Unveiled back in 1975, the Ford F-150, along with its F-Series siblings, has been the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. since 1981. Besides, it is a holder of a variety of honorable awards. No wonder that you can see lots of F-150s on the road and some of them may look just like yours.
There is a host of customization options available nowadays, but if you are after some serious changes and really distinctive looks, a lift kit is your choice. How to install a lift kit on your Ford F-150? It’s not so difficult, you can do the job by yourself, but it is better that you call your friend for help, as some components are heavy. What kit to choose? A 6-inch one is a golden mean.
Use these instructions to install a lift kit step by step:
Before you start, make sure that you have all of the tools you may need. It is better to use a lift or a jack.
- First of all, you need to remove your tires, the braking system, spindle, strut assembly, tie rod end, sway bar, and lower control arm. To cut off the control arm pocket, use special tools, for instance, a cut off wheel and a sawzall. Make cuts according to instructions included in your lift kit.
- Install new differential drop brackets and get your differential back up into place, then install new rear cross members.
- Install the brace for rear cross members. It will require drilling. To ensure that you make holes in proper places, use your brace as a template. Install the lower front skid plate that goes under the differential. Torque all the differential and crossmember bolts.
- Reinstall drive shafts to the front differential. The lift creates additional space between the drive shaft and the front diff, so you’ll need a spacer.
- Replace your stock spindles with the spindles from your lift kit. Move your wheel bearings over to the new spindles, then install new strut spacers from the kit onto your strut. After that bring everything over to the front end of your vehicle. Reinstall your brake components and the front end lift will be done.
- The rear end rebuild is easier. You need to install lift blocks, new shocks and all of the relocation brackets for emergency brake as well as brake lines. When lift blocks are in place, you can raise the differential and bolt up new shocks.
- Install the spacer on the rear drive shaft, put your wheels and tires back. Don’t forget to retorque the suspension of your lifted Ford F-150 and all of your front end bolts. The installation is complete!
Greg and Richard from CARiD.com are installing Pro Comp’s 6-inch lift kit on Ford F150.
So now you know how to install a 6-inch lift kit on a Ford F-150. As you can see, the job can be done by yourself. It is better to use lift kits made by experienced brands, such as Pro Comps, aFe, Crown, Bilstein, etc. Don’t forget about precautionary measures during installation, drive safely and enjoy your lifted truck!17 Oct 2018