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Help with front suspension - question after 4.5" lift

Hey guys, Sorry about the lengthy write-up, just hoping to get plenty of information across.

I have a 2005 4x4 F350, psd that I purchased used in 2012. When I purchased the truck I was told she had a 4" lift. At the time she was riding on factory 18's with 35x12.5 nitto m/t's and they cleared except hitting the radius arms at full lock.

I recently purchased 20x9 wheels with a 4.53" backspace and had general grabbers (extreme traction) in a 35x12.50 mounted and she rubbed just trying to turn in a parking lot. After shopping various lift kits and looking at the parts lists I concluded that she was only originally leveled. So, I jumped on the phone and ordered a 4.5" rough country lift. On the plus side the rubbing issues are completely resolved, even under compression, however she is now sitting nose high (if I had to guess 1.5"-2").

Now to my question. She has a large metal spacer on top of both front spring top insulators (it measures 2.5" in height) and I'm wondering if this is o.e. or the way she was leveled?? The top mount for the spring is a large round pin (for lack of a better word), my spring has the insulator wound onto the top which sits up against this large spacer which sits in/on the pin. Does anyone know if this is the way she was set-up from the factory or if this is an aftermarket part that needs to be removed.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I would like to resolved this quickly so I can have her aligned.

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that big metal part is the leveling kit
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It's aftermarket

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It needs to come out. How did you raise the Rear?

It may not be perfectly level and you'll need F-350 blocks or ICON 5" blocks for it to sit level.

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that big metal part is the leveling kit
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It's aftermarket
Thanks, That is what I was hoping.
Is there another part that goes in it's place? Or does the insulator just sit at the top on the pin?

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It needs to come out. How did you raise the Rear?

It may not be perfectly level and you'll need F-350 blocks or ICON 5" blocks for it to sit level.

Denny
The rear came with a tapered 6" block

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Your lift is stacked. You have what looks to be a aftermarket coil and a spacer lol if you want to pull that spacer out pull the top off the shocks off and lift the truck really high and pull the spacer leaving the rubber grommet on the coil spring

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just comes out, rubber part is your coil spring isolator ,factory part
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Pretty easy to remove yourself....... attach spring compressors (2) screw down about an inch, jack bumper up using high lift jack doing one side at a time until you can take out spacer....

Then slowly lower while someone keeps spring pad aligned back into hole.

You should have enough travel left in the shocks and sway bar links to keep from removing these, if not then your ride was harsher than it should be and will be back to normal with the spacer out.

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Thanks for all the replies!! I was able to find the time yesterday to pull the springs and spacers. She is sitting level again

Dave

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