It's been forever since I've been on here, but here I am.
My wife is a teacher, so in the summer I get to park the truck in the garage and go to town as we don't have to both have a vehicle. I started this project focusing mainly on Brakes, Ball joints, Axle seals, and steering box. But while removing the old steering dampener to replace it, I noticed something I never had before: crappy welds on the track bar mount.
Let me preface this by saying, i'm not a suspension guru, like I know many of you are. Anyway, now I'm considering doing a whole bunch of suspension work to get it right....er closer to right? So bare with me as I explain what I already know then I'll get to questions and pics. And yes I spent a good amount of time using the forum search function and that was very helpful.
Currently the truck rides like a tank and bump steers a little bit, (which I attribute to the track bar being moved up. is that correct? It has about 2-3" of lift based on ride height and to me it looks like my springs are saggy. On a positive, alignment has always been good, and I've never had death wobble.
My overall goal is get the rig riding smoothly and safely, but would like to keep ride height as close to current if possible.
SEE PICS HERE: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rtpW5pu59Vo91vwd7
1. To me it looks like what the previous owner had going was an insert to raise the lower track bar mount up while also reinforcing (with terrible welds/gussets) the mount itself. Agree?
2. It also looks like this has screwed up the track bar angle likely causing my bump steer? Correct?
3. Springs look saggy and looks like there's too many of them, this is obviously causing my terribly stiff suspension. Agreed? Any other problems you see?
So basically at the end of the day, I'm looking for validation with my plan or suggestions on what to do differently.
My plan, is to get x-code leaf springs, new shocks, and an adjustable track bar. In my mind, that's going to get the track bar angle corrected, and smooth ride restored.
4. Thoughts on this plan?
5.Do I need to redo the ugly track bar mount? no welder or plasma here and it has held for the three years I've had the truck, in fact I've never even had weird tire wear with this truck. Is there even enough adjustment in an adjustable track bar to correct for the angle without causing other issues?
6. Comparing my current front spring setup, how much will my front end drop with X-codes? Is that a problem? can I somehow compensate for that? Do I need a different shock mount or something? Will my ride actually improve with x-codes?
Thanks for the help and sorry for the long winded-ness.