Leveling kit with towing - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Suspension & Steering Discuss OEM & aftermarket suspension, lifts, air ride suspension, shocks, steering components, etc.

User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 05-02-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Redlazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Snow Camp, NC
Posts: 191
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Leveling kit with towing

How does adding a leveling kit effect towing? I tow a 23ft boat and sometimes a 32ft 5th wheel camper. I like the look of a trick with a leveling kit but still need to tow allot of weight at times.

early 99 Red F-250 XL SD, 7.3L, 6-speed manual, Extended Cab, Long Bed, 4x4 Off Road, and Reflexxion Cowl Hood, Ion Alloy 183 wheels, 05 headlights with 6000k AC HID kit, and led turn signals, Ford ASI filter w/ zoodad mod and foam sleeve, TS 6 position chip, Auto Meter Z series Boost and EGT gauges, and straight pipe oem exhaust. .

CAROLINA GRAY BOY
Redlazer is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 05-02-2013, 01:41 PM
Don't you worry about it


 
strokinpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 8,085
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 182 Post(s)
Thanks: 52
Thanked 223 Times in 206 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
put air bags on it to keep it level with a load.


Keith
2014 F250 Platinum FX4
AFE Intake
Sct x4
4" Dual Exhaust no muffler with 5" MBRP tips
4" BDS with Fox shocks
20x9 Gear Alloy Big blocks 0 offset
35" Toyo AT2's
Procomp Pro runner dual stabilizers
strokinpower is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 05-03-2013, 10:13 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Fallon, Nv
Posts: 2,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 54
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The truck sits tail high to level out under load. A leveling kit will make it nose high loaded, hence the air bag statement.

Sent from my LG-VS700 using AutoGuide.Com Free App

Karl and his 2003 6.0

Barefoot Accelerator Pedal
TRICO Force wiper blades
Yellow Military Aircraft Valve Stem Caps
Offensive "Stick Family" Decal
Big Ol'Honkin 1 1/4" Shank Receiver Hitch


WHAT!?! I was trying to list stuff that everyone else
hasn't already listed for their truck!




Karls03 is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 05-04-2013, 07:03 AM
Slacker



 
Evil Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 18,081
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 171 Times in 146 Posts
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
x2 what those two guys said above. Even with air bags, a heavy 5th wheel can still cause it to squat a bit.

Shawn Carlson
EvilEye@powerstroke.org

Proud Navy Vet
2005 F250, CCSB, 6.0 PSD, FX4 (The Sweet Unit is white)
2008 F350, CCLB, 6.4 PSD (Brad-the wife's truck is black)




Engine Mods:
Fluidampr
CCV Reroute (Reinstated)
4" MBRP Exhaust
MTW Stage 1 Turbo
Bulletproof 53V FICM
BulletProof EGR Cooler
BulletProof Water Pump
Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
Gogo Diesel Direct Drive Solenoid
BulletProof All-Aluminum Radiator
BulletProof All-Aluminum Intercooler
BulletProof Oil Cooler System w/ Bypass Filter
SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

Exterior Mods:
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
Icon Adjustable Trac Bar
Firestone RideRite Air Bags
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer
Aluminum Finned Differential Cover
Reese 16k Manual Slider 5th Wheel Hitch
Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
20" BMF Novakanes wrapped in 33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
Evil Eye is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 05-04-2013, 11:15 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
blue99stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Chico, California
Posts: 4,576
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Thanks: 18
Thanked 169 Times in 161 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
mine had a leveling kit installed when i bought it.
but i think the previous owner put a f350 block in the rear which is like 1 inch taller than the f250 block.
this raised the back up so it is slightly raked forward.
it looks perfect when i tow.

99.5 f250 7.3 4x4 255k
PHP Phoenix, S&B, 4" Diamond Eye, Hpx, Stancor, RR Billet Wheel, RR AIH Delete, Autometer Gauges, Pro Comp leveled, Transgo Tugger, Billet TQ Converter, Warn Hubs, Int'l Up-Pipes, RR IC-Boots, Non-Ebpv Pedestal, High Flow Outlet, Hucorey's HPOP Lines, RR High Flow Fuel Fittings, RR OCR, Barder 360 Thrust Kit, 08 Tow Mirrors.

