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New F350 Project NEED HELP!

Hi all,
Love this forum....always a TON of useful information and insight!
So, I have a new "project" that I need some advice/help with. I just bought a 2006 F350 Crew Cab 4x4 SRW. This truck came already lifted, with wheels and tires etc. The guy I bought it from wasn't the original owner and he said he believed the lift was a 12" lift. It looks like a monster. Anyway, It has a pro-comp lift, that I know because the front radius arm bars have the "pro-Comp" logo cut outs. This is where my knowledge of said lift ends....I cannot tell how the rest of the setup was built. It has huge springs in the front with what looks to be a 3.5"-4" spacer block ON TOP of the springs. In the rear, it has different leaf springs with the factory 4" lift block sandwiched under the springs with what look to be a 2" or so block top and bottom. Up front it has the sway bar bracket drops, what appears to be pro-comp pitman arm drop and so on. The truck sits on 20" Mazzi Hulk wheels with 37" pro-comp tires and there are no rubbing issues.
So, all that being said, I need to be sure that (1) things are done properly on this truck so I don't have any ride/wear/safety issues etc. and (2) I may need to drop it back down a little bit to fall within the legal limits for my state. First off, is there any way to tell definitively HOW much of a lift is on there? Are there any sort of stock frame measurements I can compare to?
What do you guys think is the best course of attack for lowering a bit and being sure everything is still within spec? If I had the money I would just put on a fresh new lift kit...but unfortunately this is a work in progress AND on a budget!
Sorry this is such a novel and than you for everyone's help/input.
Rob
P.S. I will add some picts of the truck shortly.
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in for pics.

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Doesn't really look like 12" especially only having 37's but you could start by removing blocks front and rear that are the same size, there is a guy in the south east willing to trade 08 suspension stock for lift, but my dads 2010 has 37's and a 4" lift, has a little less height than you do

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looks closer to a 10" lift if those are 37s


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Here it is compared to my stock F450 for reference. I am going to take some detailed photos of the suspension tonight and post them so everyone can see what I've got under there.
Thanks for the thoughts so far everyone.
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looks a lot like my 8", if those are 37's you should be damn near skying them.
you may have some worn out springs that were once a 10-12 and are now sagging.

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Do you guys think I would be able to lower it by taking those spring blocks out (3"-4") and NOT have any tire clearance issues???
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solely from the pics, I think if you drop 4"s you wont be able to turn the wheel to lock.

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Here are a few more detailed picts of the front and rear setups. I hate not knowing what the original setup was from the previous owner....
Is the front track bar supposed to have that slight bend in it, or is mine tweaked?
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