2002 Ford F250 Rubicon Express Lift - Heavy Hauler

Rubicon Express Leaf Spring Lift

Brandan Gillogly
Nov 1, 2008
Photographers: Brandan Gillogly
Photo 2/25
Ford F-250s are serious workhorses. Whether they have a Powerstroke diesel or a 6.8L V-10, they have plenty of torque for towing and can hold their own off-road, as well. If you have a leaf spring front suspension on your F-250 and greater off-road capability is on your shopping list, you're in luck. While leaf springs compromise with a less comfortable ride, they are cheaper to lift than the newer coil spring Super Duty front suspension.
We selected a Rubicon Express 6-1/2-inch suspension lift, because of their heavy-duty design and the promise of extended wheel travel and good on-road ride. Follow along as the crew at 4Wheel Parts in Santa Ana, California, had our '02 F-250 in and out in a day.
From the Driver Seat
When driving the Super Duty on the highway, there was no mistaking that it was a 3/4-ton truck. The springs from Rubicon Express were a bit bouncy on bad stretches of highway, but once there was a load in the truck, or behind it, the ride was great. On trails, the truck definitely showed increased travel, but deeply rutted fire roads were still no picnic at 20 mph. Ok, it was fun, but we could feel every pothole. We've taken lifted 1/2-ton trucks on the same road, and we can say that the ride wasn't much better with the lighter trucks. We'd still like to try the suspension travel out on some dirt roads that don't look like a war zone.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: About 8 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate(While time consuming and heavy, the lift components bolted on, while only needing a few holes to be drilled. If you had the tires mounted and balanced and had a buddy to help, it could be a weekend job.
Parts Used:
Rubicon Express 6-1/2-inch lift, PN RF56000 - $2,100
Rubicon Express shock kit, PN SK020560RXF - $320
37/12.5R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R - $342 (each)
17x10-inch Ultra Custom Wheels, Predator, PN 286-7187C - $265 (each) (Prices courtesy of 4Wheel Parts and Rubicon Express)
Total Parts Cost: $4,848 (Not including tax, labor, or shipping)

2015 Ford F-250 Specifications

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Fair Market Price $29,960
MSRP $31,810
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage N/A City / N/A Highway
Engine 6.2L V8
Horse Power 385 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 405 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm
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Sources

4Wheel Parts erferer
Compton, CA 90220
877-474-4821
www.4wheelparts.com
Rubicon Express
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
877-367-7824
www.rubiconexpress.com
Ultra Custom Wheels
Fullerton, CA 92833
www.ultrawheel.com

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