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Old 09-07-2015, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hi folks. I have a 2003 xlt scab longbed 2wd. This truck is a pure bred work truck, has 170,000 miles, consistently hauls 1,000+ lbs in the bed. I currently have a snapped leaf spring in the drivers side rear. It has certainly sagged over the years.

Now, this truck is purely a street truck. I will take it off the road, but not really "off-roading." The truck is too long and not designed for it, so I don't even try. That being said, I am interested in hearing experiences from this forum on beefing up this old trucks suspension.

I am going for a few things: Most important is functionality. I wouldn't mind a mild lift i/e helper springs if that's the way to go. I guess in a perfect world I would like a leveling kit of some sort, simply for aesthetic reasons to match my 33" BFG TKO2's

So my overall question is this: What are the best suspension mods for this 2wd street hauler?

I have done a little parts research and I came to the conclusion that the best idea for the rear is an OEM leaf spring, add a helper spring, and some good shocks (I want your opinion on these as well).

Now for the front: I am not too familiar with how to functionally improve and lift the front. I would like to get 1"-2" out of the front. Open to all suggestions here.

I want the lift for getting around in the winter. I work in blizzards and 3 feet of snow. You better believe this longbed is running right thru the snow. I'd like to have the ground clearance to match the tires
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Ok well
1- hmmm 33"a stock? Post size
I have a 3" spindle lift and run those. Not too much room.
2- for rear the 7700 or f250ld is the way to go.
3- front options are coil spring or coil spacer. For longevity of suspension you should go for 3" spindle. Factory angles, everything happy. And you get pretty high up on 33"s.
4- if you expect going through I snow you may want to do 7.5"
Then your talkin 35"s. I personally think that's silly though.
5- to help with snow might want to get a locker? Or if you have open diff than DEFINITELY a ls from a yard.
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1) Okay, you got me! The tires are actually 285/75/16. That comes out to 32.8" x 11.4". They fit fine in the rear, the fronts are pretty tight, they rub a little bit at full lock. I'm cool with it tho.

2) What's a 7700, 250ld etc. Are those springs?

3) I would go with a new coil spring at this point for sure. Are there 1" or 2" lift springs available that I can mix with a good shock up front? I would rather not go with a 3" spindle if it's not necessary.

4) Definitely don't want or need to go to 7.5"

5) I would like to believe I have something other that an open diff. I would have to confirm with the vin # for that tho. I get around just fine in the snow, it's just that sometimes I'm on the road before the plow trucks
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Ok well
1- hmmm 33"a stock? Post size
I have a 3" spindle lift and run those. Not too much room.
2- for rear the 7700 or f250ld is the way to go.
3- front options are coil spring or coil spacer. For longevity of suspension you should go for 3" spindle. Factory angles, everything happy. And you get pretty high up on 33"s.
4- if you expect going through I snow you may want to do 7.5"
Then your talkin 35"s. I personally think that's silly though.
5- to help with snow might want to get a locker? Or if you have open diff than DEFINITELY a ls from a yard.
hmmm... did my reply not make it thru? maybe I should try again
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Ok well
1- hmmm 33"a stock? Post size
I have a 3" spindle lift and run those. Not too much room.
2- for rear the 7700 or f250ld is the way to go.
3- front options are coil spring or coil spacer. For longevity of suspension you should go for 3" spindle. Factory angles, everything happy. And you get pretty high up on 33"s.
4- if you expect going through I snow you may want to do 7.5"
Then your talkin 35"s. I personally think that's silly though.
5- to help with snow might want to get a locker? Or if you have open diff than DEFINITELY a ls from a yard.
1) I am riding on 285/75/16. They fit pretty snug. Rub a little bit at full lock, but I'm cool with it.

2) are the 7700's leaf springs? please explain

3) I would prefer not to do the 3" spindles if I don't have to. A good solid lift coil would be preferred. Are these available?

4) I definitely don't want or need to go 7.5". I already get around just fine.

5) I would have to reference my vin #, but I would imagine I have some type of ls already based on how well this thing gets around in the snow as is.
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7700 springs are the springs that came on the 7700 F-1/250.

Its was considered a LIGHT DUTY F-250 or HIGH DUTY F-150. They also came with 7 lug wheels, the suspension on them were much strong due to its larger payload capacity. This is why its suggested you go with them. A direct bolt on and will help with sagging.

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1) I am riding on 285/75/16. They fit pretty snug. Rub a little bit at full lock, but I'm cool with it.

2) are the 7700's leaf springs? please explain

3) I would prefer not to do the 3" spindles if I don't have to. A good solid lift coil would be preferred. Are these available?

4) I definitely don't want or need to go 7.5". I already get around just fine.

5) I would have to reference my vin #, but I would imagine I have some type of ls already based on how well this thing gets around in the snow as is.
The 7700 series rear leaf springs will bolt right up and give you the extra payload you need. I personally have not seen lift coils for our trucks but if you are dead set against a spindle lift then grab some spacers. I would try my best to stay under 2" though. After that ride quality will start to suffer.
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1) I am riding on 285/75/16. They fit pretty snug. Rub a little bit at full lock, but I'm cool with it.

2) are the 7700's leaf springs? please explain

3) I would prefer not to do the 3" spindles if I don't have to. A good solid lift coil would be preferred. Are these available?

4) I definitely don't want or need to go 7.5". I already get around just fine.

5) I would have to reference my vin #, but I would imagine I have some type of ls already based on how well this thing gets around in the snow as is.
7700 are leaf springs. Direct bolt on.
Yes I believe rough country makes lift coils. But ride quality and your front suspension will suffer.
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7700 are leaf springs. Direct bolt on.
Yes I believe rough country makes lift coils. But ride quality and your front suspension will suffer.
Okay sounds good, does anyone know how much of a lift the 7700 springs will give me, if any? I like the level stance or even a little rake look. What I want to avoid is lifting the front higher than the rear.

It seems pretty one sided that if I choose to modify the front 3" spindles are the way to go. I am not too familiar with front suspension mods. Would these be the only part to purchase? I will be replacing the wheel bearings for sure. I imagine I will also want to do the shocks, and while I'm at it new springs. Is OEM the way to go for these parts?
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