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97 F250 Low Rider - needs helpers

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by MrCarlson, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. MrCarlson

    MrCarlson Junior Member
    from MM
    Messages: 18

    I just put a Boss 9'2" RT2 V plow on my 97 F250 HD PowerStroke ext cab long box truck. The truck also has a tommy lift on the back. I was looking at the front end and when I lift the plow it is just resting on the bump stops. That doesn't seem good.

    The truck is a farm truck, and does everything from plowing, hauling wood, pulling trailers, hauling livestock. I am thinking I should put in air bags because many of its trips are highway runs to go pick something up and I don't want to make it ride any worse than I have to. My loads also vary a LOT so I like the flexibility of air bags with an onboard compressor. My total mileags is low (<5k) but its pretty much all working.

    I have done some searching of peoples opinions on here (which is what steered me towards the air bags) but have a few questions that I haven't seen answered.

    1) What is the best system. I see a firestone and airlift brand system. For the fronts, The Firestone is cheaper, but the airlift is only slightly more and comes with a compressor and gauge. Any opinions? Any other brands I am not aware of?

    2) Has anyone installed thier own system on a similar truck (leaf fronts springs)? Any issues I should be aware of?

    My thoughts are to put the front system in right away to level out the truck and then to add the rears later this spring when I get back into hauling mode.

    "Knowledge is HorsePower"
    97 F250 PS boss 9'2" V and tommy lift
    97 F350 PS flatbed dually
    73 Bronco
    lots 'o mustangs.
  2. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil Senior Member
    Messages: 516

  3. ronnie dobbs

    ronnie dobbs Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I would do an extra leaf first. My nest choice would be air bags. I wouldn't bother with the Timbrens, mine flattened out completely on a 97 psd regular cab, the dealer had never seen that before. I put an extra 1,000 pound spring all the way around and the truck barely dropped with a Meyer C-8 blade.
  4. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    What exactly is entailed when putting on a helper spring. Say just on the fronts. Do you have to realign the frontend or anything? How hard is it to do, and where do you go about getting a spring?
  5. ronnie dobbs

    ronnie dobbs Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I had a local shop do mine for a couple of hundred bucks, I can't really remember, it does require a front and alignment. Made a HUGE difference.