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Swapping lifts.... need help please

So myself and another forum member are planning on swapping lifts. His 8" for my 4"... problem is, He is about 8 hours from me and the both of us arent exactly "lift swappin pros". So I am here looking for some help.

What are we looking at trading for the swap? I mean I know we need to swap leaf springs, blocks, shocks, mounting hardware, nuts & bolts.

What I'm curious about is...

1) Will we have to trade brake lines to compensate for the 4" of difference?
2) Will the Drive Shafts need traded as well?
3) Anything I'm totally forgetting?

His truck has a "Custom 8" liftFab Tech on front and Pro Comp out back"
Mine... well I can tell u all I know except what kind it is.
Front: ubolts are 3 1/2" x 11, shocks are 23 1/2" on truck with 5 leaf springs
Back: ubolts are 4 1/4 x 15 1/2, shocks 27 1/2", 5 1/2" blocks and 7 leafs

Like I said, I'm no lift pro and we both bought our trucks with the lifts on them. Hopefully this will give us both some insight. BTW.... I THINK his truck is shortbed, mine is long. Thats the reason for the drive shaft question.

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What year are the trucks? Let me know and I'll tell you from experience what to look for


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Early 99 F250 with a bunch of extra junk...
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Mine is a '00 F250... his is a '99
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You need to find out the build date on his truck. My truck's an early 99 and the guy that I swapped lifts with has an 01. The pitman arm and track bar drop brackets were different. As for brake lines, you'll need longer ones. The people a Topgun told me that I wouldn't but they were very tight with just 6" of lift If the other guy's truck is a late 99, everything should swap right over


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I'll find out... just so I'm clear if its a late 99 I wont need longer brakelines? What about the driveshafts?
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Yup what he said. Dont forget about maybe a carrier bearing drop.

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No the late 99 will need longer brake lines. The early 99 have a different pitman arm I think it is 32 splines and the late is 36 splines. or the otherway around.

And the trac bar has a smaller bolt on the axle ford beefed em up for 99.5 and on

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I know this is gonna sound WAY stupid but the carrier bearing is the deal the middle and end drive shaft slide threw right? lol By switching this that should allow to keep the same drive shafts..... and as long as I trade out the drop pit then I shouldnt need to trade the drag link correct?
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correct just so it will swap. And I have a carrier bearing drop you pay shipping and its yours. I dont need it. Its prolly bad to have it on a small truck

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what kind of shape is it in? I had planned on just swapping out for his but if this is new or in super good shape then I'll just get yours to be safe. lol
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