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Old February 6th, 2007, 07:29 AM   #1
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Bought a 2003 F-250 last year and just looking for helpful information on the ford components, what should be replaced and what to replace them with. I hate doing things twice. Just looking to do a slight lift and bigger tires then start on performance mods. Any info or websites would be greatly appreciated.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 01:36 PM   #2
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I would check the slide pins on the front and rear brake calipers. I have seen a lot of these rust up and cause brakeing issues. If they are still free, I would take them apart and put fresh grease in them anyways, just to be safe. As for lift, my old boss had a 2002 f-350, and we put a leveling kit and a 3 inch body lift on it, and it fit 36's very well. I would also keep an eye on the oil pan. I can't remember if it was the iol pan itself or just the gasket, but we had to replace a lot of those at the shop I worked at, and it was a time consuming job. But that was just in the diesels.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 02:13 PM   #3
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Here are a few...
http://fordtruckworld.tenmagazines.com/
www.thedieselstop.com
www.thedieselgarage.com
If you are gonna lift it, go with a Donahoe Racing lift. Best one out there for SD's. As far as performance, gas or diesel?
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Old February 6th, 2007, 02:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.

Yeah its only the 5.4 v8, couldn't justify the 5k extra for the diesel...
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Old February 6th, 2007, 09:09 PM   #5
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good info in here: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php
5.4....read topics on the spitting spark plugs,good info on it if you never heard of it
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good info in here: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php
5.4....read topics on the spitting spark plugs,good info on it if you never heard of it
Yeah heard about that, buddy works at ford dealer says make sure I change em befor 100k, and torque them to spec, shouldn't have a issue if that is followed...
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On my 2002, the front rotors delaminated, and I also lost the wheel bearings.
Other then that its been pretty good for 90K
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If you need any stock 5.4 parts, I have a bunch from a moter we took apart. Coil packs, heads, throttle body, etc.

x2 on the damn rear brake caliper slides. Just this year we have had to dick with 3 different sets of those damn things...and we're just a high school.
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On my 2002, the front rotors delaminated, and I also lost the wheel bearings.
Other then that its been pretty good for 90K
Heard about wheel bearings when lifting. Thanks always looking for maintainance items...

I was also told to watch ball joints even when not lifted (ford technician).
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Heard about wheel bearings when lifting. Thanks always looking for maintainance items...

I was also told to watch ball joints even when not lifted (ford technician).

.......yeah forgot about them, and I just changed them two weekends ago.
Must be my old age is setting in.
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Heard about wheel bearings when lifting. Thanks always looking for maintainance items...

I was also told to watch ball joints even when not lifted (ford technician).

glad i read all the responses first, cuz i wanna gonna say both of those. i did mine when i lifted.

i frequent the fordtruckworld.com and ford-trucks.com forums regularly (too much actually). great guys and great info over there.

MUDDYPAWS: what year motor parts do you have?
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