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Old 06-28-2004, 03:13 PM
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Unhappy New Spring Woes - Need Advice Please...

'96 F250 PSD CC 4x4 SB

After looking at numerous options for getting my truck's front end back to level, I decided to go with new, factory springs.

I have a buddy with a shop and he buys from a Ford dealer here in Atlanta. List on each leaf was $240.00 but his price/my price was $184.00 each. Each of these leaf's come with new bushings and my plan was to put them on and then add a leaf to each when I had some extra time and $'s.

One of the options I looked at was re-arching each leaf and then adding a leaf. The price for this was around $400 and the spring shop doing the work advised that tapered leaf springs had a tendancy to break and if this happened I would be buying a new leaf as they would not take responsibility.

With all this said, my dilemma is that I have been waiting almost two weeks for the springs from the Ford Dealer. - reason given: "coming from Detroit..., don't know when..."

Anyone been down this road and if so, are there any other options for new leaf springs other than from the dealer? I do not want to lift, only level, and I am trying to maintain as close to factory ride as I can.

Thanks for your help.
Jim
 
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Old 06-28-2004, 05:40 PM
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Just did this to my '96, I would thin a city as large as Atlanta would have non-dealer springs available. Midwest Spring in Denver supplied mine for under $200 per side. I would get polurethane bushings for the shackels too.
 
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:15 AM
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Thanks. I have heard that the poly bushings get hard when it freezes and in turn can crack. Has anyone else seen this?
 
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:50 AM
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That's interesting about the poly bushings. Hadn't heard that but would like to know if it's true. I used them because when changing out my springs the shackel rubber bushings were all distorted, cracked and worn out while the spring bushings still looked pretty good. So I figured I'd use a tougher bushing in a high wear area.
 
 


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