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Front leaf springs

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by EWSplow, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    The leaf springs on my 2000 F250 are getting old and tired. I am going to replace them, but I'm not sure what with.
    I think I'm going to stay with 2 leaf, rather than going to 3 leaf.
    I'm wondering what spring code (V,W,X,etc) most of you have been running.
    I think X codes are going to be too stiff. Any input?
     
  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,319

    Gas or Diesel and what plow?
     
  3. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    5.4 gas engine. Boss 8.2 V-plow.
     
  4. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    Steel plow, not poly
     
  5. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,345

    I have factory X springs. Not stiff at all. It's a truck.
     
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,319

    You could probably be good without the "X" springs but as TJS said its a truck and will never ride like a GM......
     
  7. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I'm really not all that concerned about the ride. It's an older work truck primarily used for plowing. If you have factory X codes, you must have a factory plow package?
     
  8. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    while you are at it, why not get a 3rd spring? - known as a "add-a-leaf" and I've also heard them referred to as leveling kits. it will ride a bit stiffer, but it's a leaf sprung truck, so it's gonna ride stiff no matter what.
     
  9. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    If I was going to just add a leaf, I'd probably go with 3. Since mine are tired, I'm going to replace them.
    There's quite a bit of discussion on Ford diesel forums. The best info I see is stick with 2 leaf. Maybe I'm wrong, which is why I started this thread.
     
  10. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    go with the X code spring, you will not regret it. especially when you have the plow on.
     
  11. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    every leaf sprung ford pickup that I've ever plowed with has been given an add-a-leaf - regardless of the condition of the existing factory 2 leaf springs. it holds the plow much better and the work normally done by 2 leafs is now spread out over 3. it's not a requirement, but in my opinion, a very worthwhile modification at a very low cost.

    what are some of the reasons people are against a 3rd leaf? if it's an off road truck I would see how spring articulation may suffer, but for a plow/work truck as you describe, I've have not experienced any downsides - other than feeling the bumps a bit more....
     
  12. EWSplow

    EWSplow Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    Thanks for all the input.
    My local spring shop quoted almost double of what I've found online. When They gave me the cost, I thought it was per pair, but I was sadly mistaken.
    SD truck springs has good pricing, but when I add in the shipping, they are around $50 less each side.
     
  13. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,345

    Yes it is.
     
  14. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,002

    Factory 3 springs here. Doesn't ride to bad for a truck
     
  15. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    ATS Springs out of Pennsylvania.
    call junior, he will take good care of you.
    http://www.atssprings.com/
     
  16. rwilimo

    rwilimo Member
    Messages: 41

    I have factory X codes in my 04 5.4l CC SB with a Western 8.5' straight blade, it holds the weight very well