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Old 11-12-2003, 21:53   #1 (permalink)
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f-150 beams on f-350

i wanna lift my '94 2wd f-350 but dont feel like spending 1200 on a kit. i was wondering if i found beams from an f-150 or maybe the whole front susp if it would fit. i think i would have to use heavier springs than f-150s as i have the big block but other than that it should all bolt up to my stock mounts, right?
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Re: f-150 beams on f-350

I don't think I would want to do that if it were my truck even if it were possible. The 1/2 ton suspension isn't even close to as strong as the 350's suspension is and I don't think I would want to sacrifice the strength for a cheaper lift.

If I'm not mistaken, doesn't the F-350 have a solid front axle as opposed to having the Dana IFS? Straight axles are much easier and cheaper to lift when compared to the IFS systems. A straight axle will also give you more articulation and travel than an IFS system will.

One other thought, if it costs you $2000(a fair estimate) to convert to the F-150 front supension, it doesn't make much sense when you're talking about saving a few hundred bucks on a lift kit to lift the weaker 1/2 ton suspension.
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it's 2wd

ya, if it were a live axle up front i would never think of converting it. but in my case my truck is 2wd. so the front suspension utilizes i-beams just as the f-150's do. and i dont see y i would need the larger beams in front as the f-350 is basically the same up front weight wise. the engine weighs more so i figure that i would need heavier springs for that but the beams should be strong enough off the f-150. this way if i found some bent or extended beams from a prerunner f-150 than i would be able to use them on my truck and the cost would only be as much as it costs me to get the beams, shocks, springs, cams, and steering. not likely gonna cost me 1200+.
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Re: f-150 beams on f-350

I would be very surprised if the front of an F350 was anywhere close to as light as the front of an F150. My f250 front axle weight is 80% of the total weight of my 83 F150. Also, unless you do not tow or carry weight, at least a part of the load is carried on the front axle.

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