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I am very close to ordering a 14 R/T. I was treated to a fantastic test drive in a 13 R/T yesterday. Nearly an hour, with an equal mix of freeway and curves. All was good -- make that fantastic -- except I found the handling just a little on the soft, floaty side of where I like things. Seemed to be primarily from the front end.

Anybody have any thoughts or ideas? Are aftermarket shocks/struts, etc. available that might remedy this. I'm open to ideas, and as a newbie, really appreciate the input.

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You could probably swap in bits from the GC SRT8 to maybe increase the feel a little bit. But you have to remember, it's a giant 3 row SUV. It's not going to handle like a Porsche. It feels floaty because it IS floaty because it has 5000 pounds of mass you're trying to manhandle around a corner.

I think Eibach makes some springs for the Durango, but I suspect there'd be limited improvement to the R/T truthfully. It's just a big heavy SUV.
 

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Eibach scrapped the Rango springs.. I have a '12 Durango R/T and dont find it to be floaty at all but understand its limitations as a 5,000+ lb SUV. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the input, guys. I hear you about it being a 3-row, 5,000 pound SUV, but still, a guy can hope. Here's my dilemma: I need something I enjoy driving and that my wife can use to occasionally pull a horse trailer to organized trail rides, poker runs, etc.

The Durango checks nearly all the boxes: looks great, sounds great, quiet inside, plenty of room for our purposes, flat cargo area (fussy dog), and good power, but I would like a bit firmer handling, and having driven a friend's X5 a fair bit on road trips, I know it can be done.

I'll have to check with Bilstein, Koni, and Rancho to see if anybody makes firmer dampers.
 

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I read on allpar that the 2014 will have 10% stiffer suspension and bigger sway bars. On a 2013 I think the only upgrade would be the Jeep SRT8 rear sway bar and Bwoody sway bar end links. Swapping to 22's with better rubber would help also.
 

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I read on allpar that the 2014 will have 10% stiffer suspension and bigger sway bars. On a 2013 I think the only upgrade would be the Jeep SRT8 rear sway bar and Bwoody sway bar end links. Swapping to 22's with better rubber would help also.
That would seal the deal for me on a 14. I'll check out AllPar.

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The 10% figure is speaking about the R/T, and that it is 10% stiffer than the normal Durango. The 11-13 was the same thing, and the '14s aren't any stiffer.

Sounds like you need a GL550 or GL63 to be honest with you. Or the "officially not destined for production" SRT8 Durango.
 
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