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post #1 of 32 Old 06-02-2010, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Leveling Kit Question

I am new to the front coil suspension as I just upgraded from an '04 to a '10. Can i just put on 2.5" spacers and shock brackets (to keep the stock shocks), like what is sold in the Ready Lift kit. Do I need ball joint adjustment cams, like those sold with the BDS lift kit? Or do I need a track bar relocation bracket? I want to keep a near stock ride as well as driving characteristics, and I dont want to spend a fortune to level the truck out but I want to do it correctly. Any help on what to get/not get, advise or comments would be appreciated.

2010 F-350 Lariat Crew Cab Long Bed, AFE Stage 2, Icon 2.5" leveling kit, Air lift bags in the rear, Nitto Trail Grapplers 295/65/20
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I just put the Truxx leveling kit in my '10 F-350, and while the installation was painless, it definitely feels like the spring rate up front was increased by a couple hundred pounds.... not really a good thing on the crappy roads we have here in upstate NY. Other than the ride quality, it doesn't have any other bad habits at any speed.
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subscribed....good questions

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2010 F-350 Lariat Crew Cab Long Bed, AFE Stage 2, Icon 2.5" leveling kit, Air lift bags in the rear, Nitto Trail Grapplers 295/65/20
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The trac bar relocation bracket/adjustable trac bar is required or your front axle will shift to the side. Some run only pucks and are fine. I know of several guys that will argue that all you need is the pucks, period. So it will be fine. I have the readylift SST 2.5 kit, and its decent. I am however in the process of finding a better riding alternative because I've heard how much better the Icon is. I think just to put 2.5 in the front the bare bones way is just the pucks, you don't even REALLY need the shock extensions, but they won't hurt.

I'd suggest you look at the Icon, just because I wish I would have done it in the first place rather than the Readylift pucks/rear block kit.

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New to the site and i am currently in the same situation as the op.
I want to level the truck and not spend as much money as a 4" lift.
All of the local 4x4 shops are saying just use the spacers and your fine
no need for the trac bar bracket or an adjustable one. I dont want to regret any of my choices because money is hard to come by these days.
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If you use coil spacers or any leveling system for that matter you need to use the caster cams. Otherwise the caster will be too negative with the increased height.


BDS, RCD and Icon all include the caster cams with their leveling systems:
2008-2010 F250/F350 SRW 4wd - Truck Toyz Store


I would recommend an adjustable trac bar as well, however it's not "necessary" in order to complete the install.


Let me know if you have any questions.
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If you use coil spacers or any leveling system for that matter you need to use the caster cams. Otherwise the caster will be too negative with the increased height.


BDS, RCD and Icon all include the caster cams with their leveling systems:
2008-2010 F250/F350 SRW 4wd - Truck Toyz Store


I would recommend an adjustable trac bar as well, however it's not "necessary" in order to complete the install.


Let me know if you have any questions.
what kit do you recommend? is the carrier bearing spacer needed?
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what kit do you recommend? is the carrier bearing spacer needed?
The BDS, RCD and Icon are all good setups depending on what you are looking to get and what your budget is.

The BDS is a more cost effective setup but includes the caster cams and all 4 shocks (which can be upgraded to Bilsteins or Icons for an even better ride).

RCD and Icon will both ride and perform better with their replacement coil springs and either Bilstein (RCD) or Icon shocks. In terms of best ride quality, the Icon will win out with their coil springs, IMO.


As for a carrier bearing kit, if you have an F-350 and you won't be lifting the rear you shouldn't need one, if you have an F-250 you might as you'd also need to go with a larger rear block.

Hope this helps.
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