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Dropped camper on Truck ,Bottomed out front leafs

 
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:27 AM
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Seems to me there WAS a front air bag kit, but that was way back then. Hard to say if they're still available.
 
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:25 PM
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Seems to me there WAS a front air bag kit, but that was way back then. Hard to say if they're still available.
https://www.amazon.ca/Firestone-W217602223-Ride-Rite-Front-F-250/dp/B000CMIV48


personally I'd try the air shocks first. I think they can provide over 1000 lbs of lift and way less cost and work.
 
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by parkland View Post
https://www.amazon.ca/Firestone-W217602223-Ride-Rite-Front-F-250/dp/B000CMIV48


personally I'd try the air shocks first. I think they can provide over 1000 lbs of lift and way less cost and work.
Wouldn't this kit interfere with the shock location/mount? I guess you could delete it
 
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:49 AM
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Wouldn't this kit interfere with the shock location/mount? I guess you could delete it
I cant remember now, but I know one of the kits had a weird relocation bracket.
I'd honestly try the air shocks first. Cheap and simple. If they don't work, it's not much of a loss financially or otherwise.
 
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:45 PM
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Thanks for all the input and ideas . I had already bought the new 3486lb springs $330 delivered . My original have a negative bend in them. Have a buddy with a shop said it would take him 2-3 hrs to install. See how it goes ,I'll report back when they are installed.
The front air bags do sound like the best approach though, the back ones have been great for 14yrs.
Thank again ----Norm
 
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for all the input and ideas . I had already bought the new 3486lb springs $330 delivered . My original have a negative bend in them. Have a buddy with a shop said it would take him 2-3 hrs to install. See how it goes ,I'll report back when they are installed.
The front air bags do sound like the best approach though, the back ones have been great for 14yrs.
Thank again ----Norm
330 bucks sounds like a bargain, I think mine were close to 800.
they all have a negative bend though.
I tried to find the picture but I cant, but I had my "old worn bagged out" spring next to my brand new one, and they were identical. Like maybe 1/8" different.
 
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:46 PM
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Yeah $330 General Spring in Kansas. Don't know if they are from U.S. or China but they got here quick. Going to put them on with some new shocks on Tuesday. See how it goes, The air bags were probably the way to go but ordered the springs too fast .
 
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:16 PM
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Hi again, reporting in on the new leaf spring install. There is a big difference truck sits higher in the front and drives more solid and not too stiff. Seams very positive, I was a little worried it would be a waste of time & money but am happy with the results.
Thanks---- Norm
 
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:06 AM
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Yeah when parts are just worn out,doing anything other than replacing them is just a band-aid.I'm glad to see you fixed it properly.
Happy truckin'.
First stop with the new setup? Crater Lake National Park! ........Not very nice this time of year lol.I tried that a couple winters ago.Got skunked.Couldn't see the lake at all.
 
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by norm805 View Post
Hi again, reporting in on the new leaf spring install. There is a big difference truck sits higher in the front and drives more solid and not too stiff. Seams very positive, I was a little worried it would be a waste of time & money but am happy with the results.
Thanks---- Norm
Norm, do you have a picture before and after? What is the distance from the bum stops now with the new springs? I have an idi in Europe and parts are hard to come by, plus shipping and duty make everything expensive.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:48 AM
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Norm, do you have a picture before and after? What is the distance from the bum stops now with the new springs? I have an idi in Europe and parts are hard to come by, plus shipping and duty make everything expensive.
Thanks
Jan
Hi Jan, Before and after pics would have been a good idea, but....... no. There was only about a quarter to a half inch unloaded under the stops before, now a little more than an inch.
When driving the hood sure seems higher. Not sure if it's possible but the wheel wells look like they came up at least a couple inches.

 
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:37 PM
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Thanks Norm, my bump stops are about 2-2.5 cm from the springs, I would have thought there should be at least over two inches travel, otherwise the ttb does not make much sense. I wanted to avoid buying springs, get them shipped, pay duty and tax and end up with something similar that I have. I think I will try rearching first, but I am a little skeptical to that. My problem is I cant find the actual height when the truck was new. I have bought the new bushings for the ttb but I kinda wait to solve the springs first. The truck for sure has a negative camber seing from front.
 
 


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