Ford F-250: Lowering Modifications

Want to lower your truck? There are several ways to achieve that slammed look, no matter how low you want to go. Before you embark on a major project, check out this guide which provides a rundown of possible options.

By Brett Foote - December 16, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-250 (2005-2014).

So you want to lower your truck. Whether you just like the look of a slammed truck (who doesn't?) or you're trying to improve the handling of your F-250, the truth is there are several methods you can use to get closer to the ground. Some are quick and easy (as well as inexpensive), but you can really go to the extreme and spend the big bucks if you wish. Read on to see all the options and decide which one is best for your budget and skill level.

Figure 1. A lowered Super Duty.

When looking to lower a Ford Super Duty truck, you have a few different options. Unlike the F-150, lowering the Super Duty line of trucks is not a popular endeavor. The peanut gallery has a pretty strong opinion on what trucks are "supposed to be used for" and what people should be allowed to do. If the opinions of strangers on the internet matter to you, know that lowering a Super Duty is generally frowned upon, not because it's not functional, but because it's a faux pas. Our recommendation? Do what you want. Just make sure to know what you're getting into before you do it.

Since lowering these truck isn't terribly popular, there aren't as many options from the aftermarket compared to the F-150. DJM and Belltech are still the go-to companies for lowering hardware. On the front axle, the easiest way to achieve a drop is by using DJM lowering control arms. In the rear, you can use DJM lowering shackles for a slight drop or a flip kit for a more pronounced drop.

Lowering Springs

Figure 2. Two pairs of lowering springs.

DIY Cost – $200

Professional Cost – $300

Skill Level – Intermediate; requires a few specialized tools. Compressed springs must be handled with caution.

Lowering springs are the easiest way to lower your Super Duty a few inches. Belltech and DJM suspension offer springs that will lower the front end 1" to 3". Couple this upgrade with lowering hangers or a rear suspension block delete to level your Super Duty out.

DJM Lowering Control Arms

Figure 3. DJM lowering control arms for a Ford Super Duty.

DIY Cost – $500

Professional Cost – $1,000

Skill Level – Intermediate; requires a few tools and some mechanical know-how.

Control arms are a great way to lower the front of your Super Duty while preserving your factory suspension alignment specs. DJM products are also designed to drop your truck without sacrificing . You will also have the benefit of a superior product that will outlast stock or cheaper aftermarket components.

DJM Lowering Shackles

Figure 4. A set of DJM lowering shackles for a Ford Super Duty.

DIY Cost – $50-$100

Professional Cost – $200-$300

Skill Level – Beginner; this is an easy task that requires minimal tools and know how.

Lowering shackles are a quick, easy, and affordable way to lower the back end of your truck. Shackles generally lower the back of your truck around 3", which is great if you simply want to level out your truck to give it a custom look or make bed access easier. Shackles are very easy to install as well, requiring minimal tools and time.

DJM Flip Kit

Figure 5. A DJM flip kit for a Ford Super Duty.

DIY Cost – $300

Professional Cost – $700-$800

Skill Level – Advanced; installing a flip kit requires specialized tools and knowledge, and perhaps a buddy to help.

For those who want the lowest of drops, a rear flip kit like DJM's is the answer to putting your bumper on the ground. Flip kits relocate the rear axle above the leaf springs so that the truck can be lowered more than the standard 3". While inexpensive, installing a flip kit requires an entire day, a friend, or some expensive professional labor to install.

Lowering Kit

Figure 6. A DJM lowering kit with springs and shackles.

DIY Cost – $300

Professional Cost – $700-$800

Skill Level – Intermediate; requires a few tools and some mechanical know-how.

A lowering kit comes with all the required components and hardware to lower your truck a few inches. You can typically mix these with a flip-kit to go even lower in the rear of your F-250 or Super Duty.

Featured Video: How to Install a Lowering Kit

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