2005 Dodge Dakota rough ride

Tiny
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2005 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 64,000 miles

What would be the next thing to check to fix a rough riding dakota? It has new Pa. Inspection stickers (which means universal joint, etc. Is good). We just put new shocks in front and back. It has a new upper control arm and bushings. It still hits every bump really hard, and you are jolted around even the slight imperfections in a road.

The only time it rides smooth is on brand new pavement. It seems to do better uphills than on the level. What could be the problem? Thanks

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Sunday, June 13th, 2010 AT 5:31 PM

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Tiny
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Are the coil springs weak?

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Monday, June 14th, 2010 AT 12:36 AM
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We'll have to check that next. I didn't know what would be the next obvious thing to check- sway bar? Ball joints?

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 AT 11:45 AM
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The items you mentioned won't cause a rough ride. They will cause play in the steering and make noise. I would focus more on the springs. If they are weak, it will cause a rough ride.

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Joe

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 AT 8:25 PM
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I really appreciate the reply. Thanks- I'll let you know what we find out after the coil springs are replaced.

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Friday, June 18th, 2010 AT 11:58 AM
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,
Joe

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Friday, June 18th, 2010 AT 1:38 PM

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