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Old 03-30-2012, 10:35 AM
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Congrats on the Truck!! I went from a 2002 CCSB 7.3L Diesel to a 2010 F150 CCSB Lariat. What a difference the ride makes! WOW
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:46 PM
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I must say, I couldn't be happier. These things bounce like my grandma's Buick. Wow, what a diffference! Haven't stepped on it yet as I feel a need to break-in slowly. The plow carriage and brackets themselves felt like 200lbs total so, i can see where the bad ride is dictated in a F250. Comparing, it's like the 250 doesn't even have springs.
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I'm about to embark on this same exercise. I have an '08 F250 King Ranch
and I also want to get one of the current generation F150s 2009-2013.

But I'm going to try a different route because you often get screwed with
trade ins and I seriously doubt I'll be able to trade in my '08 for a brand new
F150. So my plan is to sell my truck to Carmax. It appears Carmax gives you
the best offers based on real market prices and not theoretical KBB/NADA
pricing. Of all the commentary I've seen on the subject of Carmax offers,
they usually offer you a quote that is -$2000 less than the market price.
Based on my own estimations, my F250 w/85000 miles on it should fetch
around $25,000. More is better, but I won't go less than $23,000.

Once I get the check in the bank, then I'll go shopping locally and online
for a used F150 FX4 or Lariat that is about $6,000 less than the money
I get from CarMax. Thus allowing me some cash to put some addons into
the truck like a stereo/navigation system, 6" lift, tires, etc...
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I tink I am going to have to get a 2" leveling kit. Recommendations please or thread links. I would like roof lights too. That looked really cool on my F250. Will the leveling kit affect the ride???
I've done the 2" Daystar and the 2" Bilstein leveling shock and I can compare/contrast them for you. The Daystar was a spacer setup similar to D8Chumley's space I believe. You do maintain most of the truck's riding characteristics since you stay with an OEM shock, so it'll ride soft and wallow a bit on the turns into steeper driveways/curbs. However, it will still keep most of the Buick-like ride in that it floats.

The Bilstein 5100's are more to my liking because I've always enjoyed sports cars and sports compacts before buying a house and subsequently buying a truck. Having the Bilstein 5100's, even with my tire upgrade, still feels more like a BMW or sporting car. The suspension will communicate the bumps in the road but it won't jar you (even with my tires at 50psi right now). However, the truck will hold more level through the turns and won't wallow/bob/weave nearly as much when executing the turns into steeper driveways. To me, it feels very buttoned down.

Hopefully that's a good compare/contrast for you to help you make a decision. There's also the option of a spring pre-loader setup, but I rarely ever see those used.
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