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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