I know that there just are not very many of us 2WD PSD's in here, but for those who have used a 2" front leveling kit with Bilstein shocks... I have a question.
A recent discussion on this issue got me investigating which Bilstein shocks would work best with my planned installation of a 2" leveling kit on my 2WD F250.
After emailing back and forth with Bilstein directly for the past two days, I am now informed by Bilstein that the HD series shocks (yellow and blue) will not work on ym front with a 2" leveling kit, and that I need to go with the 5100's.
HOWEVER, since I am running stock suspension in the rear, I cannot use the 5100's and have to stay with the HD's. In order to put 5100's in the rear, I would have to install a 3" lift.
Is this consistent with any of your experiences?
If what I;ve been told by Bilstein is correct, I need to send my front two HD's back to Shockwarehouse and get them replaced with two 5100's.
I have the daystar leveling kit and 5100's, stock shocks in there rear. The truck rides real good. Just use the HD's for the rear and you'll be good. I'm still good with the rears but I plan to do that when the time comes.
Remember, these are for sertain for the 2WD, '02, F250/350 models, but should also work for the '99-'04 year range (according to Shockwarehouse's Tech guy).
Standard Yellow and Blue HD shocks:
5100 Series, Silver color, for Racing and Lifted Off-roaders with oversize tires:
Rear: F4-BE5-6527-HO (these are for a 0-1" rear lift, and are actually only listed for '99-'01, but should work equally well for the '02-'04 models)
Side note: I am running 285's on my 2WD F250, have run them on a 2WD Excursion as well, and LOVE them (Bridgestone REVO's). No rubbing, no turning restriction, excellent ride, road "hum" is not bad at all even on the AT tread, and these babies will push water off a paved road like crazy. They really gave my vehicle a feel of sticking to the pavement in turns and corners. They do wear a little faster than the Michelins and Goodyears. However, like I said, the size has never been a problem at all, and they fit on the stock rims perfectly.
__________________ Pete (F250_) -- PAA#19 '02 F250 PSD, CC, SB, XLT, 2WD: 269K miles
Basic, low cost, not really performance enhancing mods. '03 Excursion (Eddie Bauer) PSD, 2WD, 183K miles - Stock. http://guzzle.rbmicro.com/7pt3/Mods.html
I've just read the posts on here and still wonder if the leveling kit is used instead of just replacing the sagged original coils, is because of price?
Another point, the 7.3 is one big heavy engine, so, the original coils would/have sagged. What would be the original height on standard grade OEM springs. The HD coils I have measure 16" tall.
On the shock absorber side of the job, I'll have to use my standard shocks ( parts aren't as readily accessible here in Oz as in the USA) giving how much the original coils have sagged and what other posters have said previously, I don't think 'll be an issue.
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