Bushings and assorted replacement parts
'87 F-150 XL,302 auto, 4x4, 178,000 mi. Truck runs great on rebuilt trans about two years ago - not the quickest, but get's me there.. Rides ok, squeaks a bit.
I'm thinking that after all the years and miles, many of the bushings in front need replacing along with the coils and rear leaf springs. I'd like to add about 2" in order to mount 33" tires, so leveling coils in front and perhaps add a leaf in back - Will my ride really get that much better? It's not horrible now, and off-road it's adequate.
To boot, the steering has a bit of play where I'm thinking I will have to address that while everything is apart. How difficult does all this seem, or is it just bolt-on? I'm ok handy and although I wanted to go to a shop for the work, I'm tight on cash right now. Eventually I will go for a re-gear, that I know I will take to a shop based on my mechanical limitations. Thanks for the help.