Originally Posted by c_harper1
has anyone attempted to take their leaf spring front end on a 99' to 04' and swap it for an 05' and up. i havent seen any threads on it and would like more info. I've seen the conversions made by full traction and others but do not have $5,000+ to be spending. Any info would be great.
It can be done, but it's a lot of work. You'd have to find a wrecked '05+ truck and cut out the entire front suspension (i.e., axle, tie rods, swaybar, trackbar, brakes, etc.) and bolt it onto your frame. The hardest part would be getting the control arm brackets and coil buckets off the '05+ truck because these parts are held on with rivots. And then you might as well swap the rear axles too since the 05+ trucks can only run 17"+ wheels, which were never available before 2005. That is of course unless you plan on using aftermarket wheels, then you could probably avoid swapping the rear axle. I've seen a thread on one of the many diesel sites out there showing the conversion, but either way, you'll probably end-up spending the same amount of money when it is all said and done.