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Need to lower new truck. HELP!!!!

Just picked-up a 2013 F350 Platinum 4x4 Short Bed, the result of having a drunk driver take-out the passenger side of my 2010 F250.

The new truck sits so high that my fifth wheel trailer is dangerously close to hitting the bed and the front of the trailer is excessively high.

What is the most cost effective way to bring the rear of the truck down 2" to 3"? It would also make the truck sit & look much better.

.....Replace the 3 1/2" blocks with 2" blocks?

.....Lowering shackles? (I can't find any for my truck on the Internet)

.....Run a set of 14" tires & wheels?

Any ideas/solutions would be appreciated!
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Just picked-up a 2013 F350 Platinum 4x4 Short Bed, the result of having a drunk driver take-out the passenger side of my 2010 F250.

The new truck sits so high that my fifth wheel trailer is dangerously close to hitting the bed and the front of the trailer is excessively high.

What is the most cost effective way to bring the rear of the truck down 2" to 3"? It would also make the truck sit & look much better.

.....Replace the 3 1/2" blocks with 2" blocks?

.....Lowering shackles? (I can't find any for my truck on the Internet)

.....Run a set of 14" tires & wheels?

Any ideas/solutions would be appreciated!
Is it a stock F350, they come with a larger block then the F250

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wouldn't it be cheaper to lift the trailer? i see it done time and time again. I know a few guys with 38's pulling 5th wheels...

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When I had a 5th wheel toy-hauler, I just had the axles flipped and it was fine. Things do get a little close with a short bed. I assume you have a slider?
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If you swap rear blocks, you will be slightly high in the front. Lifting the camper sounds like a quick and easy solution as compared to lowering your new 4X4 truck.

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The trailer is an easier way to go. If you mess with the truck height, you are changing front-end geometry and could make your tires wear funny and make the truck handle poorly.
If you "flip" the trailer axles, don't actually flip them. The axles are cambered(bent) upward in the middle to compensate for load deflection. It only takes a spring seat set to spring over the axles. Depending on the diameter of the axles and the thickness of the spring packs, you will see about 4" of lift by doing a spring over.

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Yep...I meant "flip" them to the underside of the leafs....that can sound deceiving.
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Yep...I meant "flip" them to the underside of the leafs....that can sound deceiving.
I've seen people flip them... Literally. Kinda makes you wonder who's holding their sign

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Does the F-350 actually sit higher than the F-250 in the front? I know the block is bigger in the rear but IF they are the same height in the front then swapping to the smaller block is quick and easy if you ask me. Need the smaller blocks and new u-bolts. I wouldn't think that lowering the rear 1.5" would make enough of a difference on the front to need an alignment. Not 100% sure though.

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If your truck looks high in the rear when unloaded on level ground, then yes, swapping blocks will drop the rear and level the truck WHEN IT'S EMPTY. Put a load in/on it and you will be nosed up, blinding oncoming traffic with your headlights. If the blocks buy you 1 1/2", is that enough to save the bed?

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