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Old 03-12-2012, 11:50 AM
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Front end lift questions

Been awhile since i've been on the org, but i'm back and have a question. A while back I put a 4 inch lift kit on my 97 250 hd, when I did this I also put the dana 60 in the front. Also did the springs in the front too. The rear has 3 in blocks with a helper spring. When I first did it, it sat pretty level. Now the rear seems to be sagging a bit, almost an 1.5 in with some rough measuring. Now i've read alot about reverse shackle kits an so forth, But im curious to what everyones running. and what gives the best ride. also what for shocks are you guys running? I want the truck to sit level again or maybe just a bit high in the rear for when I hook to the trailer. I normally have a set of 315 75 r16 tires on it, Id like to stick to that size. Im looking for that bullit proof set up that keeps these trucks going. When do i have to start worrying about pinion agnle in the front? u joints etc. so far they seem to be ok. I know alot of little questions, but any ideas or advice?.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:28 PM
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I haven't done the Dana 60 yet (soon I hope) but I have 5" lift in front and 4" in back. Front is tuff country spring pack added to the two factory springs with 5" blocks in back added to the stock spring pack which I also installed a factory overload spring. Ride is okay. I use rancho 5000 shocks. Sounds to me like your helper spring is not helping anymore.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:48 PM
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Yeah thats a possibility, IM not against replacing springs if need be. I dont have any of the original spring packs though. What tire size are you running? and about how high do you think your bed height is? I pull a gooseneck trailer quite a bit so I dont want to go too high. the 315's I run now i believe measure about 35"
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:56 PM
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Running 315s like you are. To top of bed is 58"
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the info. Measured the truck today, My rear fender well is at 42.5 and the front is at 44. The blocks in the back measure 3" and then there is a small shim between the block and spring pack. Ideally like I said I'd like to level it, and the rear at 42.5 is an ok height for me. I've also heard that springs for the front differ from each other between the f250hd's with the ttb and the f350's with the d60, The springs I have in it now are the ones that came with the kit for a ttb truck, Perhaps some of that is the issue. I've also read on here somewhere that an rsk kit and superduty springs will give about the same lift. any ideas?
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:50 AM
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I've also head that the springs may be different but in my case with several lift springs added to the front I kinda think the point is moot. I've read up on the rsk's giving 3 to 4" of lift etc. but my truck rides good enough and is dependable so I haven't considered the rsk but that may change when I install the Dana 60 if the ride gets worse. I kept the rear springs and added the factory overload spring because I wanted to be sure and retain the carrying capacity and didn't want the truck to look like a boat going up river whenever I dropped a bunch of weight on the hitch. Went and measured like you did and I have 43" at rear fender and 42.5 at front fender. Really seems like your front lift was more like 6".
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