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Old 12-01-2010, 08:46 AM
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I've been looking at the various post's for steering stabilizer and was wondering if anyone has added one? Did it make a big difference in how the truck tracks? This is my first pickup and I would like to reduce the truck wandering when I'm on a bumpy or dipped surface.
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I've been looking at the various post's for steering stabilizer and was wondering if anyone has added one? Did it make a big difference in how the truck tracks? This is my first pickup and I would like to reduce the truck wandering when I'm on a bumpy or dipped surface.
I know all about wandering on the road. I had a 2000 Excursion that was notorious for it and it was a pain for the 4 years that I drove it. I was so pleased with the new SD's straight line tracking right after I picked it up but was horrified to have the wandering come back after adding the leveling kit. There was no way I was going to live with that again. For me, correcting the caster angle returned the straight-tracking ways of the truck. I did not add an extra steering damper but I can see how someone would want one in certain circumstances. Mostly when going at speed over very bumpy surfaces. An extra damper would be nice there.
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Was wondering what are the effects of mpg since the lift?
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Has anyone bought the readylift 2.5 inch leveling kit. It has a track bar relocate bracket wih looks like t would help. here is a link to the product in question.
ReadyLift 2011 Ford F350 Super Duty 2.5" Leveling Kit
I think I'm going with the ready lift. The track bar relocation bracket caught my eye when I was looking at kits.
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Relocating the track bar is highly over-rated. I would much rather spend the extra money on a kit that gives you new coils that provide a better ride Based on my experience with leveling kits on these trucks, I would say getting the castor back into spec is the most important thing.

I had zero tire wear or steering alignment issues on my 06 without relocating the track bar. It is also extremely difficult for anybody to notice the 3/8" that a 2.5" leveling kit shifts the axle to the left. Don't get me wrong, relocating the track bar mount is not a bad thing, I just feel that it's not necessary for a budget minded consumer.
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Relocating the track bar is highly over-rated. I would much rather spend the extra money on a kit that gives you new coils that provide a better ride Based on my experience with leveling kits on these trucks, I would say getting the castor back into spec is the most important thing.

I had zero tire wear or steering alignment issues on my 06 without relocating the track bar. It is also extremely difficult for anybody to notice the 3/8" that a 2.5" leveling kit shifts the axle to the left. Don't get me wrong, relocating the track bar mount is not a bad thing, I just feel that it's not necessary for a budget minded consumer.
Deere is exactly right. Very difficult to even tell the shift of the front axle. You can tell however, that the steering wheel is off by about a half a degree. That can be corrected by simply readjusting the steering wheel itself. By the way, anyone know how to remove the steering wheel?
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Was wondering what are the effects of mpg since the lift?
I installed the leveling kit very soon after I picked up the truck. I don't have any data on whether or not it affected the mileage. I'd be surprised if it would have any effect at all.
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OK. I figured out what I'm going to do with mine after talking with Bilstein for a while. I just bought the 2" Auto Spring leveling kit and am going to put the Bilstein 5160 remote reservoir shocks on. Bilstein said that the 5100's would make the truck ride better than stock, but the 5160's would ride noticeably better than the 5100's. The 5160's have a longer range of motion due to the remote reservoir and will work on our trucks with up to a 2 1/4" lift. The hard part is going to be finding a good price on them.
Here are the Bilstein part numbers:
front: BR5H075H0
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Please pass on any pricing you find on these. Any reason you went with Auto Spring vs Ready Lift.
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Please pass on any pricing you find on these. Any reason you went with Auto Spring vs Ready Lift.
I went with Auto Spring because I did not want to go 2.5." The 2" gives me some room for 35's, but will still leave the rear of the truck higher than the front for towing. Plus, the Auto was $79 shipped while the Ready is around $400.

As far as the Bilstein shocks, the cheapest I've been able to find them so far is $195 each. I'm going to just buy the front shocks for now and get the rear shocks later.
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I have a 250, so I think I need to raise the rear also. I do have Ride Rite Air Springs and could just put more air in them, but the ride will be rougher.
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I installed the leveling kit very soon after I picked up the truck. I don't have any data on whether or not it affected the mileage. I'd be surprised if it would have any effect at all.
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I have an Equalizer hitch so it is apparently taking up the weight on the back.
Since the new trucks have their rated towing capacity without an equalizer have you tried it that way yet?
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Since the new trucks have their rated towing capacity without an equalizer have you tried it that way yet?
Yes Port, I have run without the Equalizer and it pulls/tracks just fine. I can see how a lot of guys would be totally OK without one. In my case, I like the extra margin of rigidity and the sway control when semis pass or in heavy side winds. When I get seriously off-road, I have to disconnect it to keep the rear wheels on the ground.
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