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Suspension & Winter Prep ??

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ridektm, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. ridektm

    ridektm Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I just purchased a 1986 F250 with a western pro plow and custom made back blade. The plows have been on for 10 years and the original owner used it to plow his driveway and the lot for his business. The suspension seems a little soft. I am thinking of adding rough country add-a-leafs and timbrens to the front and rear - Does this make sense or should I just replace the stock springs with beefier units??? I don't want to break the bank, but I want to do it right the first time.

    I've also tried to target the potential break down items;
    *radiator - pressure test, new fluid and hoses
    *new batteries and belts
    *serviced hyd pumps replaced hoses
    *new brake pads
    *replaced diff, transfer and tranny fluid (also filter)

    Any other pre-season maintance advice or potential problem areas to inspect before the snow flies. I'll just be doing some family driveways and possibly my son's day care parking lot.

    I also purchased a safety light with twin rotating bulbs. Anyone know where I can find a mounting bracket or pole that attaches to the truck bed?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. GetMore

    GetMore Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    I'd look into new springs. Sometimes they don't cost that much and it'll be simpler than adding on.
  3. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I`d say with that old of a truck, replace the springs. If it was newer, you can probably just add timbrens.

    Since you only use the plow occasionlly, having new springs will give it a better ride on the "off" days.

    If you want to go one better, add both. You`ll have a "normal" ride when the plow is off.

    But when using the plow, even with new springs, Timbrens would still probably come into play and would "help" the new springs.

    As far as maintance goes, one word rises above all other areas....TRANSMISSION ! Have it serviced, and if possible, install a tranny temp gauge for observation.
  4. sawbones25

    sawbones25 Member
    Messages: 74

    My front springs are sagging pretty good. Especially with the plow raised. I found these springs and am still contemplating getting them. I want to see how well it does in the snow first. It I have a lot of trouble with it, I'll probably get them...

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