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Old 01-08-2012, 09:47 PM
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Need Help!!! Leveling Kit Installation

Just got this leveling kit for my truck:

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I've heard it's not too hard to tackle on your own, but I've never really messed with suspension and don't really know where to start. Any installation advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:22 PM
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all you really need is a set of jackstands and a floor jack with an impact.
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When assembling the springpack, getting the holes lined up well enough to get the center pin through may take you a while.

Breaking the track bar bolts loose wont be easy either. They are on there with about 400 ft-lbs.

The rest of it is time consuming but pretty simple.

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When assembling the springpack, getting the holes lined up well enough to get the center pin through may take you a while.

Breaking the track bar bolts loose wont be easy either. They are on there with about 400 ft-lbs.

The rest of it is time consuming but pretty simple.
Having had my front end apart a few times, the track bar does not need to come off to remove the leaf spring pack. I used a very large table vise and a friend to reassemble my front spring packs. The front bumper MUST come off to get the front leaf spring bolts. It's not hard.
If you don't have a lift you will need 4 jack stands, 2 for the frame, 2 on the axle. Do one side at a time or the axle will rotate towards the pinion making re-assembly a pain.
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i also recommend to spray all bolts and nuts a couple of times days before install will make it much easier.

i used PB Blaster
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Having had my front end apart a few times, the track bar does not need to come off to remove the leaf spring pack. I used a very large table vise and a friend to reassemble my front spring packs. The front bumper MUST come off to get the front leaf spring bolts. It's not hard.
If you don't have a lift you will need 4 jack stands, 2 for the frame, 2 on the axle. Do one side at a time or the axle will rotate towards the pinion making re-assembly a pain.
Having had my front end apart several times, the leaf packs do not need to be removed from the truck to add the new mini-pack. If the springs aren't removed, the bumper won't have to be, either.

The track bar may not absolutely have to be removed for front end work, but it will be easier to mate the springs back to the axle if it is....especially if an adjustable length bar is not being added to replace the original (which will now be too short).
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Just got this leveling kit for my truck:

http://www.amazon.com/Ford-Leveling-...6087991&sr=8-1

I've heard it's not too hard to tackle on your own, but I've never really messed with suspension and don't really know where to start. Any installation advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Regrdless of what method you use, clamp those springs before loosening the center bolt. These are springs, and they are under tension, be careful! A big c-clamp will work if you're doing it on the truck.
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I have looked at the same kit of my 03,but it is my understanding you will need to buy and adjustable trac bar or get a kit with a trac bar drop bracket.
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I have looked at the same kit of my 03,but it is my understanding you will need to buy and adjustable trac bar or get a kit with a trac bar drop bracket.
You don't need a drop bracket/adjustable trac bar with a leveling kit. Get up to a 4" lift or more, yes, dropped steering arm too. When I did the leveling kit thing, I even reused my OEM shocks.
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Any time you alter the front end height, you really should adjust the position or the length of the track bar.

Less lift just means you need less adjustment.
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