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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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hey all. I realize I haven't posted in a long time, I've been wicked busy. Now that I'm injured, I have lots of free time lol. Anyways, I plan to drop the rear end of my 08 F150 (5.4L tow package, so uprated rear springs/shocks) to as close to level as possible. I spoke with the service manager at the dealership, he says removing some factory shims will bring the rear end down some. I'm not looking to slam the truck, the nose will be kept at stock height. I intend to later pick up a set of chrome 22's for the summer, and keep the stock "chrome-clad" 5 spokes for winter. Just wondering if anyone knows whether or not the removal of these shims will lower the rear significantly, or if I should look at actual kits and so on.

also, as random as it is, I nearly died laughing from this --->
though that may also be partly a side-effect of the painkillers lol

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If its a 4x4 you can just remove the factory 2" block from the rear [I would check the drive-shaft angles if I did this], or install a leveling kit up front

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If its a 4x4 you can just remove the factory 2" block from the rear [I would check the drive-shaft angles if I did this], or install a leveling kit up front
Thanks, I had assumed what the guy meant by "shim" was the blocks. What I didn't know was how large they were, and I wasn't swift enough to ask how thick they were when I was there. Since I'm walking with a cane and can hardly bend over, getting under to measure would have been near impossible. He (the service manager) said they'd (the dealership) do it and check everything afterwards.

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What he would have meant by shim is, when removing the block in the rear the drive-shaft would sit at a different angle to correct this it would have to be measured and possibly have to be shimmed, to the correct angle, a good angle would be negative 1 to 2 degrees so when you put your foot into the gas pedal and the rear end moves up a degree or two it should be perfect , I was told to steer away from aluminum and Brass shims and to use steel

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The factory block is 1.75 inches high
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