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Old 06-29-2012, 07:26 PM
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best leveling kit for 2002 f-350

I am looking for a 2" leveling kit for my 2002 F-350. i have a block and airbags in the rear for towing but i like the height in the rear and only want another 2" in front. I was wondering if just a simple 2" mini pack under my existing leaf springs will do the trick or should i go better quality. I also am putting on bilsteins all round. Thanks for any advice and links would be greatly appreciated for good prices and quality.
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I had a 2000 F-250, extended cab long bed, that I put the Tuff Country Mini spring packs on. The kit came with a drop track bar which was nice, but the ride was rather stiff.
Now I have a 2001 F-350, crew cab long bed, and i went with the procomp 2" replacement springs up front and bought an adjustable track bar. I am so much happier with the ride quality of the procomp springs.
Just for reference I use my truck for highway use and spend hours a week on back roads. I have taken both trucks off road in the sand and rocks and the procomps ride and handle much better.
The f-250 had airbags in the back and the f-350 has the larger blocks, both trucks sat level.

Procomp kit Pro Comp Suspension Systems K4012 - Pro Comp Level Lift Suspension System Kits - Overview - SummitRacing.com

Tuff Country kit Tuff Country 22962 - Ford F250 / F350 Leveling Kit - 2000-2004 2.5"
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For around the same price you could just do front air bags or go with after market leaf springs.........Or even some stock X-codes, can get those for under $300 including shipping from SDtrucksprings.com.
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For around the same price you could just do front air bags or go with after market leaf springs.........Or even some stock X-codes, can get those for under $300 including shipping from SDtrucksprings.com.
What are x-code springs? I plan on putting on bilsteins after the leveling. Do I need a relocation bracket for track bar or an adjustable track ball? I was thinking just a mini leaf pack off ebay for $100
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The x-codes are Ford's heaviest duty front springs...Went on the F450/550s and snow plow package trucks....Do a search on them, plenty of people have used them for a leveling kit.

just IMO here, I wouldn't go with the mini-leaf pack. A PO of my truck added a shorter extra leaf and it's been diggin into the bottom of my stock pack so now I'm having to replace the whole set. Though it doesn't seem like it was made for it so the mini-packs could work fine, just think full length would be best.
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The x-codes are Ford's heaviest duty front springs...Went on the F450/550s and snow plow package trucks....Do a search on them, plenty of people have used them for a leveling kit.

just IMO here, I wouldn't go with the mini-leaf pack. A PO of my truck added a shorter extra leaf and it's been diggin into the bottom of my stock pack so now I'm having to replace the whole set. Though it doesn't seem like it was made for it so the mini-packs could work fine, just think full length would be best.
How difficult is install of the new springs?
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Looks like it's only 2 more bolts then adding a mini-pack would be....Have to jack up the frame and unbolt the axle anyways, just 2 more to unbolt the springs. I'll be finding out here in the next couple weeks or so. And you should get new U-bolts everytime you unbolt the axle.
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Looks like it's only 2 more bolts then adding a mini-pack would be....Have to jack up the frame and unbolt the axle anyways, just 2 more to unbolt the springs. I'll be finding out here in the next couple weeks or so. And you should get new U-bolts everytime you unbolt the axle.
Thank you please PM me when you do the install and let me know what you needed if you can. I really need to level my truck. Just want to make sure it doesn't lift the front to the point where it's higher than the rear.
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to the OP, do you like the current ride quality..minus the shocks ???? if so you need to look into a hanger or shackle kit. it keep the ride quality while lifting the truck up to 2.5" depending on the maker. when changing springs or adding mini packs or add a leafs, it increases spring rate and ride may suffer. swapping to a full aftermarket spring can have same effect, with out knowing what the spring rate is , you really dont know what shock will be best. either way if you want great ride quality, a bilstein 7100 series is a great shock choice, you can either change valving your self, or have someone who really knows these trucks set it up for you.
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I personally went with the Pro Comp 2" shackle and hanger kit. I am very pleased with the ride quality and handling on an off road. I picked them up from Raul at Stealth Automotive, who is a vendor here on the ORG.

http://www.stealth-automotive.com/in...roduct_id=1019
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