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post #1 of 14 Old 03-17-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Front leaf springs

I noticed something today that I missed when I first bought this truck...

I removed the fifth-wheel hitch from the box (I won't use it) and then I noticed how the rainwater was flowing to the FRONT of the box. I stepped back and noticed the rear is a little higher than the front. No big deal - this will work out better for when I put the trailer on, not as much sag, right?
Then I went to the front end of the truck and noticed that the front leaf springs seem to be curved backwards (does that make sense?). Instead of being arced towards the ground, they are past flat and arcing slightly upwards. I also noticed that the rubber bumper stops are within inches of bottoming out.

Do I need new front leafs or is this within "normal" limits?

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They are wore out, replace them or level it.

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I don't recall on the F350 with the monobeam axle, but the TTB F250 front leafs actually had a reverse arch to them. The TTB with a leaf spring is really a weird animal, IMHO.

Regarding what Shane said though, very likely the springs could be sacked or the end bushings worn out, which would make the springs seem even more sacked, and affect the steering and ride somewhat. Check that stuff out.

I wish I had the axle Shane has under his F350 under my F250.

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Very common for the leafs to do that after holding up that much weight. I did the add leaf packs on mine and they sit just a slight arch and it all sit level now. It rides a tab bit rougher not much though but it's just how I think it should be.

I'm addicted to diesel and I step on it constantly!

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IMO find a D60 with the springs on it and pull the TTB out and throw the D60 and springs in, better than $500 for springs and then still have the crappy TTB.

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I paid 250 for my whole kit came with everything you need. But it didn't come with shocks.

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I paid 250 for my whole kit came with everything you need. But it didn't come with shocks.
I mean the cost to replace the springs.

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I guess I should have looked at some other trucks before I jumped the gun on this one...
Apparently, the front leafs are SUPPOSED TO be flat! So $960 later, I have brand new springs that look a lot like the old ones.
Oh well, I guess I can sleep better, knowing that these should last another 20 years! I gained about 3/4 inch of lift, so they weren't worn THAT bad after all!

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Gee, for that price you could've got a RSK and some vcode springs and still had money to spare.

Can you post a pic of how they look now, new? And perhaps a pic of how the looked before you had the replaced?

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WOW you got raped holy.....

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