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Rear leaf spring choices

May be a newb question as I am sure this have been covered many times...but I have been researching for a few days now and pretty much anything related to rear leaf springs and super dutys results in lift kits...

I do not want a lift kit. I am looking to upgrade the suspension on my 2000 F250 PSD while maintaining the stock ride height except for a leveling kit. The truck has 246000 miles on it and the rear leafs like to squat more than I'd like to see.

For the front I am looking at the Zone 2.5" leveling kit. Although I'd like to replace the whole pack with a leveling spring pack, I can get a really good deal on the Zone kit. I also picked up a brand new set of bilstein 5100's from a friend. Next is new poly bushings and rear leafs.

So, what are people doing for the rear springs while keeping the truck stock? Purchasing a new factory set? Installing sets from newer model? Good quality aftermarket set? Who makes them? Or going to a local truck spring shop?

I've read a little bit about installing rear leafs from 08-up trucks which will give a better ride. Is this a good route?

I am looking for a little better ride quality with great hauling/towing characteristics. I plan on installing an air bag set up down the road.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

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Replacing the stock rear spings while maintaining ride hieght. No Lifts! What is everyone running to gain ride quality and haul heavy loads?
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I'm an buying a new driver side rear spring Pack today I cracked two of the 5 springs. You could upgrade to a f350 or duelly spring if you have a 250 if u want it a little higher or more weight capacity. My springs cost me 200 for each side if the rear at a local truck parts place

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I'm sure there are different codes for the rear springs like the front springs (ie. X code springs) but as a general rule srw 350 springs and 250 springs are identitcle and interchangable. The only diference is the block in the rear, 250 blocks are 2 inches and 350 blocks almost 4 inches in height (except for 99's 250 and 350 are the same, maybe just e99). My 250 had broken rear leaves so I yanked the springs and blocks out of a wrecked 350 installed them and put in a modified leveling kit in the front, sittin pretty now. Not sure about the 08 and newer springs though. I may be thinking old school but I thought usually ride comfort and load capacity go hand and hand; soft ride less capacity, more capacity stiff ride.
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