'96 Explorer Ride Problems

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

I just bought a 96 Explorer V-8 2WD. The ride is not what I expected. It feels like there is 50 lbs. of air in the tires. I have tried down to 26, which Ford recommends, but doesn't help much. Also afraid that will wear out the tires too fast. I have new Michelin XLTs. Do you know what can be done to improve the ride?

What is the ride like and what did you expect? No matter what, it is still a truck and will NOT ride like a car does. The center of gravity is a lot higher than that of a passenger car. If this is your first truck, then you simply misjudged it and should have taken it out on a longer test drive. If this is not your first truck, then the only other thing that I can think of is that may be you are comparing it to the ride of a new chevy S-10 Blazer. These trucks have an amazing ride when new. Then, after they break in, they are the sloppiest thing on the road.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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