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removing a 4" lift

Guys i am looking at buying a 2002 f350 that has a 4" lift with 35's on it. It is a very nice truck, but i pull a 5th wheel camper and gotta get her down. How much is involved in going back to stock? I need to know how much i will have to invest into it to make it work. I also want to go back to stock rims/tires. I don't think my 5er will fit because its been close with my other trucks that were stock height. Let me know what you guys think. I might buy it tomorrow if i can do the swap easily enough.


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Depends on what type of lift was used. You will need to know if all springs were replaced to gain the lift, or new springs in the front/blocks in the rear, etc. Was the pitman arm replaced, new track bar, etc....? Do you know how old the lift kit is? Those are some of the things you'll need to know in order to get the right parts to go back to stock. I've seen previous lift threads where guys tow with 4" lifts regularly.... does your trailer sit lower than normal?

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The same as putting a lift on the truck, just the opposite. Just take the lift components off (springs, trac bar, shocks, and anything else) and put the stock stuff back on.

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Depends on what type of lift was used. You will need to know if all springs were replaced to gain the lift, or new springs in the front/blocks in the rear, etc. Was the pitman arm replaced, new track bar, etc....? Do you know how old the lift kit is? Those are some of the things you'll need to know in order to get the right parts to go back to stock. I've seen previous lift threads where guys tow with 4" lifts regularly.... does your trailer sit lower than normal?
Yup without knowing all that Dan its hard to say.

Ive got a better possibly less expensive idea. Shackle flip on the trailer

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If it would work out, I'd trade you parts, but mine is a late 99.....

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Yeah dave, i have thought about that, but i might be hauling things around where i need a stock height truck all the time and raising my 5th wheel wouldn't solve all my issues completely. Do you guys also know if an 04 excursion has the same suspension parts or are they slightly different? I ask because my brother has an ex and wants a lift. I know the front suspensions are both leaf sprung, but not sure if the blocks and shocks would bolt up.


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Excursions have softer, lower-riding springs front and back. Rear shocks are diffrent if I recall corrrctly.

Best bet is buy new springs, as any you might trade for are likely sagged or worn out. Sell lift stuff to recoup some cash. You will likely need new u-bolts, local place here does them custom for about $70 an axle. Track bar and pitman arm should be checked. Compair what you have to a stock truck to see what's diffrent.

Trading with someone can be done but risky. Both trucks are torn apart... the time and place to have room tools and people is hard to come up with for most. If done on a week end and unknown issues arise (like broken parts/hardware) you're down and truckless till Monday when shops open.

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Have you tried hooking to it, 4" is not that much, bet it would tow just fine...

I've towed everything under the sun with a 4" and 37's...

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Yea I've always heard it's harder to remove one then it is to put one on....atleast when you weren't the one that installed it, and as far as towing I would think you should be fine...I've seen more then my fair share of people towing with a 4inch lift..
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