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T250 with Airlift

I found a stock T250 that I like but I really wanted a 350 but.....

After searching long and hard, it seems the only difference is in the rear spring rate. Can this be true? Thats an insane amount of money to install a thicker spring but ......

There may be an advantage to doing this. I want a 350 to maintain ground clearance for rough BLM roads. If I buy a 250 and use an air spring I can have the clearance, when I want it, and use the springs to help level the van when camping or when not loaded. Seems like I could have it both ways.

Does anyone see a problem with this? Sure wish Ford would provide more info on the 350 upgrade.

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Per Ford's own spec sheet the only difference between a 150, 250 and 350 is the rear spring pack. Brakes, axles etc are identical. Coming from the truck world I find this insane and dangerous but it is what it is. I bought the 150, saved a ton of money, and will be installing air bags.

I honestly do not expect the puny van suspension components to survive very long off road but I won't know what is weakest until I break something.

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I have the Airlift on my 250 and love it. Does just what your thinking it will.
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I have the Airlift on my 250 and love it. Does just what your thinking it will.
How was the airbag install? Did it require drilling or are the brackets "bolt-on"?
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How was the airbag install? Did it require drilling or are the brackets "bolt-on"?
It's totally bolt on, no drilling. If you do like I did and mount the compressor and wireless module behind the drivers seat, you don't have to drill any holes. Just remove the drivers seat (4 bolts) remove the battery(s) and battery box and you'll see there is a least one (mine had 3) holes with plugs that can either be removed or just pierced to pass the lines through.

The first one takes a little longer than the second and removing the wheel makes it easier but is not required.
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Forgot to mention that you'll probably want some extra air line. I used 25 feet. It's known as air brake line. Ask for it any other way and you'll get blank stares.

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