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Old 05-02-2012, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best riding 4" lift 96 f350 powerstroke

First off sorry for my ignorance, this is my first ford... I just picked up a 1996 f350 crewcab longbed on trade. Instantly fell in live with it, other then the ride. The truck is currently lifted 4" with what appears to be a block in the rear and an add a leaf in the front. It sits on 37" mil. OZ's. Basically, I want to maintain the wheel and tire combo, but make the truck ride better, as it sits it rides very very stiff... I tried adjusting tire pressure etc.

In my limited searching I have came up with sky mfg system utilizing super duty leaf packs/bilstein's, and I'd invest into the crossover steering... I was wondering if there is a more budget friendly solution... I don't really want to invest 1500-2000 of I do not have to...

Thanks for any advice
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The best you can do that is bolt on is one of the shackle reversals that use SD springs. There is another brand out there beside sky that is built for the spring swap but I can't remember the name right now. But a shackle reversal without the spring swap will still ride good.
Stock steering will still work just fine at 4" of lift, there is no real need to change that.
If the truck is only on 37's I'd be tempted to say that it isn't more than 2", as they will go on there stock. The rear has a 4" block from the factory.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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offroad unlimited is the other company selling these.


not really sure how you could spend $1500-2000 doing and rsk and s/d springs, unless you went with blinging reservoir shocks.


$500 for skys s/d rsk + $80 steering arm + $500 shocks.


if you can fab it gets a lot cheaper.
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i fabbed a rev shackle for my IDI and used gasser springs with some bilstien 5100s. rode like a cadillac
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i fabbed a rev shackle for my IDI and used gasser springs with some bilstien 5100s. rode like a cadillac
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you might get close to 1500 if you get sky to do the knuckle maching for the crossover.

not worth it imo. just get the drop steering arm.
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my truck is a custom rsk with sd springs on all 4 corners and bilstein 5150 shocks.........thing rides like a dream EXCEPT FOR THE TIRES.......the truck with stock tirs on it rides like a complete caddy.........the truck with the military oz's on 35 psi rides worse than stock......

and to reply to someone earlier.......37's will basicly fit on stock with a major trim mod on the front bumper........even with my suspension setup i had to trim the front bump pretty good to clear the tires.....and i pushed the axle forward about 3/4 of an inch with the spring swap and it still hits the back of the fender not even close to full lock and full stuff

but take this piece of advise........if you decide to do the rsk and sd spring swap.....do a high steer setup and move and extend the panhard bar........if not the truck will bump steer like crazy on the road

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my truck is a custom rsk with sd springs on all 4 corners and bilstein 5150 shocks.........thing rides like a dream EXCEPT FOR THE TIRES.......the truck with stock tirs on it rides like a complete caddy.........the truck with the military oz's on 35 psi rides worse than stock......

and to reply to someone earlier.......37's will basicly fit on stock with a major trim mod on the front bumper........even with my suspension setup i had to trim the front bump pretty good to clear the tires.....and i pushed the axle forward about 3/4 of an inch with the spring swap and it still hits the back of the fender not even close to full lock and full stuff

but take this piece of advise........if you decide to do the rsk and sd spring swap.....do a high steer setup and move and extend the panhard bar........if not the truck will bump stop like crazy on the road

Wow! Thank you! I think I am gonna start by swapping tires...

Looking at Sky's website, after steering and shocks with both front and rear RSK's Id be spending $1333 before SD springs... and that wasn't with highsteer swap, just a basic crossover setup.
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Trevor at Precision Metal Fab makes a RSK kit for those, so does Cary at CTperformanceinc. Cary's knowledge of the OBS is unmatched but anyone I have ever spoken to.
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I developed this mod back in '99....have helped thousands do this and have everything needed..PM me if I can help.
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