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post #1 of 50 Old 03-16-2018, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Leveled Platinum with 295ís

When I decided I wanted to change up the look on my stock 2015 F-350 Platinum I did a lot of searching but didn’t find everything I was looking for so figured this may help others. I decided I wanted to level my truck but I also tow a 37’ bumper pull camper that weighs around 9k so I didn’t want to go too crazy. I wanted to retain the stock rider or perhaps improve it & didn’t want to do any body modifications. Fortunately I don’t have to drive my truck daily since it’s basically a weekend toy so while I wasn’t too concerned about driveability I didn’t want howling tires, nasty road vibes & wandering steering.

Basically after researching 1.5”, 2.0” & 2.5” I decided on a simple cheap Rough Country 2” puck style level. I looked at spring level kits but they were all 2.5” & since I didn’t want to replace rear blocks, ie lift the rear I figured 2” was all I could do. Plus in my research whether it be Ready Lift, Icon, Bilstein etc you basically have to either relocate the track bar or get an adjustable track bar to do it properly. When I originally measured my truck I had a 2 1/4” difference on the drivers side & a 2 3/4” on the passenger side as it sat stock. Once I decided on the 2” puck set up I decided to go with Bilstein 5100’s designed for 0-2” lifts, orders placed & waited for the brown truck to arrive.

When the level kit & shocks showed up it took a couple of hours to install everything. When I was researching the puck style kits they all looked the same so I bought the lower cost RC kit figuring apples to apples. The one challenge I did have is that the RC 2” kit included cheesy hardware. The bolts you remove from the factory spring pockets are shouldered with an 18mm bolt head but the hardware included in the RC kit is a 22mm non shouldered bolt that due to the size of the bolt head didn’t allow me to fully tighten to spec. I had to make a run to the hardware store to buy some washers that would allow the bolt head to stick up out of the spring pocket enough for me to tighten. So the lack of two .15 cent washers held me up for an hour while my truck sat on jack stands. Once I had the washers I was able to fully tighten the bolts & the rest of the kit went together just fine.

Once the level was complete & shocks were installed I ordered a set of Toyo Open Country AT2 Extreme’s. I toyed with the idea of replacing the rims but decided for now to stick with the factory Platinum wheels. I decided on LT295/65R20’s mounted to the factory wheels & fortunately there is absolutely zero rubbing anywhere. I did have to remove my molded front mud guards since unfortunately at certain steering angles the tires did contact the mud flaps. I had the tire shop perform the alignment & as the research suggested I did loose some castor. Currently my truck is barely in spec with castor but everything else is dead on. I have checked & do not see any evidence of the axle shifting to the left due to track bar not being relocated but haven’t measured to confirm yet. The truck goes down the road great, better than stock with the factory shocks & Michelin’s that had less than 3k on them when replaced. Overall I am very happy with how the truck turned out. When camping season comes I will probably have to install rear bags to keep from squatting but I am waiting to measure first.
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Looks great man!
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Looks good I did the same thing but i went with the Nitto Ridge Grappler.

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Awesome looking trucks to both you guys!! @Sting Do the Ridge Grapplers have much road noise?? My Nitto EXOs are a great tire but for an AT they tend to sing to you on the road.



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I love the Ridge grapplers. Had them on for about 15,000 miles and they are wearing great. Little more noise then the terra grapplers but not much.
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I love the tires, only a couple hundred miles on them so far but they look great. There is a little more noise but not much, with the music on at a moderate level i dont hear anything from them.

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That looks great, sort of off topic question. With that setup, can you fit under a 7' garage door? I'm interested in a similar set up.


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I'm finding the Toyo's are a little louder than the stock Michelin's but not too bad. The ride has definitely improved but I can't say if it's the tires, shocks or a combination of the two. I'm really happy with the new set up over stock.

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RC Leveling Springs VS Spacers?

Looks great! I'm currently in the process of leveling my F-350 although i cant sell myself on buying spacers (although after i read your post it definitely boosts my confidence in going with them!). I noticed Rough Country sells 1.5" springs, which is what i plan on going with. Being that this would be my first endeavor in truck leveling a few red flags came up: First, I noticed Rough Country is the only manufacturer that sells this "spring only" leveling kit, everyone else sells spacers or pricey full kits with leaf packs, adj. trackbars, etc. which poses questions of reliability in that regards. Second, if i were to go with these springs would i need to upgrade shocks, bracket extensions, etc? Being that its only a 1.5" front lift im hoping it will be a simple spring swap and call it a day. What's your thoughts on a simple "spring only" kit over spacers?


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