I have a 96′ ford E250 I ride in the back in my wheelchair it rides so rough what can I do to soften the ride?
my 1996 ford E250 rides extremely rough it all ways has I understand it has the one ton chassis and suspension I’m now a quadriplegic from a horrible accident the van is like riding in a lumber wagon very rough which causes me more pain than i all ready have please help anything I used to be very mechanically inclined so I would understand what needs to be done if somebody has some ideas preferably nothing too expensive
this is a tough one, in more ways than one, Ford can never claim a soft ride thats for sure, one thing that can help is get as for forward of the rear wheels, if you are sitting in your wheelchair right on top of the van wheels, figure out a way to move forward about two feet if possible. having been in a wheelchair since 89 I can understand what you are talking about, the heavy duty suspension is the problem. I dont know if you have any type of cushion under you, but if you could figure out an air cushion, and a four inch piece of foam for your back, (I buy foam rubber camper mattresses from a local store called fred meyers, then cut them up into what ever size I need, and stuff it in an old pillowcase for a cover.suspension wise other than a set of gas shocks (monroe reflex all four for your truck ar 176 and change, this would smooth the ride a lot, I have done this on every vehicle I owned, BUT slowing down for big bumps is still the same, monroe has been around for 35 years that I know of, a set came on a truck when I was younger, and it worked so well I changed the next vehicle I got to monroe when I needed shocks. They will be a pain to put on, but the ride will be smoother it may take a week or two to break in however. With out changing the entire suspension this is the best thing I could think of that may help some, keeping in mind ford reputation for tough trucks is well deserved. best of luck, hope the foam and some different shocks help.
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