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post #1 of 8 Old 08-18-2007, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Correct way to level truck???

I want to get a leveling kit for my 2003 F250 4x4 (leaf springs). What is the correct (best) way to do it??

Shackles, add-a-leaf, spring pak?? Do I need an adjustable track bar to keep my front axle centered?? What about extended sway bar links and brake lines? Alignment issues, castor?? Driveshaft issues?

Any input on the ProComp hanger/shackle kit (pn#52482B-1 w/o shocks)?? Thanks.

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For 2" lift, aka leveling lift, u will not need a longer track bar. anything more than that you will need the extention or whatever comes with the kit. i have also been looking alot for a leveling lift for my 2001. i found one on ebay, just an add-a-leaf for 72 dollars that i might pick up... it says its made by Rough Country but i looked on their website and they dont make a leveling lift for the 99 1/2 to 2004... so i dunno. thats is about all i can answer for u, but more people will see this in the morning and u will get more answers. good luck!

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The rough country kit is an add a leaf its listed in that section on their site.

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I have also been researching leveling kits. They say just the add a leaf only lasts about 1 year and then drop you back to stock. I'm getting ProComps 2 inch leveling kit for $440 4wheelwholesalers. Full leaf packs and 4 ES9000 shocks

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i had the fabtech 3.5" shackle leveling kit with shocks... comes with all the necessary hardware for a complete install... i was running 315 70 R17
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Sloth, I don't really think there is a right or wrong way to level a truck. I did research each and I ended up picking up a 2.5 inch spring pack kit from tuff country. I haven't installed it yet, but the directions look pretty straight forward. Comes with 2 spring packs (with the top leaf be a little shorter then an add a leaf), all the hardware, and a trac bar relocator. Got the whole thing for $279 and shipping was free. If you want I can probably PM you a picture of the kit.

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I made a new longer front leaf spring hanger bracket for my truck about 2-3 years ago. It raised it almost 3” and leveled it up good. I have had no problems and when I took it for an alignment afterwards they said it was almost perfect already. Took me about 3-4 hours to make and about 2 hours to install. I also spaced the front bumper out about 2” for added clearance. Total cost $0. There is a pic or two of it in my signature link under “powerstroke general”. My early 99 is about 1-2” higher in the rear from the factory than a 99.5-03.

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MONGO HATE ADD-A-LEAF! Haha. I'd go with new springs. My 2.5in Rancho kit came with an 8-leaf spring replacement pack for each side, replacing the factory 2-leafs per side...that's what sold me. Shocks, and a Pro-Comp fully adjustable trac-bar with the new leafs ran me $750. Possibly the best $$ I have spent. No issues, less bumpsteer, better look, beefier springs, and no hokey, cheap suspension parts to worry about. I don't know what I would have done without the trac bar, personally. Different strokes for different folks, but ya can't go wrong with the set up I have.

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