The Ford F-150’s history started in 1948 when the first-generation F-Series truck was released. Over the years, this truck has earned a number of devoted fans thanks to its unmatched performance features, recognizable design and outstanding utility.
Despite the fact that even stock Ford F-150 can be successfully used for hauling loads, towing, off-road and urban driving, you can always add some extra points to vehicle’s performance and design by making a few modifications. For example, if you feel that your F-150’s ride height is just a little too low for your taste, you can install an aftermarket lift kit. In this article you’ll learn how to install a 6-inch lift kit on the Ford F-150. Let’s get started.
Pro Comp Lift Kit Installation Process
- Use a jack or a car hoist to lift your F-150 and remove its wheels.
- First you need to completely remove the entire braking and front suspension systems. Remove brake rotors and calipers. Remove braking backing plate and disconnect the ABS wheel speed sensor. Remove spindles. Then remove the axle nut, tie rod end, sway bar end link, unbolt the three bolts holding the vacuum actuator to the knuckle, the lower ball joint nut, and the upper bold joint, lower strut bolts, and the lower control arm. Finally, remove the sway bar from the vehicle.
- Disconnect the front drive shaft and crossmember and remove the front differential.
- Cut the driver’s side control arm pocket from the vehicle. Draw a horizontal cutting line and start cutting using a cutting wheel. If you are unsure how to do it, refer to instructions that come with the lift kit or check out video instructions available online.
- Install differential drop bracket and install front differential to the new position.
- Install a new rear crossmember.
- Install the driver side lower contro arm.
- Install the brace for the rear crossmember. You’ll need to do some drilling using 1/2 inch metal drill bit.
- Install the lower front skid plate.
- Torque all the front differential and crossmember bolts.
- Reinstall the front drive shaft using spacers that come with your lift kit. Reinstall the sway bar.
- Swap OEM wheel bearings over to the new spindles. Then bolt new strut spacers on to the original struts.
- Bolt struts and spindles back up to the truck and then reassemble the brake system. Now move to the rear end of your Ford F-150.
- Remove both shocks.
- Install brake line drop brackets that come with the kit.
- Install new lift blocks.
- Install the new shocks.
- Install the new rear driveshaft spacer.
- Retorque all bolts on the front of your vehicle.
- Reinstall the wheels.
For this installation we used Pro Comp’s 6-inch lift kit, as Pro Comp is a well-known manufacturer of a wide range of performance suspension components, including shock absorbers, leaf springs, leveling kits and many other products that are backed by the Pro Comp Promise Lifetime Warranty. However, the installation process will be similar for most of the lift kits available on the market, so you may refer to this step-by-step instruction when installing a lift kit of your choice.
Of course, such an installation job requires moderate mechanical skills, but if you know how to use a cutting wheel, wrenches, power drill and other tools, you can install a 6-inch lift kit on your Ford F-150 on your own. More detailed explanation of the installation process is shown by CARiD experts on this page: https://www.carid.com/articles/six-key-learnings-from-our-ford-f150-lift-kit-install.html.