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Old 01-27-2014, 10:28 PM
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time to make some changes

I have an '02 F350 with 165k and it is time for new tires. It is my daily right now and rides terrible, Pa roads don't help any. I do haul my UTV in the bed, which doesn't sag the rear at all. I very rarely tow anything anymore. I'm looking to do shocks and springs for a better ride when empty and level it out. When it's sitting in my garage, the rear is 4" higher than the front. Most leveling kits I see are only 2.5". I'm looking for suggestions on either lowering the back to match the stock front and keep the stock tire size or changing everything and being able to fit 33s with a better ride. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Our front ends are a bit different, but I know with the 05 and up, there are 4" front kits that include 4" lift coils and shocks...

I am dead level right now but always feel nose high, I am going to raise the rear 2" to get some rake back.

That's another idea: How tall is your rear block? If its a taller after market, you could install a shorter block. But I would raise the front 2-4" if it were me... Bigger is always better, right?!?
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:29 AM
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Sounds like your front springs are sagging to me. 4" is a lot of difference. If your shocks are still oem they are shot. I personally would do new front leaf springs and shocks at all four corners. You could do a x rated spring from ford (ford part number: 2c3z5310af)and get a 1.5-2" lift from factory height. You can also find them at wrecking yards. If you are sagging the height would be more. The x rated spring is a 6000 lb and if I had to guess you have u rated springs rated for 5200 lb. you will have a stiffer ride with the x rated spring. I purchased a 4" soft ride lift for my 01 f250 and it sags bad in the front after about 10 years. I would stay away from soft ride if you go with new springs. I bet some other members will chime in on what options you have.


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Old 01-28-2014, 11:42 AM
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I plan on changing all 4 shocks. I'm just curious as to what I should do for springs. I'll just lift it if I need new front springs. So what kits will give me a better ride and allow me to fit 33s?
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Check out Thunder2's post in this section. He just lifted an 02...
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I just reread your post and noticed you have a f350. They have a 3 5/8" rear block compared to the f250 rear block of 2". So your springs might not be sagging. Oops I better think before I speak.


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