I thought it would be cool to do this before I logged too many miles and forgot what the initial feeling of driving with this new suspension felt like.
So just to recap this is what has all been added to this van.
Front - 2013 F250 Dana 60, MG's 4" Kit, Performance Series Fox Shocks
Rear - 4" Ujoint Lift Springs, Universal Performance Series Fox Shocks, Rear Spacers/Adapters
First let me start by posting some photos...
Alright so as you can see. The van looks awesome. The van is parked on a slight incline (going up at the rear) so it does have a slight rake to it, but I am still expecting the rear springs to settle more. Even if they don't, I really like the rake. I also like how the front and rear axle widths line up almost perfectly with the body. I have never really cared for the fender flares and like to keep everything as tight as possible so this suits me perfectly. The 17s are SNUG around the caliper, but they do fit like they should. The only reason I would go with 18" wheels is if I had 35s (which I actually think I could fit with this 4" lift)
Let me start by saying we did an alignment as best as we could without an alignment machine and its almost dead on. I can't wait to see how much better it is with an alignment.
The handling is unreal, corners have little to no sway and I am sure with some revalving of the shocks (adding some dampening) you could take a corner as fast as you wanted and have no body roll. The van feels extremely stable and planted, it was a little harsh with some of the bigger bumps but I think thats because my tires weren't aired down properly, I dont know what van weighs now with the new axle so I am waiting to do that before setting correct pressures.
The biggest thing that I think its amazing is that I dont have a steering damper attached to the drag link and I dont think I will need it. The steering is firm and very responsive and it tracks straight. Not as straight as it could due to the crown on the roads, but once I have a proper alignment done I am sure it will.
Basically its firm but soft, which I think is what we are all really after.
I wanted to be able to provide something I would change about the system for you all, but I am having a hard time with that. I am sure I will think of and come up with something the more I drive it.
OH and I have absolutely no rubbing or even close to rubbing with the 285/70/17s. If you refer to the photo of the side shot of the front you can see I have a ton of room behind the tire.
I know this all sounds like one of those too good to be true first customer reviews but I am not hiding anything. MG wanted me to be as critical as possible so he can further improve the system and I plan to do so but as of now I am very happy.
I am sure there is something I am missing so feel free to ask me questions!