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Old 09-08-2011, 11:51 AM
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Great write up and pics!

One thing I noticed, your truck is a 1 ton but you have the 3/4 ton springs installed, correct? The only thing you're missing out on the 2011 1 ton setup is the overload springs on top of the spring stack (in case you're ever in search of some).
Alot of people think that is the case but its not true. You can buy a F250 that has overloads on it, and you can also buy a F350 that does not have overloads. I know when I bought my truck new, the only difference suspension wise between a F250 and a F350 is the F250 had 2" rear blocks and the F350 had a 4" rear block. Same exact springs (part numbers) were available on either model. There really isn't much a difference between F250 or F350. My truck and my buddy's 06 F250 had the exact identical springs (same part #, w/overloads).

Also, I'll be adding a helper bag setup, because I didn't want overload springs anyway.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:24 PM
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interesting change-out. why did you put a new hanger in there? what is different from the previous one?
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:27 PM
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Alot of people think that is the case but its not true. You can buy a F250 that has overloads on it, and you can also buy a F350 that does not have overloads. I know when I bought my truck new, the only difference suspension wise between a F250 and a F350 is the F250 had 2" rear blocks and the F350 had a 4" rear block. Same exact springs (part numbers) were available on either model. There really isn't much a difference between F250 or F350. My truck and my buddy's 06 F250 had the exact identical springs (same part #, w/overloads).

Also, I'll be adding a helper bag setup, because I didn't want overload springs anyway.
Didn't know you could get the F350 without the overloads. Wonder what package results in that configuration. Anyways, great mod, the '11 springs are a great ride for sure.

By the way, I have a brand new (in box) set of Firestone air bags for the '11 F350 (gas though). Not sure if they'll work for your setup but I'll offload them at a discounted price (too late for me to return them) if you're interested. My 5er plans got put on hold so I don't need them anymore.
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interesting change-out. why did you put a new hanger in there? what is different from the previous one?
I had the first set Trevor ever made. So once he got them to me and I installed them on the truck, there were a few adjustments that needed to be made. So he made the changes and shipped me another set. They have been sitting in the garage waiting to go in. I haven't been to motivated to put them in because there weren't any changes that made the hangers where they HAD to be changed out. After hearing about how much people were liking the 2011 leaf springs, I picked up a set. So I changed the hangers out while I was swapping the springs.
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By the way, I have a brand new (in box) set of Firestone air bags for the '11 F350 (gas though). Not sure if they'll work for your setup but I'll offload them at a discounted price (too late for me to return them) if you're interested. My 5er plans got put on hold so I don't need them anymore.
I'll check and see if they'll work. Not sure if the frame brackets are the same or not. Let me know what you want for them, and what part number they are.
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I'll check and see if they'll work. Not sure if the frame brackets are the same or not. Let me know what you want for them, and what part number they are.
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Will the 2011 leaf springs fit in my 08 with no modifications? If the ride is improved I'm gonna consider it.
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Will the 2011 leaf springs fit in my 08 with no modifications? If the ride is improved I'm gonna consider it.
Yes they will bolt right in.
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I found a set of 2011 springs but the guy reused his ubolts, retainer plates, etc. Is there any reason i cant use the top and bottom retainer plates and ubolts from my 08 setup and just swap the leaf springs? I know in '11 they changed the setup so the ubolts point down but the springs look like they will swap out the same.
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Yeah it will work fine line that. You'll have to pull the center bolt out of the 2011 springs and remove the "saddle", but then it will work fine.
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I'll just keep my '02 as it is with 5 leafs on each side.
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bump, How are those springs working out? im really interested in this mod i really love my truckas well and even tho im in the rust belt im willing to do what ever it takes to make it last.

Edit: ignore ^^^ that post my browser screwed up and i couldnt see the second page thought there werent any reports on the ride yet lol great mod tho! im definitley looking into it
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Have been reading over this thread and am very interested in converting my 06 f350 drw to a set of 2011+ F350 drw springs. I tow, but not a lot of weight (24ft car hauler).. Sometimes I have stuff in the bed, but nothing by comparison to what some of these guys do.. More often then not the truck is empty. But i love driving it and I love being higher up, would love a more comfortable ride.

Any update on how the ride comfort is? Is it noticeably better than the 2010 springs you had on there before?
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I'm curious, are there any ubolt plates for the 2011+ springs that allow airbags to be bolted to them like the OUO ones for the 99-07 style? I would love to upgrade to these but would want to add airbags and i personally like them on top of the springs.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:29 AM
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I have air bags on mine. I just just used a standard 99+ air bag kit. Bolts on top of the spring. Not sure if I have the part number still or not. I'll have to look and see.



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