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Hi Guys, I am having a coil spring problem and I am hoping for a solution. I was reading on here that 2wd F-350 460 V8 springs could be put in an F-150 4x4 to achieve a bit of a lift so I went out and bought a pair.
The trouble is I am now having difficulty getting them to fit. The springs hit against the ball joint nut. The alignment shop can't complete the alignment because the spring rubs against this adjustment point. I tried putting the springs every which way without any luck. My alignment guy has 30 years experience and he said there is no way the springs will work binding against that nut because he can't adjust it.
Anyway, at this point I am thinking they will not work. But I am hoping for a miracle. I am out $246 total with the trips to the alignment shop and money is running out. Thanks in advance. Here is what I bought from Napa:
Coil Spring - Front
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Price: $114.00 tax and shipping not included
Disclaimer: The stated price may vary from the in store price and may change at anytime.
Features & Benefits:Coil Springs Support Vehicle Load & Maintain Ride Height For Proper Alignment.
Features & Benefits:Precision Engineered Coil Springs Are Supplied In Matched Sets.
Features & Benefits:Variable Rate Coil Springs Provide Additional Load-Bearing Capacity.
Features & Benefits - 2:Worn Coil Springs Cause Poor Handling
Improper Alignment & Unnecessary Wear On Tires & Suspension Parts.
Type:Two Pigtail Ends
post some pics of the setup on the truck if possible...there might be something else going on cause from what i know they should fit (someone correct me if im wrong) without issues and they should also ride about 2" higher
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almost sounds like you forgot the cups on the bottom of the springs? If I recall correctly the bottom of the spring should sit about 1 or 2 inch above that nut. If your old springs did not touch the new ones should not as well. AS before please post a picture of the springs mounted then maybe we can see whats wrong here.
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Here is the Ford diagram. I replaced part # 24 "Front Spring Insulator". It seemed to go around part #23 "Lower Spring Seat". Then I reattached the Retainer and nut # 20 and # 21 on the diagram. I tried switching the springs from the RH to LH sides thinking I had them on the wrong side, but that did not help. It looks like the springs cannot be flipped due to the way the nut holds them down. Also I can't seem to turn the springs any other way or they hit the quad shocks. Any ideas would be very helpful! Thanks.
I wonder if the springs are the right ones? I did the same thing on my 93 F150. I used the same year F350 springs. Just a thought, I used the regular F350 springs, not the sever/heavy duty ones which had a couple hundred pounds extra capacity but the same height I think.
Yes, these springs are 95 F-350 460V8 Severe Duty Springs. Maybe I should have got the non severe duty springs, but someone on here said they used severe on another post, when I asked about doing the swap.
Man, that's a tough one! I've done the same swap on my half-ton (not with NAPA springs...I got Spicer units from RockAuto, but they're roughly all the same), and I have about a quarter-inch of space between my upper ball joint nut and the spring. I don't think I have any GOOD suggestions...the only thing I can think of is maybe loosen (don't remove) the lower retainer nut and try to pry the bottom of the spring in toward the center of the truck. Or maybe a good swift kick would do the trick...maybe (and I'm guessing here) the bottom of the spring isn't properly centered on the seat.
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