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Old 05-26-2013, 07:46 AM
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torn between tire sizes and a leveling kit

I have an 04 F250 HD. Currently it has some 295/65/18s on the stock polished 5 spoke HD rims. I dont mind the rims but the tires are close to worn and I wanna go bigger. Its stock height, Im thinking about 305/65-325/65 because they are the same price. I would like to go as big as i can now and maybe level the front suspension out later. I cant afford the 1500 for a lift and 1k in tires so 1k in tires and a 250 leveling kit wouldnt be too bad. whats the biggest i can squeeze with no wheel spacer or tire rubbing (i can deal with a slight rub on locked turns)
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I really think that you should be adding the cost of some 10" rims into your master plan there. Running a 12" or a 12.75" tire on an OEM 7" or 8" wheel isn't the best idea ever. The psi will have to be very low to prevent the tire from ballooning up and wearing/riding on the center of the tread. I have 315s on a 10" wheel and have to run 40 psi to maintain even tread wear. Look at those 295s that you have, are they bald in the center with tread lugs on the outsides? That's from over inflation. It's like I told the monkeys at Discount Tire in Las Vegas when they tried pushing my psi back to 50 after I specified not to when I went in for rotation/balance, "I didn't pay $1000 for these tires to ride on the center 6 inches!"

The good news is that you can run a 305/65 (33.6") on a leveling kit and a 10" wheel without any problems. But a 325/65 (34.63") on a 10 inch wheel is going to need at least 4" of lift.

If you're anything like me, being torn between the looks of a lift and the low cost of a leveling kit means that you should save the money and get a lift the first time.

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:07 AM
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I'm leaning more towards the 305/60 or 305/65s... How do you guys feel about the x-code front spings? I can get a new pair for $100 and ppl say it'll lift it a little. Or who makes a lower cost leveling kit?
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I have read that the x spring is good for some front lift.

I would be leery of any low priced leveling kits, remember that you get what you paid for.

If I had to do it again, I would do this:

HD Shackle and Hanger Lifts

or this:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/exp-22410 (this is EACH leaf)

I'm sure someone will pipe in how wrong it is, but when I only had a 2" front lift on my 2003, I didn't mess with the track bar or shocks. I had to adjust the drag link to re-center the steering wheel, but that was it.

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I have read that the x spring is good for some front lift.

I would be leery of any low priced leveling kits, remember that you get what you paid for.

If I had to do it again, I would do this:

HD Shackle and Hanger Lifts

or this:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/exp-22410 (this is EACH leaf)

I'm sure someone will pipe in how wrong it is, but when I only had a 2" front lift on my 2003, I didn't mess with the track bar or shocks. I had to adjust the drag link to re-center the steering wheel, but that was it.

If i were to do the X-codes with those shackles, what can i do to the rear to get it a bit higher? Id assume that the shackle/x-codes will do about 4" or so to id only have to lift the rear a couple inches...


maybe B-code rears?
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If i were to do the X-codes with those shackles, what can i do to the rear to get it a bit higher? Id assume that the shackle/x-codes will do about 4" or so to id only have to lift the rear a couple inches...


maybe B-code rears?
The rear is simple. Bigger blocks, and longer U-bolts..
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I have the rough country 2.5" leveling kit. Kit comes with replacement leaf springs and everything you need to install for about 500 bucks if I remember correctly and I'm running 35x12.50 tires on a 17x9 wheel they wear good with just minimal tire rub occasionally nothing serious at all.
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currently kicking around the idea of the X-codes to bring the front up a tad and the 305/60 or 65s. Now i just need to find a decent price on some tires haha
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If i were to do the X-codes with those shackles, what can i do to the rear to get it a bit higher?
Keep in mind that if you want to maintain the factory rake, then whatever you lift the front, lift the rear the same. However, if you want it level, subtract the block height from what you did to the front. I learned this the hard way.

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I have found some 295/70/18 Falkens for about 235 a tire which isnt too bad. I think I will be able to get those installed and wait on the lift for now.
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