Getting a Few Extra Inches Out of an ’80-to-’97 F-350
Breaking down can be common when you hit the dirt...well, at least that seems to be the case for us at OFF-ROAD. More often than we’d like to mention, we get helped back to camp by a tow rig, so it’s no surprise we’re big fans of tow rigs. A friend of ours recently purchased a ’97 Ford F-350 for a great price. The Ford was incredibly clean inside and out and had a relatively low-mileage engine with plenty of power to pull heavy trailers or play in the dirt.
Our friend wanted to get a few inches of ground clearance, so the decision was made to bolt in a Tuff Country 4-inch EZ-Ride full leaf-spring lift, which would give us the extra height needed to tow trailers into the dirt.
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How did that EZ Ride Work?
Every piece of the kit went on without issue, save for having to drill out the U-bolt plates to fit the new, larger center pins. But we’ll never complain about adding more robust center pins. When the truck was back on the ground, the rear was sitting just a tad high and we hope it’ll settle a little as time goes on.
In the dirt, the front seemed to move better than the rear. Again, we’re hoping the rear springs will break in a little more. With a trailer on the back or a load in the bed, the rear springs felt great, but we’re getting some teeth chatter when unloaded.