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Old 07-24-2010, 12:13 PM
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Can somebody give me the lowdown on leveling kits?

Let me start off by saying I have absolutely zero experience dealing with suspension. That being said, I have a 2010 F350 SRW CCSB that I want to level out. The truck has the snow plow prep package, so not sure if that changes anything with how much lift I need in the front. From what I have read, everyone loves the icon kits, but they seem like they are going to be pretty expensive. There is a local truck accesory shop that sells/installs leveling and lift kits. They offer 2 leveling kits by Rough Country (which I have only read like 2 opinions on, and both were negative). One of the kits is just the blocks that raise the front 2.5 inches. The other kit includes replacement springs in the front that raises the front 2.5 inches. It was really cheap to have either of these installed, like around 300 bucks for parts and labor, but everyone seems to say ride quality sucks going this route.

Here are my questions:
Would one of these kits really change factory ride quality that much?
How much do I need to raise the front of a F350 with snow plow package to level it out? (I actually wouldn't mind to leave the truck 1/4 to 1/2" lower in the front so it would be level when towing)
Is the truck going to look like crap with the factory Goodyears on there until I can put some more aggressive 35's or something on there to fill it out?

Sorry for all the jumbled questions, feel free to chime in on whatever areas you have insight on and as always, pics greatly appreciated (especially if you have leveled and are still running the factory tires for now)
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:19 PM
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I have a ready lift leveling kit on my 350, I am happy with it and it was cheap, if I remember correct not much more than 100 bucks. It is just a block that you put under the lower spring pocket, very easy to install and doesnt change the ride at all and keeps the stock shocks. I think it is a 2.5 inch kit, I am thinking about taking it out and cutting an inch off, the truck is completely level with nothing in the bed and then lower in the back when you haul anything. I run the factory goodyears in the winter with the kit in and it looks ok.
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I installed the Rough Country 3 inch series 2 lift on my truck and have had no problems. I actually think my truck rides better now than it did stock. The kit came with everything you need except the boots for the shocks and I did it in my garage with basic hand tools. The only additional cos is the front end alignment you need when you put a lift on.
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can anyone post sites where to get these leveling kits you are talking about. I'd like a cheap do it in the driveway kit that still rides ok.
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I've heard a lot of good things about Ready Lift. I didn't check around much before purchasing my leveling kit. I used Newton Lift that I found on eBay. First just got the spacers for the front, then got the trac bar spacers and blocks for the rear b/c the front sat a little higher than the rear. Pretty easy to install. Did it in the driveway. Now I want to go bigger. Will probably go with Icon 41/2" kit. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:06 PM
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No change in ride from stock with the Newton lift.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:39 PM
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is this a good kit, that will not destroy the suspension of factory ride?FORD 2005-2010 F250 F350 LEVELING LIFT KIT 2.0 INCH : eBay Motors (item 250669978724 end time Jul-30-10 20:57:22 PDT)
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That is the lift I have. Rides great. Like I said, I had to add 2" blocks in the back on top of the factory blocks to bring the rear up to the height of the front after installing the front spacers. You can also do away with the factory blocks and get 4" blocks in the rear. I have had no problems ou of mine. A couple other guys on here have the same lift. Give them a call. They are very helpful.
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That is the lift I have. Rides great. Like I said, I had to add 2" blocks in the back on top of the factory blocks to bring the rear up to the height of the front after installing the front spacers. You can also do away with the factory blocks and get 4" blocks in the rear. I have had no problems ou of mine. A couple other guys on here have the same lift. Give them a call. They are very helpful.
And everything you needed came with this kit and you didn't have to buy a new adjustable track bar and all the crap? My front measures 41" and the rear 43" so this would sit me much close to perfect. How long did your install take? Could you post a larger pic of your truck?
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sorry for changing the topic, but would all this be the same for an 04 f250...sorry still new, and confused about all the different style of leveling kits...
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