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Old 10-22-2011, 09:42 AM
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Talking Wanting to go lower

I know some of you will find it strange, however, I purchased this truck and it has a 4" pro-comp lift with 36" tires. While it looks great, the main purpose of me purchasing this truck is to TOW. I realize I "can" tow with it the way it is, however, it's probably not going to be optimal nor do I feel like drawing unnecessary attention to myself getting bothered by the po-po :-)

So.... my friend and co-worker has an '04 F250 that he wants to lift and therefore, wants my setup. He will purchase the "leveling" kit which I believe is approx 2" , correct?

I realize that I'll probably have to swap shocks with him but what else will need to be switched? The front bar? Torsion? Steering stabilizer?
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:49 AM
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Wow lots of views and no response(s). :-(
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:42 PM
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if its a spring kit just springs, track bar if its aftermarket, shocks, pitman arm, sway bar links. maybe a few different items. no a hard job
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if its a spring kit just springs, track bar if its aftermarket, shocks, pitman arm, sway bar links. maybe a few different items. no a hard job
Does that mean that I have to buy all new parts to replace these other ones?
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:40 PM
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nope. just trade your buddy.
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Alright-if you have a 4" kit, here is a comprehensive list of what MUST be swapped from truck to truck.

sway bar end links-front and rear (if equipped)
shocks
track bar drop bracket (track bar as well if it anything other than OEM)
Springs (rear may be a block lift, in which case blocks as well)
bumpstops
pitman arm
carrier bearing shim (if you have a 2 piece driveshaft)

Make sure you address brakelines, sometimes people just bend the brackets so they will fit, other times new lines are used.

PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:12 AM
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Alright-if you have a 4" kit, here is a comprehensive list of what MUST be swapped from truck to truck.

sway bar end links-front and rear (if equipped)
shocks
track bar drop bracket (track bar as well if it anything other than OEM)
Springs (rear may be a block lift, in which case blocks as well)
bumpstops
pitman arm
carrier bearing shim (if you have a 2 piece driveshaft)

Make sure you address brakelines, sometimes people just bend the brackets so they will fit, other times new lines are used.

PM me if you have any questions.
Thank you very much! In your humble opinion, is it stupid of me to want to go lower? I like the look but it just, in my opinion, make sense to have this much lift if my main purpose for the truck is to tow. Thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:38 AM
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a 4" lift will not adversely affect your ability to tow. I actually found that my truck towed my enclosed a bit better lifted-it broke the wind before it hit the wall that is my trailer. I tow all the time and have 12" with 40" tires.

Unless there is something specific your lift is preventing you from doing, I'd leave it the way it is.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:57 AM
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a 4" lift will not adversely affect your ability to tow. I actually found that my truck towed my enclosed a bit better lifted-it broke the wind before it hit the wall that is my trailer. I tow all the time and have 12" with 40" tires.

Unless there is something specific your lift is preventing you from doing, I'd leave it the way it is.
Well I pulled the huge wheels (355/65/18) off because they were rubbing pretty badly. I replaced them with 295/70/18's. After pulling them off I've noticed the truck drives a bit better (not as much swaying).

I guess I can leave the lift on there just wasn't sure if it would have a huge negative impact (mpg, etc) with the lift. Then again I went from 36" tires to 34" tires so I bet that will help.
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If you drive it gently, slightly larger tires can actually help fuel economy by lowering cruise RPM's at a given speed. My last truck picked up 2mpg when I went from stock tires to 37" tires (It takes a lot of discipline, and you have to know what speed your truck is happiest at).

I think you'll be fine with the current setup. Just make sure your tires are E rated, and properly inflated. Post up some pictures of the new rig!
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