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Old 08-03-2013, 07:44 AM
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08 to 03 OEM Suspension

I found a wrecked 08 that has a good frame and axles. Would an 08 suspension bolt up to 03 frame?
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:15 AM
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yes, you pretty much need to take everything from the 08 and try to get the steering box. You will probably need a track rod bracket out of an 05... Us an air chisel to take the rivets out of the coil buckets and radius arm mounts. You will need some driveline work done and drill a few holes. You will probably also need some new wheels...

Make sure you check to see what gearing you have in the new axles.
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08 leafs are longer, so plan on moving the forward spring hangers also.

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Here are the specs on the truck.
08 F-350 4x4 CC LB XL
Had a 5.4 or V10 in it, has 4.10 gears no trac lock
no trans no t-case no motor
All the steering is there and suspension too.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:42 AM
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I wouldn't use the '08 rear springs, if you want a better ride quality plan 4 link arms.

We have helped guys do this swap so PM me if I can help.

Also plan on using '05 up rims.
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Cary helped me with my conversion it went really smooth Good luck.
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What issues if any will I run into with the brakes? What will I need to do to the front drive shaft?
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I'd try the 2003 drive shaft, it should be the same, should be. Both years used a Dana 60 and both years had the axle in the same fore/aft position.

The axles also got wider in 2005 and the brakes got bigger also. So your 16s just won't fit. Even if you had 17s on your truck now, they would stick out about 1.5" ~ 2".
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You will need to take your ABS sensors out of your old axles and put them in the new ones. Otherwise you will end up with a ABS light on in your dash.
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Good info guys! Now what about the steering? Any major differences? Is there going to be an issues with the hydro-boost since the 08 was a gas truck?
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