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2500 lwb 2wd leveling

So i just bought 2003 2500 long bed 2wd, i would like to level it, so its not so low in the front. Whats the best way to go about this? Coil spring spacers? They seem too cheap, i worry that it will screw up something in the front end.

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Leave it alone. Raising the front only screws things up. The springs may be tired (somewhere past 100k usually) so replace them.
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I installed Daystar 1.5" kit on my truck years ago. No issues to report. I believe anything over 2" can bring issues, especially with the ball joints.
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I installed Daystar 1.5" kit on my truck years ago. No issues to report. I believe anything over 2" can bring issues, especially with the ball joints.

Original springs? I ask as the factory ones go soft. Your spacers may be masking that problem.

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Yes, the OEM springs leveled out after several years. At the time there was no aftermarket springs available other than OEM and I needed to go higher anyway due front end ground clearance issues.
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My plan is to do either 1.5" or 2" lift on the front, and new shocks and springs at the same time, im also going to go through the front end to see what else needs to be done at that time. I just dont like how low the front end is.
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SD truck springs sells 2" lift springs. I got the HD lift springs and they improved the ride a lot. The factory springs are way to soft. I used to bounce of the bumpstops all the time and now I don't.

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@72 wag.. This you have to get shocks when you installed the spring
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Just got my truck 04 2wd and it has spacers on the front from the P.O. It seems like I have some front end issues but, I'm not sure if the guy ever did preventive maintenance. I also, second the spring sag. It seems my right side is a little lower than the right.
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I know its an old thread,but such a lack of info on this topic . my 03 has maybe 1" of compression travel before metal to metal happens where a bump stop used to be and the lower control arm.if i hit a bump at freeway speed it bottoms hard and completely unsettles the truck. I'm waiting for the SDtruck supersprings now for 2500 cummins work truck .the bilstein shocks arrived already also waiting on bumpstops that i hope i can make work . i'd be guessing ,but i think the ride height has settled 2" lower than when new.if there were bumpstops it would be riding on them now . i ordered stock length shocks because its my understanding they are the limit stops for the suspension droop travel . I hope they work out as 72 Wag's did. i also plan to measure the droop travel for a baseline before taking it apart as well as the change in ride height with the new springs . these are described as 1-3 inch lift so not sure what to expect could be 2-5 inches higher than it sits now as long as there is droop travel left in it all should be ok ?I think .anyone have any experience please chime in with your thoughts that can help me or others .

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sd -tuff truck 2wd cummins springs perfect fit ! easy install

ok ,so there installed now . before i replaced the worn out springs from ground up to fender measured straight centered over hub 34 1/4" + - 1/4" . the coil itself was same height as stock the coil was 1/10 of an inch thicker or just shy of that . after install same measurement 37" so 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inch higher . the ride is firm but not too much . these were the SD springs - tuff truck 2wd cummins work truck springs . along with new 4600 bilsteins . the truck rides and handles so much better ....and looks very good now before it looked too low in front , now looks like a heavy duty 2wd truck should and the stock length bilsteins were the same length with normal droop travel .

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sd tuff truck springs install .

In case anyone is worried about doing this it took 3 hours no rush, no special tools ...jack up put on jackstands at frame under forward cab remove upper sway bar nuts and bushings swing it up out of the way , remove calipers hang them and abs wire toward rear of wheel well out of the way. loosen nut for upper ball joint leave 3 threads turn steering to get best swing of BFH. hammer sharp blows to spindle rite at the bj area 2 1/2 sledge worked in 4 blows, remove shocks put floor jack under lower control arm , now remove ball joint nut ,and slowly lower jack remember its a big strong heavy spring it can cause injuries and or damage so think about what your doing some people use tie down straps for extra precaution . once the lower control arm is down all the way I had my bro step down on it to get the old spring out . note there is an orientation to the spring in the lower control arm pocket put the rubber isolater on top (tighter coil wound at top ) of new spring , push lower control arm down again wrestle spring into place make sure its seated correctly while jacking up lower control arm ,while also guiding the ball joint back into the spindle . put all back together , and enjoy a better riding , handling , and looking truck .

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