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Old 07-14-2010, 10:58 AM
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OK, what can i do to get a better ride/drive on my 99.?? Its got a 5.5 Fab-tech lift, Single shocks. 33" nitto'S. I've change my ball joints and front shocks. But it still seems a little loose. I haven't change tie-rods or sway bars. or changed out my rear shocks. and i just turn 211K on it.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:47 PM
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go back to stock..lol

check the sway bar bushings..see how loose they are.. just go over the whole front end.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:12 AM
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Ha ha , thought of that. just won't look the same. How much play should there be if any on the tie-rods? i did notice some movement on those last time i checked. Now the sway bars they seem tight but ITs got 211k on bascily factory bushing etc.......
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Sell your springs get stock V and B's and do a hanger lift with correctly valved Bilsteins..
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:33 AM
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well if i knew what you were talking about i maybe could look into it? V & B? Hanger lift? wtf
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:16 AM
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V and B codes are stock springs found on the majority of 99-04 SD's with a diesel. You can check the door sticker to check codes. get used or new at ford.

Front hanger lift..4.5" with V code fronts will ride better than any lift spring.

Rear for level is a 5" block. You could also if you don't want a tall block use Icon's rear 5" lift spring ..will ride better than stock but will sag more than stockers when loaded towing or hauling.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:34 AM
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I think my rear lift is a tall block (Fab-tech) But it seems like it more of a keeping it on the road ride,,, that i'm speaking of. it just seems to be a bit squerrilly when i hit a rough road. OR I SHOULD SAY A BIT LOOSE on rough ROADS it all over not saying its not a lift thing but i never had this problem b4
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You ought to just jack it up on both sides, throw some jack stands under the axle. Then start checking everything out. Heck it could be a bad wheel bearing, you could have bad bushings in the springs, and check out your stock stabilizer...
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steering gear may be worn... I am about to replace mine with a redhead
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yes. i was thinking same its got play. but isn't there away to adjust. or is it just better/safer to replace?
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