Re: D60 w/PMF 3.5" RS kit V and F code swap
Ahhhhh. Its so nice to have the front suspension actually compress and flex a little bit.
I took it out wheeling the other day and finally had it flexed to the max. It did pretty good for what it is. The attached pic tells the tale. I wish someone was there to take a pic of me standing next to it because the pic doesnt do justice. Im almost 6 foot tall. The bottom of the cab by the drivers door was waist high, so roughly 36" off the ground.
With the little issues I ran into, it took me 4 days. Even if you can get it to go completely smooth, I would plan for at least 3 days. It just takes longer than you might expect. It was definately worth the effort though. It drives smooth down rougher dirt roads and my kidney's are thanking me.
Oh while im thinking about it, I guess I can discuss what I know about the difference between F code leaf springs and the B code that everyone suggests to use for the rear. First of all, I went with the F codes because I was able to source them dirt cheap locally from a friend and Im kinda glad I wound up with F codes in a way. I explain why. From my memory from research I did, I found that the differences was weight rating. The B codes are rated for a higher weight, and flex a bit more than the F codes. Under the same weight, your truck will sag more in the rear with the B codes. I like how my F codes dont sag as much. I never tow, and dont even haul alot so I didnt really matter to me. But it is nice that when I do happen to load up the bed, or tow a bumper pull trailer my headlights wont be pointed toward the sky. Now if you plan to tow heavy alot or the flex really matters to you, by all means take your time and get the B codes. I was in a hurry to get this project done because I was starting a new job that would require me to drive over 100 miles a day. I really like how it turned out though.
As good as a kit that PMF makes I saw one downfall, and it was not in fabrication. The powdercoat didnt hold up very long. It was already chipping off around the edges of parts by the time it was all installed. I havent messed with many powdercoated parts, maybe its normal, but I wouldnt think so. That was the only thing I didnt like. Other than that, fitment was perfect, and the parts were really well made and BEEFY!! He also supplied ALOT of grade 8 hardware and that stuff isnt cheap. I also loved how it was all directly bolt in. No fabrication other than drilling out one hole.
1997 F250 7.3L CCSB, DP tuner: drive thru, 60 tow, 80e, 120, 140, Beans tymar, DP to 4" open exhaust, hughes perf tranny with deep pan, 1.0 turbo housing, gutted EBPV, new uppipes!, PMF 3.5" RSK, V and F code SD springs, 35x12.50 toyo open country m/t's on 18x10 raceline renegades, HID's, 7200# full of fuel with big tires