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Lowering F250 OBS?
I'd like to make my F250 easier to get into, not to mention easier to load and a little more aerodynamic (less lofty). I'm not trying to make it into a car, I'd just like a little more ease of use and better fuel economy.
The current suspension in front is the stock springs plus a THICK, flat overload leaf that the uppers constantly rest on. I've heard the stock fronts are naturally in a negative arch, is this true? If the front springs are off the flat overloads, will it damage the front end or throw off my alignment (recently done with the current setup)?
The current suspension in the rear is the stock springs plus TWO overload leaves- the flat one on the bottom may be stock, I can't tell; the other is a highly arched leaf at the top of the pack that occasionally contacts a pair of stops on the frame above the springs. There's also a pair of 2" blocks with axle snubber tabs on them; these may be stock, I don't know.
One concern I have about the rear spring stems from something a friend mentioned when he first saw my truck- he noted that the rear suspension was VERY soft, softer even than his old gas Chevy K1500, and certainly softer than his current Cummins Dodge 2500. Is this normal? I'd like to hope so, as I don't need a rock-solid ride, and I never plan to haul more than 10k (2 Jeep CJs on a gooseneck car trailer).
All this said, can I remove the flat overload springs and the lift blocks to achieve the lower profile I'm looking for? I know I CAN, but given my uses, I guess my question is, SHOULD I?
1995 F250 XLT 7.3T (on donor '97 engine with 180xxx miles) 4x4 - LuK SMF, Diamond Eye 3" downpipe to 5"straight-pipe exhaust. ZF5 manual trans, Curt hide-away gooseneck hitch, Super Duty suspension conversion.
1997 F250 XLT 7.3T - 2wd E4OD, alloy wheels w/ bald tires, gooseneck hitch, pretty much bone stock. Soon to become a trailer, spare tires, spare parts, and scrap.