
    Im chuckling at how spoiled we all have become.

    Back in the cabover days, the only reason we would wear our seatbelts was to keep our heads from hitting the headliner on the rough roads in Ill and Pa...you only wore a cap with a button on the top once. LOL

    Since '00 when I went back to driving "road trucks" I can't say that any any of them rode bad... Centurys, Columbias, FLDs, daycab Sterlings, '01 Volvo, or my 270 in '03 379... I did drive that KW 800 whatever that looked and rode and looked a cement mixer.

    Anymore, comparing ride is pretty much splitting hairs.

    Y'all do realize that we're driving TRUCKS to make money, not going to the mall in a new Lexus. Im really not trying to be a smartazz ....but
    nckid and Big Duker Thank this.
  7. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Woodville, TX
    so progress is bad? mabey you like your spine crushed. I drove those trucks too. Don't know how many dents I put in the roof of my pre air ride 379 pete. I don't miss it though. they handled liek they were on rails but rode like hell

    the volvo is the softest ride but it's all over the place and a side wind makes them all but lay over. not for me.

    I'll take a long wheelbase 379 pete ultracab any day
  8. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    There are soooo many different things that can contribute to ride quality... it all depends on how the truck is spec'd.

    For instance... a truck with less unsprung weight will ride better... lightweight axle tubes, wheel ends, suspension, aluminum wheels, front axle, etc all weigh less and allow the ride to improve. But running lightweight components in a heavy haul environment won't work... for long.

    Suspension designs also plays a major role... Peterbilt offers 11 different rear suspensions for the 389 series of trucks... take your pick for your type of operation.

    Even such mundane things like air pressure, shock type and brand, position of the fuel tanks, etc. will affect ride quality.

    My son's '06 379 has 20" more wheelbase and rides much better than my old 379... even with a 13,500 lb. front axle.

    I don't think there is any one answer to your question...
  9. C16KIWI

    C16KIWI Medium Load Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
    Went for a ride in the new 730hp COE Scania absolutely beautiful.

    Wouldn't buy one though:biggrin_25519:
  10. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    Sand Springs, Ok.
    I don't miss it either but compared to the past all newer trucks aren't bad...lm giving serious thought to buying a Bose seat...I don't want to go back but still laugh at the state of this industry now
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