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Old 07-09-2014, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2005 F-550 trail rig

I turning my 2005 F-550 4x4 6.0 powerstroke, 6 speed flatbed dually into something I can use. I got rid of the dana 135 rear axle and put in a 10.5 sterling with 4:88 gears yukon locker. Replaced the front unit bearings with F-350 bearings and 8 lug F-450 rotors. 20" wheels with 39.5 Irok's no lift and bushwacker cutout flares.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't get it. Why install weaker 8 lug axles and components on your truck if you are gonna run dubs anyway? Would been stronger just to keep the ten lug 19.5's and run a 19.5 irok. They make them for brush truck applications. A 550 wouldn't be my first choice for off roading because it's heavy as shit and pretty long but if it works where you live then go for it. Doesn't seem like you have much room up front for suspension travel though.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought the truck 3 years ago to put a service body on it. I never got a body for it. It sat in the driveway not moving so I decided to make it a toy. The dana 135 axle that came in the truck is huge and heavy. steel 19.5 wheels are double what I paid for the 20" wheels. It is basically an F-350 now. It still has the f-550 springs but that is about to change.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Digging it, finally more people are wheeling superdutys. How do you like the 4.88s with the tires and 6 speed?

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Old 07-10-2014, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It drives pretty good, no more starting out in second gear. Works great on the highway. I think by adding a little horsepower it will drive the same as stock.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice truck, ive got a 2000 F350 7.3 6spd with a kingpin 60, dually rear axle swap and 38" TSLs. Built Super Duties are awesome!!! The more the better! They are big pigs to get through trails but who cares when you can romp on 5th gear low from a stop.

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Old 07-11-2014, 02:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Waiting for parts sucks. I got Dynabeads to balance the tires. Was hoping my new leaf springs would show up today. Its about to rain now anyway.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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New Deaver/Carli 4.5" lift springs for an 08 super duty. Probably won't be able to install them for a month.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Finally made some progress, but then it rained. 08 f350 spring compared to 550 spring.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Got the springs installed, axle moved forward 20", and PCP Diff cover installed.
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sorry about it being upside down
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Shackle Question

Got brackets made for brake lines and brake lines bent, also mounted my differential air cleaner.

Does anybody know if my shackle angle is going to cause me any problems?

Sorry about the pictures. I don't know whats going on when I open them on my computer they are fine, but when I upload them they are turned.?
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thats alot of angle, nice!
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Does anybody know if my shackle angle is going to cause me any problems?
No, it will not be OK. Wilson has a thread some where on proper leaf spring set up. You spent a lot of money on some really nice Springs, do your self a favor and take the time to set them up correctly.

Truck looks good, but why did you go with bro 20's if you actually want to wheel it?

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Those Dyna Beads are fucking expensive. You should have gone the airsoft BB route. 40 Oz. of BBs cost me $10 where the same in Dyna Beads would have been over $80.
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I found the measurements for the spring hangers on an 08 f350 and thats where I put the hangers, but it is not right. I'll find that thread thanks.

I had to use 20's to clear the front brake calipers.

I read all the threads about the bb's and beads and chose dynabeads. If they work it will be worth it.
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I found the measurements for the spring hangers on an 08 f350 and thats where I put the hangers, but it is not right. I'll find that thread thanks.

I had to use 20's to clear the front brake calipers.

I read all the threads about the bb's and beads and chose dynabeads. If they work it will be worth it.
I got Ya, those Springs have much more arch than factory Springs. Which means they have the potential to have more travel, so you really should run a longer shackle.

Did you ditch the factory blocks at the same time?
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Pmf fab sells a kit to bolt those springs on that will fix your shackle angle if you want a bolt on solution. 08 springs are lots longer, as you found out.
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Old 10-11-2014, 02:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I moved both spring hangers forward. I just reused the front hangers because the f550 ones are way heavier than the f350 hangers.

Does anyone have an 08 f350 they could measure the spring hangers for me? been searching and can't find the dimension.
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I'm telling you, take the time to measure and calculate your shackle mount and length. Fuck the stock 08 measurements.

Funny you say that, I have an 08 F350 in my driveway right now
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My reasoning for having the hangers the stock ford distance apart is that Carli and Deaver designed the springs for an 08 f-350 without moving the hangers.

I am going to do the calculations, I would like to see if there is a difference.
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