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Old 12-13-2010, 07:05 PM
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99-04 coilover conversion and better turning

Ok well I have a few questions. Right now I have a 2000 f250 with a 6" lift and 37x13.5s. My tires do rub the springs just barely right before full lock so on top of the already pitiful steering my truck has a horrible turning radius. My ultimate goal for the truck is a 4 link suspension with coilovers and I would love to have a better turning radius. My first idea was to get an 05-07 axle, the pure performance coilover conversion and 4 link kit which would be about $2500 in just those three before buying the rest of the parts for the swap. What I am wondering now is that I know the leaf springs aren't the only thing holding the steering back, but what if I had coilovers on my stock axle and shaved the steering stops some to allow for better turning, would this work? My next question is that if that would work, what would it take to put the coil over conversion and 4 link kit for an 05-07 on my 99-04 axle? I know I would have to drill more holes in the frame, but what would have to be done to the axle? Also if shaving the steering stops would allow for better turning then r now I would just get some wheel spacers and do that until I could put an 05-07 axle under it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:06 AM
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A 4 link set up is gonna cost you an arm and a leg for these trucks. A different option for getting your turning radius back is different offset wheels. I have the same problem with my 38s rubbing my leafs cause my offset on my wheels is set for a 35-36 inch tire. Another option is wheel spacers. Either way you will get rid of the tire rub, unless you want to spend about 6-8 grand on a good 4 link set up......
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:09 AM
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Sorry bud I didnt see that part about you already pricing a kit for your truck. You could do it with your axle you have now, if you have a welder
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Yeah either go with the wheel spacers or if you want the better ride quality. Either go with the skyjacker z link for the 99-04 duty or full traction setup. Both good quality kits and from my experience installing the z link, no mods are required, just a few holes need to be drilled in the frame and thats it really. everything else was direct bolt on
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or just get the 05-07 axles and all the brackets, then it is a bolt and weld on. Someone did it on an OBS on PSN.
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Well 4 link coilover kits for the 99-04 are very pricey so I would rather just swap in an 05 axle. But I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be to adapt an 05 4 link kit and coilover conversion to a 99-04 axle? I am good at welding, but I would want to keep that to a minimum. My other question was that if you had the extra room to turn the tires, (before hitting the leafs, or say with a coilover conversion) would shaving the steering stops allow the wheels to turn farther?
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My 04 has bolts in the steer stops to adjust the lock. I just adjusted them untill i had no more rubbing. It is tough pulling into parking places though.
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I wondered the same thing about shaving the steering stops but I don't see why you couldn't go that route
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If you want the turning radius you need '05 up axles and suspension..I don't thing your going to get enough by grinding..maybe guess its worth a shot to try..you could get axle brackets from Ballistic fab and frame brackets and build your own 4 link..for your axle.

FYI we put 99 to '10's up axles and suspension in OBS and SD's. I'm the guy on PSN..
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