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Service Truck Suspension

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by Cheeto, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. Cheeto

    Cheeto New Member

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    I have a 95 ford f 450 with a service body and IMT 2505 crane. The truck leans to the right hand side (side the crane is on). Would I be better off to go with air bags or helper springs to help level the truck back out?
     
  2. clintm

    clintm Senior Member

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    the local body company here takes them to the spring shop to add a leaf to level it up after all other acces. are installed (welder,air compressor,ect.) your tools, bolt bins ,oils or other heavy stuff is not on that same side?
     
  3. Mobiltech

    Mobiltech Senior Member

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    Air bags are pretty cheap and with each bag plumbed in separately you can set your ride height and level anytime you want.
     
  4. Mike Van

    Mike Van Well-Known Member

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    I had a 600 lb crane on my '94 F350, left rear. An air bag by Airlift leveled it right up.
     
  5. driveshed

    driveshed Active Member

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    Hey Cheeto
    I think air bags would be the best route to go for leveling up the truck. I have a 96 ford F350 and I am have a over load problem, I am now looking at a 2006 ford F650 with a 3126 cat. The little 350 only has a 351 in it and a3 speed auto in it and she loves her fuel. I look at beefing up the spring front and rear but it was going to be around $3200.00 and the 2006 has a crane which would be nice good luck and talk soon.

    KEEP THE WRENCHES TURNING
    Dave H
     
  6. caterpillarmech

    caterpillarmech Senior Member

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    I had my 550 re arched on both sides and added three leafs under my crane. Leveled it up good and didn't mind the crane maxed out.
     
  7. mitch504

    mitch504 Senior Member

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    On my old C30, I had airbags, with each one plumbed to a separate schraeder valve, so I could just add air to which ever side was riding low. It worked well.