Install Your Truck Lift Kit
A Pickup truck lift kit is something that can easily be installed on trucks and on SUVs. Even though most trucks are the vehicles most commonly lifted, lift kit manufacturers are now creating bolt ons that are available for almost all types of automobiles.
Installing a pickup truck lift kit may be a bit complex, wearisome, and mechanically advanced process, which may require several hours to a few days to install depending on the lift kit.
Kinds of Lift and Tools
There are basically two kids of lift kits that are available in the market for pickup trucks. Usually, body lift kits are installed in between the body and the frame of the automobile while using rubber disks and long body bolts that looks similar to a hockey puck. These types of kits are available in an assortment of sizes but usually come in one, two or three inches in size.
The second kind of lift kit is more complicated and entails the changing more of the vehicle. This also includes all of the suspension components needed to balance the automobile. Suspension lifts present height by adding elevation to the suspension and not to the frame or body of the automobile.
Lift kits usually can be installed with an extensive socket set, a penetrating lubricant, a pry bar, a breaker bar and new suspension components. There are many types of vehicles this day and age and specialty tools may be needed for the installation process depending on the type of vehicle.
Other types of equipment will also be needed to be able to lift the vehicle off the ground and to be able to stabilize it while you work on it. These tools consist of a floor jack and jack stands. If air tools were available to you then it would be a good idea for you to also have them ready to use.
Pickup Truck Lift Kit Instillation
A major part of body lift installation involves possibly moving the radiator and relocating fluid lines. Suspension lifts will involve changing suspension components like the pitman arm, springs, shocks, and lift blocks to the rear of the car, and adding an extension to keep the drive shaft usable. Each and every suspension lift kit will contain instructions specific to a lift and vehicle.
This procedure will differ depending on whether the car has IFS, a solid front axle, and an independent front suspension. Both kinds of suspension setups include suspension lift that are available and will mostly use the same tools to install the lift.
Remove the automobile’s sub-frame, control arms, and axle first. Once the major parts are taken out, examine the bushings and mounts for damage or corrosion. Next, remove the steering components like the steering stabilizer, pitman arm, and draglink. This depends on the type of vehicle and the lift kit that you are about to install.
Installation of suspension lifts begins by installing the new bushings into the control arms. Put in the new sub-frame and control arms into the vehicle. The sub-frame plays the main support for the new lift and will be lower to the ground than the original sub-frame. Using longer control arms that are attached to the lower sub-frame give more horizontal space to be able to connect them.
New U-bolts and shocks are included in the kit to make up for the increased height of the automobile. These should be installed next followed by steering components. Lastly, double-check all connections and attachments before test-driving the vehicle.