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Old 10-13-2011, 06:55 PM
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airs bags and lockers on a 2wd

I have found a 97 2wd F250 PSD manual trans for a great price. problem is that its a 2wd I was thinking about just locking the rear and doing some kind of body lift, but then I thought about air bags. That way I could air it up so its taller when I go out hunting and lower it for my daily driving. I dont do any "hard core" off roading, just hunting and camping and stuff like that. Will air bags do what I want or hope they would do? Give me a few inches of lift when Im out and let me lower it when Im not.

And im looking for a good all around locker(daily driver, occasional towing, off road) what do you guys think

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:42 PM
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Most airbag kits won't do what you want. You would need something like the Kilderman kit but you'll need to sell both testicles and a kidney first.
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the think about having a solid axle is that extending the suspension doesnt gain you ground clearance. the only thing that gains you clearance is tires. I'm gonna say a locker or at least limited slip, more aggressive tires and a winch. or just get a 4x4
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:13 PM
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I really want a 4x4 but this truck has come up and its supper clean with low miles and is def priced right. I used to have a Bronco with 4" lift and 33 and it went every were and i loved it, and im sorry I had to sell it. Im try to see if I could get by with a 4x2.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:26 PM
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If you can wait it out the 4x4 you want will show up, kause I had a 2wd kause it was nice and clean, but I wanted 4x4 it showed up and I had to have it.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:28 PM
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If the air bags could gain me clearance between the body and the ground thats more than enough for a 2wd. I would not be going crazy with the truck, it just needs to be "enough" for the average dirt road, hunting trail type stuff. Im going to get some better, more aggressive tires but im worried about body/ground clearance more than anything and if air bags will give me a few inch's then thats just what I need. I wont be goin crazy with it just need it to get me there and back but not "in there" if you get what I mean
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:52 PM
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Honestly if your going for dirt road and hunting trail stuff just get some 33's or 31's and run it as is, my f150 has 22's and rubber band tires, it does decent and I've only needed to be pulled out once, if your sticking to trails your really not gonna need 4x4 for than your not gonna need a lot of lift if any at all, good luck either way, and if you haven't gotten the truck yet I just found a bunch on Atlanta Craigslist, 4x4, diesel, psd, anything and its all pretty cheap too.
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IMO if you plan on using your truck on trails wait till you find a good 4x4. It'll be cheaper In the long run since you won't need to buy lockers or bags.


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Old 10-15-2011, 07:38 PM
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I've owned MANY pickup trucks, MOST were 4x4 (2 weren't.). Goodluck getting a 2x4 truck with a 1300lb+ motor up front and 440ft/lbs of torque over the rear 2 to hook up.

Lets put it this way. My '97 w/ 33" mud tires and a limited slip differential will go thru some deep *** snow w/ no weight over the back. Now, as soon as I hit the mud and it's only in 2wd, it sinks and it sinks fast.

BUT, I've also gone offroading with one of my john deeres in the back (a 1971 John Deere 200 w/ snow plow/deck). When I had my 1200lb john deere 200 in the bed, I could go pretty much anywhere I damn pleased in 2x4. I was climbing muddy hills, going thru deep water/creeks/ponds, mud holes etc. The truck did GREAT w/ the 1200lb tractor back there. Granted, I didn't do anything too crazy, as I didn't want to be wearing the tractor, but the truck did 100% better offroad in 2x4 w/ that weight over the back axle.

But to me, it's not worth it to only have 2x4. If you hunt/camp/wheel etc, you ARE going to need 4x4. I wouldn't trust going much further than the side of the road w/ a 2x4 truck thats nose heavy and tail-torquey.
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