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Old 09-11-2010, 09:22 PM
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Where to buy new leaf springs

I have a 1996 PSD and am looking to level the front end but I don't want to use add a leafs. I would rather get new springs. I've seen that tuff country sells front springs with a 2.5 inch lift. Would that level or would it lift the truck to high causing me to lift the rear? I know everybody is going to say to swap the Dana 60 but right now thats just not feasible so until then I just want to level it. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:19 AM
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@snoblade82, did you ever find a solution for your leaf springs? I have a 96 250 that needs new leafs and I was told don't do add-a-leafs.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:54 PM
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im also in the same boat after having numerous people say the truck rides like crap with add a leafs
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:14 PM
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Nothing will make the F250 ride better..its lift it anyway you want or get a D60..then we can make it ride better than any stock SD.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:14 PM
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Just browsing the OBS posts here and this caught my interest. I have a 97 F250 that I am in the process of rehabbing and modding. One thing that is on my list are the springs on my truck. I think they are still OEM. Truck has 175K right now.

What I am wondering about is Dana 60 and leaf spring replacement. Sorry to sound uninformed but how does this whole thing work? I think I need or would like to install new springs front and back eventually but how does that work or not work as regards the Dana 60?

I havent done much research into it but I am getting the impression that the Dana 60 is a very desirable way to go on these trucks.

Anyone who can explain this to me I would be very appreciative.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:33 PM
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the dana 60 is a good swap because with the stock f250 ttb (twin traction beam) independent front axle it is very hard to get a good camber and alignment. usually when you go to lift an f250 on the stock axle it will have really bad negative camber. the 60 is much tougher and more reliable and for the most part a straightforward swap. im in the same boat. just doing alot of research to findd out what the best direction to go is. but the dana 60 swap is deffinetly recommended by most
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:22 PM
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I did the Dana 60 swap two years ago. After having the IFS crack on the drivers side twice, that was all I needed. It was a fairly simple swap. I had put new aftermarket springs on when I fixed the left axle housing the first time. I went down to my local spring shop in town and they set me up with what are comparable to "X" springs you will see talked about on here, well a little bit nicer than "X" springs. There are three things that are different or that you need to change. I was lucky enough to get my 60 with all the tie rods, if you don't, you will need them I think. The ones I got bolted right in and work with no problems. When you find your donor vehicle, make sure to get the left side spring mounts, Ford doesn't stock these anymore. I was lucky enough to find them at a place by me that buys up all left over overstock items that the manufacturers discontinue. You will have to shorten your front driveshaft, I shorthened mine 1.5", and seems to be perfect.. The last thing is the track-bar, I think that is what it is called...it needs to be longer. I went to the local race shop and bought two himey ends and a 1"x17" bar, that gave me enough adjustment to play with. I found that I had to grind the mounting bracket on the truck side back about a inch, so that it wouldn't hit the differential on severe bumps. Other than that, it was a fairly easy swap, and have no regrets. I have played around with the adjustments on the track-bar a few times and have dialed it in pretty sweet. Does the truck ride different than before, yes, but it still is a damn good riding 250 on a 350 suspension.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:41 PM
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Best ride quality is our RS kit and V and B mod swap with a D60 it will ride better than any stock SD. We have helped thousands do this over the last 9+ years..
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