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Old 02-15-2014, 01:49 PM
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2002 F350 front leaf springs

Guys I am truly sorry for adding a thread on a topic I know has been beat to death. I am so confused on what I should do I have given up Google searching for my answer.

My truck has 259,000 miles. It's an '02 350 Crew 4x4 SRW. When I got the truck the front was nose dived.

I put on drop shackles to lift the front about 2 inches. BUT, I think the springs might be worn enough that it is not really level just closer.

I have "V" code springs rated at 2,230 lb each

If I need to replace my springs (Unsure) then I want to go heavier like "X" code 2,630 lb. Everywhere I read, X codes are rated at 6,000 lbs but from what I gather this must be OEM Ford springs only. The 43-818 like from SD Springs is 5,260 lb

I don't want to get new "X" code 2,630 lb springs if I will not gain the extra 1.5 inches or so I am looking for. I am not opposed to putting in the X codes AND the drop shackles. There is also a 43-818HD which is rated at 3940 lb per side.

Advice please.........
Go with generic X codes and the drop shackles?
Go with 43-818HD and NO drop shackles
or add extra leafs to what I have now..

I cant afford a $400 leveling kit or Real X code oem springs.
I know I will possibly need other mods like track bar, etc. Right now I just want to get the height. OH and I plow and it's not a daily driver, I don't care if the ride is stiff.
Thanks sorry so long.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:52 PM
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One more thing....
How do I know if the stock springs are whooped? They all have negative arches so its hard to tell. I cannot say it rides bad or bounces and my plow only drops the front about an inch when lifted.

Also some guys say X codes do not raise front at all just have more lifting ability. I don't see how this is possible, same weight on front with more capacity almost has to raise it some........
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:12 AM
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Figured out my own solution. Literally hours of Google searches and ordered Pro Comp lift springs. 22210 2 inch lift. I figure since my springs are pretty worn I will likely have a huge gain in lift, new springs, plus 2 inch over stock height. I may be able to put my stock spring hangers back on.

Now the only problem I am having is finding the correct length U-Bolts. I've tried all the popular on-line stores. Anyone have experience? I think I need 9/16" X 3 X 11 or so long. Semi Round. The closest "spring shop" to me is very very expensive because they have no competition.
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