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Swapping '08 F550 4x4 front suspension into an '02 F550

I'm looking at swapping a Dana Super 60 front axle from an '08 F550 into an '02 F550. Looking for anyone here that maybe has already done this and can give me a heads up on what to expect? So the '02 truck currently has a standard Dana 60, leaf spring suspension, and the large 8 lug pattern (225mm?) 19.5 wheels. The new axle has the 10 lug wheel pattern and is set up to use coil springs and radius arms. I read a magazine article a while ago about doing this in an F250 or 350 and they used some aftermarket 4 link arms and brackets to locate the axle from what I remember.............Fabtech, Pro Comp, or one of those companies I think? Anyone know if the front frame rails on the '02 will accept all the '05 and newer brackets or if it's all different and lots of fabrication will be required? Does the '05 and newer stuff use a panhard bar for side to side centering? The truck already has a rear air suspension so I'm figuring on using a Kelderman (or comparable) air bag front spring set up in place of the '05 and newer coil springs. Anyone know if the outer 8 lug wheel adapter hubs from the '02 will bolt on in place of the '08 10 lug hubs? How about steering linkage? I'm assuming that the '05 and newer steering linkage and tie rods are all longer to account for the axles wider track width. Anyone know if those factory steering parts will bolt into the '02 truck? Thanks in advance for any help with this.

Thanks, Pat
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