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Old 09-11-2005, 10:01 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

just looked at my 06 6.0
picked it up friday night and thought it looked as if the front was kinda low? compared to my stock 2000 7.3

Ordered this one with the snow pl PKG to try to beef up the front
Anyway
my springs have a tag on them 5C345310ACB
on the door it says front GAWR 6000# and SPR CCCC
SO from what I gather this is the heaviest they will go? AM I correct
If so Guess I will have to put on a leveling kit

My FORD Mech told me I can get a nice one for about $150.00
?????

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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

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My FORD Mech told me I can get a nice one for about $150.00
?????
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Local dealer offered this also. The $150 option uses Alum spacers under top spring purch.
Not for me.

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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

All,
This is an excellent thread. I been looking for 6 months to level the rig without destroying ride quality.
I almost bought a dual shock / spring kit for $$$ until seeing this thread.
Please keep the info flowing. Maybe I can level it without spilling my customers drinks all over them... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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Old 09-11-2005, 11:06 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

My Mech told me it was a POLY spacer just thicker than the existing one at to top of the coil now!

I am going to stop and talk to him to tomorrow so I will find out for sure!
Will keep you all posted

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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

You can also shim up the lower spring mount with a solid spacer for under $100.

this will keep your stock springs.

any lift could be made from 1/2" to 2".

I would like to see a 1" lift for the front (for those with heavy/winch bumpers.

2" to 2.5" is just too much for me.
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Old 09-11-2005, 01:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

told me it will give me about 1 1/2 inches
will let you know tomorrow night!
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Old 09-11-2005, 02:28 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

I just got done installing my DR 2.5" level lift...

http://www.donahoeracing.com/prod_de...p?productID=19

It took about 3.5 hours...at home with regular hand tools...
I ran into 0 problems...the lift looks dead on level!
The quality of this kit is top-notch! I was a little hesitant to install the alignment shims that come with the kit...but it was very straight forward and went without a hitch...

By the way...DR has signed a contract with Ford to develop suspension systems for Ford Super Duty...so I can't see Ford denying warrantys on their suspension systems...

I'm on my way to take a test drive...I'll post the results in a few hours or so.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 09-11-2005, 08:11 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

Does anyone have pics of the spacer? As I said, my original trucks sat around 2.5 - 3 on the bumpers when new. Saged after a couple weeks then started bottoming. With the 7000# spring it sits right where it was new and no longer bottoms. I have verified the alignment and would say that much over the 3" and you will be out of the guides on alignment. Only solution for that is the shims like offered in some leveling kits. I would be a little leary on just adding a spacer, unless it still holds that 3" spacing.
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

The test drive went well!

Not a hint of bottoming out, no harsh impact when hitting bumps or rough roads and the wheel shimmy is less than before and more controled...
Also the dreaded California hop is much more controlled and not as bad as before.

If Ford could only put these kits on from the factory! Screw the fake Ranchos, crapy springs and FX4 pkg!

How about a DR4 pkg!
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

The Donahoe kit sounds good, a little pricey though. What do you plan to do for rear end sag when you tow now?
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

The expense is well worth it...the kit went on without a hitch and the quality was second to none!...and DR has a no sag guarantee on its springs! Try that with the Ford springs...

It's a lot cheaper than the Rancho Kit and in my opinion...the progressive rate coils are the key to the better ride...

I've already installed Air Ride no drill air bags in the rear...I had to modify them and weld them to my Valley Industries no drill 5th wheel rail mounts...for a 100% bolt on kit!

I still plan on installing the DR dual steering stabilizer kit...it should be ready for shipping on the 15th of this month...

I'd like to thank Marty(overkill) at TruckToyz for all his help with the questions I've had concerning this kit and it's install...give him a call...he's a great guy and knows his suspensions!

Thanks Marty [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

With the air ride kit do you still retain the stock overload spring or does it need to be removed?
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

Still keeps the oveloads...
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

JCCHRISTN & others...

This is a terrific thread. Can anybody advise re. the 6,500 lb spring code? Here is what we have in the thread:

6,000 lb: 5C3Z 5310 CA
7,000 lb: 5C3Z 5310 AA

6,500 LB: ???

My door sticker says: DDCC. I am assuming that the "DD" refers to my 5,600 lb front springs. What about the "CC"...rears I presume?

JCCHRISTN...i have about 1 1/2 inch of clearance to the jounce thing. Not sure i am ready to have the fillings knocked from my teeth with the 7,000 lb set-up. Will the 6,500 lb springs get that extra bit of clearance and hold it without sag? Will the 6,000 lb do it? Does it upset the truck's balance: much firmer front versus a now relatively softer rear. No new shocks required? Should I have the front-end re-aligned after installing?

Sorry about all the questions, but this is much more palatable to me than spending CN$1,000 for the DR kit (not a mechanic so install is extra $$) and then have to fight with the dealer re. warranty!
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Re: 05 - 06 4X4 front spring bottoming solution

pb23r I have the same set up you do DDCC. A co-worker of mine has a 2005 with the CCCC set up or 6000lbs spring due to he has the plow package both are F250's he has 2 1/2" of clearance to my 1 1/2" of clearance and no the rear springs are not softer. He gets no shimmy on hard bumps with the heaver springs. So I am considering the CC coil springs.
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