Ok - I know it's probably been beat to death, but I figured I'd try to write something up that might get stickied to save people trouble. Therefore I need some excellent response from you guys. There seems to be 5 different ways to level the front end of a 1999-2003, and I'd like to go over them and ask for pros-cons of each. Things like actual lift amount reported, ride quality pre to post lift, additional necessary components, long term effects of the lift and any additional information you can think of would be more than appreciated.
1. Add-a-leaf to the current spring pack (Price ~$95)
2" Ford F250/F350 99-04 Super Duty Leveling Lift Kit - Top Gun Customz
2. Mini-spring pack added under leafs (Price ~$190)
270 MAXX-LIFT LB1999-2004 F250/F350 4x4 TRUCKS
3. Full replacement front springs (Price ~$390)
2.5" Front Lift Leaf Springs 99-04 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty 4x4 - Top Gun Customz
4. Front spring hanger brackets and shackles (~$210)
5. Leveling shackles (~$70)
2" 99-04 Ford Super Duty 4x4 Front Leveling Lift Shackles - Top Gun Customz
Here's one option that I've been considering, and I would like to hear what you guys think though. Could you get a mini-spring pack that should yield approximately 2.5", and use one of the plates in the rear? I'm interested in bringing the front up a little bit, because honestly, I prefer a slight lean forward over perfectly level. While providing the clearance needed for my 16x8 4.25 backspacing (-6mm offset) wheels to hold 315/75/16's without rubbing (with possible minor trimming), this would also reduce the changes the front would see and lessen then need to change the track bar.
I've also read numerous threads on people leveling without touching the track bar, therefore I know this is an option. I also know that (money not being an option) it is not the preferred option. Could I please hear reasons for and against realigning or replacing the track bar? I would appreciate just warnings and not death notice advice for the guys that haven't handled the track bar. By the way - I'm not looking for the smoothest ride - just fitting 35's for the cheapest "get the job done" option.
Thanks guys for advice in advance for any level of information that you may be able to provide. I look forward to summing all this up.