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front end suspension ford f350

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rmartin, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    I just fit an 8' mm2 fisher on my 2002 f350. The front end drops a little when the plow is attatched. Is it reccommended to upgrade the front end leaf springs? has anyone done that?
     
  2. chayesf250

    chayesf250 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    rmartin,

    From what I've read from the sight, everyone suggests Timbrens. I just put them on my '02 F250. I'm having the same plow put on my truck this week. From what I hear, they do the job. Good luck.
     
  3. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    tibrens

    Installing tibrens will work? and is it a do it yourself project?
     
  4. chayesf250

    chayesf250 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    From what I hear, if you have the plow prep package also. I just did it in my driveway, took about an hour.
     
  5. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Timbrens are a cheap and easy to install upgrade.I would do those first.

    If your still unhappy with the sag,then maybe look at upgrading the front springs to the "X" code springs
     
  6. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    x-code springs/add a leaf

    wouldn't it be easy to add an extra leaf on to the truck. There you would not have to worry about ever replacing it?
     
  7. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    The X code spring are cheap,anddesigned for the truck.When you add a leaf you never know how stiff it will be or how much it will lift it.

    Either way you go,you'll still want the Timbrens,so try them first.

    Do a search on X code springs and Timbrens,lots of good info to read.
     
  8. ciapek

    ciapek Member
    Messages: 43

    Do F- 350 with snow prep needs timbrens at all????
     
  9. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    It all depends on the trucks configuration reg cab. long box, CC long box, SC short box, ect. and also the if the motor is a 5.4L, V-10 or PSD. Some times even if you have two truck with the same specs they will both carry the weight just a little different. With my 03 F-350 reg cab, long box, PSD I have the X springs. With the plow on the truck barely sags at all, drops it about 2". But my father has a 00 F-350 CC, long box, dually, PSD, with X-springs that he hangs a 10' Western off the front of. His truck sagged bad dropped it about 5 1/2", but he is also carrying alot more weight on the front end than me or alot of other people with F-350 do. On his truck we put air bags to raise it back up to level.
     
  10. ciapek

    ciapek Member
    Messages: 43

    I've got 2003 F-350 reg. cab, long bed, it doesn't drop almost at all.
     
  11. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    ciapek,your 7.5 Meyer is a lot lighter than an 8' fisher. Id go with the x springs if you want to eliminate the sag.Timbrens do not start to work until the truck has sagged some. I cant see that truck needing timbrens and X springs,unless it is a crew cab diesel.
     
  12. ciapek

    ciapek Member
    Messages: 43

    That's what I toughed. Thanks.:drinkup:
     
  13. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    fisher mm2 hd 8'

    this plow weighs almost 800 lbs. That dont sound like much but it drops the front end a few inches. I just want to stiffen it upa little
     
  14. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Go with X springs to stiffen it.My friend has them on his f250,and it helped a lot.
     
  15. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    x springs

    what are they and who makes them......can i put em on myself? how much
     
  16. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    You can get them at your Ford dealer,they are the stock springs for the F450/550.They are about 300 a set.Id see if they will give you shoip discount on them. One plowsite membergot them covered under warranty ,since there truck sagged so bad with a blade. I guess it depends on how good your working relationship is with your service manager. If you do a search on x springs, there is a lot of reading on them,they have been discussed her quite a bit.
     
  17. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    shock help

    would the addition of a heave duty shock help to?
     
  18. EZSnow

    EZSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    if you have an excessive amount of movement over bumps, then stiffer shocks may help, but all they do is control the rate of motion in the suspension, not support any weight.
     
  19. Santo

    Santo Banned
    Messages: 255

    I added 1 leaf on each front side in early August , And I got to say what a difference.

    I got rid of the notorious stock ''nosedive'' look and alleviated the ''plowsquat'' all in one.

    2 hr.job with airtools.
    I'm now looking for a decent steering stabilizer shock . Mine has a large dink in the tube and is also stock.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2003
  20. Dockboy

    Dockboy Guest
    Messages: 0

    I actually have both, X springs and Add-a-Leafs:eek:

    My 900 lb. V drops the truck about an inch;)

    Greg