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tadeo1
03-03-2017, 06:24 AM
Hello everyone, I love my 2006 118WB camper except the ride is hard. I placed weight in the back to improve the raid but the front is still hard, I put gas shocks and it helped some.
Can someone suggest what I can do?, is the passenger van as hard?, can I put these springs in mine? Please comment and help

ECU
03-03-2017, 07:10 AM
What tires? My only complaint is going over speed bumps .

Cheyenne
03-03-2017, 09:46 AM
What tyre pressures are you running?

Try lowering them if not at max weight.

Keith.

hkpierce
03-03-2017, 04:00 PM
You can swap out the single cargo leaf spring with the 2 leaf spring used for the passenger T1N vans. It will still not be a mini-van comfort ride, but better.

autostaretx
03-03-2017, 11:18 PM
When we test-drove 118" cargo versus passenger models back in 2005, the difference was instantly apparent
(and changed what we bought).

But even with the passenger springs, it is still an 8550 pound capable vehicle.

The only time it ever really got "gentle" was when we had a 1500 pound pallet of clay in the back (centered over the rear axle, since that was as far as the forklift could reach)

--dick

westyventures
03-04-2017, 06:57 AM
My 2006 passenger 118" is like a damn log wagon with no load. The poor pavement on the main highway linking me to 'anywhere' sometimes rattles by brain. Granted it does have E-rated Blizzaks at 50-psi, but it's still a harsher ride than one would expect in a passenger van! I'm to the point of thinking of selling because it's so rough. I'd hate to have to haul hundreds of pounds of unnecessary weight...

shenchman
03-07-2017, 04:03 AM
my 4x4 conversion included swapping the oem single leaf spring to a 5-leaf spring, plus better damped shocks. the difference is outstanding--i bet any competent suspension aftermarket shop could do the same.

derekhski
03-08-2017, 12:09 AM
Try Dropping your PSI in your tires. I recently went back up to 40 PSI front and rear, but prior to that I was at 36 front and 32 rear running 225/75R16 E rated Duratrac's WHy am I back at 40PSI, just thought I would try it for a while... Mine is a 118 Passenger, when I run anything close to 50 or higher, not only is it rough, but it also seems to get pulled all over the place by little differences in the Pavement

Here are the PSI pages from my owners manual, van came with 15" but I have changed it to 16" but the PSI charts are applicable.

Throttlejockey
03-08-2017, 12:15 AM
I switched to Pirelli Scorpion ATR's size 235/75/15's and the ride is much, much better than the Vanco tires that were on there. Highly recommended.

westyventures
03-15-2017, 05:19 AM
Ok, I dropped to 40 all around, a big difference in ride. I think when I buy summer tires they will be C-rated!

derekhski
03-17-2017, 09:40 PM
Not the "C" note in this old manual refers to Commercial or "D" or "E" rating, not the "C" load rating of more passenger like vehicles. See the side notes of 112/110R (115N)

autostaretx
03-17-2017, 10:21 PM
From another thread it turns out that they removed that "lighter load" table from the 2006 Owner's Manual.
It's there in 2005 (15 inch wheels), but not in 2006 (16 inch wheels?)
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54638
For 2006 they just say "obey the sticker on the driver's side of the van"

--dick

derekhski
03-17-2017, 11:00 PM
Maybe that is the year they decided to DUMB it down for the American Market? I only mean this in jest (maybe) :)