I wish I could buy a truck- new or used-and trust the factory parts will last forever. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Everything has a shelf life, and the factory parts don’t last forever. The majority of our readers have older, used trucks, and what I’m taking away from that is, you guys are going to need a source for parts that you can trust.
Today, we’re starting from the ground up on Lloyd’s 2015 Ford F-250. Lloyd is an in-house guy of ours that recently acquired this truck and wants to use it to the fullest. The truck was monkeyed with prior to purchase, but we’re looking to remedy some of those issues. Lloyd has a large camper trailer that he tows out west, and having a suspension sturdy enough for that is mission-critical. For a truck with a set of wheels and tires as well as a small leveling kit, it isn’t ready.
Knowing we want parts we can trust, we reached out to a few suspension experts, including BDS Suspension and Fox. Each company has offered up the recommended parts, that will take the Super Duty from “it will do it” to “it will do it better”. Let’s take a look in the shop and see what we have to play with.
Before things get installed, we wanted to learn more about our new parts. We caught up with the BDS and Fox Marketing Manager, Carter Reed, to get his thoughts. First and foremost, if someone has a stock truck that works daily, why choose BDS and Fox for upgrades? “BDS has been around for more than 25 years, building top-quality suspension systems and accessories that are backed by a no fine print warranty,” Carter says. “We offer a full gamut of products to include IFS kits, radius arm kits, 4-link long-arm conversions, FOX coilover conversions, and more to help you up the stance and capability of your vehicle.”
Parts Used For The Install
- 55380 stabilizer mounting kit
- 013443 4-inch suspension kit
- 033411 4-inch coil kit
- 123251 radius arm kit
- 013409 rear box kit
- 85760 NX2 Nitro series shock absorbers
- 85700 NX2 Nitro series shock absorbers
- 003629 6-inch rear springs
- 123408 recoil brackets
- 123409 recoil bars
- 123402 carrier bearing drop kit
- 98224010 2.0 steering stabilizer
We aren’t just replacing a few pieces here and there and calling it good. We are removing the suspension entirely and making sure this truck has a long, trustworthy life. “The objective with my truck is to make it appealing to look at and do the job at hand. I daily drive the truck and when it isn’t empty, it is pulling my big camping trailer,” Lloyd says. “I want a suspension that will clear the upcoming wheels and tires I want to add and I would love for it to tow better.” Without further ado, let’s dig in.