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How Do I Reduce Front End Sagging?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by MIAWPUKEK, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. MIAWPUKEK

    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Anybody got any suggestions on how I can reduce the front end sagging on my 2004 F150 (new style) when I puts on my plow??? Will ballast in the box (pushed all the way to the back), make much of a difference? Or do I need load absorber things in the front suspension? If so, where's a good place to get them? I can get them around here for around 200 - 300 bucks, plus installation.
     
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    They are called Timbrens.They install in place of the factory bump stops. They are about $150 for your truck installed. Most on line places that sell plow parts stock them.
     
  3. Swinn

    Swinn Member
    Messages: 41

    It would be nice to just add a leaf but the F150 went from torsion bars to coil springs up front in 2004 I believe. Maybe there are some heavier coils springs, air bags, or the timbrens. Good luck.
     
  4. MD Power Plow

    MD Power Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    What pow are tou using to make the truck drop so much? You can get a air system that will help.
    :drinkup:
     
  5. MIAWPUKEK

    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I'm using a 7'6" Western Ultramount Pro Steel Blade. So it's kinda heavy, plus I don't know if the truck has a soft suspension or not, it rides pretty smoothly.
     
  6. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    You can have too much wheel travel, which could lead to early shock replacement because the the shocks get overextended.

    What year F150 is it, what is your front axle weight rating?? Maybe you are just overloading the truck....and adding timbrens or what ever may stop the sag, but if the front end is overloaded you can end up wearing front suspension parts quickly... Just foor for thought...
     
  7. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    What are you running for ballast?
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Uh oh, here we go again. LMAO
     
  9. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

  10. MIAWPUKEK

    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    right now for ballast, I use a few bags of sand, but I was thinking about putting those patio blocks in there, cut to fit the shape of the box.What do you guys think?
     
  11. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    How much weight? Just make sure its behind the rear tires and its secure if something happened.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,569

    How to stop front end from sagging?
    Get an 3/4 ton with a plow prep...
    The right tool for right job!! you can't drive a spike with a tack hammer:nono:

    I know your trying to get by with what you have but, your better off selling the 1/2 ton before you beat the s#!t out of it and get a 3/4 ton. IMO
     
  13. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I line the bed with cinder blocks, at about 35 pounds each and they fit quite nicely

    what are your front springs rated at now?
     
  14. Ferrarilou

    Ferrarilou Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Leveling Kit

    Search Ebay And Google For A leveling Kit For 2004 F150. I Put One On My 2005 F350 And Its Perfect. The Front Is As High As The Back, And It Reduces Sag From My 9.2 Boss Vplow. It Raised The Front 2.5"