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post #1 of 10 Old 03-18-2006, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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F350 leveling kit?

I have done alot of searching on forums on leveling kits and, it can get pretty confusing. Kits range from 1.5" to 3.5", shackle kits to add-a leafs.....
Specifically, I have an '02 F350 crewcab, shortbed 4x4. Yes, I want to level it out. I don't mind spending the money to get want I want. So, how much (inches) to raise the front end. I'd rather have the front a little low than have the front higher than the back. I've seen nice shackle kits (like the Donahoe racing 3") but, wonder if it is to much lift. Some say that some add-a-leafs give a harsh ride. I would like the ride to be very close to stock (NOT HARSH). Anyone been able to compare the options?

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not a good idea...for one i think of the big 3 fords are the closest to level in the truck market...also...people i talk to who have put in a leveling kit say that their trucks handle and ride really stiff with those leveling kits...also, sometimes the kit wil overlevel the truck giving it the look of a shot rear suspension...my vote is no...

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For varying conditions, we in Australia are running Firestone airbags over the springs... You might look into that. Particularly good for the front, in that our Effies run a bit heavy on the front with larger Bull Bars and winches, and driving lights, sometime extra batteries, snorkels, air compressors, that sort of gear... The springs sag down a little, the this is a bracket above the springs and one above on the chassis with an air bag... Takes the load off the springs a bit, variable pressure to suit the ride and conditions. Not a lot of lift, but if you have a little sag, could bring you up 1-2" with no drama...

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Leveling isn't a real science but what I have done is measure the truck on flat ground then jack on the frame till it looks right and remeasure. I have built my own leveling kits for the same reason you mentioned. The thing I enjoied about the relocation method is the ride. If you relocate then the ride remains the same. Se`my sig. picture. Thats a Fabtech 12" with 3" relocation brackets. We`lifted our Excursion with 5" relocators and 3" add-a-leafs. You can buy the relocation kits from Nixon performance.com.

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Had mine done by a tire shop and love it!!!

Yes I did have a rough ride, but I put new shocks on this weekend and it made all the difference in the world.

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Ramsmoker, thanks for the reply however, I do not want to lift my truck, just level it out.
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What did the tire shop use for leveling and how much (inches) did they level it? Also, how does it sit now as far as level?
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I could probably call tomorrow and ask...

But here it is, and yes my driveway is uphill! BTW NEW WHEELS!!! Wahooo!



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my buddy bought a leveling kit from tuff country and his rides like it is solid now. i will beat you to death

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i would just buy the brackets if i were you

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It looks to me like a 2" or 2.5" mini pack is the way to go. Anyone using these?
Banshee- nice truck! Let me know what you find out.
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