Yea you can do better by a long shot !!! I paid $385.00 for the I-Con springs which are made by Donaldson Racing. Of coarse you can go with another spring manufacturer I would look for a progressive rate coil to get the softer ride.
Soft shocks are going to make a big difference so choose wisely.
Holy Crap, what?? Our spring are $315 for our linear rate leveling springs that ride softer than stock spring. Progressive rate doesn't mean softer, it just means differentiating rates in the coil. 8"-9" of front travel really isn't enough to justify a variable rate, plus you risk coil chatter being an issue in the tight-wind/soft rate given the small diameter of the Ford springs and tendency to bow a softer spring.
Man I haven't posted on here in a long time but I am looking for a few answers and all help would be greatly appreciated.
First off, I own a 2008 f250 4x4 with the 6.4, it has a rough country 2.5" leveling kit with 20" wheels and 35" toyo mt's. The ride on this thing is absolutely awful. My last truck was a 7.3 with a 6" lift and 37's and it was a much softer ride along with the front springs being pro comps. Also, I was looking at it today while changing my oil and in the front the amount of travel I have is incredibly small... there might be 3" between the axle and bump stop but it's closer to 2".
As far as driving I don't go offroad much at all, but would probably be willing to more if it rode better, and I tow a 24' wakeboard boat about twice a week during the summer. Other than that it stays on concrete
So heres what I'm interested in hearing about:
Carli 2.5 pintop leveling kit- this is the most expensive but everyone raves about carli, and it has 9" of travel in the front. Much improved, but what does it? is it just the spring and shock combo? Could I not source out springs and shocks and maybe get the same ride quality for cheaper?
Pure performance has a few kits and I've heard good things about them so hows the ride quality?
Carli uses radius arms, but I would possibly be willing to go up to a 4.5" kit and put 37's on it at some point. How are the 4 link kits as far as ride quality and wheel travel?
And for the back, I have towing airbags now but don't use them even for the boat. Whats the best thing to do for the back? I've heard about the '11 spring swap? but does it make that big of a difference?
And for now I think thats it, any help or insight is greatly appreciated and I do understand its a large truck and wont ride like a lexus, but how it is now really needs improving.
The ride quality comes from a combination of custom tuning in the shocks and our coil rates. Each kit with differentiating shock packages will ride different. For a slightly better than stock ride, grab a 2.5" starter system (much cheaper than a pintop system) and that will maintain your ability to tow and soften the ride. Grabbing a set of 17" wheels for the 35" tires will help too.
We use radius arms as they maintain a ton of control and deflect well when they need to. We've tested every configuration here and converting to a dual pivot point (4-link) free's up the front end too much for our liking. The added articulation is at the cost of stability and control so we elect to maintain the radius arm setup and have yet to find a downside. Added articulation is great on a 3,000lb. jeep but we prefer the stability of the radius arm on these trucks as the 8,000lb. truck will deflect the bushing enough to articulate and maintains amazing control.
As for the airbags, add our add-a-pack (comes with all but the leveling kit) and new shocks and remove the airbags, if you're not using them, for a way better ride.
Been doing a little more research, and it looks like on carli's leveling kits they all come with carli's coils and then the difference is in the shocks that come with each kit. So does anyone have opinions on the best riding coil and shock combo? Feel like I might be able to do better than the $2500 for carli's kit with a little research. And on their website it states that the leveling kit has 9" of travel in the front which is much more than I have now, is this just do to my rough country leveling kit?
Our kit rides, as stated above vary with shock package choice. The starter kit rides slightly better than stock with more control and added wheel travel while the pintop is a ride quality and performance transformation. All kits include the same coils and hard parts so if you want to upgrade in the future from the starter to the pintops, a shock change is all that's required.
The capability of the pintop extends past the pavement as well. Check out this thread I made that i will continue to update throughout the next couple days. We went for some testing and tuning in Baja and I'm documenting the trip and R&D session.
Baja 500 - 2013
As for your leveling kit. The rough country spaces you upward but doesn't add any actual travel.