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Old 07-18-2009, 09:15 PM
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lowering an 86 ford 1 ton

i need some advise on lowering a 1986 ford f350 2wd. its got the i beam front end in it. has anyone done this before. can i flip the i beams over and shorten the springs. whats the best way to go about this.
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i need some advise on lowering a 1986 ford f350 2wd. its got the i beam front end in it. has anyone done this before. can i flip the i beams over and shorten the springs. whats the best way to go about this.
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I have never lowered a F-350 , But have done a few rangers with them you can get different I-Beams, So i am thinking You will probably have to buy aftermarket I-Beams, either cut or buy lowering springs. Lowering spring would be best but most people cut the springs. I done some resarch and you should really check out some of these kits out there , check groundforce , look on ebay for lowering kits and you can see several different co to check out,. I do know whatever you do don't just start cutting or heating to get it down the best way is to buy a kit and do it properly. Saftey First. Cole

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you'll have to get some drop beams, lowering springs and probably some camber bushings.. you can adjust out the camber about a 1" drop with stock beams but that's it.. you could try 2" but you'll likely run into issues
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Yea, it will change the camber when lowering, so you will need new camber bushings to change the degree . Cole
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where can i find the drop i beams. and i wouldnt attempt to heat and bend the beams bucause i know id never get them perfect enough to be right.
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If I remember correctly (and that's questionable sometimes) if you just want a couple inches that you can buy 2" dropped spindles for this truck. I do know that with the beam front end that anything over 3" s gets alittle screwy with the drag link and tie rod because they run through the trailing arms and there's only so much room for movement there. Google drop ford spindles and I think you'll find a few that offer them.

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DJM sells the beams.. Belltech may have spindles but they would need to be for an '86.. they changed the spindle setup in '87 IIRC... 3" drop in the rear can be achived by flipping the rear hangers
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