Dad-2000 7.3 108k miles, Autometer Gauges, Superchips 1705, RR AIH Delete, 6637, 4" Diamond Eye, BD Billet Wheel, TruCool Max
blue99stroker is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 05-04-2013, 11:23 PM
Member
 
valhalla1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: The Cleve
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I personally never understood this leveling fad with trucks, they are for loads and built that way, just remember to reaim (or have reaimed) your headlights as raising the nose up will put the headlight aim out causing you to blind people on low beam, and have reduced lighting (on road surface) when on high beam. just put a ride height adjustable airbag system on and it will keep the load a pre set perameters....just my $.02's

valhalla1 is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 05-05-2013, 06:44 AM
Slacker



 
Evil Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 18,081
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 171 Times in 146 Posts
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by blue99stroker View Post
mine had a leveling kit installed when i bought it.
but i think the previous owner put a f350 block in the rear which is like 1 inch taller than the f250 block.
this raised the back up so it is slightly raked forward.
it looks perfect when i tow.
I also installed the F350 blocks but mine was because it was slightly nose high. Now, it's perfect when driving around town, but when towing the 5er, it can make it squat pretty good. Air bags help, but doesn't completely eliminate my problem. I might need to bump up to 4 or 4.5" rear blocks, which will give me a slight rake when driving around town, but should eliminate the sag while towing.

My issue is slight, but it's driving my OCD insane...

Shawn Carlson
EvilEye@powerstroke.org

Proud Navy Vet
2005 F250, CCSB, 6.0 PSD, FX4 (The Sweet Unit is white)
2008 F350, CCLB, 6.4 PSD (Brad-the wife's truck is black)




Engine Mods:
Fluidampr
CCV Reroute (Reinstated)
4" MBRP Exhaust
MTW Stage 1 Turbo
Bulletproof 53V FICM
BulletProof EGR Cooler
BulletProof Water Pump
Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
Gogo Diesel Direct Drive Solenoid
BulletProof All-Aluminum Radiator
BulletProof All-Aluminum Intercooler
BulletProof Oil Cooler System w/ Bypass Filter
SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

Exterior Mods:
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
Icon Adjustable Trac Bar
Firestone RideRite Air Bags
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer
Aluminum Finned Differential Cover
Reese 16k Manual Slider 5th Wheel Hitch
Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
20" BMF Novakanes wrapped in 33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
Evil Eye is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 05-10-2013, 08:25 AM
Compression Ignition Addict


 
Onawave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Salem Oregon
Posts: 2,411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I put a 2 inch lift on the front of my 01, knowing the rear squatted like a girl puppy with my 5th wheel loaded. I fought and searched what to do with the rear.. I was against air bags. The thought of having to put air bags made me mad. These truck should be able to handle anything with out mods to the rear..

After 2 months of searching all kinds of what to add in the rear I bought air bags.. OMG!! I LOVE THEM!!! The 5th wheel pulls a thousand times better!! I can't believe the difference. Even if I didn't add the front level kit I would put air bags on the rear. They are spendy, and not to bad to install.. and makes a world of difference.

Paul
Onawave is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 05-10-2013, 10:29 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Groveport, Ohio
Posts: 714
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 30
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Bags made that big a change in yoru feelings on them ey? I cant decide between bags or 4 inch blocks. There are bags out there for 290 for a manual inflating set, or 4 inch blocks for 160 with ubolts.

I only tow maybe 15 weekends a year so not that much, and figure the blocks are cheaper, quicker install, but if bags really make it that much better may be worth it.

2010 Ford F250 XLT ; 5" Diamond Eye DP Back ; 2" Rough Country Leveling Kit ; 18x9 XD Hoss's wrapped in 33 Mastercraft AXT's ; 4" Top Gun Customz Blocks ; SCT Livewire w/ Gearhead Custom Tunes : AFE Stage 2 CAI
madcat6183 is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 05-10-2013, 10:56 AM
Don't you worry about it


 
strokinpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 8,085
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 182 Post(s)
Thanks: 52
Thanked 223 Times in 206 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
The blocks dont do anything to help with extra weight but the bags will.


Keith
2014 F250 Platinum FX4
AFE Intake
Sct x4
4" Dual Exhaust no muffler with 5" MBRP tips
4" BDS with Fox shocks
20x9 Gear Alloy Big blocks 0 offset
35" Toyo AT2's
Procomp Pro runner dual stabilizers
strokinpower is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome