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Old May 19th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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well, I broke my drivers front coil and was looking at my options, and I could use some clarification as to what I can replace them with. I have heard that the f250 coils fit and act like a leveling kit? is this true? I wouldn't mind if it raised it an inch or so, but i'm not really into much more as I may tow some heavier stuff someday, dont want to squat. I'm thinking i might cheap out and throw some junkyard springs in for now,but if i find a 250 with good coils i'll grab them instead. I have not heard anything great on any leveling kit, just alignment frustrations. any suggestions? 96 f150, rc/sb, 4.9, 2wd
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V8 coil springs will give you a slight lift too. Ride will be more stiff.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #3
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V8 coil springs will give you a slight lift too. Ride will be more stiff.
Yes, they are $75 at Advance Auto for the HD coils.
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thanks, thats good to know. came about an inch from dropping an f150 on myself at parts galore yesterday attempting to remove a spring, they dont make it easy when they put the stands under the radius arm. yikes! I didn't even get the spring, I didnt know the bottom plate has to come off too, I didn't bring the right tools.

After checking a few out, it seems many 250s have a progressive spring in front, some dont.

Also a good fyi, there is a 150 at the hoover/8 yard that has 4"? lift on it complete, for a 4wd tho, if anyone is looking. I think 6 leafs and 2 extra winds on the front coils, whatever that turns out to be.
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thanks, thats good to know. came about an inch from dropping an f150 on myself at parts galore yesterday attempting to remove a spring, they dont make it easy when they put the stands under the radius arm. yikes! I didn't even get the spring, I didnt know the bottom plate has to come off too, I didn't bring the right tools.

After checking a few out, it seems many 250s have a progressive spring in front, some dont.

Also a good fyi, there is a 150 at the hoover/8 yard that has 4"? lift on it complete, for a 4wd tho, if anyone is looking. I think 6 leafs and 2 extra winds on the front coils, whatever that turns out to be.
Yes the HD coils I speak of are progressive.
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Yes the HD coils I speak of are progressive.
any advice on getting that bottom nut/bolt off, the one that goes through the I beam? no air tools at the yard... just elbow grease?
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any advice on getting that bottom nut/bolt off, the one that goes through the I beam? no air tools at the yard... just elbow grease?
Let it soak in PB Blaster for a while then try it again. If one coil is broken the other isn't much better. We put a lift on a buddy's Bronco and both the front coils were broken when we took them out.
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I have an extra coil, brand new from a F-150. One snapped on me and my lazy ass didnt want to do the other side. You can have it if you want. Located in lansing
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Let it soak in PB Blaster for a while then try it again. If one coil is broken the other isn't much better. We put a lift on a buddy's Bronco and both the front coils were broken when we took them out.
yeah, I was going to try to get both unless I found the exact same truck as mine at the yard, seems that the v8 variety is way more common to find. the only springs that still look good are the hd ones. most of the standard ones looked like they belonged at they junkyard. my other side looks like it wants to break in the same spot as the other one, about 1 coil from the top. I found a lot in the yard broken in the same spot.
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I have an extra coil, brand new from a F-150. One snapped on me and my lazy ass didnt want to do the other side. You can have it if you want. Located in lansing
wish you were down the road, i'd take you up on that. thanks for the offer though!
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wish you were down the road, i'd take you up on that. thanks for the offer though!
No problem, If you know anyone going through lansing I can leave it outside to pick up whenever. I am sure you will find one before, but just a thought
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I got one side done :) broke the shock off, which was probably good that it forced me to replace them. I got the moog tuff coils; cc822 which are a progressive HD coil from murray/orielley's for $100 a set. The difference in weight is huge, they must weigh at least twice as much as the original coils. it appears to have raised the front maybe 3/4" still not level with the back, so I think they are just what I wanted. hard to say until I get the other side on. the only hard part was that bottom spring retainer, it was fighting me till the last thread, my impact had no effect on it. I'll take pics on this side.
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