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Old 12-06-2008, 08:18 AM
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Anybody know if there is a air suspension kit for the F-450's yet? I'd like to get one that can possibly drop it anywhere from the 4-6" range. Thanks
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:24 AM
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im sure there is , or can be custom, done, ive helped do a dually with full air ride , all custom built , but im sure someone makes a kit , i dont think any of it ill just be bolt on , there is always modifications that will have to be done
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kelderman air ride
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:39 AM
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I know for a fact that Kelderman can help you out, because I was looking to do a complete air ride setup for my F-450. The only thing about your application is, that it sounds like to me that you are trying to lower your ride heighth. Give them a call, they are very helpful, and can design almost anything.
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It is going to be very hard to lower your F-450 as it has a mono beam front axle even if it is 2wd so you have very little room to lower the truck from the start. To lower it 6" would most likley require a whole front end transplant from either a F-350 or a chevy 1-ton. If you are going to go that far use a chevy front end and lay it all the way on the ground
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I agree with Cody6405, but, if it is a 2 wheel drive, there might be a possibility of drop spindles, wouldn't you agree??
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You could do that but they may have to be custom made
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You could do that but they may have to be custom made
Very true, but if you are wanting to actually lower a F-450, and at the same time, get "air ride" ride quality, it is already custom at that point. So having a set of spindles machined wouldn't really cost all that much in the scheme of things. The trick would be doing it with a 4x4. Then there is an option even for that, but instead of using a F-350 or Chevy axle, how about an inverted portal axle from a Mercedes UniMog??
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I have no idea about the unimog axle but to lower it 6" and still maintain ride quaility even with air bags it would have to be IFS or maybe I-beams. There is no way the axle can go up that far considering the frame motor and other components. But like you said if he is willing to go that far the option are limit less. I guess we need to ask what his budget is?
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I metioned the UniMog axle since they are of a portal design. By the very nature of a portal axle, they typically are used in offroad applications to obtain a higher clearnce by raising the axle tubes. But i fugured you should be able to invert (flip it over), therefore allowing the portal boxes above the xle centerline which would equate to approximately a 4" drop. Just not really sure about wms measurements. Here is a picture of what I am trying to describe. It is a very interesting possibility.

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